Adelaide

  • In Adelaide - Our first day in Adelaide is Sunday and we sleep the day away after an unplanned four-day travel adventure including Johannesburg, Dubai and Sydney, delayed planes and rugby tournaments.  The piece de resistance is Saturday night. We spend it in a Sydney McDonalds in a five-hour chat with a Jewish man from Auckland, New Zealand […]
  • Lay of the Land - Right around the corner is a youth hostel that offers free City of Adelaide  bicycles, first come-first served.  The free bikes are part of a strategy by the city to wean people away from their dependence on cars.  This offer is perfect for us for the first month of our stay.  We walk and bike […]
  • Adelaide-Himeji Garden - Adelaide is a city of parks. There are miles of biking trails through grass-covered landscape crosscut with creeks and rivers. Tucked away in a corner of  one of these parks is an exquisite Japanese garden. The Adelaide-Himeji Garden blends two classic styles.  The first is ‘sensui’ lake and mountain garden. Here the existence of water combined with your […]
  • Emus and Kangaroos - What do the emu and the kangaroo have in common? The answer to that question is why they were chosen for the crest of the nation of Australia. Give up? Neither the emu nor the kangaroo can go backwards. The motto of this country is ‘Advance Australia.’ And it means much more than just going […]
  • Chocolate! - I love chocolate but never saw it made.  Haigh’s Chocolates is an Adelaide institution. The family owned company has been making chocolate continuously in Adelaide for four generations. The chocolate factory is right behind one of the shops in Adelaide….there are three. When you walk through the door of the factory and each of the […]
  • Saving Beauty - We walk all around the streets of Adelaide and notice the juxtaposition of old buildings with new architecture. This is so heartening. Here instead of knocking an old building down, they build around it. As you can see from the buildings in the photo above the facade and tower of the historic building is mirrored […]
  • Place of the Red Kangaroo - The Story of Tandanya Place of the Red Kangaroo This is an aboriginal story about the origins of the place we now call Adelaide. This is a Dreaming story from the days when the Kaurna people lived in Adelaide. It is based on stories told to the early settlers by the Kaurna. One day just […]
  • Tango - I mentioned the little house where we are staying in Adelaide is called, “Casa Tango.” So named as Jill and Paul, the owners, are tango dancers. The house feels like living in Buenos Aires. A fedora, tango dress and stilettos hang on coat hooks by the front door. In our back garden is a wall evocative of […]
  • The Kookaburra - Kookaburra sits on the old gum tree, Merry merry king of the bush is he. Laugh, Kookaburra, laugh, Kookaburra, Gay your life must be! The kookaburra is a uniquely Australian bird found sitting in gum trees,  a name for the eucalyptus tree, in western and eastern Australia and even in Tasmania. A type of kingfisher, […]
  • A Rose Is A Rose Is A Rose - Adelaide is the “city of roses.” We see them everywhere. Most home gardens, especially front gardens, have multiple bushes and all look healthy and bountiful. Come see… A Rose Is A Rose Is A Rose is a quote by Gertrude Stein.
