Why did this widespread disaster overcome the world? 

We’re at the same point again, and it’s even more urgent…

The great Rudolf Steiner Quotes Site

We can ask: Why did this widespread disaster overcome the world? (Steiner refers to the first world war.) Indeed, the ultimate reason is that the interests of people have become so superficial, that it scarcely reaches beyond the most mundane. Of course, if people cease to interest themselves for the stars, then they start to interest themselves for chatting in cafés; If the human being stops to ponder his relationship to the higher hierarchies, then the desire to waste his time with commonplace play is roused. One only needs to look at the interests which satisfy the leading circles of mankind, see what these people do from morning till evening! And if one looks at this with understanding, then one will not be surprised that such a debacle as has happened, overcame mankind. After all, people are happy these days when they can define one thing or another with ease…

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Slow travel

In June we arrived in Quorn, for about a week.   As things turned out, it became a month.  It was no hardship 🙂

So then we moved on, southwards initially to catch up with friends in the mid-north of South Australia, and then on to Broken Hill, and further east.

We got as far as one day’s drive, and then stopped for basically four days in a tiny town, as it was quiet, and the weather was dreadful in most places anyway.

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On finally to across the Border into New South Wales.

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An overnight stop, and today we arrived after a short drive in Broken Hill.

Not sure for how long…. I don’t do large towns much…. but it is a place full of art and old buildings…. and internet!

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The place that really brings me to this area is Silverton……simply because…..I won’t know until we get there I guess, but along the way we’re having a good time 🙂

The sun is shining, and we found another wattle in bloom, so enjoy Linda, this is for you!

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Arid Lands Botanic Gardens

While I’ve been in the Quorn region, I’ve been caught up on matters other than exploring the Bush, which would be my normal choice.  However, on the day I needed to visit Port Augusta, I took a detour, to visit one of my favourite places, the Arid Lands Botanic Gardens.

In my photo files are many images from previous visits, over various months and seasons; however, this is how I saw some of it in July 2019.

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Access to many areas is wheelchair friendly, and toddler friendly.  Just remember it is natural land, and snakes are part of this environment,so keep an eye open for them.  They are part of this land, and need to be respected.

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Not a snake, but a shingleback lizard, otherwise known as a stumpy tail, or blue tongue.  Great characters to have about the place.

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A Crested Pigeon is one of the very many birds who live in the area.  On any day, the birdsong is wonderful.

The State Floral emblem of South Australia is Sturt’s Desert Pea.  I’ve been out bush where in the right season, the ground is covered with these plants, and it’s a real sight to see.  At times, even white sports can be found.

Yellow is a cheerful colour when the winter days are cold.

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There a lovely places to sit and contemplate, such as this space.

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Looking through a window in the wall, to where visitors are admiring a sun dial.

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Naturally, I have to include one of my favourite plants, the Eremophila 🙂

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All too soon it was time to head back to the van.

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One of the changes since my last visit, was the addition of the bird watchers bulletin board.

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There’s a special area set-aside for those parking with dogs.

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The western view of the Flinders Ranges……. timeless…… and on this day, it was the first chance I’d had of absorbing the wonderful warmth of the sun in this wintry month.  I was just like that lizard, soaking up the warmth 🙂

Aboriginal Art Gallery Opening

On the 6th July 2019 I was thrilled to be at the opening of Jonas and Jaja Aboriginal art gallery in Quorn, Flinders Ranges, South Australia.  These two wonderful women are committed to keeping Aboriginal culture alive and repairing the Songlines across this country.

 

New beginnings…..

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Eagerly awaiting the doors to open…..

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The magical moment!

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Visitors came from far and wide for this auspicious event.

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Welcome to Country ceremony was conducted in Language and in English.

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The Art Works are all genuine Aboriginal, with the proceeds going directly back to the artists.  This is important, as many artists do not receive their due in some other situations, and prospective buyers need to check this out first.

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Of course, support from friends always helps these events run smoothly.

Finally, a snapshot of some of the art.  None of which does it justice.  Being there, feeling the Spirit embodied in the Art, is simply amazing and incredible.

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ABC News also has an article about this new important venture.

The Gallery is open every day until 21 July from 10am-3pm, and then 10am-3pm Thursday to Sunday.

In September, the Gallery in Seventh Street Quorn, will be part of the Flinders Ranges A Brush with Art Exhibition.

Ensure your next visit to South Australia incorporates this into the itinerary.