Today was probably my most adventurous day. I drove 100+ km to Toowoomba, which is to the west in the ‘range’. It is know as the Garden City of Queensland, in fact the name of the club I’m speaking to is Garden City Zonta Club. When I arrived in Toowoomba, I drove straight through to the west for another 30 minutes to the Jondaryan Woolshed which was established in 1859. The Jondaryan Woolshed is a huge shearing shed built to shear the sheep belonging to what became the largest freehold pastoral empire in Queensland. This is NOT one of the tours that Sparky would take. I felt it was important because the history of AU is integral to sheep and their products. Hey, I read The Thornbirds twice and saw the movie at least twice.
The most important thing was to have damper and billy tea. Damper is a biscuit/bread made with self-rising flour and water only, but cooked over a camp fire, so it has a smokiness imparted for flavor. Off course it is slathered with butter and “cocky’s joy”, a golden syrup that is made from sugar cane. I liked the damper and “spotted dog”, which is more damper with fruits and nuts, but I didn’t care for the golden syrup. Billy tea is pretty much tea, but since the water is heated over the fire coals it is supposed to have a special smokey flavor . . . well, at least I had it.
I knew I wanted to see a winery in the area, I just didn’t know it was going to be in the middle of NOWHERE! I saw a sign for wineries to the right when I made a left for the woolshed. The tour lady at Jondaryan recommended Rimfire, so off I went. Little did I know it was 38 km the other way. At least I enjoyed the drive through the country side, really, I did. It is so amazing to be wondering around in this great country. The land here reminds me of the Palouse for those of you in WA and for the TX folks think Hill Country and OK, well, you’d have to find some hills in the NE to relate to it. I definitely saw cattle and some crops today.
The wine was so – so, I bought a bottle of white for Kylene and a bottle of Country Rose for Mom because it is sweet enough for her to drink.