  • Koalas - Koalas are not bears. They are marsupials carrying their young in a pouch and are most closely related to kangaroos and wombats. They sleep 14 to 18 hours during the day and eat eucalyptus leaves the rest of the time. And look very cute doing it too. When koalas are born they are the size of […]
  • Mount Lofty Hike - Mount Lofty is the highest point in South Australia. The height above sea level is about 700-800 meters. For a Santa Fean this is a little bitty hill but in Adelaide it is a lofty mountain. The view from the top is expansive, out and over the city to the ocean. When we went to […]
  • A Day In The Country - We make day-long forays into the countryside surrounding Adelaide. One of these was a road trip to McLaren Vale.  McLaren Vale is a small valley south of Adelaide. Our first stop was the Wulunga Farmers’ Market. This is a very local market. People come every week…in fact there are discounts for market members. The vendors […]
  • Terrific Contest…Comment on Any Post - Dear Readers, WE HAVE ANOTHER FABULOUS OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU TO WIN THIS INCREDIBLE PRIZE FOR A NEW COMMENT ON ANY COLUMN SINCE THE BEGINNING OF OUR BLOG. This time the prize is this wonderful essential oil produced by McLaren Vale Lavender.  This Bush Blend oil contains hints of lemon myrtle, blue gum eucalyptus, and lavender. Essential oils […]
  • Hiking Chambers Gully - Early morning hikes are the best.  The air is fresh after a night rain and the sun is just beginning to warm the air. We met our new friend Margaret at  book group and she invited us to hike Chambers Gully, which is next to Waterfall Gully, which is a part of Cleland National Forest. […]
  • I Love A Parade - The 2012 Christmas Pageant parade in Adelaide is a whopper. Three hundred and twenty thousand people line the city streets to watch dancers, bands, clowns and every kind of children’s float you can imagine run through the center of downtown. This parade is for and about children. Founded eighty years ago some of the floats […]
  • Martindale Station - When his father drowned in the River Wakefield across from the paddocks at Martindale Station, Edmund Bowman was 11 years old. The Station was an 11,000 acre Merino sheep farm in a vast valley of land built up by his father, a free man and immigrant to Australia.  As a boy Edmund lived with his […]
  • Sevenhill Winery - Austrian Jesuit priests founded Sevenhill in the Clare Valley, about 130 km. north of Adelaide. Today Sevenhill is still the Jesuits home, the winery and a retreat house. Sevenhill Cellars was established after the 1850s to provide sacramental wine to the parishes throughout Australia.  The underground cellar for the winery was excavated by hand and […]
  • In A Eucalyptus Wood - On this week’s hike we were lucky enough to see kangaroos in the wild and hopping with their little joey. And we saw one koala napping in a very high tree.
  • Thanksgiving on Kangaroo Island - Thanksgiving is not celebrated in Australia. Dana and I celebrated with a Thanksgiving dinner of  marron. Marron is a crustacean that reminds me of a miniature lobster. Marron (Cherax tenuimanus) is native to the southwest of Western Australia and thrives in clean fresh water rivers and purpose-built ponds. They can range in color from jet […]
  • Sleepy Sea-lions - See those minuscule specks on the beach in this photo. They are Australian sea-lions sleeping on the beach at Seal Bay on Kangaroo Island. Seal Bay is home to a colony of about 1,000 wild Australian sea-lions (Neophoca cinera.) There are also New Zealand sea-lions on the other side of Kangaroo Island but they gobble fairy penguins […]
  • Harvesting Eucalyptus Oil - Kangaroo Island is home to Emu Ridge Eucalyptus, the only distillery of narrow leaf mallee (Eucalyptus cneorifolia) in the world. The plant is so rich in oil you can see it bead in the leaves as you hold it up to the sun. There are over 1000 species of eucalyptus trees but only about 10 […]
  • And the winner is… - G’Day Mates, Here is the announcement for which you have all been waiting. The winner of the McLaren Vale “Bush Blend” essential oil is… Ursula Freer from Eldorado, New Mexico Congratulations Ursula! After a break neck competition among a formidable field of competitors from Michigan, New Mexico, New York, and Oregon. With a scientific and […]
  • A Day At the Races - Adelaide hosts one of the world’s important international horse competitions. For eleven months riders compete in a series of dressage, cross-country and jumping finals held all over the world.  Among the finalists from this competition will be a few of the riders on the Olympic team. The three-day event in Adelaide covers dressage, cross-country racing […]
  • Rollin’ On The River - It was a hot day in Adelaide, 95 degrees. (Today it is 103 so hot is relative.) We decided to cool off on the Murray River. The Murray River is to Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia what the Mississippi is to its bordering states in the U.S. The Murray River is wide, […]
  • Smelling the Flowers - As you all know by now, growing lavender is one of my passions. For this reason Dana and I visit lavender farms and talk to the owners whenever we have the chance. On Kangaroo Island’s north coast, Emu Bay Lavender is a farm that began with research on growing angustifolias and lavandins.  These are the two basic […]
  • The Random Flower - We see flowers everywhere we walk here. They are in yards, medians, private gardens, public gardens, city parks and along country roads. We wanted to share them with you so that you could experience some of the random beauty we have found in Adelaide. If this photo essay is of interest to you, please let […]
  • The Random Bird or Two - This is the second post in our random photo collections series. We have seen birds everywhere in our trips around Adelaide; black swans, parrots, lorikeets,  hawks, pelicans, cockatoos, fairy penguins, emu, ducks and their ducklings and many more birds we could not identify. Here they are in all their feathered wonder. Enjoy.
