Emus, Skink and Echidna at The Coorong, 22.Aug.2014

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22.Aug.14 Home to The Coorong
The Coorong National Park would be the farthest point from home in South Australia I have ventured out to, thus far. Inspired by Zuzana’s road trip, we took the Friday off with John to visit the wetlands.

22.Aug.14 Home to The Coorong

Two-thirds along the way, we stopped by the town of Meningie for a bite at a modest bakery.
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We made it to the national park in under 2 hours. While at Parnka Point (of Coorong), the slightest evidence of wildlife would bring the car to an immediate halt and have us jumping out with our smartphones.
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Everything is just so new — and strange — to us. How about this ancient-looking creature?
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We were admiring the majestic emus going about their carefree wander and foraging, until I spotted a little black fleck in the distance moving across the path.
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John and I made a sprint — my farthest sprint ever and in heavy hiking boots, no less — towards what we suspect to be an echidna. It was. To catch a sight of this spiky creature was worth huffing and puffing.
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Going further south to Jack Point, we had hoped to see the pelican colony, but enjoyed the nice walk instead since binoculars would have been useful in watching the pelicans.
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As an added bonus, on the return trip, we drove around Lake Albert and managed to fit ourselves onto the ferry across the lake.
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22.Aug.14 Around Lake Albert and crossing Narrung
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And who knew that pelicans were just waiting for us? No binos needed.

That was quite a day and I wonder if it is going to be just as exciting the next time.

The Resident Bull Koala

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The resident koala of this neighbourhood manifested himself in our backyard on Tuesday. Bellowing to his heart’s content to what felt like right by our bedroom window, he woke me up at 2:30am with his macho announcement.

I searched for him in daylight as I was certain he is a big guy and easy to spot. Gum trees are tall and what I still find impressive is how agile and mobile this guy is. He switched trees throughout the day.

We casually decided that a male koala as self-assured as himself deserved a Spanish name. How does Alejandro sound?

“Alejandro” is that noticeable blob in this picture without zoom:

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By sunset “Alejandro” has moved on. He will be back, because koalas have “home trees” that they frequent.

Veggie Patch – 3 days of soil turning [image heavy]

Day 1, Sunday:
* bought seedlings while at the Stirling market and a mandarin tree from a nursery
* I turned 1/3rd of the soil bed, lengthwise (North-South direction)
* sowed cabbage seedlings and gathered bark as mulch

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Day 2, Monday:
* spent 1 hour shifting the soil bed to the East-West direction, resulting in 4 rows
* another 2 hours to create rows 5 to 8, unearthing the strangest things
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Day 3, Tuesday:
* John was great to lend me a hand — final rows 9 to 12 were turned to perfection in a hour
* a nice dozen rows for me to play with
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My Stall at Round She Goes, 23rd August 2014.

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23.Aug.14 Round She Goes Adelaide
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23.Aug.14 Round She Goes Adelaide
23.Aug.14 Round She Goes Adelaide

August 23rd crept up on me very sneakily. I had signed up for the Round She Goes market over 4 months ago; it was early June where I last held a market stall, too.

I was pleased with the 12 new bags and extra signage I created especially for this event, but had forgotten how draining a market day could be!

There were compliments all around, and a bag and pair of crochet earrings have gone to new homes. I felt nervous and skeptical about being different in a market with a majority of vintage clothes, but it was worth the exposure. Many shoppers said they had seen my bags online. (And that pom pom tree was an attention grabber.)

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Pickle burnt her paws

30.Jul.14 Being the little Pickle

Three weeks ago, Pickle being the little pickle discovered a new hollow space above the combustion burner. I caught her in the act during the day.

We were enjoying a very nice fire one night and she decided to explore her new-found space. Our alarmed ‘No!!!’ was too late. She hissed and dashed under the sofa. Zuzana was with us at that time and it took the 3 of us to cool her burning hot paws by “bandaging” them with wet kitchen rags.

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After a week, her blisters subsided and it appears that only her left back paw was most hurt. She’s fine now and the red patch is slowly flaking off to give way to new delicate skin. Here’s hoping she has learnt her lesson…

Our House Turned into a Youth Hostel

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Last week our little home got busier with nice company. Janice arrived on Monday morning from Singapore. To celebrate that, I made turkey stuffed vegetables. Always a crowd-pleaser!

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Our dining table became a mini research centre with John’s arrival on Wednesday morning from his holiday in Indonesia. It’s so nice to have this reunion of The Hubs’ academic family. (2 currently PhD-ing in Zurich, the other a graduate and moving on to Post-doc in Princeton.)

The group spent their reunion that Wednesday with wine tasting in Adelaide Hills.

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There aren’t many cellar doors open on a Wednesday, but RockBare in Hahndorf was.

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We were all convinced of the beauty of a light Shiraz. I ended up taking home a Shiraz and Moscato, just because. My first wine tasting experience done and dusted!

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The Hubs loves fudge, so we could not leave the candy store in Hahndorf without some… We selected Baileys, Macademia, and Rum ‘n Raisin.

Thursday was an eventful one: there was a brief shopping trip to the city with the girls, a fun lab meeting on campus and a memorable office-warming party for The Hubs. (He’s moved campus last week, to the one closer to home and koalas aplenty. No more slow commute into the city!)

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The “youth hostel” ambiance diminished on Friday morning with Janice’s departure to Singapore and Zuzana’s independent road trip around South Australia. Group photos were obligatory.

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Another thing worth celebrating was the installation of solar panels!

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With 5 more lemons harvested, I turned them into a lemon loaf (my second attempt produced the same result) and lemon chicken roast.

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The roast was good and we almost finished the lemon loaf in one sitting…

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John took over the kitchen on Saturday evening by making us fajitas. I enjoyed his fajitas last November, in Princeton.

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We also found another good use for the combustion burner, not just burning Pickle’s paws…

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We have 2 more weeks of John’s company and I’m sure we’ll be enjoying more great food!

[Home] Veggie Patch Needs Rescue

09.Aug.14 Veggie Patch
09.Aug.14 Veggie Patch

Over 6 weeks at this house and gone unnoticed is this vegetable patch! The top tier holds an olive tree (we overlooked it all this while) and some rose bushes. I could live without roses and would prefer vegetables, tomatoes, and an avocado tree.

The retaining wood boards may have seen better days. Any volunteers to help work and manage this for us?