Several years ago I joined another volunteer couple at Whittlesea in Victoria for 3 weeks as temporary caretakers of the MMM (Mobile Mission Maintenance) International HQ while the regular volunteer residents spent Christmas with their respective families in different States of Australia.
The property was at least 20 acres in size and included a large Administration block, several homes for resident volunteers as well as other accommodation for temporary volunteers, a large garage and maintenance shed, several farming/agricultural vehicles, a barn, pig stys (sties?), pigs and cows.
Our duties included checking and sorting the mail delivered by the postie, taking messages from incoming phone calls, checking the property fencing, feeding and hosing down the pigs (temperatures were in the 30's - degrees C during our stay), checking the cows, cleaning the pool, collecting bread from a nearby town, weeding the gardens, painting signs and generally maintaining the property.
Trotters in the trough
From the barn and pig sties looking up toward the Admin building & accommodation
A different perspective of "breakfast in bed" ! We were informed that this sow - who had given birth to a huge number of piglets in previous days - was suffering from "post natal depression", was isolating herself and had gone off her food, so we hand fed her!
Looking towards the barn and sties (at bottom left) and, in the distance (some 40kms away), Melbourne
It was a wonderful experience and a lasting friendship developed with the other temporary caretakers who live in New South Wales and I'm so looking forward to catching up with them next weekend as they come through Adelaide en route.
Devastatingly, this entire property and its buildings were destroyed in a major bushfire which swept through the State of Victoria a few years later, wiping out the homes and belongings of about a dozen families.
Yesterday was a particularly wet, grey day here in Adelaide, but this outdoor setting in a friend's garden suggested brighter days are not far away. (Personally I enjoy the refreshing, invigorating coolness of Winter and the depth of colour it brings to nature)
Following a sad start to the day attending the funeral of a very sweet aged neighbour, I was delighted to receive an unexpected invitation from my good friend and photography enthusiast to "hit the road with our cameras" for the afternoon.
We headed north of Adelaide and "happened upon" some wonderful subjects and scenes: the above collage shows just some of them
It was a lovely outing and a real lift to the spirits.
Heading home from a friend's place on Monday evening (5:30pm), at the end of a long weekend, this sight came into view as I headed down the hill. (The holiday was to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's birthday).
These two homes in a delightful Wiltshire village caught my eye during my return visit to England in 2009. A fence can convey many messages between neighbours and these seem to brighten up the approach to each home. (I was quite taken by the deep burgundy colour of the home on the right and can't now recall why I didn't include the whole frontage!)
Several years ago, a good friend and I spent a week holidaying in Tasmania - WHAT a fabulous place to visit. The scenery is fantastic and there's so much to see and experience. We couldn't do it justice in that short time-frame, but got a taste by flying into Hobart in the south, hiring a car and driving up the middle of the island to Launceston in the north where we spent a few days exploring. Then drove along the east coast aways before returning to Hobart for the remainder of our stay.
The following images were taken in the Russell Falls region of the Mt Field National Park, north-west from Hobart:
I am hopeful of making another trip to "Tassie" sometime in the future to absorb more of the island's delights.
Recently, a close friend's husband finally underwent a hernia operation (after FIVE deferrals!) in the Royal Adelaide Hospital. While enjoying cappuccinos and a hot chocolate in the ground-floor cafe pre-admission, I suddenly noticed this reflection of the main entrance in the cafe window.