The day dawned bright and sunny and Lithgowites and Portlanders all met at Tarana pub for a morning coffee/tea to start the day.
It’s a lovely scenic drive, certainly our car with four people enjoyed it even if the driver did miss seeing a kangaroo on the side of the road.
Just as well it was sitting still!
I believe there were also some remarks about someone not seeing a stop sign.
Is it time for a visit to the optometrist?
Unfortunately the mist had moved in at Tarana but nothing daunted and we moved on after our coffee to Ross Conifers at Gemalla where we were made very welcome.
The nursery started in 1976, stocking and selling conifers wholesale but as the nursery became known people sought them out and started calling and so they, almost by accident, moved into retail sales and now have a variety of shrubs and trees.
There are hundreds of conifer types and Ross Conifers offer over 80 varieties ranging from prostrate to large broadly spreading types.
They are mostly evergreen, and snow and frost doesn’t seem to worry them so are eminently suitable for our winters.
The colours are surprising, not just different shades of green but also mauve/purple as in the beautiful Blue Arrow Juniper and a yellow gold Cyprus which had put on its winter coat of almost orange.
Back to the pub at Tarana for a tasty lunch, pleasant company and a warmup at the open fire.
A very enjoyable day despite the nippy weather.