Benji and I are still wandering through the Ada Ryan Gardens. I am getting some questions about how I took the photographs of the birds in the Aviary when the bars are so small – was I allowed inside the unit just to photograph the birds? The answer is no, I was not and like all other people I took my photograph outside the cages. However, there is a way of by-passing the small squares of the cage and producing a decent photograph. I have to say that the gardens are looking really good, well kept and looked after. However, I did notify the council about the lack of “doggie
bags” in the main dispenser and the fact that I had to drive to the foreshore and get a few bags from there, then drive back again. Council were good and responded quickly and the dispenser was refilled. Well, it stands to reason that they would because the Gardens are popular but I have to say that there are people who are not so considerate of others and refuse to clean up after their dogs. Anyway, went down to the gardens with Benji this afternoon and true to their word, the dispenser is all filled up.
It was an interesting afternoon in that I did not realise that there was a free concert on in the foreshore park and the place was packed – lots of children – not the place for a Benji, so we retreated back to the gardens where it was quiet . Summer here just didn’t happen but
autumn is proving to be really much nicer. The temperatures have been good with just enough rain to keep things watered and fresh. The only fly is that we have had a State Election and the Socialists won. This means that for the next four years of non-events we will have the Socialists claiming that they were left such a mess by the previous government that they couldn’t keep any of the promises they made. And in order to fix the mess they left we have to impose new taxes although we said we wouldn’t. Same old, Same old… They have a reputation of continual and reckless spending – some of which our great grand-children will be living with.
Today ( Monday) was shopping day and since Annabell was still not the best, we went shopping in the morning so she could get home and rest. Once all was done and I made lunch I took Benji out for a drive. We drove out to Iron Baron, which used to be a mining settlement. It was a good 50+ klms from town and had a good camping ground. I sometimes went out there and spent the night – usually a Friday night when the Club was open. Since those days, the mining operation ceased, the people moved out. In 2011, before BHP reopened the mine, the township, school, houses, sport courts, swimming pool and the Community Club, were all bulldozed –
nothing, not even rubble, remains. Everything was dumped in a large pit at the far side on the mine. People who work at the mine are brought in by bus, or drive in their own cars – 55klms from Whyalla, 48 Klms from Iron Knob – another small mining town. There is a series of continious hills of various sizes that begin about 40 miles from here and run for about 50 miles. They are very
rich in Iron Ore and there are several mines in that area. These are where Andrew heads for when he is on call – most of the time. I have a photograph of my mum somewhere when she was about 17 and ready for tennis,. – probably around 1929/1930
Yesterday was a really nice day for the Iron Baron drive. Today is cool to mild with some rain – not a lot and not really rain, more “drizzle” than actual rain. As long as it stays dry for the drive to Adelaide on Monday coming, I don’t mind too much . We don’t think the visit to Flinders Medical will be anything other than a consultation and an exam and to make arrangements for the next day surgery. At least, that’s what we expect, but you never know…