Wildflowers October

The wattle is about finished for this year, but there is no shortage of colour smattering the undergrowth in October!

 Coalfields Hwy

Pink, orange and yellow Pea flowers growing in the reseeded area along the newer part of the Coalfields Hwy

Red and Green Kangaroo Paws making a stunning display along the Coalfields Hwy

 Collie Visitor Centre

Scented pink Boronia can be found in the Collie Visitor Centre gardens

These Geraldton Wax flowers have been blooming for weeks

 Griffin Bridge

You will find the bridge and a small parking area just off Mungalup Rd.

We are not sure what these tiny white flowers are called

Pretty white Myrtle with a hint of pink

A simple white Tea Tree growing along the river near the Griffin Bridge

Stunning orange Hibbertia

Harris River Road

This vivid blue Leschenaultia is prolific along Harris River Road

Not sure that these delightful looking pink and white flowers are natives, but they are definitely very pretty

Mornington Road

These sunny yellow Hibbertias can be found all along Mornington Road

The pretty white Pimeleas are actually made up of dozens of tiny flowers

Another amazing Pea flower. This one has loads of tiny yellow blooms on a tall stem

Minninup Pool

The classic red and Green Kangaroo paw can be found in many places in the CRV

Another stunning pea flower

Vibrant yellow Hibbertias can be found almost everywhere in the Collie River Valley

If you follow the track from Minninup Pool to Sandy and take the middle track to loop back to where you began, (just keep to your right) you will find these shiny purple Enamel Orchids along the side of the track.

You will have to look carefully to find the dainty Spider Orchids

You will find these spiky blooms along the banks of the river near the toilets

Cowslip Orchids are quite common along the track near Minninup Pool

Town Centre

Native hibiscus growing near the railway footbridge

Lovely frilly pink tea tree

Wellington National Park

We think this is a white Pimelea. It is growing prolifically throughout the National Park, especially along Lennard Drive.

There are numerous flowers belonging to the Pea family growing in WNP. This one has a broad prickly leaf.

Another delicate Pea flower with contrasting pink and orange petals

Stunning yellow Hibbertia

More vivid pink and orange Pea flowers, growing near Long Pool.

We are unsure what this delicate ballerina is called.

We found this Pea growing near Long Pool

Another prickly leaf Pea flower. This time the petals are yellow and burgundy

School Holidays Fun

Campfire Damper

Damper is a campfire staple and so easy to make. Once you have mastered basic damper, you can vary the recipe to make is sweet or savoury simply by adding different ingredients.

Light your fire a good hour before cooking, because you want lots of coals and not much flame to cook on. You can build the fire up quicker by adding small pieces of wood, rather than larger pieces. Once you have a good layer of coals you are ready to start cooking. Avoid adding additional wood during the cooking time so that the temperature stays fairly constant.

You will need four cups of Self Raising Flour, two cups of water and a splash of oil. These quantities can be varied to make a larger or smaller loaf. Just stick to four measures of flour and two of water. 

Mix the flour and water with a little splash of oil. The dough should be just a little bit sticky. If it is too dry, your damper will be crumbly and if it is too wet the damper will be heavy and doughy. Sprinkle the dough with a little flour and knead lightly until it forms a nice round loaf shape.

Lightly oil a cast iron camp oven and place the dough in the oven. You can put a trivet on the bottom of the oven if you like to help stop it burning on the bottom.

Place the oven in the coals or just above them and carefully scoop some glowing coals onto the lid. Leave it for about half an hour and you will have a lovely round loaf of damper. You can use it like bread and make a sandwich or butter it hot, but our favourite is drizzling golden syrup over it!

Once you have mastered basic damper, you can add all sorts of other things. Make it savoury and add diced bacon, sun dried tomatoes and cheese or or sweet and add choc pieces or dried fruit.

Enjoy!

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Wildflowers September

September is a riot of colour in the Collie River Valley!

Minninup Pool

You will find these Cowslip Orchids in many locations around the CRV, but we snapped these on the track between Minninup Pool and Sandy. (Just around to the left)

The classic red and green Kangaroo Paws start appearing in September.

These Coral Peas can be found twisting their vines around other plants in the bush at this time of year.

Love this pink and white Myrtle

These bright flashes of red Scarlet Runner are easy to spot

Golden Crust Bakery Cart

Can you remember the days when fresh bread was delivered to the door each day?

Memories

My memories are of a bright red Tip Top motorized delivery van. Mum used to leave the money in the meter box, if she wasn’t going to be home and the baker would take the money and leave the bread. Can you imagine that these days?

The Horse

In Collie, up until 1964 householders had their bread delivered to their homes by horse and cart. The driver would put several loaves in his basket and deliver them to about three houses on one side of the street and then cross over to the other side and do the same there. The horse knew the route and would just meander along while the driver delivered the bread. It was pretty slow going in those days. The deliveries started around 7.45 am and finished around 4 pm.

The Museum

The original Golden Crust Bakery horse drawn cart is on display at the #CoalfieldsMuseum in Collie.
You will find the museum on Throssell St, opposite the Collie Visitor Centre. It is open Thursday to Monday from 10 am to 3 pm.
Entry is $5 each, but on school holidays, kids are free!

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The Timber Industry

.As you wander along the trails or back roads around Collie, it is hard to believe you are looking at a decades old secondary forest. In fact, a century ago, these beautiful tracts were very similar to the stands further south today with groves of huge karri and jarrah.

At the turn of last century, when timber getting was not blessed with any motorized assistance, it took a team of men up to a day to cut down a single giant tree.

The logs weighed many tons and were then slowly dragged out over the hills by horses or bullocks to tracks or rail heads. The timber industry even had its own narrow gauge rail systems.

In the early years of the 20th century, there were literally dozens of mills employing hundreds of men dotted throughout the forest, cutting our centuries old trees, to supply the ravenous demands of not only the railway in Western Australia and later the Intercontinental line to the eastern states, but for paving the roads of London. Jarrah was cut into blocks that were laid on end before tarmac became popular.

Of course the local coal industry also depended on jarrah with thousands of tons of massive posts cut to prop up the galleries that snaked below the ground each year. It was a lucky coincidence that the coal seams were literally directly below the forest.

Fortunately, most of the forests are now National Parks, so are protected from any future logging or clearing. Instead of timber harvester trails, the forest is now crisscrossed by a network of hiking and mountain bike trails. There are still a few old forest giants, standing proud as reminder of the former glory of the forest and what it could be again if left to grow unharvested for a couple of hundred years

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