A Busy Day Out…

Jindi here…

Early this morning the human and I set off up the highway to Bendigo to met my cousin Millie the Customs Labrador and Laila the Fox Terrier with their humans so we could all play at the RSPCA Million Paws Walk.  The sun was shining, it was a lovely day and we got to walk around Lake Weerona with lots of other dogs, twice…

The human also caught up with someone she hadn’t seen in a very very long time.  We were sitting at a picnic table waiting for the day to start and a lady sat on the other side of the table…well, that lady turned out to be L who is V’s mum and the human and V went to high school together and V was there too because she works for the RSPCA in Bendigo!  So they got to have a little catch up but then I wanted very much to go and play in the practice agility activity…

…it was so much fun and later while we were waiting in the line for the nice Vet Doctor to check my teeth (I need to chew some bones to help keep them clean – yum!) we heard our names being called…seriously? our names? why?…so off we go to see why they are calling for us and guess what…I am so clever that I won the agility activity!…and we didn’t even know it was a competition!!!!

Best time….20 seconds!…so I get a present…yay for me!!!

We all went to a cafe so the humans could have coffee and I was so good and lay down by the human’s chair and minded my manners…I was a bit tired when we got home and had to have a long snooze, it was a big day out…catch ya later!

Woofs and Tail Wags

Jindi

Adelaide Adventures…Part 2…

After the awesome blue sky and sunshine day the Friday in Adelaide, the Monday was the absolute and complete opposite! After packing up and moving out of the Inspired Stitches accommodation, waving goodbye to Mrs K & Mrs G for their respective trips back to Melbourne, how to fill in the day before returning to Glenelg in the evening?  My plan was spending the day in the City, taking a better look around the CBD, visiting the Botanical Gardens, maybe the Pandas at the zoo, whatever else took my fancy but it was definitely not a wandering around outdoors in the city kind of morning.  I rejigged the tourist plans in my head to go to Hahndorf and as I had all day, include a sightseeing drive around the general Adelaide Hills area.  Climbing higher into the hills the grey skies gave way to being immersed in the clouds….mmmm, not exactly conducive to sightseeing…I reached Mt Lofty National Park but there was no point in visiting the park or going up to the Summit when visibility was about 10 feet, so I continued on to Hahndorf.  While visiting the Beerenberg Farm shop it started to rain…well it started to pelt down really…and that set the scene for the next few hours…not only did it rain while I was having lunch in a German cafe in Hahndorf  it also hailed…twice…I got back to find Larry cold and wet…and almost marooned! not to mention still with hail on his windscreen, it was so cold it just didn’t bother to melt away…

 

I took a drive along the Onkaparinga Valley Road passing lots of water flowing fast in water courses, even having to drive through small sections of localised flooding on the road a couple of times, making my way to Woodside where Melba’s Chocolate Factory and Woodside Cheese Wrights share the historic Woodside Farmers Union Factory site.   A yummy souvenier of each visit duly purchased and with plenty of day left, I continued wandering up the road, the twists and turns taking me through Lobethal and out to Gumeracha where The Toy Factory has all sorts of wooden toys, games and other items and the world’s biggest rocking horse.

 

Enough of driving around in the rain! I wound my way back down to Adelaide, skirting the City via North Adelaide. The rain had started to clear by now so I was able to check out some of the beautiful buildings along the terraces while making my way back to Hindmarsh for a second visit to Hettie’s Patch to buy the fabric I had finally made a colour decision on.  Of course now that the weather has cleared a bit I’m driving and can’t take photos, mph!

Meeting my cousin back in Glenelg we decided on Mexican for tea.  Yummo!  I didn’t take either the camera or my phone…stupidly as we had the most amazing magaritas, raspberry for me, coconut for cousin…and I discovered something…margaritas are yum!  Yes, yes, the rest of the world already knows this but I don’t drink as I usually have to drive.  The chances of me being out and not having to get behind the wheel afterwards are rare but we had walked around to the restaurant so a margarita and a yummy yummy plate of mexican food for my last night of the trip…all good!

