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31 December: NEW YEARS EVE – Toowoomba

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Not Sydney but it’s all we’ve got (and we can walk home in 5 minutes!)

A great five course dinner with friends, the fireworks was course two, Champagne, exotic cheeses, home-grown baked veggies, Felicity’s rack-of-lamb and Beverley’s famous raspberry sauce!!

Fireworks in 'Frogs Hollow' Toowoomba 7.30pm December 3, 2011


26 December: Xmas Lunch with Ruby + Sandy

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A Christmas ritual is lunch with our Mothers – Vicky’s Mum passed away this year so Ruby and Sandy Barrie were our main connection on Boxing Day.

Sandy and Ruby preparing late Xmas lunch

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December 26, 2011 at 6:03 am

25 December: Magic Revealed – Xmas Light Displays

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Clown shape - Christmas Wonderland

Have you ever been enthrawlled by the sight of those amazing Xmas light displays that become such a feature of the Yuletide season? Darkness hides the ‘how it’s done’ and all you see is the vibrant colours and the shapes formed.

 In my town of Toowoomba the local Lions club puts on a display entitled “Christmas Wonderland” – A section to the Toowoomba Botanic Gardens is converted by a team of volunteers, miles of cable and thousands of lights.
Visitors to the “Christmas Wonderland” pay an entry of a Gold coin to view the display and accompanying entertainment events. Around 60,000 visitors viewed the display this year.
On Christmas Day we went to the Gardens for a picnic lunch and I had a chance to check out the strange ‘behind the scenes’ of the display …



Two Angels

Spikey star

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December 26, 2011 at 5:34 am

25 December: Lunch in the Park

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We Hope You All Had a Great One Too  ! !

Christmas lunch in Toowoomba’s Botanic Gardens

Toowoomba Botanic Gardens setting

Smoked trout, salad, fruits ad watermelon – A Christmas Dinner feast

A bull ant tucks in as well!

Lying back after lunch – looking skyward

Maybe Christmas is for the birds!

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December 25, 2011 at 7:20 am

20+21 December: Heading Home

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It always rains when we turn for home. The Newell Highway, rain and big B-Double truck rattling along the flood tortured bitumen is an experience that is full of tension.

Drivin' down the highway - Photo: Vicky

Another thing – Don’t check into motels that are too close to the highway. Sometimes, in the dead of night, it feels as if the truck is coming through the room …

The sun did shine @ Forbes …

Outside the Forbes Courthouse

Santa up a pole

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December 22, 2011 at 11:02 am

19 December: Milawa Bread, Cheese and Wines

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A Mt Buffalo snack - Olive breads, soft and hard cheeses and nuts

North-eastern Victoria is renown for fine foods and wines – While at Mt Buffalo we feasted on sour dough and olive breads made locally. The olive bread came from the Milawa Bakery and when we left the mountain we went in search of some more of the luscious bread. Milawa Bakery is situated in the Cheese Factory so we stocked up on some Christmas delicacies.

Just nearby Brown Brothers vineyards stretch across the landscape, and they have wine tastings at their cellar door – we went in …

Out the cellar door with a few bottles

For more on the Milawa foods:



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December 22, 2011 at 10:44 am

15~18 December: Mt Buffalo National Park

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Revisiting the mountain will require many posts. Here is a taster …

To see the FULL Mt Buffalo image package visit our ‘PLACES VISITED’ Blogalongthetrack.wordpress.com

Victoria Cooper and Doug Spowart in the Mt Buffalo Chalet garden

Doug and Vicky at the Gorge lookout, Mt Buffalo National Park

Vicky photographing flowers at Mt Dunn, Mt Buffalo National Park

Doug photographing near The Horn, Mt Buffalo National Park

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December 19, 2011 at 9:32 am

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