From a hot & sweaty summertime we have graduated to a cooler and a bit windier autumn. The trees are turning bronze & gold letting us know the cool weather will be on it’s way! Exactly what I love! The vineyards look beautiful now vintage has finished, autumn colours abound.
Excavations on Da Block went well: the new septic is in, heaps of plumbing trenches, installed two cattle grids, digging some tree holes, solar panels installed and much more. We were able to setup a rock garden on a long bank with beautiful huge Bluestones and the Yuccas & Agaves I’ve been nursing and cuttings from friends. Unfortunately the pumpkins & rock melons I grew from seed didn’t survive – I’ll have to watch more ‘Gardening Australia’!!
I’d like to give a plug (for any local’s reading this) to Terra-Firma Earthworks & Contracting based in Clare, SA – brilliant job and attention to detail.
B painted up the inside of a container to be his ‘tool shed’. It’s taken time but we are seeing progress week to week. We moved the van for the 3rd time to the container pad (better for when the rain comes). We’ve just had a couple of dust storms when it was really hot which was a new experience.
Today I have the heater on!
Looking forward to a break. Heading north to the Big Red Bash (www.bigredbash.com.au) in July as B volunteering setup/pack up. We are able to take Jeda to the concert in the desert as dogs are allowed. John Farnham is headlining with Hoodoo Gurus, The Angels, Daryl Braithwaite, Jon Stevens, Kate Ceberano, Russell Morris, The Black Sorrows and more…..
Western Queensland here we come!!!
Starting the excavations
Aerial of work in progress
Big Hitachi awfully close to the van!
Lots of rubble extended the block
Finished drain outlet
Digging the huge hole for septic tank
Septic in trenches being dug
Installing cattle grid #1
Grid #1 done
Grid #2 nearly done
Moving the huge Bluestones in place
Jeda thinks it’s all good!
B painted the interior of container
Septic irrigation area done
Start of leaves turning in driveway, Japanese Elms
Been a bit busy since last post so I apologise for that. We continued around the Eyre Peninsula visiting our favourite sites and campgrounds.
Haslam is one – south of Ceduna. A small fishing village where oysters are the main industry. There is a small campground with a nearby toilet, picnic area & water tap. A boat ramp too leads to a very rocky and weedy beach, but the jetty is great for fishermen.
Easter was approaching so we headed inland to Murphy’s Haystacks, a group of rock formations on private land and also a camp site. As luck would have it we had overcast days so the colours I was hoping for on the rocks didn’t happen. But we caught up with the property’s owner and had a good yak. He now sells local honey from the area.
Then on to the Minnipa area, to Tcharkuldu & Pildappa Rocks. Both have camping areas with drop toilets and picnic tables. A good workout to walk around and over! Quiet too, even on a long weekend!
Bad weather was looming so we decided to head to a Recreation Ground at Kimba to wait it out. Good thing too as we had heaps of rain and flash flooding. Kimba really goes all out to accommodate Travellers with camp areas at low-cost ($15 per night, no power but full amenities, honour system) and incentives to spend and enjoy their town. Kimba is halfway across Australia geographically.
As the weather wasn’t getting any better we decided to head straight to the Mid North region, to Port Augusta (for supplies) through Horrocks Pass and Melrose – beautiful areas. Along the way we stopped overnight at Goyder Line RA and Yacka Picnic Ground. Yacka is also a lovely town but seems to be dying since the pub closed. Volunteers and residents do their best to make the picnic grounds a lovely spot to stop for a night. Only $15 per night with power.
Now we are helping out on a farm in the Clare Valley that was our very first House Sit many years ago. It’s Autumn and the colours are just magnificent. Will post photos of the Valley in my next blog.
Sunrise over jetty at Haslam
Low tide at Haslam Jetty
Edward John Eyres sculptures at Kimba White Knob Lookout
Seen better days! Accommodation in Melrose
Unusual accommodation at Melrose
The North Star Hotel in Melrose
Rock formations at Murphy’s Haystacks
Rock formations, Murphy’s Haystacks
Aerial of Murphy’s Haystacks
Sunrise – Murphy’s Haystacks
Kimba – AH&F Society Mural near Rec Ground
Aerial of Pildappa Rock
Jeda on wander over Pildappa Rock
Early morning cardio workout over Pildappa Rock
View from Pildappa Rock picnic area
SA’s version of Wave Rock
North side of Pildappa Rock
Entering Horrock’s Pass (note the embellishments on sign)
Having a wander of Tcharkulu Rock, very windy
One of many rocks forming Tcharkuldu Rock
Hut has graffiti inside, used by campers, Tcharkuldu Rock
The ingenius water collection idea used throughout SA
Watch out, Wide Load! near Wirrabara