Thursday, August 31, 2006

Ekka cake prize winners

It's not every day you get to see Queenslands best rocky road, it's enough to make the sweet tooth drool. I thought the work that went into some of the cakes was quite imaginative, I always think it must be hard to have to cut them in the end. There were prizes for everything from scones, biscuits and all types of cakes. I told larraine I thought her scones would go close. I don't know what people thought of this guy going around taking shots of all these cakes. (it's ok folks it's to show my wife)

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

bananas, pumpkins and pineaples

Just a few shots from this year's Brisbane exhibition locally known as the "Ekka". I chatted to the man on the banana display and he was saying that banana prices should be down to $5 a kilo by december (for overseas friends our banana prices have nearly tripled in price since cyclone Larry ealier this year) It was a great show this year and I think they had record attendances, the weather was certainly pefect for it. The three pumpkin prize winners are pictured, and although the orange one looks smaller it was the heaviest at 117 kilos. Larraine was unable to go this year so I took lots of shots and she was able to enjoy a slide show on the computer. I rounded off the day having a nice chat to a retired farmer and his wife from Warwick. It's very refreshing to talk to country people they are so open and friendly I find.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Signs of spring

We are very fortunate living in the subtropics the signs of spring come very early. Although the nights can still be a little chilly the days are starting to get quite warm 23-24 deg. The birds are chirping and there is a definate spring feeling in the air. This is a native vine Hardenbergia Violacia it was full of bees today.
.This orchid sits on our breakfast table it has four of the biggest blooms at the moment and it emits a beautiful fragrance, these flowers seem to have lasted for ages and don't seem to show any signs of wilting.
This is one of our favourite Grevilleas it's a mass of red spider flowers at the moment and little white eyes have been visiting for the nectar.

This two-tone Azalea seems to bloom continuosly once it starts. Ithink it must be in just the right spot.