Friday, January 9, 2015

A day out

Following almost a week of extremely high temperatures, catastrophic bushfires and very welcome overnight rain (which helped considerably the efforts of our heroic firefighters to quell the fire), I decided to "top up my inner tank" with a drive away from suburbia with a dear friend.
 
This "guard of honour" of Agapanthus led us to the charmingly named Udder Delights café in Hahndorf, which specialises in cheese and cheese flavoured dishes, where we paused for lunch . .
 
 
. . . of course a cappuccino went down well too!



 
How about this red hot Porsche, adding a splash of colour to the street?

 
. .  and one of many sunflowers showing it's cheerful face

 
 

A freshly cut Zinnia decorating a local store's interior display

 
. . . and some beautiful, intricately hand crafted pieces





 
. . . and finally, on our way home, a glimpse of the scorched ground on the edge of the bushfire area. Roads through the worst-affected areas were still closed due to the danger of falling trees.

 
Continuing prayers for those who've lost homes, belongings, pets and still trying to cope with the overall trauma.  Admiration for the hundreds of volunteers in many capacities who assisted and those who continue to do so in the aftermath of this tragedy.
 
Linking up with Nick's  Floral Friday Foto

9 comments:

jeannettestgermain said...

What a nice and relaxing trip! Oh boy, I didn't know it was this bad. We know about fires in California. Always a lot of anxiety and loss. Joining with you in your prayers.

Tom said...

Lovely series...the old mill is a delight. Tom The Backroads Traveller

ladyfi said...

Wow - just beautiful! Lovely shots. And my heart goes out to all those affected by the fires.

Birgitta said...

Beautiful photos! Sad about the fires...

Gunilla Bäck said...

Lovely photos. The sunflower is my favorite. Terrible about the fires.

diane b said...

Hahndorf, a great place for lunch and a coffee. I'ma little jealous. The fire scorched land is a sad reminder of the horrors some people went through. I agree with you about the fire fighters .

NatureFootstep said...

I´m glad it stopped burning and left some nice things still alive. :) You h´share some beautiful things.

Nora said...

Such a contrast to our weather. Sorry to hear about the fires. Hope you get lots of rain.

Nick V. said...

We have been keeping an anxious eye at the bushfires in SA, Valerie and we have had a few of our own here in Victoria. Thankfully, the rains came and they helped the firies put them out.
Glad you found some respite and greenery in Hahndorf (0ne of my fave spots in the Adelaide Hills). Lovely shots.
Many thanks for taking part in Floral Friday Fotos, hope to see your entry this week as well.

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