Category Archives: Our Base Called Home

Block produce and 2 days orf!

I’ve been busy on Da Block growing stuff! All new to me as haven’t had much time in the past to grow ‘food’ and big gardens.

Gave it a go with the easy stuff first….learnt NOT to plant lotsa seedlings as they GROW BIG! But enjoyed eating home grown tomatoes and making CWA relish!! Got a few different pumpkins coming up all over the place too! Anyway, happy with my first season of green thumb-ing!! 😛

Hubby and I took a whole 2 days orf to do the ‘tourist thang’ and go to Adelaide! Stopped in a van park in Semaphore (north of Adelaide) using the states $50 voucher to get South Australian’s back out travelling.

Two days was enough in a city for us! Liked Semaphore but especially liked Eggs Benedict on our morning of departure in a local cafe! A real treat! Missed our Bluey as first time away from Ma & Pa! Can’t wait to get back on the road again in the caravan and explore more of Australia! Travel photos will be more interesting than plant pics!! 🙂

OMG! It’s christmas already?

Well, this year is the year we would all like to forget I’m sure!

But I am glad I spent it at home as we got so much done and it was a safe place to be. Watching the nightly news it started to feel surreal seeing what was happening all over the world with Covid-19.

But life goes on and we have to make the best of what we have and where we are. I’m enjoying my garden/s and growing veggies for the first time (and I’m not a big veggie fan)

This Christmas will be very quiet and at home due to Jeda just having a cruciate ligament operation on her knee and she will need months of recovery. It’s only been a day or so and she’s still not herself, we are getting ‘stink eye’ quite a lot! 🙂

Hoping anyone reading this has a safe and happy Christmas and New Year’s and let’s hope 2021 is a better year for everyone!

Spring has sprung on da block!

With the change of seasons it would be a brilliant time to ‘hit the road’ and travel beautiful South Australia! Well, you’d think that but we haven’t! Too busy on Da Block!

My travel blogs are much more fun to write than these Block blogs, but as it’s life atm ….. boring as bat poop for some – hang in there hopefully we will be ‘on the road’ again in the future!

I’ve spent time in my garden trying to grow vegies and flowers. I’m a gardening newbie so when things grow I’m amazed! When we lived in North Queensland it was hard NOT to grow anything, with the rainfall in abundance plants thrived.

Enjoy the pics!

Da Block in lockdown

As we all know, COVID19 has restricted us all to one degree or another. Even in the country. So lots of time to do stuff on Da Block.

The fireplace is a constant companion! The agisted sheep are birthing. My Avocado Farm on the windowsill is growing! And the ‘live or die garden’ is still hanging in during the frosts.

WINTER in the south…brrrrr

Well, winter has hit with a vengeance! Normally we’d be sunning ourselves in a warm climate now, but not this year 😦 

Making the most of time here though. Enjoyed watching the changing of the seasons around the district. The colours of the trees were beautiful and the crisp clean air in the mornings make up for the cold wet soggy days.

Due to restrictions not a lot of wandering the area or eating out, but I’ve put a couple of pics up of my one day out recently. Clare has a new mural in a side street near the Council Chambers, and it’s a beauty.

We’ve had a couple of frosts, which has killed off some of my plantings, but most usually recover. Hubby not so happy about winter; wakes up in the dark and gets home from work in the dark!

With restrictions easing up a bit now, I should be able to post more interesting blogs soon. Can’t wait to visit a few more wineries in the beautiful Clare Valley!

Self Isolating on Da Block!

Well the ‘C’ virus has changed our lives dramatically; made us think twice about where we go outside our home, what we touch, who’s touched it before us, how will I stay safe? A lot of businesses are thinking outside the box finding ways to keep afloat. Will our lives be better for this?

I think so. Once we ALL understand the importance of #slowthespread and find alternate ways of communicating or earning a living, life will go on. Easter will be easy for us. We always tried to get off the road and ‘hibernate’ somewhere!

I have to give a local business a blatant plug! I placed my first order with The Corner Patch in Clare for fruit & veg. I was pleasantly happy with the selection and quality. The local pubs and most cafes/restaurants are ensuring they offer takeaways and the wineries are using a central Cellar Door in Clare as a distribution point for wine sales. All in all life is bubbling along….

As for Da Block, MacArthur the Ram has moved on to other pastures…literally!! Hopefully he has done his ‘job’ here with the ewes and baby lambies will be running around in the future!!

Crazy times for all of us :(

Well, this time a couple of weeks ago we probably all thought this ‘C’ virus would blow over. Sadly not. Now life will change and we need to change with it.

Yet life on Da Block is the same. Luckily we live on acreage so ‘personal space’ is not a problem.  Jeda and I keep things rolling along with small projects, gardening & too many ideas in my head!

Before the Cafes & Restaurants were forced to close we took friends to The Olive Bus just out of Clare.  It is casual, open, scenic and wonderful. As per the photos, the kitchen & front counter are inside the bus with more open sitting areas outside under cover. On weekends they serve pizzas and they are scrummy! They can be accompanied with a Clare Valley wine which makes it superb! Double thumbs up!!

I have a couple of furniture projects to get into. Bought an old TV cabinet (and aren’t there heaps of them now TV’s are so thin!?) from the Clare Lions Second Hand Furniture Shop to make into our own Café/Wine Bar!! I’ll keep ya posted on that…and hubby found a round wine barrel with bottle shelves at a garage sale, after a good clean up it should look great.

So to those reading this blog keep safe; stay isolated; be happy; life does go on. 🙂

Beginnings of Autumn on Da Block!

Just a few pics of what’s been happening on Da Block here in the Clare Valley! Temperatures aren’t too bad, cooler nights and warm days….the BEST time to visit the Valley!!!

Don’t ask me what I’ve been doing, but VERY VERY BUSY!!! 🙂

Alpaca Shearing 101

Last weekend I witnessed the fine art of shearing alpacas! I thought it was just as interesting as sheep shearing, although danger money should be included….they spit, they kick and they are way bigger than sheep!!

The two boys agisted here and two others were penned and pampered! The mobile alpaca shearer brings their table and equipment  and sets up, and the boys are secured on the table whilst being shorn. When one sides done they get flipped!

Most of the alpacas were well behaved, only one carried on every time the razor started, which was quite funny really. Only one spit and one kick over the four which was good odds! The Shearer did show me what the previous alpacas left all over the side of his ute! 😛

So now we have a couple of skinny alpacas that resemble deers wandering the paddock! I reckon the alpaca shearers earn their money – they also check their teeth, trim hoofs and vaccinate.

Home among the Gumtrees & long grass!

From ‘On the Road’ to ‘On da Block’! Back to SA & head down, butt up doing a cleanup of Da Block.

Water tanks full, grass long, weeds even longer!! 😦 But after some full on days we have it under control. The green is starting to tinge brown now coming into Summer. We’ve had hot days already, total fire ban days, then back to the temperatures I prefer….and on goes the fireplace!!

So for now just a few pics of Da Block. Did take ourselves out to a local cafe in Clare called Zest Cafe! Had breaky there and it was beautiful, highly recommended. And dog friendly which is important to us as Jeda goes where we go!!