|John was excited to share details of this rare tree with us. “It is a Wollemia Nobilis. Wollemia is a genus of coniferous tree in the family Araucariaceae. Wollemia was only known through fossil records until the Australian species Wollemia Nobilis was discovered in 1994 in a temperate rainforest wilderness area of the Wollemi National Park in New South Wales, in a remote series of narrow, steep-sided sandstone gorges 150 km north-west of Sydney. The genus is named for the National Park.”|
Fascinating Fact of the Day about Devon, Cornwall:
“Devon has the country’s oldest bakery (from this site):
It isn’t only pasties we’ve been making forever, we’ve also been making bread and biscuits since before America was born. How do we know? Jacka Bakery on the Barbican made biscuits that went onto The Mayflower for the sailing of the Pilgrim Fathers. It is the oldest bakery in the country, even older than those sandwiches you get in South West Train buffet cars. Just think, if Jacka hadn’t been there all those years ago we might not have the USA today. You’re welcome. We also used to have the oldest hotel in the country, the Royal Clarence in Exeter, but that is temporarily burnt to the ground.“
|The pond next to our house, Pond Cottage with a few ducks and geese.|
There’s no way we’d be interested in paying an extra GBP $10 (US $12.43) or GBP $15 (US $ 18.65) a day for added insurance when we often don’t pay those amounts for the rental itself. Also, in foreign countries, I don’t drive when the stick shift in on the left and driving is on the left side of the road. I’m not a good enough driver for that level of coordination!
|Wet logs on the bottom, dry logs for our use in the fireplace, at the top of this pile.|
As a rarity, we’re staying at my friend Karen’s home in Eden Prairie which she kindly offered. We’d stayed with Karen during our last few weeks in Minnesota prior to leaving to begin our travels.
|There are numerous barns and paddocks on the 150-acre farm.|
Of course, we’ll be busy with family most days and evenings and plan to eat most of our meals out, to ensure we don’t impose on Karen, family or friends. With my restricted way of eating, it’s too much to expect hosts to figure it out. I’m sure we’ll have a few meals with Karen and her significant other.
|Lush greenery is prevalent on the 150 acres.|
We continued to drive around the area of the airport until we finally found one five miles away. We’ve never had such problems getting from one location to another in any part of the world, all due to the lack of a consistent internet signal.
|Renate, the owner suggested we keep the gate closed and the front doors. Otherwise. the ducks and geese will enter the house.|
We stayed calm. We finally headed back to the airport to return the car and collect another. We asked for the same car with the new contract and this was accomplished at ease. We’ve had great rentals and customer service at a company we’ve used time and again, Europcar.
|A handy feeder for sheep and other barnyard animals.|
We’d planned a couple of favorite recipes to make during the week but were unable to find the ingredients including Italian sausages, or any well-seasoned sausage without wheat or sugar.
|This is the area where the sheep are sheared once a year. John and Renate have a company with workers from Australia or New Zealand in their “off-season,” (Southern Hemisphere) that shear their sheep.|
Instead, we revised our grocery list on the app on my phone and decided on preparing easy dinners for this remaining month in the country: a protein source, a variety of vegetables and a salad (and rice for Tom).
|There are acres of orchards on the property. Over this hill is a garden from which we can pick whatever we’d like that’s remaining from the growing season.|
Have a great week ahead!
|It was hard to believe we captured this scene close to sunset at the Crocodile River. For more photos, please click here.|