Back in January, L and I went for a little road trip to a town called Allora west of Brisbane. I had heard that there are sunflower farms in this part of the state and I was curious to see one. It’s a little hidden I’d say, it’s in between Warwick and Toowoomba – but very cute. It was such a beautiful day – clear sky, not too hot and roads were not too busy.
We didn’t spend too much time there, although we did go for a quick picnic. We stopped by the local IGA, grabbed some cheese, chips, dips and something to drink, and drove to a local park. We sat down for an hour and just listened to the birds and the wind – a perfect weekend.
One interesting thing about Allora is that PL Travers, author of Mary Poppins, lived here in her childhood years, after leaving Maryborough. Her house is in immaculate condition. We didn’t go in, it was closed (Sunday) for tours.
On the way in, we hadn’t seen many sunflowers. Only some that seemed to be at the end of their life. I was a little disappointed and that’s when we decided to go for a picnic. On the way back however, I was curious to see what was further up the highway (towards Warwick), and that’s when we saw it. A huge field, covered in giant sunflowers! Ah! I’m not much of a flower person, but that definitely felt exciting – I had never seen flowers this big (clearly I don’t get out much!). There were a lot of tourists, and photographers taking advantage of the beautiful day.
But what was really intense and was not ready for, was the sound of bees. Everywhere, buzzing. There were other insects too and the noise was incredible. I’d never been in a field this big, let alone in an area surrounded by so many bees! No problem though, they were doing their thing, I was doing mine. To be honest, it was relieving to hear them, as there are not so many that you can see in the suburbs now.
I have to admit that it was a little difficult to take some photos. You had insects standing on you and it was starting to get a little itchy just standing there and the heat at that moment didn’t help either. But. Nevermind. It was worth it 🙂