The last night in Adelaide….boo hoo…the drive back to reality the next morning…

Adelaide Adventures…Part 1…

So what did I get up to in Adelaide aside from attending the Main Event Inspired Stitches?  Well, on the Friday Adelaide put on the most awesome day weather wise…20 degrees (celcius), bright blue skies, sunshine…simply magic.  I set off from Glenelg to tick as many things off my list of “local to Adelaide bloggy pals” suggestions as I could in one day.  First stop a tour of the Haigh’s Factory…

YUM!…I LOVE Haigh’s chocolates…there is a shop in Melbourne in the Block Aracade and when I worked in the City I would pop in for a chocolate frog or a bag of chocolatey goodness.  Isn’t their vintage vehicle just fabulous…

Inside for the 20 minute free tour…a history lesson of the company and a look through the windows into the factory.  I found it interesting and they give out samples!!   The factory is still on the original site of the family home of this 3rd/4th generation family owned and operated company.  It was so busy in the shop that it wasn’t possible to get photos that didn’t look like a crowd scene and as it was hot in the car I didn’t buy any chocolate at that visit.  Yes, that means there was a second visit – darn shame :)  Tuesday on the way home I went back to pick up souvenirs…and timed it perfectly for photo taking…which lasted just long enough to get a couple of shots before the shop started to fill up with customers again…

An Aladdin’s Cave of Chocolate…

Tempting chocolatey treasures…

From Haigh’s I took myself out to Hindmarsh and Hettie’s Patch

and more treasures…the patchwork and quilting kind…greeted me as I opened the door…

and it continued on…two shops and what I assume was originally a residence made into one lovely big shop…I was told it was a quilty heaven and it sure is.

It was such a nice day and I was on the Port Road anyway so I figured what was to lose by continuing down to Semaphore Beach…perfect for lunch by the sea…Adelaide has lovely coastal areas…I walked up and down the shopping strip, checked out all the cafes and decided that as I was at the beach I had to have fish and chips…and I learnt how to speak South Australian while I was at it…potato cakes (potato scallops in NSW & QLD) in SA are potato fritters!!

I then found my way into the City (not exactly hard) and North Terrace.  The car park lead through a major department store out into Rundle Mall – how perfect!   I had a lovely time walking around the Mall looking in the various shops and making my way down to Beehive Corner…such a beautiful building (and the site of the original and still in existence Haigh’s shop).  It was pretty busy at that time on a Friday afternoon and I couldn’t get a clear photo so I gave up trying.  Then up North Terrace looking at the beautiful buildings along the way.  I had intended to return on Monday for a better look and a walk around the Botanical Gardens but the weather was so unpleasant that I had a change of plans.  Next time.

I had covered a lot of ground and quite a few kilometres and it was only 3:30pm!!! I couldn’t believe it…if I had tried to do the equivalent in one day in Melbourne it would be dark by now!!  Mrs K had anticipated her arrival at Westminster College at Marion for the accommodation key collection at 4:00-4;30 and I was getting a bit weary so I figured I’d just drive out to the school and met her.  Even with a bumper to bumper traffic jam that only took me 25 minutes.  I love Adelaide…easy to move around, the drivers don’t tailgate, they are courteous and wait their turn…while I was in said bumper to bumper traffic jam I had a good squiz at the shop windows on Unley Road without the need to find a car park *LOL*…

Friday night I went back out to Glenelg to meet my cousin and we caught the tram into the City to the Adelaide Central Market…my oh my oh my…awesome!…loved it…fruits, vegies, smallgoods, bread, cakes, fish, meats, cheeses, spices, you name it,  there was a whole stall devoted just to mushrooms and truffles some of which looked very exotic…stalls that specialised in one product…the most we bought was a coffee…

but it was fun to look around at all the possibilities.

