The Pittsworth Art Society is welcoming its new committee. Its local member artists were springing in to action to prepare for the influx of visitors. Members from other town societies and the general public are hoping to pick up a bargain at the annual Pittswort Art Exhibition which showcases a wide variety of art medium, jewellery and pottery from this long-established and vibrant group.

In the search for the Seat of Knowledge in our small, hospitable communities, Kim Cahill @toowoombadarlingdowns.com.au has the knack of drawing out the country feel and secrets. It was a real treat to share that visit with her. She has captured the heart of the upcoming September exhibition on her fb post – check out the wide variety of art types and the talent of the members on her facebook page. ToowoombaDarlingDowns. Our next visit will be sure to be on a day when the Chinese restaurant (said to be the best in the region) 0 llis open for lunch (closed Monday and Tuesday). However, our visit to Sweet Spot Cafe for a yummy lunch was just the trick.

And we couldn’t resist checking out Lilly Pilly Style (www.lillypillystyle.com.au) The delightful Tanya (with Tammy and another Tania) bring stylish fashion to the country. Woohoo, a new outfit for the Carnival of Flowers coming up. Hear her story in our coming blogs.

Just a short drive up the road from the Short Street gallery/Information Centre, is the The Grove Country Garden nursery owned and operated by Matthew Dolley. Matt has ridden out the tough times by digging deep in to his determination to build a rather specialist nursery which now boasts a huge number of salvias, and other exciting plants and trees, which attract increasing online sales. Matt has great support from his employees – his parents 😀.

Back home later and plenty of work to do to get these in to their Toowoomba home.

So it was on to Cook’s Soft Drinks and the very hospitable Brendan Cavanagh. With his love of the history of the factory and an enthusiasm for its future in the main street frontage, it was a delight to stagger back to the car with my favourite sarsparilla and some lollies from the Confectionary Factory. The blogs of the interviews with Brendan, Tanya and Matt are coming soon to ToowoombaDarlingDowns.com.au Stay tuned!

The Old Factory

Come for a drive – you’ll love this charming country town.