  • The Random Flowering Tree - As we have explored Adelaide we have encountered natural beauty everywhere. Third in our random photo collection  series, we thought you would enjoy the flowering trees we have seen in Adelaide. Some of the trees you will recognize (Jacaranda, Magnolia, Bottle brush.) Others are native to Australia and we do not know what they are. You […]
  • Happy Holiday Drawing - Merry Christmas and Happy Hannukkah We  want to hear from you over the Holidays and this is our way of shortening the miles between us. We are holding a Happy Holiday Drawing for this Australian  carry bag with art designed by Biddy Napanangka. The handsome traditional design on the bag is an abstract expression of aboriginal […]
  • Christmas Doo Wap and The Messiah - We were lolling around in the house this Sunday morning when we heard the sounds of a live gospel group.  Being curious souls, we went out the door and around the corner to find the source of the sound. And there on Hutt Street was a group of young people singing Christmas Gospel. The doo […]
  • Goolwa - Goolwa is a great word. Is it animal, vegetable or mineral? None of these. It is the village at the mouth of the Mighty Murray River. Farther north on the Murray River was the site of our old lady boat ride last week in the heat of a lazy December day. Now we are down […]
  • Happy Holiday Winner - Nancy Lehrhaupt is winner of the  Medflies  Holiday Drawing Congratulations Nancy! Nancy, a dear friend from home in Eldorado, New Mexico,  has already let us know that her fiance, John Oberhausen, covets the Aboriginal Australia bag. We can only imagine it filled with massage equipment for work, garden hoses and irrigation nozzles for the community garden […]
  • Carols by Candlelight - Last night we went to “Carols by Candlelight,” an Adelaide Christmas tradition, held right next to the river in Elder Park. Being of a certain age and from the northeastern part of the U.S., I was expecting a  group of families and older people picking up white wax candles with paper holders and singing about […]
  • Goodbye Australia, Hello Chile - Adelaide is, as the Aussies say, brilliant. For us it is roses in the lanes, gardens and vineyards, rhododendrons in the gully, pachysandra and flame tree on the streets. And all set against a brilliant blue sky. It is black  and white cockatoos and green parrots, lorikeets, zebra finches and kookaburras laughing wildly in the early morning light. […]
  • Akaroa…The Dream - We went to Akaroa, New Zealand for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. This is the French village where we did not buy the Takamatua Lavender Farm in 2003. On Christmas Day we finally walked the lavender fields and visited this beautiful little farm in the Takamatua Valley. Akaroa is one hour from Christchurch, the largest […]
  • Wellington…The Message - We saw this ad on a building in Wellington, New Zealand. It was about four stories high. As you can see it is the Pope officiating at the wedding of a gay, bi-racial couple.  The promotion is for a private power company. Pretty bold and very brave.
  • Auckland…The Maori - We saw a performance of authentic Maori native dancing and storytelling in a museum in Auckland. The Maori, the indigenous people of New Zealand, differed from the Australian aborigines in their attitudes toward and their acceptance of the foreign invaders who came to conquer their people. The Maori were fierce, warlike, proud and unaccepting of the degradation […]
  • Papeete…Eglise de Dames - We were in Papeete, Tahiti on a layover between Auckland and Los Angeles. It was Sunday so we had the chance to go to church and hear a Tahitian choir. If you have never heard Tahitian harmonies this is not an event to be missed. One of the delightful sights in church is the church […]
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