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Clelland Nature Reserve

Sam kept Dougal out of school today, and we all, including Granny, we went off to Clelland to feed a variety of marsupials and strange Aussie critters.

Kangas and wallabies you probably know…

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And wombats

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And koalas

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But what about echidnas? Hedgehogs that lay eggs and raise them in their pouches?

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And potaroos and bandicoots?

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Remarkable…great fun.
Yesterday we trundled around the Barossa Valley listening to each other whisper across 144m of the Reservoir wall,

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the sculptures on Mengler Hill (which none of us understood!), Seppeltsfield winery where we sampled some interesting wines including a sparkling Shiraz -very festive.
Thought of the Pinetown Walkers when I saw this shop in Tanunda…

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Home-made sweets. So sorry to hear that Erica has left us after such an incredible fight, a sparkle in her eyes til the last. I think she’ll find a special place on the next step of the adventure, but I’m sorry for those she has left, Bruce, Noelene and John especially. I hope I am as dignified and grace full in my own journey.

Healthwise food is tasting fabulous without the chemo tang, the tummy is happy and the legs are getting stronger, though the hand and foot zings are still with me. This week I haven’t needed my afternoon nap at all, even though we’ve been jolling, walking, and shopping a lot all week.

We went to the Maritime Museum in Port Adelaide on Tuesday, coffee with Granny in Norwood on Wednesday ( I ate a huge chunk of delicious mud cake…better than wheatgrass, which experience Lou is still sharing with me every morning).
Lou and Sam made gorgeous Easter eggs for Dougal’s school Easter egg hunt – lactose and fructose free- which involved blowing the insides out of real eggs and filling them with special chocolate…

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Tomorrow is a rowing regatta at which Hamish is an honoured guest- we’ll watch from the river bank, then Dougal’s swimming lesson….so cute seeing two year olds learning to be so comfortable in the water.
Have lots of pics to gather from Pat and Lou and will share them asap.
Love to you all,
L

Clelland Nature Reserve

Sam kept Dougal out of school today, and we all, including Granny, we went off to Clelland to feed a variety of marsupials and strange Aussie critters.

Kangas and wallabies you probably know…

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And wombats

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And koalas

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But what about echidnas? Hedgehogs that lay eggs and raise them in their pouches?

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And potatoes and bandicoots?

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Remarkable…great fun.
Yesterday we trundled around the Barossa Valley listening to each other whisper across 144m of the Reservoir wall,

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the sculptures on Mengler Hill (which none of us understood!), Seppeltsfield winery where we sampled some interesting wines including a sparkling Shiraz -very festive.
Thought of the Pinetown Walkers when I saw this shop in Tanunda…

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Home-made sweets. So sorry to hear that Erica has left us after such an incredible fight, a sparkle in her eyes til the last. I think she’ll find a special place on the next step of the adventure, but I’m sorry for those she has left, Bruce, Noelene and John especially. I hope I am as dignified and grace full in my own journey.

Healthwise food is tasting fabulous without the chemo tang, the tummy is happy and the legs are getting stronger, though the hand and foot zings are still with me. This week I haven’t needed my afternoon nap at all, even though we’ve been jolling, walking, and shopping a lot all week.

We went to the Maritime Museum in Port Adelaide on Tuesday, coffee with Granny in Norwood on Wednesday ( I ate a huge chunk of delicious mud cake…better than wheatgrass, which experience Lou is still sharing with me every morning).
Lou and Sam made gorgeous Easter eggs for Dougal’s school Easter egg hunt – lactose and fructose free- which involved blowing the insides out of real eggs and filling them with special chocolate…

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Tomorrow is a rowing regatta at which Hamish is an honoured guest- we’ll watch from the river bank, then Dougal’s swimming lesson….so cute seeing two year olds learning to be so comfortable in the water.
Have lots of pics to gather from Pat and Lou and will share them asap.
Love to you all,
L

lorikeet

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Thousands of them busy in the fig trees now the peach season has ended. As noisy as Mynahs and hadedas combined! Australia has the most gorgeous birds. I want able to get my own pix with my cellphone.
These are the trees outside my mums unit. See if you can spot a parrot!