The next two days were spent at Inspired Stitches stitching, chatting, eating, drinking cuppas, shopping and just generally having a wonderful time…

There was more sightseeing on Monday & Tuesday…back with those adventures next time…

Westward Ho…

Thursday I set off for Adelaide to attend a stitchy event, Inspired Stitches, this weekend.  It was perfect travelling weather, clear blue skies, high teen-twenty temperatures, a really lovely winter’s day.   After a billy boil break at St Arnaud I made it to Warracknabeal in time for lunch.  Jindi had to stay home this trip but I did manage to find a kelpie in Warracknabeal…

Job Done!

I had a lovely visit to the local patchwork shop and picked up a sandwich for lunch before moving on.  The next town along is Dimboola and Swans Bear set up for a cuppa…

There was a flood marker behind this picnic table showing the January flood level…this was all under water then…

Swans Bear checked out the water level now…what a difference!…

Back on the road and at Tintinara we found a couple of kelpies hard at work…Swans Bear thought they needed a hand…

After boiling the kettle for a final cuppa it was back on the road and into Adelaide…

A day of sightseeing scheduled for Friday before spending the weekend with needle and thread…

Hey Rosie…Look!!!…

Rosie came to play a couple of months ago and on the way she went to the Daffodil Farm at Riddells Creek and bought us both a pot of dirt…dirt that was hiding hyacinth bulbs.  I’ve watched and waited while the green poked through and now this week…flower heads have appeared!…

Of course this will happen when I’m about to go away for a week to Adelaide for a stitchy event – grrrr…

I don’t want to miss out on the beauty and the heavenly scent – would it be wrong to take a flower pot on holiday?

Clean Up Progress Report…

The clean up continues after a hiatus…I was sick in April and I swear the bug just went and hid, it didn’t really go away…it made itself known again a couple of weeks ago in a last ditch effort after which it seems to have finally left the building…the result, a couple of months of feeling rather blah and it taking all my energy just to get to and from and remain upright at work…

I figured out the whole selling things on the e-bay and the virtual garage sale so far has resulted in three lace curtains, three sets of bedroom curtains, one bookcase and the small freezer finding new productive lives.

I was able to wash the laundry walls and scrub the tiles once the small freezer was removed.  The laundry is a much more user friendly space now without the freezer in there, it was just so cluttered.  There really is only room for the washing machine and dryer (which was sitting on top of the freezer).

There is a lot of stuff to go in the virtual garage sale and it will take ages to get through but a space is created each time which is good.  The living area needs to be wall washed, carpet cleaned, etc, but stuff for the virtual garage sale has kind of moved out into that space so that will probably be the last space to be scrubbed. Mmm…or the office room, it is a disaster zone still…

Outside renovations have progressed…the front and back grass is under control so that mowing isn’t a whole day event and doesn’t wreck me for a week…all the weeds  sprayed a couple of months ago have now dried up to a lovely shade of dead and are removable without the need for heavy machinery.  First weed job was the driveway (it isn’t concreted) cleaned up so it isn’t like driving into a paddock, yay!

In the front yard I took to the plants that line the driveway with the electric hedge trimmer…I love that tool, it is so much fun!…and now I can get in and out of Larry without being attacked by plants…and the garden beds around the house are weeded…the garden bed in front of the lounge room window is half weeded…it is a jungle in there! but I ran out of both muscles and space in the trailer…

It was jumped on a couple of times as well so it was really really full…it was taken to the tip yesterday…so empty again and ready for some more action.

I want to clean up the plants in the front yard, maybe take out a couple and replace…not sure yet…but first the cleaning up stuff…

In the backyard I have cleaned the weeds out of the garden bed with the rosemary, cut both the rosemary bushes back…one of them had gone all wooody (they are two different varieties), I cut it right down so that it can regenerate…if it doesn’t I’ll just pull it out, no bother and replace it with something else…I found the thyme plant, knew it was there somewhere! and cleaned up the rhubarb plant which needs to be divided…

There is still a fair bit of weed removal in the backyard and the roses have to be pruned as well but it is only the beginning of winter and I’m hoping to use the next couple of months as clean up time before the spring growth starts.

