UNUSUAL TROPICAL FRUIT TREES
As you wander around, you may come across some very unusual Tropical fruit trees.
There used to be a lot at the Big Pineapple on display, but that is closed now, but I did find the unusual 'SAUSAGE FRUIT TREE' the day I visited Ipswich.
These Trees are South African. The leaves are an important livestock fodder, and the fruits are much prized by monkeys and elephants, something we don't have in Australia!
They have hundreds of huge sausage-like fruits that hang down from the limbs on long, rope-like stalks.
The fruits may be over 2 feet long.
The hard, grey fruit of the sausage tree has a thin skin covering a firm, fibrous fruit pulp containing numerous small seeds.
The fruit, although inedible itself, is a common ingredient in traditional beer, and is said to hasten the fermentation process.
The fruit is also used as a cosmetic cream, to ensure a blemish free complexion.
Perhaps I should have picked a few to try and see if it worked!
The one I saw, was at the University grounds in Ipswich. If you visit, there are lovely heritage buildings here, as well as nice views over to the Mountains (Flinder"s Peak). The entrance is next to the Ipswich showgrounds, off Warwick Road, Ipswich.
IPSWICH - OLDE WORLD CHARM HERE!
"A thriving city & Heritage experience!"
Ipswich is Queensland's oldest provincial city.
Located only 40 minute's from central Brisbane it is the perfect place for a day's adventure.
There is the Greg Norman designed Golf course of the
Brookwater Golf Club, a picturesque and challenging Championship course.
For Rev Heads, a chance to get behind the wheel of a V8 Supercar.
at the home of motorsport in Queensland, the Ipswich Motorsport Precinct.
Visit the excellent Workshops Rail Museum, an interactive campus of the Queensland Museum.
What I really like, is discovering the city's graceful colonial homes,
superb old churches and historic sandstone buildings,
there are so many, and most people have taken pride in keeping them
painted and looking nice.
You will see many different designs, either on a heritage walking tour or by
just driving around the city.
You can easily spend a full day here!
"Ipswich under water - January 2011"
Unprecedented rainfall, caused the Bremer river that runs through the city of Ipswich to break it banks and flood the Ipswich CBD and low lying areas.
Lots of homes have only their roove's showing, some not even that.
This is the same flood that hit Brisbane and devastated the city.
The photo is of a house that was completey under water at Goodna/Ipswich.
The water has receded, and left on top of the house are a couple of steel container bins! Hard to imagine!
"Poor people's homes"
This photo is of the Caravan park at Ipswich.
It is where poorer people have called home, living their lives in a caravan.
The photo is of their homes, and if you look, some of them have been lifted over a 7 foot fence, and landed beside the Ipswich highway!
My prayers go to all these people that have been devasted, and I have done what I can to help these people .