Torrens River

Monday 9 October 2017 On Monday morning we rose early with Ruby and drove to a local supermarket for picnic supplies. We continued on to the ABC where Ruby works and went inside with her to check out the office of Behind the News and meet some of the staff of this iconic Australian children’s…

Vegans & botanic gardens

Sunday 8 October 2017 On Sunday morning we stumbled on a spring fair in a community centre located in Green Street, barely a block away from where Ruby and Rob were living. A cheerful gathering had convened there on a sunny morning to show off the shiny new facilities and the community garden. This consisted…

Barossa Valley

Saturday 7 October 2017 I rose early in Angel’s AirBnB and found some ground coffee in the fridge. By the time the caffeine was coursing through my veins, Ruby, Rob and Susie emerged from their beds. Our host kindly gave us all a lift into town where we searched for a suitable breakfast. The café…

Morialta Park to Tanunda

Friday 6 October 2017 Friday began with a few obligatory rounds of Bananagrams. We then set out in Ruby’s pink Toyota (Floyd) to Morialta Conservation Park, which is located about 10 km North of Adelaide. On the way into the park we passed a children’s adventure playground which had been designed by the children of…

Adelaide city

Thursday 5 October 2017 Rob rose and left for work in the early morning, leaving Susie, Ruby and I to contemplate the prospect of a cooler, overcast day with light showers. I resigned myself to the likelihood that this was going to be a day of shopping. Ruby held out the option that I could…

Henley Beach & Brompton

Wednesday 4 October 2017 The following morning I slept in until 8:30 a.m. Perhaps my immune system was working overtime. Irrespective, I was relieved to be free of any symptoms of a head cold. When Ruby and Susie finally emerged into the daylight we set out for a cafe nearby called The Pixie and the…

Mount Lofty Botanic Garden

Tuesday 3 October 2017 On our taxi ride to Kingsford-Smith airport, the driver treated us to the usual complaints about how close we live to the airport and how this undermined his livelihood. The whingeing is a small price to pay for cheap fares. The real challenge lay ahead, on the Tigerair Flight from Sydney…

Bellingen to Sydney

22 September to September 2002 On our first morning back at Minnie Water, Susie wanted to relocate our camp.  I was reluctant to do this, having grown tired of setting up and breaking camp for short stops.  But we found a spot further away from the beach that was shady and secluded, being nestled in…

Brisbane

21 September 2002 Judy Venn lent us her Brisbane street directory, so we had no trouble finding Robbie’s house in Chapel Hill.  We also had her excellent directions to follow.  The house was an impressive structure, “More an environment than a house”, as one of the proud owners observed, reciting the wisdom of a previous…

Kenilworth to The Big Pineapple

17 September—19 September 2002 We stayed in the Charlie Moorland Camping Area for the next three nights.  The first day we were there, Susie went into Eumundi markets.  Ruby and Clare stayed back with me and we went on a long walk through Kenilworth State forest.  We saw different types of vegetation as we went,…

Coolum to Kenilworth

13 September—16 September 2002 The caravan park at Coolum Beach is located just behind the sand dunes. The path to the beach is directly in front of our tent.  We couldn’t be closer to the ocean short of camping on the beach itself. Since we arrived last night, a small village of tents, cars and…

Wongi to Coolum Beach

12 September 2002 On our second day at Wongi State Forest, we did some serious mooching around. I played the guitar by the river nearly all afternoon.  I also helped Ruby photograph a model of a bird she had made from found objects, for one of her art projects.  Susie had helped her put it…