Friday, March 5, 2010

The Long Drive Home...


We've done the drive from the Sunshine Coast in Queensland to Melbourne, Victoria many times now, and believe me, it doesn't get any shorter the more times you do it! Nevertheless, we have it down to a fine art now and we break up the long drive with stops to admire the incredible Australian landscape like this lake above, food stops (of course!), short walks for our beautiful pooch Lola, and occasionally if we are really lucky we stumble across a cool market or art and craft shop. David is a bit obsessed with old Holdens, so often he will talk me into stopping to take photos of them if he spots them by the side of the road. I thought this photo was kind of pretty...

On our last drive home we met this lovely man, Bob, who was selling big boxes of delicious cherries out the back of his van at a truck stop.

Of course there was no question about whether we would indulge. Between this box of cherries and the box of huge Queensland mangoes we picked up, our car smelt like a fruit shop by the time we arrived in Melbourne. I think Lola would have been more impressed if we had picked up a box of something meaty, she looks a bit sad. Don't worry, there were plenty of doggie treats for her on the way home...

We stumbled across this old Holden dealership at Peaks Hill - a local told us a really interesting story about the man who used to own the shop. Apparently one day he just walked out and locked the doors behind him and has never returned. There are brand new 1960s Holdens still on display, gathering dust. David was chomping at the bit to get in there to get a closer look at all of those lovely old cars.


We stopped in a small town called Henty for some yummy bbq chicken and while there we took a snoop around and discovered the Henty craft co-op at the old train station. Check out these cute bags, made by Henty locals with love.

Cute bag with hippo button




















Cute bag with ladybird button