The weather for the last few days has been quite mild and at 22c good for wandering around the lighthouse and the foreshore.. Most of the restrictions have been lifted so it’s
good to get out and about . However, it was never really much of a problem up here. The kind of restricted period has given me a lot of time to play with my cameras and I have bought a macro lens for the Canon and ordered one for the Nikon. As I said before, I have a lot to learn and whilst I have no one here to teach me ( will be better when the camera club starts up again) but I like to potter around taking photographs of things and places that interest me and, of course, lots of photographs of Benji – who even has his own folder on my computer. It is still very cold in the mornings. On Tuesday morning Benji and I went up to Hummock Hill to photograph the sunrise. It was bitterly cold and my hands were freezing. Like little digits of ice! Anyway, I took quite a few photographs of the rising sun and the surrounding area, but I just don’t seem able to get the setting right for a sunrise. Photographs club starts back next week, so I will start to get some information that I can put into practice. I did buy a new Camera Backpack which I am quite pleased with. With the restrictions in place the President of the Camera Club posted a letter, number or colour on the website each week. This week the letter was “J” and Annabell and I came up with a few ideas. I did go to the Shopping Centre and photograph the Jewellers, but I wasn’t too happy with that – I felt it was “Ordinary” and I wanted something different. In the end I drove into town and photographed the Court House and posted it under the tile “Justice”. Our court house, unlike Adelaide, is a reddish brick building, not at all inspiring but I was quite happy with what it represented.
I was not involved at the RFDS Fundraising this weekend but I did drive down to the Cuttlefish Area to catch up on what was happening. Both days have been very productive both for the RFDS and the Cuttlefish Dive
Organisers. It was very busy and despite having extra supplies, the RFDS was starting to run out. Fortunately by that time things were slowing down and heading towards the end of the day. Benji and I left the Cuttlefish area and drove round to the far side of the point and the Lighthouse. I like the lighthouse – it’s a nice drive and it’s a quiet enough area and the lighthouse always makes for a good photograph subject. I have a one-person tent and I was thinking of upgrading this to a larger tent which would allow me to go off overnight with Benji and a photo trip. Of course we would always be at the edge of the National Park and actually driving through the Park should not be a problem as long as I keep him in the car when I get out to take any photographs. All pretty much in the air at the moment – not really the weather for camping.
I went back out and did another round of sunrise photographing, but still not happy with the results. I’ll most likely delete them again. Well, if nothing else, the delete function on the camera is getting a good workout. Anyway, it was -1c and bitterly cold so I’m not doing that again – at least, not until it’s a bit warmer. Benji and I have not been going out in the
early morning walking because it has been so cold. We have taken our walk later in the day when it’s a bit warmer. We also go wandering in the Wetlands and the Foreshore. To add to the cold the last two days have been wet. According to the forecast we will have showers until Tuesday – so not a lot of walking. The Cuttlefish Diving is on again this weekend for a three day period – Friday, Saturday and Sunday (today being Saturday) and the RFDS are organising the catering for the three days. A very busy three days for the crews involved, For the remainder, I have been to the council and the two hardware stores and no indication as to when they will be ready recommence their weekly barbecues.
I include the Ada Ryan Gardens photograph mainly because the Council with grants have been working out there and have spent a bunch of cash to install new ground lighting. It looks impressive on the council page so as soon we as get some dry weather I will go out some evening and take photographs of the gardens under the new lighting.
The boys came home late on Sunday night. By 11:00pm I was getting concerned that I had not heard from them. I did not want to telephone because if they were home, John James would be in bed because he has an early rise in the morning and if I telephoned Andrew I could waken him, but more importantly I could waken Connor. I hummed and hawed for a bit but in the end my anxiety got the better of me and I grabbed the keys of the car. Annabell insisted that I take the dog with me, so I did. I drove into town drove by John’s place and saw that his vehicle was
parked in the driveway. I then drove by Andrew’s place and saw that the wrecked car was in the parking area and the new car parked in the drive. I drove a little further on, turned down a side street and drove home. I arrived home quite satisfied that all was well and the boys were safe. I accept the fact that some people might think I was being quite silly, but I just could not settle until I knew everyone was home. After that I went to bed and slept quite soundly. When I was growing up a favourite saying of mothers was “If you don’t behave I’ll smack you into next year” Sadly my mother has passed long ago otherwise I’d go and see her and ask if that offer is still open.
Tuesday morning Andrew came over after he dropped Connor off at Child Care and we went for a drive in the new car. We drove the long way out of my area into the country and then through town to the foreshore. He parked the car, got out and said “Your turn now”.”Now I am very happy with my Ford. It’s ten years old and not a smart car by any means. This car was a two years old smart car with all the latest technology – push button start. I was somewhat apprehensive, but I drove it back home whilst Andrew pointed out some of the features and the heads-up display on the windscreen – current speed and the speed limit of the area. the outside temperature and a press button cruise control as we went back the long way to my place. All very impressive but I think it would take me a fair bit of time to get to know it all..
