Shopping on The Parade
A shopping hub servicing a cosmopolitan and arty inner suburban Norwood, where famed Oz, Donald Dunstan lived a decade ago.
Stirling in the Adelaide Hills.
A pretty shopping precinct not far from where we live. The main street is ablaze with
autumn colours during May...here is a sample, taken on a day we were entertaining grand-children
by taking them to the Stirling playground, a spot they LOVE.
Strathalbyn - Valley of the Scots
The plains around the Angas River, at the foot of the southern Mount Lofty ranges,
were settled soon after the colony of South Australia was established. The first
to take up land there was Dr. John Rankine, one of 105 Scottish immigrants who arrived
at Holdfast Bay near Adelaide on the "Fairfield" in 1839. The foresight of these
early pioneers in keeping the picturesque riverbanks and parkland, and reserving
an adjacent site for their St. Andrews church is evident today. the town has over
30 heritage listed buildings to admire. "Old Strathalbyn and its people" a book
compiled by Nancy Gemmell for the National Trust is recommended reading for the history buff.
Walk the Port
Port Adelaide is a sea port city with a unique salty tang to its environs.
It is the historic maritime heart of South Australia and home to some of the finest historic buildings in the State.
Officially established in 1840, only four years after the foundation of the State, Port Adelaide played an integral role in the colonial development of South Australia.
The first migrants though, wading through mud of nearby 'Port Misery' had a daunting start to a new life in the fledgling colony. By the 1870's however wharves were built, solid stone warehouses and homes were erected and signs of Port Adelaide's prosperity were evident.
The Port has played host to the dashing sailing ships of yesteryear, steamships and in recent times, sophisticated container and cruise ships.
Port Adelaide has retained many of its impressive 19th Century buildings which within the boundaries of a few streets form the State's first Heritage Area.
A treasure trove of South Australia's heritage awaits you in Port Adelaide (according to the pamphlet).
The best way to discover its delights is to Walk the Port!
Southern Vales amongst the vines
Half an hour south from where we live is the heart of the
McLaren Vale vineyards...here are photos taken en route
to show the diversity of the area.