Reasons to return : Preview…

The autumn leaves really delighted me, the colour and intensity stopped me in my tracks. I had not expected the colour to still be so brilliant so I had to immediately share them with you in the first post about our recent mini trip.

But two things drew us back to visit Tenterfield again.

  1.  The desire to visit and stay in Stannum House, that magnificent mansion we discovered on the last day of our previous trip.
  2. “Art in the mill”. I had picked up a brochure about it. Then Googled it. It sounded to be an interesting art exhibition.

It was a juggling act to combine the two. The weekend of the art exhibition was Labour weekend, a 3 day holiday weekend over here.  Stannum House is very popular and unfortunately fully booked that weekend. But they had a room for the Monday night. That is the last day of the exhibition and it would finish at 4pm. I did some quick calculations. If we left home early we could be there by lunchtime with 4 hours left to look around the art. Of course that is not factoring in getting lost and we couldn’t dawdle along in our usual way, constantly stopping to look at, photograph and explore anything that caught our eye.

Then a blogging friend, Jude (she has 2 very interesting blogs about the beauty of Cornwall, where she lives, and flowers and gardens in general. Well worth popping over to look at) Said why not go half way and stay the night somewhere closer.

Thank you Jude…Why didn’t I think of that…

So we were able to take our time driving west along the Cunningham Highway, heading for the Great Dividing Range.

warick to tenterfield pc 014_4000x3000This is fertile farmland, but being autumn the crops had been harvested.

I booked a one night Airbnb in Warwick an historic town – known for its roses and rodeo – and features some of the state’s finest original sandstone buildings. It was late afternoon when we arrived. Being Sunday everywhere was closed, but it was golden hour, that perfect time for photography. It was also getting cool, so we put our jackets on and wandered along the main street. I had no idea about the history of these beautiful buildings but I admired the beauty of the architecture, and the detail on the buildings.

So come with me for a look around.warick to tenterfield pc 024_4000x3000

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warick to tenterfield pc 041_4000x3000Across the road we walked through a beautiful small park. warick to tenterfield pc 046_4000x3000

But the sun was disappearing below the horizon and time to turn on the GPS and find our home for the night.

I make a note to myself that we will come back here in rose season as tomorrow, being a public holiday, everything will still be closed, and I will find out more about the history…

Tomorrow we will be immersed in art…


This week I would like to join Jo on her Monday walk and her band of world wide walkers. Take a look you can armchair travel all over the world with them.


  1. What a beautiful place with great architecture! You had some wonderful light too.

    Roses are in bloom here now. I need to get over to the rose garden early in the morning when there’s no wind. It’s been so windy here lately that flower/macro photography is nearly impossible!

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  2. I can, and do, travel all over the world with my walkers from the comfort of my armchair, Pauline. Often times I wish I could be there in person, but this is the next best thing. Thank you for being wonderful company. 🙂 🙂 Such distinctive architecture, but it was those last 2 shots that made me smile. The sun saying goodnight. 🙂

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  3. I haven’t been blogging or visiting other blogs much in these past few months, so somehow missed this new blog of yours. I’m looking forward to getting a peek into your life again!

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  4. Some of the buildings in San Jose have the date of 1777 on them, not because they were built back then, but because that is when San Jose was founded. America was only a year old back then, and California was still Spanish. 1888 was much later, but the building is obviously much older than almost everything in San Jose.

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    • 1770 was the year Captain Cook “discovered” Australia then the first fleet of 11 ships arrived in 1788 with half the passengers convicts, and so started Australia. So similar time lines to yours

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      • Were the native people as thrilled about the discovery as the native people of the Americas were? What do you suppose they did before their homeland was discovered? Goodness, they probably had no idea where they lived!


          • Even as recently as the 1970, we schoolchildren were taught about all that the Spanish did for the native people here. I do not doubt that some of it seemed good at the time, and I do love our history, but when I see the old Missions that I love so much, I can not help but be somewhat disgusted by them. I mean, for the time, and for the formerly ‘undeveloped’ region, they were lavish structures built by people who had no former experience with enslavement. By the time the Mexicans arrived, there was not much left to ruin. By the time the Americans arrived most of the history of the native people had been forgotten. We can only speculate now.

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            • I once read that history is written by the conquers. So true. Our aboriginals history is only just being resurrected now. They were looked on as animals and slaughtered almost to extinction

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              • At least the Spanish enslaved the natives here and got them to build some pretty cool Missions before slaughtering them. At my old parish in San Luis Obispo, there was weird evidence of the mistreatment of the natives. The prominent Spanish people got interred under the floor of the mission (which is rather creepy by modern standards). The remains of natives were just dumped outside, and sometimes get unearthed by erosion or excavation. Some believe that some of those that are in marked grave sites should be exhumed and interred in more appropriate burial sites. I think that their graves (if marked) should remain marked or get marked better so that everyone can see where and how they were buried. They got the spots that the Spanish had no use for. Even if their descendants and relatives prefer that they be relocated, the sites should be marked.

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