my view of the natural world

A little adventuring – Part 2

One of the mid-north towns we stopped at on the trip was Wirrabara.  It’s a favourite little town of mine, mostly because it has a great produce market once a month – and I timed the visit to co-incide with one.  Sorry, didn’t take any photos of the market, as I was too busy catching up with old friends, and buying yummy food :-)

The following morning though, I took a quiet walk around the town, and on a Monday morning in winter, it was very quiet.  The locals I did see, were friendly in their greetings.  There’s a saying in South Australia, that the further north one travels, the friendlier the people get, and I have to agree that its been my experience also.  Perhaps it’s to do with the climate – further south where its colder, people tend to stay in the their homes more…….

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The town park is well set up for visitors, with toilets, and shelters and BBQ facilities.  A lovely creek flows through it in winter, and there are plenty of frogs and birds to listen to.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis mural in the park was constructed as part of the Centenary of Federation Celebrations.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOne of the pieces of playground equipment.  :-)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMany towns have paintings on the electricity poles, and the theme for this one appears to be birds.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis area was very important in the States early history.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis church was built during the Great Depression, which I think quite an incredible effort.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s obvious it’s a farming area.  During last summer, bush fires came very close to the town, and it was a very concerning time for all.  Thankfully, it survived.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe local craft shop is well worth a visit, with a wide selection of local produce, such as jams and honey etc, and woollen garments, fleeces, timber carvings, and stunning fibre work by a local artist.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is the site of the monthly market, and the verandah and decking is a recent addition.  The market is a real meeting place, and great tea, coffee and cakes make it a perfect place to catch up.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARoses roses and roses were everywhere, and really enjoying the season.  Yes, it’s midwinter and the roses are in full leaf and bloom!

For more on the history of this area, please follow this link.

 

8 responses

  1. I just can’t get over it. I read a sentence like, “further south where its colder, people tend to stay in the their homes more…….” and I have to stop, back up, and readjust my compass! A lifetime of north=cold, south=hot isn’t easily overcome.

    I love the kangaroo playground equipment. And I like the overall rural/farming aura of the place. I believe I could be quite happy there. The painted light poles are great, too. I’m sending a link to this post to a woman who visits my blog. She is an artist who lives in Ecuador, and she had a project going where their poles were painted, too. She’s had just a bit of discouragement over it, not least because the poles were taken down and replaced. Maybe her town’s high mucky-mucks will be impressed to see the same thing being done in your part of the world!

    June 29, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    • eremophila

      This set of maps might help you on the way Linda – http://flourish.org/upsidedownmap/
      Thanks for the link to Lisa, love her art! I’m glad you got the feel of the place up north, it would be great to take you there myself :-)

      July 11, 2014 at 5:14 am

  2. Whoops. Lisa lives in Costa Rica. I think she just was in Ecuador. She travels all over the place, and I can’t keep up with her!

    June 29, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    • hey! two days ago i was in costa rica where i once lived, and now i am in ecuador where i now live! ja, i can understand how one gets confused about where lisa lives, especially when she sometimes darts around on a magic carpet! i read this – and enjoyed it – yesterday while traveling, but i didn’t have the keyboard attached, so couldn’t reply!

      i loved seeing the painted images, and it would be great if that would eventually become a must-do community project for all downs and cities. i’ve found that it brings the people in the neighborhoods closer together.. the ‘non’ artists often become novice artists, and some of them eventually become much-better artists! i won’t know the long-term effects until much later!

      it’s time to make the last leg of my journey home, and then i’ll be on ancient technology, where i might be able to read your posts, where images often do not load, and the comment and like functions rarely load!

      have a great week!

      lisa/z

      June 30, 2014 at 7:33 am

      • eremophila

        Sorry for the delay in responding – sometimes words go missing from my head….. Many towns in South Australia could benefit from coming together into community art projects, particularly those towns where unemployment is rising. Combating the apathy is the great issue.

        July 11, 2014 at 5:04 am

      • OK! Now I have that straightened out! Lives in Ecuador, lived in CR. Flies all over, with and without magic carpet! Safe journey!

        July 11, 2014 at 5:08 am

  3. Enivea, What a wonderful opportunity to revisit familiar, well loved places and reconnect with old friends.

    I can appreciate the feeling of you belonging to a place because of a special sense of connection – a soul connection. You may live somewhere else with all kinds of attractions but there is not the same sense of belonging.

    I hope the visit gave you peace.

    July 1, 2014 at 2:21 am

    • eremophila

      I’m not sure it gave me peace Margaret, but it did clarify things a bit for me…. if for nothing more than to ensure it’s not so long between visits! I’ll let the rest unfold as it will….

      July 11, 2014 at 4:56 am

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