Wandella

Going south on the Princes Highway you pass through the lovely old village of Cobargo, where you can turn right over the bridge and drive towards the Great Dividing Range. Picturesque valleys gradually lead you out to Peak Alone, a striking mountain overlooking Wandella and Yowrie. We stopped at Wandella, to visit our friends for the night. Perhaps another time we will drive on into the mountains and maybe even continue up to Nimitabel in the High Country.

working on the terrace roof

working on the terrace roof

When we arrived our friend was on the roof, late afternoon sunshine lighting the scene. We had not seen the house for a few years, so it was exciting to see the main section almost complete.

pine trees

pine trees

This is dairy country. An electric fence keeps cattle out of the building site. I was fascinated by the huge old pine trees, where I could hear a Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo crunching pine cones and talking softly to himself.

yellow tailed black cockatoo

yellow tailed black cockatoo

Even though he was right at the top my zoom could reach him! See how he is holding the pine cone with one foot while he tears it apart.

spring blossom

spring blossom

Then I investigated the spring blossom. Although our friends are not living here full-time yet, they have a small orchard doing well in the rich soil.

sunset

sunset

As the sun dropped lower clouds began to light up. By now we were sitting on the terrace with some refreshments, catching up with each other. I wanted to zoom closer to that striking tree on the near horizon … a dead pine stark against the glowing sky.

pine branches south

pine branches south

Evening shades of purple were reaching our to envelope us … untilย turning to the north-west revealed a golden sky, with great old gums along the creek bed silhouetted like standing sentinels.

gumtrees to the north

gumtrees to the north

We slept so well in the luxurious guest room on the completed lower section of the house, warmed by the sunny day and embraced by the vegetable garden. I had my camera ready for dawn, and when the sun had risen over the trees the whole valley lit up beautifully.

view to Peak Alone

view to Peak Alone

and here is the wider valley continuing north-west into the ranges … a road beckoning for a future adventure.

dairy country north-west towards Wadbilliga

dairy country north-west towards Wadbilliga

Would you like to come too?

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 thoughts on “Wandella

  1. Yes I would. These photographs look fantastic. It’s really nice to see your friends are/have spent time on their gardens, creating fruit, as well as the building work. With all that space I bet they could grow almost anything. It looks wonderful.

    • When they live there full-time in a few years I am sure the gardens will thrive! Right now with Spring bursting forth they are being tempted to plant things, but they might only be there every fortnight and would be dependent on rain … which is always rare here. It was lovely to see them!

      • Thank you for wonderful photographs and great company. Today we have another helper with building experience, who is helping position the corrugated sheets to protect the end doors. Exciting to see another milestone accomplished. Love L

  2. buongiorno cara, mentre la primavera con i ciliegi in fiore sta esplodendo nell’emisfero australe, qui in Italia l’estate sta finendo e ci si avvicina all’autunno.
    Sempre lieta di stare in viaggio con te. le tue magnifiche foto mi fanno vivere le tue emozioni, e pian piano sti imparando a conoscere e ad amare la terra in cui vivi, la foto che piรน amato quella dei fiori di ciliegio, albero che amo moltissimo
    ti auguro una giornata serena, con affetto
    un grande abbraccio, a presto
    Ventis

    good morning dear , while spring with cherry blossoms is exploding in the southern hemisphere, here in Italy the summer is ending and you get closer to autumn.
    Always proud to be traveling with you. your lovely photos make me live your emotions, and slowly the TSI learning to know and love the land where you live, the most loved that picture of cherry blossoms, the tree that I love so much
    I wish you a peaceful day, with love
    a big hug and see you soon
    Ventis

    • hello Ventis … so happy you enjoyed the blossom … I love it too … and so do the bees ๐Ÿ™‚ I am glad you came travelling with me! Wishing you a wonderful week, and sweet dreams tonight, Christine xx

  3. Yes, please, Christine. I would really like to come along for a visit. ๐Ÿ™‚ What absolutely gorgeous landscape. Those pink skies are so compelling. And we are having such extreme heat right now and everything is dry with summer’s end–those spring blossoms are a sight for sore eyes!

    • Sorry things are so dry for you Debra! I hope you stay safe from fires too. The end of summer is a challenging time here, unless we have had rain when the bushfire risk is less. Right now Spring is rather too warm, but always so pretty with wattle trees flowering abundantly as well as blossom and heaps of wildflowers … ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. wow..I want to have such frined with such an amazing garden as all my friends live in city so no retreat to such a place…u are lucky and you have done a wonderful job with the pics dear…love them all

  5. Breathtaking views via your lens, Christina! I was wondering about black cockatoo, glad you explain that he was holding the pine cone ๐Ÿ™‚

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