The Cashew Nut Tree

One solitary cashew hangs from the flowers on the cashew nut tree, a relic of a past and showing me what a growing cashew nut looks like.

The cashew tree (Anacardium occidentale) is a tropical evergreen tree that produces the cashew seed and the cashew apple accessory fruit. The tree can grow as tall as 14 metres. The one here is very tall and mature.  The cashew seed is commonly considered a snack nut (cashew nut) eaten on its own, used in recipes, or processed into cashew cheese or cashew butter.  Like the tree, the nut is often simply called a cashew.

 As well as the nut and fruit, the plant has several other uses. The shell of the cashew seed yields derivatives that can be used in many applications including lubricants, waterproofing, paints, and, starting in World War II, arms production. The cashew apple is a light reddish to yellow fruit, whose pulp and juice can be processed into a sweet, astringent fruit drink or fermented and distilled into liquor.

The true fruit of the cashew tree is a kidney– or boxing-glove–shaped drupe that grows at the end of the cashew apple. The drupe first develops on the tree and then the pedicel expands to become the cashew apple.  The drupe becomes the true fruit, a single shell-encased seed, which is often considered a nut in the culinary sense. The seed is surrounded by a double shell that contains an allergenic phenolic resin,[3]anacardic acid—which is a potent skin irritant[6] chemically related to the better-known and also toxic allergenic oil urushiol, which is found in the related poison ivy and lacquer tree.

Garden and wildlife

Regular visitors to the garden are a flock of Guinea fowl who keep snakes at bay and scuttle around continually on the move. There are black ibises and a very friendly butcher bird. I have seen honey eaters and crows, and magpie geese are around by the water. I have seen the owl flying through the trees as he searches insects blinded by the night light.

There is a huge cashew nut tree next to my house, and a huge mango tree which will be laden soon. There are coconut trees, citrus trees and some beautiful fan palms. All the trees have been planted by the owner and they create beautiful shade areas around the property,

Olive Vale Pastoral

Olive Vale is on the Laura River, 200km northwest of Cairns North Queensland and 90km west of Cooktown with mains power and sealed (bitumen) road access to all southern markets and Abattoirs. Olive Vale covers approximately 136,000 hectares .With major improvements to waters and fencing carrying capacity is estimated at 25,000 head with plans to increase to 40,000. Low key tourism (farm stay accommodation, camping) is also available at Fairview and Jackass out station.

There are three properties here.. Fairview is the Main property and this is where I am now working as the Cook. It is a very beautiful property well watered from the Laura River. Fairview is the primary homestead on Olive Vale station located 20km north west of Laura. Incorporating full in house maintenance facilities for a fleet of road trains and earthmoving equipment with an all weather gravel airstrip.

Laura North Queensland

Driving to Laura in North Queensland

I travelled by bus to the Lakeland Roadhouse. Here I was collected and driven to Laura.

Laura is a rural town and locality in the Shire of Cook, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census the locality of Laura had a population of 228 people. It is the centre for the largest collection of prehistoric rock art in the world, including Quinkan Country which is on the Australian National Heritage List. The locality of Laura is on Cape York Peninsula in Far North Queensland. The town of Laura is on the Peninsula Developmental Road, the only road that extends towards the north of the peninsula, terminating at Weipa.

Some of the earliest pastoral leases on Cape York Peninsula were taken up in the Laura district. However, the town of Laura did not develop until the discovery of gold on the Palmer River. The town takes its name from the Laura River, which in turn was named in 1873 by explorer and surveyor Archibald Campbell Macmillan after his wife Laura Bower (née Poingdestre).

In 1873 gold was discovered on the Palmer River. Travellers coming from Cooktown to the Palmer Goldfields would cross the Laura River at Laura.,_Queensland

Clifton Beach Queensland

Clifton Beach Cairns

The weather in Cairns was cloudy and rainy and quite cold. I took Bus 110 from outside Oasis Swimming pool in front of Cairns Airport and travelled to Clifton Beach. Cost $1.70 when a taxi would have been $80.00. I shared a taxi with two travellers and gave them $20 for the short ride.

Ralph met me at the bus stop and the shopping centre and we feasted on Korean food an sushi before walking home around the corner. Clifton Beach is a coastal suburb in the Cairns Region, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census, Clifton Beach had a population of 3,146 people. Clifton Village is a shopping centre at 55 Endeavour Road off the Captain Cook Highway (16.7648°S 145.6691°E). It is anchored by a Coles supermarket and contains the Clifton Beach Post Office

Clifton Beach

is a quiet, un-spoilt local’s beach lined by swaying Palms with a number of both self contained and serviced low rise holiday apartments on the beachfront esplanade. Clifton Beach has a swimming net and a great children’s playground with barbeque facilities right on the beach 

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