What a wonderful time for Mother Nature. We have had some good soaking Spring rains and beautiful warm sunny days which have transformed the orchards from sleeping sticks to a blush of strong new growth and flowers, tiny little fruits are growing, and it won’t be all that long until we can tuck into all the fresh fruits available here on the Granite Belt. Strawberries are being picked and enjoyed now by some of our guests who like to DIY.
The nearby National Parks are alive with birds nesting, flowers blooming and creeks flowing. A great time to walk and enjoy the magnificent views from many of the Parks vantage points. Or if scaling heights isn’t your thing take a leisurely walk amongst the trees and valleys that follow the creeks to other notable landmarks…clear days, cool nights…perfect for walking and exploring. Our garden has burst into life as well. The roses have made a wonderful show over the arbour at the front entrance to our Reception and all the flowers are starting to pop with colour.
Now is the time to book that weekend getaway or take advantage of our Relax & Escape package for a 3 night stay during the week. Take time to look around, take in the beauty of the amazing spring wild flowers, explore, wine and dine or kick back and do as little as you want. It’s also a great time to explore our region by bicycle. Avoid the hassle of loading you own bikes, why not hire them from Granite Belt Bicycle Tours and Hire, guided or self-guided, your call, plenty of places to ride and enjoy the scenery. Please see our Rock n Roll package for details. Oh….and did we mention about the Truffle Discovery Centre located here on the Granite Belt. Take advantage of our Best Bites on the Granite Belt package which, as well as our great accommodation, includes entertainment and food.
Both of us are keen bird watchers and having so many birds close at hand is a constant source of joy. One of our resident Grey Shrike-thrush pairs has setup its Spring nest in our shed. I found this a little unsettling because I need to close the shed up at times and I was fearful they would desert the eggs they had already laid. So, I left one of the shed windows open and thankfully the pair found it straight away and use this entry point when the main doors are closed. Happy days! The Kookaburras are also nesting just off walking track 1 and we also have Pardalotes nesting in a mound of dirt near our Wifi Lounge. All of this certainly beats rush hour traffic and train commutes to the city.
What we have been doing
We took time out to attend the Good Food & Wine Show at the Brisbane Convention & Entertainment Centre, 27th to the 29th of October where we helped man the Granite Belt Wine Country stand promoting our Granite Belt Region as a whole. We gave away free information bags containing some of the many things to do and places to stay.
Deb & I have been busy keeping 31 The Rocks shipshape with continued maintenance and upgrades. As mentioned in our last blog, Villa 5 received a bit of long awaited renovation with a revamp to the existing verandah, painting of the verandah floor, new outdoor furniture also new outdoor lighting and attachment of a new bar handrail for those who like to sit and look out over the rocks at the sunset, while sipping a wine or beer and enjoying a meal without the worry of knocking the goodies off the handrail. Villa 5 also received an upgrade to the parking area to allow easier egress from the vehicles in the form of widening of the space with new gravel and a retaining wall.