We dropped Nic off at Warwick, QLD on the way down to Tenterfield. He spent the weekend with his friend Steve & they had fun at the Dat Nats [Datsun National Car Competition].
Consequently, we had to pick him up on the way home & because it was after lunch on Easter Monday when we arrived at Warwick the trip home was in the rain & much slower than the drive down. We got caught in a long line of traffic going back over the mountains to the eastern side & you know how some people drive when it's raining, I thought a few times that we might have an accident - thankfully we arrived home safe & in one piece :)
Living on the Gold Coast the main thing I miss is Autumn - we have such a tropical climate here that the leaves on the trees do not change colours. The photo below is of the grove of trees running down either side of the main road to Linda's home, it was the first thing I saw Saturday morning - how pretty :)
Michael & I stayed with Linda; while she was at work we visited with Abi & Wally - it was the first time that all the partners in the land were together, so we got the opportunity to talk about lots of things.
On Easter Sunday we decided it was the perfect time to take a drive out to the land & get the chance to walk over it. The land is 82km [as the crow flies] west of Tenterfield & is behind Haystack Mountain [below].
On the main road there are letterboxes for several properties which are in front of our land & there is a long gravel private access road that runs down the side of all the farms. As you can see from the photo below the first farm is quite large & all the other properties are of a similar size.
Then, you get to the front fence of the adjoining property 'Ohm Shalom' which is a commune, but there is a rather large large ridge [below] between that you must get over to arrive at the western boundary of our land. Consequently, we did not get over the ridge & did not get to walk over any part of the land.
I found this very annoying myself, as we were lead to believe that we would walk over the land on the day, but I was more disappointed for Michael; as he had trusted his friends & partners in the land [he was unable to see the land in person when purchasing]. He came away feeling very sad about the whole situation.
It now means that we need to totally change our minds about what we are going to do when Nic leaves school for University at the end of 2010/2011.
We did have a nice diversion on the way home, at The Summit, which is just north of Stanthorpe, Qld - we found Castle Glen. A vineyard where the wine tasting cellar is a Castle. They sell wine & liquers, fudge, jams & chutneys - all made on the premises. We came home with 2 bottles of liquer, some Shiraz Jam for ourselves & a few late Easter presents for my parents.