On a sunny autumn day, Paul and I joined a group of gardeners from the Bowral Garden Club on a coach trip to the Nepean River. This tour included a cruise down the Nepean river on The Nepean Belle, an old world style paddle wheeler designed on the Mississippi sternwheelers.
The tour included a picnic lunch and a visit to the Mother Earth Nursery, known to be a gardener’s delight!
We had an early start boarding the bus and drove to the Nepean River, with a few eye-catching moments on the way. As we turned towards Penrith, we passed the construction and building of the new airport in Western Sydney.
It was an amazing sight, (even from the road rather than the air) with enormous cranes that could match windmills, and along the highway we could see suburb upon suburb of new houses. All the houses seemed very close together, hardly a bit of space for gardens, and not a tree in sight anywhere!
Many years ago, as a very young teacher, I taught at a school around this area, but with no airports, and no suburbs. In fact, my walk from the train to the school was surrounded by paddocks! Now the city has come to the country!
None the less, this is a beautiful part of the world on the edge of the Blue Mountains National Park.
Once we boarded the boat, and chatted to fellow passengers, we were served with tasty scones, strawberry jam and cream. As you can imagine, after our early start, the scones and tea/coffee were very welcome!
The Nepean River (and the Hawkesbury River) supplies water to the city of Sydney’s five million people, as well as providing agricultural production. As such, it is a lifeline for Sydney.
As the Nepean river is at the base of the Blue Mountains National Park, it provides a haven for natural flora and native wild life, and has walking trails and canoeing and kayaking.
Some of the wildlife seen in this area are, wombats, wallabies, lizards, eagles, cormorants and even mountain goats. We did see one White Breasted Sea Eagle, but no other sign of any other wildlife.
The Nepean and Hawksbury rivers have flooded many times, however, the flood in July 2022 was the worst since 1978.
On the cruise it was easy to see the damage done by these floods, with broken trees and huge boulders rolled across cliffs and sand..
This photos show the long winding Nepean River and the edge of the Blue Mountains National Park
To end the day, here we are at Mother Earth Nursery, with an enormous amount of plants to buy or just look at and enjoy..
…and here we are back home, with our two new plants and a wish list for Paul for two new Dahlias
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog today, and best wishes to all who are gardening in spring and those who are enjoying autumn (some of the time)
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