Late one afternoon the local church warden needed to change the flag on top of the church in recognition of an upcoming celebration; we were privileged to be invited up to the roof with him - hence this shot!
While staying with friends in the delightful village of Ramsbury (near Swindon) in Wiltshire, England, I couldn't resist taking this shot - not only for the pretty creeper growing around the windows, but also for the quaint vehicle!
This spot is located only 10 minutes from my home in the northern suburbs of Adelaide. It is part of a pretty tranquil walking trail adjacent to wetlands but also runs alongside a very busy road leading into Adelaide city approximately half and hour's drive away to the south-west.
During a much-needed break early last year, I was blessed to enjoy a few days away at my favourite South Australian haven, on the Fleurieu Peninsula - Normanville. Long walks on the beautiful white sandy beach, listening to the waves gently flopping on the shoreline and watching anglers on the jetty packing up their day's catch all contributed to a rejuvenating experience. If you visit South Australia, I would heartily recommend you include this delightful spot on your itinerary - it has a beach-side caravan park with onsite cabins, a fantastic seafood cafe overlooking the ocean, local craft shops offer some fascinating wares, and it's "within cooee" of some wonderful wineries!
This piece of artwork from the ocean caught my attention because of the delicate lace-like construction, compared with the flat ribbons of the regular seaweed - yes, I know... "small things amuse ...."!
While I really do appreciate beautiful flowers and gardens, my own skills in that area are sadly lacking, so I was positively thrilled to have grown these. Having lived in the cooler region of the Adelaide HIlls for a time where a number of different coloured camellias graced my property, I was surprised that this plant did so well in the warmer climate of the lower Plains.
My friend and I spent 3 days visiting Melbourne back in July on a photographic "expedition" and we decided to check out the city's many arcades and laneways. This one, the Block, is my favourite for a variety of reasons: the "mood" lighting, the fantastic architecture, the large tubs of live orchids gracing each shop entrance, the amazing mozaic flooring and - best of all - it is home to a delightful experience in Hopetoun's Tea Rooms that offers an ambience of the 1930's or 1940's and the most delectable cakes, gateaux and pavlovas - no trip to Melbourne would be complete without a visit here!
I had the privilege of living and working in Victoria for 10 months and most weekends were spent exploring this scenic State. This picture of rowers on the River Yarra, which runs through the heart of Melbourne (Victoria's capital city), was taken late on a Sunday afternoon and it struck me as quite serene.
This pretty water lily was located in the tranquil gardens of our accommodation in Port Douglas - the Mantra Treetops. (When uploading this pic, it suddenly occurred to me that the dead leaves - which are actually floating on the water's surface - appeared to be falling in mid-air. I wonder if you see that too?)
The colour in this image has not been enhanced - the gorgeous display of colours is one of the reasons a friend and I really enjoy coming up to Stirling in April/May with our cameras .... and of course to enjoy the atmosphere of the local coffee shops as we savour our capuccinos and thaw out by an open fire !
These beautiful apples were growing in Houghton (referred to in the preceding blogs) and just looking at them makes my mouth water in anticipation of the imagined crispness and sweet juice running down one's chin as a bite is taken !! (Unsure of the variety - perhaps "Summer Strawberry")
This character-laden homestead is located much nearer to my home, in a rather English-like little town (more a "village" really) named Houghton, in the Adelaide Hills, some 22km (14 miles) from the Adelaide CBD.
Home to approx. 450 residents, it was named after Houghton-le-Spring in Durham, England.
The townsite itself was settled in 1841, by land agent and auctioneer John Richardson. During the 1840s, it was the hub of the district and gained a simple stone Union Chapel serving several denominations, the Travellers' Rest Hotel, blacksmith, school, dwellings and other trappings of civilisation, together with a reserve which is now Houghton Common.
During our 6 weeks visit to the UK, we saw many a field of Canola crops and the marvellous expanse of yellow always gave a lift to our day. (Doubtless we also grow Canola in Australia, but living in the suburbs one doesn't get to see these crops)