It is related that one day they came upon Majnun sifting the dust, and his tears flowing down. They said, "What doest thou?" He said, "I seek for Layli." They cried, "Alas for thee! Layli is of pure spirit, and thou seekest her in the dust!" He said, "I seek her everywhere; haply somewhere I shall find her."
(Baha'u'llah, The Seven Valleys, p. 6)
Sunday, 2 December 2012
The wilderness blossoms
"The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose." ( Isaiah)
The central plateaux is often seen as bleak wilderness and indeed there is some truth in this and for many of us it is the wildness and bleakness that is so attractive. But briefly in summer there are beautiful flowers to be found.
We are going to Pine Lake again on Sunday 9th December meeting at the car park at 12 noon.
One of our number has been there before at this time of year and testifies to the blossoms at
but if you prefer to remember Pine Lake in its winter bleakness remember our visit there in 2008:
and there is a very brief official description here
Pine Lake is a environmentally protected area and there is no walking except on the well constricted slightly raised, and dead flat walkway. As far as I know you can swim in the lake though.
Its very easy to get to and you might try an adventurous route but the easiest and probably quickest is to get to Deloraine and take the A5 (initially called East Parade but quickly becoming Highland Lakes Road). If you are coming from Launceston its a left turn just before the bridge. From there on its straightforward, all tarmac, and follow the A5 signposted to Miena. After a while the road will climb up the tiers and once you reach the plateaux above the tree line it will flatten out and the Pine Lake car park will soon be visible on the right.
Bring food and devotion!