19 September 2014 | Adelaide Hills, AU
sunny and cool
Well, you guessed it, we have moved again. We are now in the beautiful Adelaide Hills in a little township called Lensbrook. It consists of a church, grange and post office and lots of lifestyle farms of fruit tree orchards, vineyards, and sheep. In a couple of weeks, we should be surrounded in flowers, as all the trees and vines are just bursting forth. It will be beautiful. Actually, it is beautiful right now. Everything is very pastoral, townships are small and reflect their individual immigrant heritage. You especially see the German influence around here. Today, for tea, we had strudel and Cappuccino. We like this tea in the morning and afternoon. We are getting ready for spending time in England.
The dogs here are sweet and well trained. We are really enjoying them. They have been trained to respond to regular voice commands, just like talking to a person. It is amazing. They respond well to us. We love them. Holly is a wire haired terror, Riley is a border collie mix.
The property is about an acre with fruit trees, 8 sheep, an Australian Garden, vegetable and flower gardens and lots of gum and wattle trees. We have seen 6 adult Koalas and one baby and one very big Kangaroo with baby along for the ride. Hard to believe they are actually in our yard and the surrounds. It reminds us we are in Australia. The owner has built the house from supplies that he has acquired from various places and rooms have materialized like the old Hen and Chickens cactus my grandmother grew. It is very creative. As in so many of our other houses, heat is a wood fire in an iron stove in the LR, which means we wear lots of clothes in the house, especially at night. The temperature is supposed to increase in the next week, and we are really looking forward to that. We have been spoiled for sure with central heating, dishwashers and clothes dryers. This family is very focused on conservation and we have a lot to learn in this regard. In some ways, living on a boat was a good preparation for here. The first problem was a mal-functioning water pump. We could relate :-)
They owners of the house were very nice about introducing us to their friends, a church and some activities/groups. Laurel gave me a lesson in spinning wool. I have been very sick, so haven't been exposing folks yet, but feel better and finished my antibiotics, so we will be more social now. Still enjoying crocheting gifts for folks, and we read a lot. The Kindles continue to be a great tool for us.
We look forward, at the end of this sit, to a trip to the states to see family and friends. It has been too long. We miss everyone so much and are so excited for our trip. We have missed the US and hope to get back soon.
On that score, Realtime has still not sold. Hoping that this warm-up in the weather will inspire someone to check her out and decide she needs to be their's. Check the gallery for a look at this beautiful scenery and an introduction to South Australia.