South Australia

Adelaide couch surfing

Adelaide couch surfing, originally uploaded by gypsy woman1.

We are couch surfing again and have been very lucky to stay with Marion. Her house is in Richmond, a suburb within a 20 minute bike ride of the CBD and it is flat and has bike paths all the way, but a further bonus is if you are on a seniors card you get free rides on the public transport. Matilda fits nicely into a corner of the drive.

Marion has a very interesting garden it is a permaculture design and is a rustic mix of vegies, herbs, fruit trees and flowers. At this time of the year many of the plants have gone to seed but the idea of permaculture is to leave them all to self sow. We find a lovely selection of greens and herbs for our meals

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Flinders Rangers

Flinders Rangers, originally uploaded by gypsy woman1.

Christmas was now getting closer but before we left this area I wanted to have a look at the Flinders Ranges. It was a beautiful drive with the incredibly old mountain range and the huge sky we had to keep stopping for photos. When we came to a small town called Hawker we went to see the Panorama of the Wilpena Pound area (click on this link it tells the background and shows pictures of the painting). It was stunning. It was housed in a specially built round building and when you entered the room there was a raised platform so you could see the whole panorama. It was so realistic, and even more remarkable was that Jeff Morgan the artist was self-taught.
This is the off-season in this area as usually it is much hotter by now, we were lucky again with the weather, and as it was Christmas week many of the attractions in the area were closed, galleries, coffee shops, etc, we could only peer through the windows, it wetted our appetites to see more so maybe we will have to come here again…
One place that was open, but only just, as Teresa, the owner, was busy packing up her stock, was a small gift shop in Quorn. She invited us in to look around and I bought a small decoration to put up in Matilda and Teresa insisted on piling us up with gifts, “I don’t want to pack all this up” she said, and would not take any extra payment. We came out with a lovely carpenter teddy bear, gift pack with quondong chutney and seeds of the quondong tree plus a beautiful sun hat decorated with sunflowers that she gave me when I said I love sunflowers, how very kind people are.
So Now it is Adelaide here we come….
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