Bench Series : December along the Waterfall Way…

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Look what I found in the small village of Ebor, along the Waterfall Way,  an hours drive outside Armidale. 

 I am going to take you back in time 4 weeks when we were in Armidale. We only had 2 days to explore this very interesting town.

Day 1 we took a Heritage bus tour. (Check it out here)

Next day we drove along the Waterfall Way. One of Australia’s lesser known, iconic and beautiful drives. It passes through National Parks, the stunning gorges rise on either side of you and then there are the waterfalls. So many of them. But being summer not many will be flowing. So we went to Ebor Falls as it never dries up.

These are some of the things we saw.

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Paddocks of white daisies. When we passed them near Dubbo I thought they were weeds, but Ruth of “Ruth’s arc” informed me in the comments that they are actually Pyrethrum Daisies. She sent me this information…

“Botanical Resources Australia Pty Ltd (BRA) is the Australian grower of over 60 % of the world’s pyrethrum, the botanical insecticide, and runs the most high-tech pyrethrum industry in the world.”

They are very photogenic…

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I think these may be growing wild though…

I will link this to “flowersoverflowers” I’ve been missing in action on this site for a while.

This is the Guy Fawkes river cascading over the gorge. Creating the Ebor Waterfall, described as one of Australia’s most attractive falls.

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A walking track winds around the top of the falls and we find another bench to sit and admire the lookout.

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On the way out we pull up at an old pioneer cemetery.

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How difficult life must’ve been for these hardy pioneers when they settled in this area in the 1800’s.

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After a welcome cup of coffee at the “Fusspot’s Café” it was time to head back to our mini house sit in Armidale.

But one last side trip on the way to see another waterfall.

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Wollomombi Falls was almost totally dried up. Can you see the small pool and the trickle of water falling into it? But look at that massive gorge and imagine the force and power behind the falls in full flow during the winter wet season that has created that. It would be an awesome sight.

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Now I have caught up with my travels to this house sit and we only have another 2 weeks here.

Weather up date. After the sweltering heat of 39c+ on Sunday, yesterday the temperatures dropped to mid 20’s and it started to RAIN, and today it is still steadily falling, mana from heaven. I can see the grass and weeds growing as I look at them!!!

Well Jude week 51 of your very popular bench series and only one more week to go…

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36 thoughts on “Bench Series : December along the Waterfall Way…

  1. Always enjoy your eclectic choices of photos from the small and delightful to the awesome. All of them lovely. Thanks for these treasures I so enjoy.

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  4. How spectacular are those paddocks of daisies, and I love the almost dry waterfall too. By the time I got to the end I’d almost forgotten the spectacular bench you started with. Why did I never make it ‘Down Under’? Such delights you could show me 🙂

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  5. Beautiful fields of daisies Pauline and the lichen too is lovely. I hope you and Jack have a very Happy Christmas 🙂

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  6. poppytump

    Your daisies have really got us all going Pauline 🙂 Lovely post !
    Have a fabulous Christmas it’s been super following you on your travels this year again .
    I’m having to have a quick whizz round blogs as and when at the minute as the phone is dead and internet intermittent since we returned home from the seaside two days ago …

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    • Thanks for dropping in Poppy, despite the internet problems. I look forward to more of your beautiful photos and inspiring art work next year. Hope Christmas is a relaxing one for you.

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  7. wow, what a beautiful area!

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  8. Lovely post. I stayed at a little cottage in Clifton once that had a very elaborate blue version of that first bench. It was stunning and I had forgotten about it until now. Dad says Ruth is correct about the daisies 😄😄

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  9. Thanks for taking us to another fascinating place. Beautiful photos as always. Love the waterfall, bench and yes, the daisies and fences. I too must explore more of rural inland Australia.

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  10. I am fascinated by the pyrethrum diasies. We use pyrethrum here as a tick repellent and I always thought it was a marigold derivative. I wonder if they are any kind of tick deterrent while growing–hmmm, maybe we could plant a border. But, then again, they may not be good for the bees. I can see that some research is in order here. In any case, they are absolutely lovely. What a beautiful area.

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    • Interesting comment Brenda. I don’t think they will affect the bees as I think it is the oil (?) the produce from them. Do you have a tick problem in your area? We are ok here, but have been in many places, especially up north, were they are a big problem.

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      • Ticks are rampant here, with plenty of Lyme disease. It’s really been the only downside to our move to Maine. When we are working in the brush, grass, or leaves, we now wear tick-resistant clothing, which is infused with pyrethrum. I’ve been researching plants that might work as tick deterrents in the landscape. But, we’ll be keeping bees, too, so want to be careful.

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  11. Love the way you get out there and explore- thanks for sharing some great photos.

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  12. Joy Hall

    Wonderful photography as usual Pauline. What an interesting place to visit and just love the
    Daisies. How do you find all these great places to visit?

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    • Google is a big help in finding what is out there Joy. Hope you have a happy family Christmas, we will be home mid January and will be in touch

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  13. I loved the daisies too! 💜 Your photos are always do refreshing! Winter here with more snow on the way! ❄️☃🎄

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  14. I love those daisies. Pauline 😀

    Can you sit in under that waterfall (about half way down on that huge rock ledge?) I’m game if you are 😉

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  15. Yes as Jude commented those daises and fence posts, and I will add the horse shoe seat.
    For me the whole post has captured and refreshed the memory of another wonderful day.
    Thank you for getting me out of my comfortable Gold Coast paradise and for recording the memories we share._/\_

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  16. What a fab post PP, you have excelled yourself with those daisies and fence posts and what about all that lichen? It must get very wet there. And the bench at the top, how unique is that? I have actually been to Dubbo, changed there from a train on to a bus to Broken Hill so didn’t stay around long. You have made me want to explore the inland Australia now!

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