We are not sure why this fellow is residing at this place unless he has something to do with a lost wiseman???? He does make for interesting pictures when you are in the middle of the bush.
|The locals did not even know the names of these trees but they were gorgeous enough to stop and take a picture. This is springtime in the bush!|
We enjoyed a good old fashioned spring thunderstorm with another beautiful sunset. Elder's unbrella has seen better days and will soon be put to rest in the trash. The tree is called a frangipani and blooms in the spring/summer. We would love to have one in our yard, but they like tropical climates best. All of the polynesian women put the blossoms from this tree in their hair-especially on Sundays. It is beautiful!
|The office staff birthday breakfast for Elder Feil turning 66. Sister Howes does an amazing breakfast - breakfast burritos, french toast casserole, and real maple syrup. It was delicious as always. The Birthday Breakfasts are never redundant!|
President changed transfer transportation and the assistants were working out the details of moving 50 missionaries to various areas of the mission. Just a little bit of a headache but these Elders were equal to the task and got the job done without a hitch.
|The Harbour Beaches Sisters meet each week to do Preach My Gospel sessions with the zone leaders. USA, Taiwan, China, Guam and Australia are represented here.|
The goodbyes have started in earnest and every missionary wants their picture taken with the Feils. Everytime they come to the office, we stop work and take more pictures. We are getting more model poses and learning to love pictures.
And the leavers come for final pictures - we are sad but know that New Caledonia will enjoy having this Elder back home. He has done a brilliant job and will be missed.
We went to dinner with our friends to the Intercontinental Hotel in downtown Sydney. They built the hotel around this old mint building and were able to retain the original lift. It is the oldest working lift in the southern hemisphere. It reminded us of Thoroughly Modern Millie tap dancing in the lift..."shu sho, shu sho". :)
That is running water coming down in perfect sheets. Who thinks of these things?
|Back to our day trip - we have filled up one photo card and had to start another. Wiseman's Ferry is on the Hawkesbury River which joins the ocean at the Entrance. ( See previous blogs or google)|
|We were able to borrow a van for the day. The Barrs are the local tour guides and provide historical, botanical, and general knowledge about the area. It was a pleasant day for a drive in the country.|
|An empty termite nest provides a home for the local kookaburras. We watched one go inside but he wouldn't come out for a picture!|
|This is Elder with Solomon Wiseman who founded this area and set up the ferry. Both old gentlemen look good for their age!|
|This is the Inn - we just love the typical Aussie buildings. The metal roofs are still going strong.|
This passenger is out of control - we were thinking of leaving her.
|Another Huntsman Hitchhiker! He was hiding in the tirewell but was found and taken care of before Sister Barr had a stroke.|
|The Great North Road - built by convicts, of course, in 1826-1837. It is now only a hiking trail.|
|The view of the Ferry area from the Great North Road.|
|The road bed was built up by the surrounding stone. President Barr and I climbed down into the bush area to get this magnificent picture! Of course we were watching for snakes and other venemous bits and pieces.|
|I left my camera in his care in order to have my picture taken. Keep in mind that this is about 20 feet high, and was built entirely by hand. They made drainage ducts, so the water would not flood the road bed.|
|Two lizards came out to see what we were doing.|
|The buttresses helped keep the wall in place and hold the weight. The picture below shows the drainage window.|
|This is a flannel flower - these plants grow in the bush and are so beautiful. The petals are soft, just like flannel. Will these grow in Utah? That is a question for google.|
|The skinny-man gate; the large gate was locked and we were glad all of us fit. No worries. :) Guess we can eat a few more Chocolate Cheesecakes from Guylian.|