I like little country cottages, like this one on the outskirts of Bowral.
Lots of fog and dew on autumn mornings.
And who doesn’t love a stringybark – bark still in tact at this time of year.
I’ve discovered all sort of photos that I hadn’t blogged about. This one was from 3 years ago when I went to the Southern Highlands for the weekend with some friends.
It’s strange looking at these photos from way back, from a time when we could book holidays willy-nilly and enjoy the autumn colours.
The end of winter (and our wedding anniversary) saw us heading once again to the Southern Highlands. I revisited Chinoiserie, the property with the beautiful peony gardens that I saw the previous spring. This time, we came to stay.
We stayed in the separate guest wing, and it was a lovely, cosy place to be.
Lots of whimsical touches inside, like this stained glass window.
Dominic, the co-owner and ‘head gardener’ loves his peonies, so there had to be some indoors too.
I became more aware of the trees around me in the autumn: how the branches of the crepe myrtle in my front yard formed a cross-hatching pattern against the bright sky.
The softer light also highlighted frequently overlooked details: like a haphazard pile of leaves on the ground.
It wasn’t not only the deciduous trees that caught my eye: in the morning light, the ridges of bark on this gum tree had a character of its own.
Last autumn seems very far away when it’s nine days till Christmas and 30C outside, but I’ve conjured up a few photos to cool you down a little.
A girl’s weekend in the Southern Highlands was a perfect opportunity to sample to autumn foliage.
A foggy start to the morning…
Cleared to a fine day…
For wine tasting.
On the way back home we visited Mount Gibraltar – a hill between Mittagong and Bowral. It had some great views west into the Greater Blue Mountains region.
I hadn’t noticed that there were so many significant peaks (and troughs) out there. The closest peak on the right is Mt Jellore, in the middle of a state forest of the same name. The plateau behind it, hubby thinks, is Yerranderie, all the way by Lake Burrangorang.
Even though it was overcast that day, it was clear enough to see all the way to the Upper Blue Mountains. Brilliant.
We took a drive through the neighbouring village of Tallong, out to Badgerys Lookout. It too is on the edge of the escarpment, but I’d never seen such expansive valleys before in the Southern Highlands. The river below eventually joins up with the Kangaroo River, which eventually flows into the Shoalhaven.
The bush looked much barer and drier at this end of the Shoalhaven Catchment. It also looked as if landslides were a frequent occurence.