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!
Victoria Rd trees changing colour
What you see in Tarlee
New pink rose
Cafe 1871, Main St Clare
New Mural in Clare
The Girls enjoying the new growth
Gawler, Pioneer Park War Memorial
Hey Ewe & her Bodyguards
Nextdoors girls all in a row
Frost on roses
Frost in the paddock
Frozen trough in paddock
Yes, we must be crazy!! Who in their right mind would voluntarily stay in this cold country through winter?? Really!!? Yep, that would be us! 😛
We are into Week 7 of our work here in Mintaro….I reckon the days are wetter, windier and colder than we ever experienced in all our days on the road. A local recently told us “wait till the winds come”…Newsflash: they’re here!!!
Anyway, we are progressing slowly with this reno. The sanding down & oiling of every door, screen door, window, sill is taking a long time. We have both learnt at least one thing: NO wood framed doors/windows in any future abode! The kitchen is in along with dishwasher plumbed in by B, the fiddly bits n’ pieces are done throughout, now the big job of laying a slab for foundation of extension & moving some doors….when the rain & wind stops, that is!!
I managed to get B to have a morning off and we drove to the nearby Saddleworth Country Marketplace. The weather was shocking (really??!) but the market went on. I purchased a lovely platter made from wine barrels by a couple from the Barossa – perfectly useless when you live in a caravan, but whatever. We also enjoyed a lovely morning tea put on by the local CWA. Good value hand made goods and friendly local people. What else would you rather do on a cold, wet & windy winters day?
The forecast for the next couple of days is partly cloudy with little to no rain! Yep, heard that before!!! 🙂
Panorama of sunrise over the hill
Brains not brawn! Borrowed a friends ute & crane to unload wood heater
Sunrise on a crisp morning
Poor Ford frosted up on crispy morning
Jeda’s toy kong felt the frost too
Whipped up a batch of scones for a treat!
NB: I edited this pic to have a sun glint (NO SUN for weeks!!)
CWA smoko @ Saddleworth Country Marketplace
I hate selfies, but check out how windy it is! Even blowing my sunnies off!
Rare pic of me working…too cold outside so setup in front of fireplace
Do you think this fencepost is going to get away???
Jeda flat out in front of fireplace