Wednesday was a bitterly cold morning and the coach for much of the journey to Adelaide was like an ice-box. I walked from the coach station to Rundle Mall and for some reason the place was something of a disappointment. I found the buildings old, run down and somewhat dilapidated. I suspect my overall mood didn’t really help much. Many of the shops were still closed and in a number of cases people were kept standing outside shops as the traders imposed social distance limits on the number of people allowed inside at any one time. Not that there were many people around anyway. This was especially true at the Apple Store where Apple had erected barriers outside their store. I stopped to watch as the techs, wearing masks and gloves came out, as one person left, to escort another person inside – past the security guards at the main door. By this time I was needing a coffee fix but most coffee places sold coffee but no place to sit and drink it. If you had a coffee it was in a paper cup and you had to take it outside to drink — standing up of course. The food courts at Myers were no better – food shops open but tables and chairs removed. In all, it was all very depressing and to make matters worse, the camera shops I wanted were closed – except Harvey Norman, and they didn’t have much. Also several buildings are no longer in use are are simply closed up and abandoned – the Central Post Office being simply one example. It was not only the main P.O. for Adelaide, the upstairs area housed the Telecommunications Museum.
After I arrived home, I didn’t think I was ever going to get to bed as Benji went gaga. You would have thought I had been away for a month rather than just a day – mind you it has been a while since I was away from him. Still, it was good to be back home again after what was really a disappointing trip that only really succeeded in getting me out of town for sixteen hours, ten of which were spent travelling. On Friday morning we did not go out for our morning walk. We were up and ready but we didn’t go out. Perhaps the photograph to your left might give you an idea :o) However, by early afternoon it had all cleared and we took a stroll down to the beach and then drove out to the Lighthouse for a bit.
The new updated SA Gov. forms for Stage 3 have just gone on line and I have completed the figures for the church and according to the new easing of restrictions, we can open the church. I will have to get this information out and see where we go from here.. The new easing of restrictions start on Monday 29th so that gives us time to get organised for next week. All being well we should be back next Sunday..
Much of the restrictions have been removed in South Australia and we are now allowed to travel – only within the state, but it’s a big state. Up here there’s not a lot, at least not for people like me – dog owners. We are surrounded by either Conservation Parks, National Parks and the Army Play-Pen. Of course, you can travel to the National Parks (with a permit) and the Conservation Parks, unless you happen to have a dog – then it’s a different story. Even under control and with a responsible owner, dogs are just not allowed. One of the reason put forward is that even under control a dog will pee and that creates a smell which a native animal would pick up, be afraid and run away – abandoning its home and leaving its babies to die of starvation. I always thought mothers would fight to protect their young, but apparently not in our National Parks. Here they just smell strange smells and run away. In the past certain species were almost wiped out because of unrestricted hunting and yes, because of vandalism. National Parks were created to preserve a natural beauty as well as the flora and fauna within the area – I understand all that. However, there surely has to be a balance and if that means employing a few more Park Rangers, then that’s the price we have to pay. I think there are several small National Parks in and around Adelaide where dogs are allowed, but not up here. In this area alone there are 15 National /Conservation Parks and if you go further north you run into the Simpson Desert and there are four
National/ Conservation Parks covering some 54,338 square kilometers of that.
Anyway, in regard to the restrictions, we and the Lutherans are in much the same pickle. With the dimensions of our church and Social Distancing we can only have 15 people – that’s all the government will allow within the church given the dimensions. The Lutheran Church has much the same problem so it would appear it will be mid July before the restrictions and lifted completely and we can open the church to normal services again. Tonight South Australia will open the borders to the Northern Territory, Queensland and Tasmania / Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland remain closed, at least for the time being. The RFDS are still flying – they never stop, but they are seeking donations because the money that we. the “Ground Crew” raise throughout Australia has dried up. We are stood down and there is next to no fundraising. Yes the big mining and corporate sponsors are still contributing but as long as the Social Distancing rules continue, there’s nothing we can do. The Photography Club starts back next week but then we have a place large enough to cope – there are only 14 of us. Sadly I will not be attending the first meeting back since I will be in Adelaide. I was supposed to go last week but I cancelled it because I was a tad concerned about Annabell. As it happened she was ok, but I decided to make the date for the 24th. Of course that was before I knew we were going to start back with the Photography Club that day. I am going down by coach and I have to book well in advance since the coach is only allowed to seat 20 passengers. Not my favourite mode of travel but at least I can be assured of a double seat to myself.
For almost 11 Years my son Andrew has been travelling to and from Olympic Dam in the far north of South Australia. It can be a dangerous road out in the middle of nowhere. Up until today he has remained safe, but this morning (Thursday) travelling home he ran into a mob of Kangaroos and ran into one, smashing the offside of his car, taking out the light, the electrical system and the side panel. All the damage was on the side so he was able to nurse the car home, but it is not in a condition to be driven. Andrew and his partner are separated so he only gets to have Connor when he is home and is able to collect him from Childcare. He needs to see Connor, so to that end, he has my car. Both he, John and Connor are heading to Adelaide on Sunday morning. Andrew has an appointment at hospital, which should take about 40 minutes, then on the freeway to Murray Bridge and possibly pick up a new car. I should have my can back this evening (Saturday).