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Exploration and Wonder

24 January 2011

Happy Monday!

I'm a little late this week, but I hope you enjoy the photos and run down of my weekend :)

As I said in a previous, we've been sorting through the boxes of crap stuff in the garage this week. It's still not finished, but that's because we've started procrastinating. Anyhow, I got pleasantly distracted on Friday afternoon. I heard this humming sound. First I thought it might have been a small plane, nope too soft. The I thought it was probably one of those enormous Tassie blow flies, but those buggers buzz for a few seconds then land then take off and buzz again, this was a constant hum. I was stumped and ventured inside for a drink. As I walked past the Aggies it got louder, when I looked up I couldn't believe what I saw.....Bumble Bees! Not you average honey bees, but big furry bumble bees! When I looked closer there were about 5 or 6 of them and a few honey bees as well. I couldn't resist, I bolted inside for my camera.

Aren't they beautiful? The are absolutely huge, 3 or 4 times the size of the honey bees and so dark and furry. They were easy to photograph too because they hover. The little honey bees darted quickly from stamen to stamen but the bumble bees took their time and hovered about the stamens on one plant before landing and crawling inside the flowers on another. They were mesmerizing to watch.

On Sunday afternoon, after a bit of thrift shopping which landed us two near new screen doors for $30 (!) we decided we'd do a little exploring and took off for an afternoon drive. We stopped in a little town called Railton to enjoy the views of Mt Roland.

There's a little tourist area where you can stop and take photos of the views, we stopped in an met some of the locals ;)

After Railton we continued on to Sheffield which is a small town that has come to be known as the town of murals. Gorgeous painted murals cover a lot of the town's buildings, they are just beautiful. I'm going to do another post later this week with some more of the murals, I hope you'll come back and check it out.

On our way home we went through Spreyton and I could not get over all the apple trees. Now I know Tassie is renowned apples but these orchards lined the side of the road with no fences or anything. The only other orchards I've seen along the highway to Launie and aren't what you call accessible. So I could resist jumping out of the car one last time and snapping a few pics of these gorgeous royal gala apples.

So that's our weekend wrap up. I hope you had a great weekend too!

Today I'm linking up with Scissors Paper Rock and Fat Mum Slim


  1. Wow, how cool are those bees? They're massive! Your photos are gorgeous Em!
    And I love your road trip piccies...awesome scenery!
    Have a lovely week!

  2. SNAp - must be a flower kind of day - your landscapes are great - can see that storm coming :)

  3. That mural is amazing - is the hammock real? It looks real... Those gala's look different to the type we get here but still yummy!


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