Monday, 26 November 2012

the honesty box...

Up our way, along the lush streets of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, you will find many fresh produce road side stalls selling anything from vine ripened tomatoes, pineapples and avocados to honey and free range eggs.

All of these stalls accept payment via the 'honesty box' system, a small box which is placed amongst the items for sale for passers by to stop and place their money in when collecting their goods.
I'd like to think that every one does the right thing and put the correct amount of money in the box and hope the growers never experience being short changed or worse theft!

Sunday, driving back from a morning coffee down along the Noosa river, we passed a roadside stall with the most gorgeous Frangipani trees, all of them at least 7ft tall in huge pots all for $30.00 each.
Try going to a nursery in town and picking up one of these magnificent trees for that price...they'd be at least triple the amount!

We chose two beautiful specimens, one pink and one white....and only an honesty box for putting our notes in. It appeared that others had picked up their trees that morning too as the box was oozing with notes.
We didn't feel comfortable leaving all this money on the side of the road....just as we stood there deciding what to do, a lovely little man appeared from down the driveway. He had come to collect his earnings thank goodness and was pleasantly surprised with what he saw.

Anyway after giving us a tour of his massive Frangipani and Pandanus field, he kindly helped us load the trees on to the back of the trailer before wandering back up the drive counting his takings.

I love this about our area, everyone is so helpful and trusting, it has a great community feel.
Take a look at our new trees!


These will be magnificent when they get a little bigger!
We have a lot of tropical colour going on in the garden at the moment.


the ornamental gingers are always so stunning...

gorgeous Aspidistras...

oh and I can't go without showing you our first harvest of tomatoes....so yum!

A happy week to all.
Bec x

P.S - I have one tired and worn out teen back from 'schoolies' week...safe and unharmed! Thank god I never have to go through that again.




14 comments:

  1. Oh my those tomatoes look amazing...nothing better than growing them yourself! Your garden has such interesting plants. So tropical...I could use some tropical sun right now. xox Happy new week.

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    1. yes they are delicious...It's really scorching hot here today and very humid...the plants are loving it...I will send you sunshine :)
      Bec x

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  2. i love the honesty box system and hope it keeps working for the sellers. gorgeous frangipanis! it's lovely to see your tropical garden. glad your son survived schoolies ;)
    x

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    1. me too it's so convenient and the produce is always so fresh and well priced. It sure is blooming crazy at the moment :)
      as for the teen....now 'I' have to survive having him around for almost 3 months until uni starts..hmmmm!
      Bec x

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  3. Your plants look so exotic.
    Sarah x

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    1. yep...some look somewhat prehistoric!
      Bec x

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  4. The honesty box system is a wonderful thing, it's something I love about area too :) Your frangipanis look great, I can't believe you go them so cheap!
    Glad your teen arrived home from schoolies safely.
    Cas x

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    1. It sure is a great system, and yes I can't believe how cheap they were too, might go back and get some pandanus.
      still don't get the whole schoolies thing....7 days is way toooo long!
      Bec x

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  5. That's such a lovely story. It restores your faith in people and a sense of community doesn't it? Those tomatoes are amazing. Bet they have heaps of flavour.

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    1. thanks kylie, it's a nice feeling being around like minded people. the tommy's are divine! we will have to set up our own stall soon as they are growing so fast!
      Bec x

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  6. So nice to read that there are honest and caring people still left in this world. I hope they know how special they are.

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    1. I feel very lucky to be amongst such lovely neighbours!
      have a great week.
      Bec x

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  7. I love Frangipani trees - I wish it was warm enough to grown them down here! Those tomatoes look sweet & juicy too. Thanks for your well wishes regarding our new house! Exciting times ahead!!!
    x
    Melissah

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    1. frangi's sure are beautiful, I guess every climate has their own stunners... I miss the daphnes and clematis down south.
      I can't wait to see what you do with your new abode... it looks breathtaking!
      have a great week.
      Bec x

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