Sometimes you don’t know that you need to visit a place until you’ve actually been to the place and seen it! This exact thing happened to me while I was away on my week long holiday in the Darling Downs farming community. My friends took me out for morning tea to the most delightful little town of Bell. Even though I had lived near there for 4 years, a long time ago, I don’t ever remember visiting the town before. I am so happy that they shared this beautiful gem with me – it was definitely worth the wait!
We started out on a beautiful sunny day and our first stop was the retro inspired Pips ‘N’ Cherries cafe, that has just that bit extra! This little beauty is decked out exactly like my childhood kitchen, with laminated tables with metal edging and matching chairs. Other sections display items that look like they came directly from my Nana’s home. The nostalgia was wonderful and the deliciously fluffy passionfruit icing topped sponge cake that I ordered with my pot of tea, was to die for. It was the perfect place for a catch up with old friends.
Our next stop was the gorgeous Bell Catholic Church, which has been lovingly decorated by a local artist, Megg Cullen. The series of paintings were originally completed for the 95th Anniversary of the church and then another 3 were added for the centenary. They depict a pictorial history of salvation through the Old and New Testaments. It was a most unexpected surprise on entering the lovely chapel.
After spending time taking in the beauty and story of the artwork, we then moved outside to the adjoining Biblical Gardens which are filled with plants and trees that are mentioned in the Bible. Within the gardens, wonderful sculptures, mosaics and other artworks are featured making for a wonderfully interesting wander! The Biblical Garden was developed for the Centenary of the Bell Catholic Church in 2012. It is such an interesting feature of this small country town and so unique.
After a lovely 30 minute stroll around the gardens and a quick trip to the Vet to pick up supplies, it was a happy drive home. I loved every minute of this morning out – Bell is definitely a place I would like to revisit the next time I am out west of Toowoomba.
Bell is not on the main highway from Toowoomba to Dalby but it is only 39kms from Dalby on the main highway to The Bunya Mountains, another wonderful place to visit if you are out this way in Queensland, Australia. Sometimes it is worth your while to head off the main highways and take some time to visit these great little country towns.