Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Excursion to Stirling and Hahndorf

Up winding roads in sun we cruise, at each twist and turn - rock views
On barren crags - man’s touch is slight, to early settlers - the same sight.

A stop at Stirling in the Hills, a gentle pause, each café fills
Day trippers stroll in sandalled feet; a park’s a breeze in this retreat.

Native crafts, bookstore and clothes, line the one main street in rows
Leafy pathways but beware, tenacious tree roots linger there!

Hahndorf is next, a German town, Hans Heysen’s scenes brought it renown
In cosy Old Mill – a surprise; the Pokies – fast buck paradise?

The thing to do, my friends advise, is buy fudge and eat warm meat pies
We forego the pretzels and the beer, but the pie was tasty, I declare!

A fairy garden on our right, with dragons, gnomes and elfin sprite
And huge white wings upon a wall, by toadstools, mini waterfall…

More fashions, knick-knacks, rows of shoes, down these shaded avenues
Fine vineyards are not far away … viewed on December’s final day!

(c) Poet in the woods 2015

Painting by Hans Heysen

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