It was a chilly morning, but the sun was shining, so it was all good! Jenny and Bob had been up scurrying around in the kitchen and packing things up and loading the car - we weren't quite sure what to expect today, except we knew we were going to see wildflowers. We sat down to a nice breakfast and then were off for the day's adventure. Our first stop was up a muddy hill, where we were treated to a gorgeous vista, and really our first good look, at the Western Australia countryside. The bright yellow fields are canola. Isn't it pretty?
You simply cannot imagine what all of these beautiful blooms look like in person! And the whole town of Mullewa was decked out for the festival of flowers! Even the telephone poles were each painted in honor of a different wildflower - everlastings, banksias, grevillieas, mulla mulla - each one more exquisite than the next! While we were in Mullewa, Jenny and I wandered over to a gallery full of Aboriginal art, where we promptly got in trouble for taking pictures of it. So I won't post any of them here, but of course the one I wanted the most was by far the most expensive painting in the store... Our Geraldton friends kept running into people they knew - it was a beautiful winter Saturday, so people had come out in droves to celebrate the wildflowers!
After about 45 minutes or so, we took off again and soon were out in the bush. But look what fun things we came across! I love this photo of the canola fields and the windmill that has to be held in place with guy wires - that should give you some idea how windy it gets here!
After our hike to see the waterfall, we piled back in the cars and drove up to the Mullewa lookout. Here's the whole gang!
From left - Rex, me, Janet, Jan, Bob MacKay, Jenny, other Bob, Karen, Cece, and Kerry. From here, we had a great view of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, which was designed and built by Monsignor John Hawes, who was the local Catholic priest from 1916 to 1939. I believe this church was built in 1927, and it was so sweet. We went inside to see the stunning stained glass windows, and we admired the flowers in the churchyard. Against the bright blue sky, it was so pretty!
We spent about a half an hour exploring the church, and then we were headed south to the Coal Seam for a bit of lunch. Rex and I had no idea of the treats that were in store for us there! There was a nice little picnic area, and lots of people were taking advantage of the nice weather. Again, all of our cars pulled in and boots were unloaded. What a spread!!!! We even had hot food! Just look at all of this!
I loved all of the colors of the prolific Everlastings - pink, yellow, white, and purple - it was like a multi-colored carpet, and I spent the day feeling like I was in a Monet painting. The settings were so beautiful they made us look good!
But he LOVED Bob, way better than me - and would hardly leave his shoulder (or his head). Back at the house, I took some time to download photos but it was not long before I fell into bed, dreaming of colorful wildflowers! I don't know how everyone keeps topping themselves - each day is even better than the one before!