Monday, March 26, 2012

Emerald lives up to its name

We flew in to Emerald Monday afternoon. I was stunned by how green everything was and was also surprised to seee the amount of water lying across the paddocks, encroaching on farms and homes, flowing under bridges and creeks running at capacity.

On arrival we collected our hire car, checked in to the very new Mayfair Hotel, then headed out to look for food. After a huge, but uninspiring lunch at the Irish pub, we hit the road venturing out to Springsure to visit Janine at the library. We took with us an orange and poppyseed cake from the local bakery, which cost the princely sum of $6. Unheard of at home for a whole cake. We made it to the library in time for afternoon tea, so enjoyed tea and cake while talking to library clients and staff. A pleasant way to have a tour and see what challenges the library staff a facing.

The scenery between Emerald and Springsure is beautiful, with Virgin Rock a highlight. It made me realize just why the European artists like Eugene Von Guerard and Louis Buvelot were so inspired by the light and landscapes they saw on their arrival in Australia. It really is inspiring.

A highlight for me was the visit of the local Primary School with two prep classes joining us for storytime and craft activities.

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