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Yesterday we went to Port Adelaide to visit the maritime museum. I’m glad we came by plane! The berths on those old settler ships were ghastly.
These were meant to be shared by two!

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The school kids on a tour kindly demonstrated. Lou bravely had a lie down in one, listening to sound recordings of those Settlers diaries. I couldn’t. I could almost see the liceĀ  and the smallpox and the scurvy on the horrible pallet!
The Titanic display was good. I especially liked reading the handwritten radio messages – made the whole thing very real. The note of the band playing ‘Nearer my God to Thee’ as the shop went under had me snivelling.

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I loved the collection of old figureheads. Pity stream and oil ended this practice of giving ships identity.

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The day before yesterday, we went to the Adelaide Zoo, and got to see Wang Wang and Funi, the panda cubs on loan from China, hopefully going to breed in time.

It’s a lovely zoo, with carefully designed environments and stimulation activities, though still a zoo. The petting zoo was an experience an evil eyed goat and a greedy sheep each are a corner of my brown paper feed bag ($2 a pop!) much to Dougal’s amusement.

That kid is powered by energiser batteries, I’m convinced.
The zoo was lots of walking but we all survived, including granny and aunty Liizhh (he’s working on the pronunciation).
Sam made a stunning lasagna without tomato, garlic or onion which really hit the spot for all of us with our strange diets. Lou was still as full of bounce as Dougal and Cleo (who is substituting for Pepper and Rocky) while the rest of us collapsed. It’s still almost full light at 7pm.

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Time to get washed and dressed for coffee at Norwood and the hunt for lactose, fructose-free Easter eggs!

lorikeet

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Thousands of them busy in the fig trees now the peach season has ended. As noisy as Mynahs and hadedas combined! Australia has the most gorgeous birds. I want able to get my own pix with my cellphone.
These are the trees outside my mums unit. See if you can spot a parrot!

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Yesterday we went to Port Adelaide to visit the maritime museum. I’m glad we came by plane! The berths on those old settler ships were ghastly.
These were meant to be shared by two!

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The school kids on a tour kindly demonstrated. Lou bravely had a lie down in one, listening to sound recordings of those Settlers diaries. I couldn’t. I could almost see the liceĀ  and the smallpox and the scurvy on the horrible pallet!
The Titanic display was good. I especially liked reading the handwritten radio messages – made the whole thing very real. The note of the band playing ‘Nearer my God to Thee’ as the shop went under had me snivelling.

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I loved the collection of old figureheads. Pity stream and oil ended this practice of giving ships identity.

image

The day before yesterday, we went to the Adelaide Zoo, and got to see Wang Wang and Funi, the panda cubs on loan from China, hopefully going to breed in time.

It’s a lovely zoo, with carefully designed environments and stimulation activities, though still a zoo. The petting zoo was an experience an evil eyed goat and a greedy sheep each are a corner of my brown paper feed bag ($2 a pop!) much to Dougal’s amusement.

That kid is powered by energiser batteries, I’m convinced.
The zoo was lots of walking but we all survived, including granny and aunty Liizhh (he’s working on the pronunciation).
Sam made a stunning lasagna without tomato, garlic or onion which really hit the spot for all of us with our strange diets. Lou was still as full of bounce as Dougal and Cleo (who is substituting for Pepper and Rocky) while the rest of us collapsed. It’s still almost full light at 7pm.

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Time to get washed and dressed for coffee at Norwood and the hunt for lactose, fructose-free Easter eggs!

Whacky whacky warehouse

Wednesday, I had the unusual experience of being mobbed by upwards of ten 2 & 3 year olds. I was trying to get out of the WWW maze because D had decided not to go down the slide after all and decided to disappear into the jungle of obstacles inside the oversized jungle gym. The kids weren’t giving way to an elderly type trying to get down again. They did find my knees and legs useful levers in their determination to get to the top.

