It was a great day for riding today, so we were surprised only a few turned up for the Ulysses weekly Sunday ride. This week we rode 210 kilometres north to Tully. For those who remember the 'super cyclone' Yasi that hit the coast as a category 5 last year, you may also remember that Tully was one of the small communities right in it's eye.
With a population of around 2,500, Tully is banana and sugar cane growing territory, but it's also known as the wettest town in Australia! I guess that is made clear by 'The Big Rain Boot' on display as you enter the main street. I got Mr E to pose for a tourist shot.
We all had lunch at the aptly named 'Ulysses Cafe', but this cafe is named after the Ulysses Butterfly, not our biker club.
I discovered a beautifully refreshing drink here - organic Peppermint and Ginger soda....
An Irish backpacker working as a fruit picker was kind enough to take a group photo of us. I was the only girl today, but the guys are lovely so I never feel left out.
On the return trip to Townsville we stopped for gelato at the Frosty Mango, just past Ingham.
Mr E had mango and passionfruit, and I drooled over a coconut and pineapple. The Frosty Mango make their gelato from fruits they grow themselves.
We were all pretty hot at this stage so the grassy acreage around Frosty Mango was perfect for a rest....
After our rest it was home again. A really great day - thanks guys!!
In our home this week we've had to make huge changes to the pantry.
Mr E is definitely lactose and gluten intolerant, a side effect of a medical condition, so we could no longer manage life with wheat and dairy. I also have health issues with wheat and milk fats.
I overhauled the pantry supplies...
...and delved into my bookshelf for menu ideas.
I have a LOT of food intolerance cookbooks due to the year our son had to spend off gluten and dairy, so I will pull them out as well this week and begin a master plan.
Pre-made foods are so expensive, so I've been and stocked up on plenty of base ingredients and will begin cooking most things from scratch every day.
I baked a gluten/dairy free apple teacake yesterday to satisfy Mr E's sweet tooth...yummy. A cherry and almond crumble also went down a treat.
So that was my weekend. What did you do?