It’s been a busy time on Da Block preparing the gardens for the onslaught of winter. The cold wind has blown in and it even snowed in a northern town!
We are actually ‘On The Road’ now but before we left we had a visit from some friends we met on the road in 2014. They are very game caravanning in SA in winter! So we made the most of what the Valley does so well….wine, roaring fires, wine & good food.
We managed to visit around 11 cellar doors but didn’t taste or purchase at them all, the majority now charge for tastings. A couple were ridiculous prices, and they didn’t take it off your purchase. Those that only charged $5-$10 and took it off your wine purchase we bought from and very much enjoyed. Of the Cellar Doors we visited my favourites were Mr Mick, Shut The Gate & Taylors Wines.
We also visited the Painted Silos in the district. Well worth a look and a patronage for the town, have a look around and a meal or snack. Our friends visited Bungaree Station and enjoyed the history and woolshed.
Future blogs will be highlights of our travels. Just heard a Qld Travel Declaration is required to enter Qld from another State…..good grief!:(
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!! 🙂
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.
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. 🙂
The Olive Bus
The Olive Bus
First flowers on Iris?
Alpacas after their haircut (checkout how dry it is)
Just realised it’s been ages since my last blog after arriving back on Da Block.
Been very busy (will explain next blog). I’ve started to compile a few pics of places we’ve been in our new adopted state of SA.
On our way home our last overnight stop was Manna Hill Rest Area. Donation with toilets available next to the pub. Enjoyed a beverage with the owner watching the passing parade of travellers & trains. The pub has a brilliant collection of old wares and a museum.
Then on to Terowie – it hasn’t changed much in many years. Almost a ghost town sad to say. We have stopped there a few times, and stayed overnight at rail siding. The façade of the buildings have hardly changed. A craft store & history of blacksmithing worth a look.
Will continue showcasing some of the area’s we’ve managed to check out in future blogs. What I am loving is the Town Garage Sales in the district! As I’m a bit of a ‘vintage tragic’ they have been the best for collecting old things people don’t want anymore.
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!!
So, after 12 weeks away in Queensland & New South Wales we have returned to South Australia and our block a tad too early!!! It’s freezing!!!!! 😦
I am still trying to wade through the zillion photos I took (I have RSI of my Delete finger!!). Will post photos of our experience at the Big Red Bash near Birdsville as soon as I can – it was a fantastic experience and a ‘must do’ for anyone interested in the most remote concert in Australia! Volunteering made it even more fun, and a feeling of being involved in something really special.
We did a bee-line for Brisbane (been every road from east to west) to get a few things done and a flying visit with family and friends, before we headed back out to Birdsville for the Races. Another bucket list item (our 2nd time) and better as we got to spend time with friends we met years ago in WA. We four are freakishly alike in a lot of ways which made it more fun. On the trip back south we had a couple of ‘issues’ with truck & van which made B real chirpy! Now at least we have found the worst road in SA to tow a van on!!!
We have a bit of work to do here on da block but I will try to get some photos together to share the fun of the Big Red Bash for those who may be interested in it next year…..9-11 July 2019.NB: the artists will be announced in October….stay tuned!!!http://www.bigredbash.com.au
My post this week was going to be the nice things we’ve experienced on our block, but the fire outbreak last Friday put me orf!
But I will post a few pics of what we’ve been doing. Lots of cleanup work – chainsaw massacre of gum branches for firewood and rubbish piles for next winter. This week we are getting some of the land excavated – leveling, creating a bank (for my Agaves & Yuccas I have been nursing), and maybe creating an area for a future orchard!
B purchased an old Massey Ferguson 35 tractor so he can do some smaller excavating jobs himself (once he gets it working properly)! It should come in handy! We’ve had many Happy Hour evenings watching the sunset over our piece of land – tired but happy (I think) that we have a patch we can call ‘ours’ finally.