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Unnerving to see multiple pairs of determined eyes coming at you. Nothing as single-minded as a two year old, I’m thinking.

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This is me and Dougal after two hours of play. I was knackered!

An absolute pleasure is watching Lou reading D a version of the ginger bread man story, where he has to choose which stickers go in the text. And the iPad…

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Yesterday we intended to go to the Adelaide Museum after visiting Tandanya, the aboriginal cultural centre. Love the art and stories of the Dreamtime … The dots that represent the songlines…hypnotic.

That involved tripping down Rundle St and we got distracted by Rundle Mall.How refreshing to look at shop windows in the open air. I mourn the loss of street shopping in SA. And it’s interesting to see different stuff in the shops. Cell phones and other gadgets in colours other than black for a start. I did notice though that most people stick to corporate black, grey and navy clothing. I stuck out like a sore thumb in my orange cords and purple fleece. This is definitely not Africa!

My lunch looked fabulous but was sadly very dry and bland. At the equivalent of R42 it was disappointing. One mustn’t convert currency though – you’d be gasping all the time. Otherwise the food is amazing. I think it would be very hard to be anorexic here, to much temptation.
Wee went to the central market on Tuesday. I was entranced by the breads and plums the size of your fist. Greek, Italian, Thai, Japanese, Chinese, Gujarati…yum.

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More later.

On the porch in beautiful Adelaide

Pat’s reading the paper and I’m thinking about what to tell you abbot our trip so far. It’s Tuesday ago were nearly at the point of talking in questions like Australians.

The flight over was fantastic. Travelling in the ‘petting zoo’ as the crew call it, is definitely the way to go, and so different from travelling economy. As we boarded we were greeted with a glass of champers and friendly staff wanting to know who we were and what we were going to do in Oz- very personalised.

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The twelve hour flight passed so quickly, I was almost sorry to arrive!

A quick taxi ride to the Blue Sydney Taj and we were back in luxury. The taxi driver was a Palestinian gynocologist working to save enough money for the exam that will allow him to practice in Australia. Such wealth and such tribulation all in one block. What amazed me was how not bitter he was.
Taxi drivers have interesting stories. We were amazed also at how young everybody was, very few decrepit middle aged folks and lots of yuppies in business suits or exercise clothes! And probably fifty per cent of the people we saw in tourism land were Asian. This is pic taken by Lou with the Blue in the background. The converted wharf warehouse is a designer’s dream of
Interesting architecture and furniture. They had even preserved the old wooden conveyor belt that moved the sugar and flour bags off and on the ships.

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Sydney has 260 days of sunshine a year. We had bucketing rain for our visit to the Circular Quay to see the opera house and bridge, but it was still awesome.

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We decided to get out of the rain and went to the Powerhouse Museum, stunning with all it’s interactive displays of science chemistry and biology set in historical context. Lou and I had lots of fin with the electric chair.
I backed off getting on the pennyfarthing bike though! Lou took that on-very brave. Can’t find the pix right now.

That night we decided to go to the Hard Rock Cafe at Darling Harbour for dinner. It was packed so that idea was scotched.instead we found a Tapas bar further down ans I pigged out on mezze. It was the day before St Patrick’s day so there was a lot of the ‘green’ around and a very festive vibe. Street theatre acrobats and dancing followed by an incredible firework display. Pretty stunning, gorgeous and pet friendly – no screaming witches!

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Up early on Sunday morning and off to Adelaide, where we relaxed with family – a few tears and lots of laughs. Dougal is a delight…

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Time to go get ready for our day and our trip to the Chinese Market. Hope you are having a much fun as me!

Quick update: from the Mashonzi Lounge-OR Tambo

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Loving the Arty chairs and quiet restful space!

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Rocky and Pep didn’t like the suitcases in spite of the bribes!

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