When we go up to visit we usually take the pets with us and this time, along with our three cats, we took the two grown dogs as usual and our pup Genevieve who is about five months old. This was her first trip up there, and she loathed every single minute of the trip. Once she got there though, she ran around and thoroughly enjoyed herself.
|Genevieve the pup and Scout playing with a new toy.|
|Rachel, Genevieve and Scout playing in mum's backyard.|
|Stanley the cat and Genevieve the pup took the|
opportunity for a good play in the dirt and leaves.
|Here's mum's old ringer washer machine|
that she still uses, even though
it's about forty years old.
On Saturday JD and I went shopping with mum. With JD growing so much, I had to buy him some new clothes for winter plus replace my socks because my other new ones ended up on JD's feet before they disappeared into the black hole beneath his bed.
|JD had a go at playing the ukelele while we were there.|
|Neville was the cheeky announcer|
|One of the winners at the cent-sale.|
|Some of the prizes won at the cent-sale on the table near us|
|The two prizes I won at the cent-sale|
|On the way back, Cinnamon took a nap on top|
of the carry box which Stanley likes to travel in
|The whistling kite is a common sight in Central Queensland.|
|Typical countryside in Central Queensland.|
|More Central Queensland countryside.|
|A common sight in Central Queensland countryside is|
the house on the hill.
|A very familiar sight on Australian roads are transport trucks|
that take anything from groceries to houses to oversized tyres.
|One way to move a house or a building is by truck.|
|Other drivers on the road have to give way for the big guys!|
|The distances between cities or towns in Australia often|
amaze international travellers.
|JD and I spotted a couple of lovely old cars that|
had been done up - they were gorgeous!
|These two old cars were actually travelling faster than us.|
|As people move from the countryside into the cities, small|
towns shrink and the old church congregations shrink too.
This old country church has been converted into a home
complete with outdoor dunny (toilet) and water tank.
|This country church has also been converted into a home.|
|A typical country town complete with homes and farm machinery.|
|Almost every little town in Australia has at least one pub.|
|Right in the middle of this small town, is a home with a horse|
stable and of course, the trusty barbed-wire fence.
|And here is a typical police station in a small Queensland country town.|
|We came across a small shower on our way home.|
|Mt Larcom near Gladstone is a well-known sight.|
|The rainbow was a nice welcome as|
we headed into Gladstone.
|The mudflats and mangroves around Gladstone are|
not particularly attractive, but they play an
important part in a healthy ocean and waterways.
|The last long stretch of road as we drive into Gladstone with|
the NRG powerhouse in the distance.
|NRG is one of the many industries in the Gladstone area.|
|The setting sun provides the backdrop for |
an outline of further industry in the region