What a day! Good start with savoury pancakes de tour in Bourke and ending with delicious freezing cold Sav Blanc in Lightning Ridge - opal desert country. Wasn’t on this ‘agenda’ (that I knew of) but I love the place so why not! Perhaps we’ll do a little opal noodling tomorrow - in the broiling sun. I’ll tell you about the Australian Opal Centre tomorrow or ....
Spotted a really unusual tree as we headed north east - the Warrior Bush (Apophyllum anomalum). This seems to be a bit of a relic plant. It’s host for the Caper White butterfly which, according to the pundits, probably moved into northern Australia with their food plants during the Oligocene. Yeah me too ..... but that’s approx 20-35 million years ago. The really interesting thing is that it is related to the Wild Orange (Capparus mitchelli) which in this area is regarded as an indicator of opal-bearing ground. I will be on its trail tomorrow - Michael take note!
Ain’t travel an education - see a tree and a viola a lesson in geology - or something like that. As Miriam Baker (Out an About) says “Enjoy the journey and the destination whether it’s your first or fifth time. The real voyage of discovery consists not of seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”
This poor wee church is in Goodooga. Not indicative of the place but it just appealed to me - poor thing. Goodooga is a village NE of Brewarrina on the scenic route to Lightening Ridge.
The Warrior tree. Dotted about the landscape as we travelled further NE. Stands out against the surrounding vegetation. A few bits of trivia, leaves are present on young growth and the animals love browsing on the branches so most are bare up to cattle head height.
These wily Roos were enjoying the sprinkler and chomping up the grass. Clever beasts - until the owner cane and shooed them off.
Pancakes de tour - left over vege and anything else! plus onion and butter of course (plus Mum’s age old drop scone recipe). Works for us!