 Back indoors – yesterday in an attempt to stop the wind whistling in under the doors I made a couple of draught stoppers from scraps of curtain material and calico in the pile of non-quilting fabric…warmer already!…

Herself has given the sniff of approval and it appears the test was passed…

Right that tells me where I am up to as of now…now to figure out how to get an extension for my study assignment…that was another thing that lost the plot during the blahs…

Just for Auntie Rosie…

Hey Auntie Rosie…It took the Human a while but here is the photo you requested…

So, I’m dressed and ready…where are we going?…

What do you mean you’re going to work and I’m staying home…mmph!…

Jindi…

A Sunday Stroll…

So Sunday the Human tells me we are going to Bendigo to play Million Paws Walk…wahooo!…I was very excited…we set off in Larry nice and early…the walk was to be held at Lake Weeroona.  The Human bought me a lovely new coat but in order to wear it I had to endure this!

There was a very nice lady with a trailer which I was keen to investigate and it turned out to be a BATH!  I think maybe next time I won’t be so keen to look inside!  The Human said I was stinky so the nice lady made me smell pretty again so I could wear my new coat.  Then we walked around the lake – twice…very pleasant.

My cousin Miss Millie, the blonde labrador who works for Customs, couldn’t come and play this year as she has been very clever and made some puppies so she is a bit busy looking after them but she sent her Human along anyway…but my friend Lila the jack russell came along again…she is so very little and she was a bit frightened to start with but after a while she realised that everyone was friendly so she trotted along with me and we had a lovely walk.  The Humans behaved themselves quite well, we let them have a reward afterwards and kept them company while they had coffee at a cafe called Beechworth Bakery in town.

I do enjoy the Million Paws Walk and it raises money for the RSPCA so it is a good cause and helps out the puppies who are waiting for new Humans.  I hope we get to play along next year and Miss Millie can come to play again too.

Woofs and Tail Wags…Jindi…

Up a Mountain – Wallace Hut…

Part 3 of Up a Mountain, I sort of forgot to finish this up…oops!

…The last place we stopped for a visit was called Wallace Hut…again, no dogs allowed as it is also part of the Alpine National Park so I waited with Larry – again!…

The Humans walked in from the car park to the hut…

The frame against the chimney is temporary..the history of the hut is on a Parks Victoria information board:

“Handmade in 1889 from snowgum slabs and roofed with woollybutt shingles, Wallace Hut has survived the extremes of the Victorian high country.

With simple tools (most likely a broadaxe, crossed saw and an adze), brothers Arthur, William and Stewart Wallace built the hut with timber found nearby.

The Wallace family grazed their cattle on the Bogong High Plains between 1869 and 1914.

Each year they would drive the stock up for four days to reach the summer feed.

The hut provided welcome shelter for the graziers after a long day in the saddle.”

The Human had a good look at the hut and the views from around the hut area…

I checked out the view from the car park…*sigh*…

Woofs and tail wags…Jindi…

Up a Mountain – Fainter Falls…

After we left Bogong Village we were driving along up the mountain and there was a sign for Fainter Falls and the Humans thought that sounded like a nice place to visit so we stopped for a look.  My Human went to read the sign to see how far in the walk was and there on the sign was a notice that dogs weren’t allowed so I had to wait in Larry…*sigh*…

So the Humans went for a walk in to see the falling water…it isn’t too far in off the road, only about 700 metres…and at the end of the path this is what they found…

Pretty…

The end of the path was the viewing area with the information board and next to that were some steps that led down to the base of the falls…of course the Humans could not resist and had to check our where the steps went…they were a bit rocky and steep but not too difficult, then the path went over the creek and along the creek on the other side about 200 metres to the base of the falls for a closer look…the Human told me that it was a nice walk in and the falling water was nice to look at.

Then Larry took us for more driving and we continued up the Mountain.  We went through a place called Falls Creek which apparently has lots of stuff called snow when it is Winter but it wasn’t snow time yet.

To be continued…

Tail Wags…Jindi

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