As regular readers will know, I have a fond place in my heart for the Heritage Tea Rooms. It is a 20 minute drive from my place, up a mountain road and on to Hervey's Range.
It's remote, peaceful, hidden among trees; with a cool breeze that wraps itself around you and massages nature into your bones. The kind of place that allows you to forget day to day city life - and perfect for some refreshing, creative thinking!
Sketchpads, pencils, rubbers, and cameras in hand, Blossom and I spent most of today immersed in that wonderful atmosphere atop Hervey's Range, and made a few feathered friends in the process.
The breeze was quite cool so we chose to make a table on the front verandah our home for the day...
A breakfast of coffees, scones and a toasted sandwich got us started...
Some new friends dropped by...
...and after sharing some crumbs with them, we were treated to a beautiful love song!
The hours passed as we sketched...
...and a pot of tea and jam drop biscuits were happily shared.
Three hours, and another coffee later, we thought it best to pack up and start the journey home, but before we left we took photos of the First Fleet convict list on the wall of the Tea Rooms.
You see, my great-great-great-great-grandfather, John Cross, was a convict aboard the Alexander - one of the ships of the First Fleet. He arrived on the convict ship from England in 1788, and married a fellow convict, Mary Davidson (a Scot who arrived with the Second Fleet) in 1790. Nine children later and our Australian family tree was started.
When my sketch book was almost full, and Blossom's pencil drawing was complete, we dawdled back to the car, taking a few more pics along the way...
Such a beautiful place to spend time together. I know Blossom is treasuring these days of memory making as the months count down to her move across the pond to England...back to the land of our ancestor John Cross.
We stopped a little way down the mountain on the trip home to take photos of Townsville below us. The sky was heavy with rain clouds, and the air was still...
What a lovely day.
And to think, after this I got a cracker migraine?! It was the storm clouds. Always brings one on.
Congratulations to the giveaway winner of a PDF copy of Helen's book, Cecilie!!
Thanks to everyone who entered! :-)
With my full sketch book I can see a lot of stitching in my future!
Better get started...
Have a lovely day,