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Vash the Stampede Oct 18th 2012 7:15 am

Three years in Adelaide
 
So, it's that time of year again: 3 years to the day since we arrived! :thumbup:

Let's start with some photos of the garden, to prove I do actually put the work in when there's no way to escape it. :lol:

Pruned half-dead bottlebrush out the front to assist the new growth coming up:

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Brutalised bougainvillea to restore side gate access:

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Mowed front and rear lawns to give superficial appearance of respectability:

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The grapevine is bouncing back now. I'll have more photos soon.

:)

Vash the Stampede Oct 19th 2012 4:43 am

Re: Three years in Adelaide
 
Took these photos yesterday. The grass is drying out, but the vine has come alive!

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Bottlebrush is feeling a lot happier now I've trimmed away all the overhanging dead wood:

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I transplanted this tree from the flower box. It was little more than a bare 30cm stalk at the time, with a small horizontal twig on the side. After a few months, the twig dropped off! :unsure: Great to see it flourishing now.

http://sporkboy.smugmug.com/Other/Ho...IMG2898-XL.jpg

Will post a proper update later.

:thumbup:

jothefw Oct 19th 2012 5:50 am

Re: Three years in Adelaide
 
Great work Vash! Garden looks very English!

Alfresco Oct 19th 2012 8:17 am

Re: Three years in Adelaide
 
Looking good Vash. Looks like you get fair a bit of rain over there.

Vash the Stampede Oct 20th 2012 9:05 am

Re: Three years in Adelaide
 
Thanks guys, it's been an interesting year.

In May I finally got around to removing the old oil heater from our lounge. We replaced it with an electric heater:

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:)

Vash the Stampede Oct 20th 2012 9:55 am

Re: Three years in Adelaide
 
From late May to early June I spent two and a half weeks in Sidney, Texas, where I had been invited to lead a weekend church retreat and a series of public Bible study classes. These were all well attended.

The congregation generously paid for my flight, and I was accommodated at the ranch of a local family, who raise beef cattle:

http://sporkboy.smugmug.com/Holidays...IMG2290-XL.jpg

Highlights of the trip included a Texas Rangers baseball game in Arlington, where I shouted helpful advice to the players, such as 'Hit the ball with the stick!'

http://sporkboy.smugmug.com/Holidays...IMG2355-XL.jpg

Sidney has a population of ~400. The closest population centre is Comanche, with population of ~4,000.

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Vash the Stampede Oct 20th 2012 10:11 am

Re: Three years in Adelaide
 
Texans are famously hospitable, and always ensure your room is equipped with the essentials. In my case this included five firearms:

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I used all of them during my visit, and even managed to kill a snake which was crawling up the driveway:

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When a Texan asks 'Would you like a steak?' what he really means is 'Would you like me to cut the ends off a cow, pass it under the grill for 30 seconds, and whack it on a plate?'

http://sporkboy.smugmug.com/Holidays...IMG2266-XL.jpg

In Texas there's no such thing as 'too big.' This is particularly the case with their cars:

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My hosts have a tornado shelter, which looks suspiciously like something out of a horror movie:

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:blink:

carolinephillips Oct 20th 2012 11:18 am

Re: Three years in Adelaide
 
Crikey!

Did you have to check that you were invited to Sidney, not Sydney????

Vash the Stampede Oct 20th 2012 11:34 am

Re: Three years in Adelaide
 
:D

Sidney is so small, most people have never heard of it. When I arrived in the USA nobody knew where I was going, and when I returned to Australia nobody knew where I'd come from. Saying 'Sidney' didn't help at all. The Americans couldn't work out why I was trying to visit an Australian city in the USA, while the Australians couldn't figure out how I had come from Sydney via an international flight.

It took some explaining.

:confused: :lol:

jothefw Oct 20th 2012 11:19 pm

Re: Three years in Adelaide
 
Love the pics! Would love to build a house like the one you showed with a Queenslander feel!

Vash the Stampede Oct 21st 2012 9:52 am

Re: Three years in Adelaide
 
In September we spent a weekend at Port Hughes with some friends. It was the first proper break we've had together since we arrived in Australia.

We stayed in a holiday house owned by a member of our friends' extended family. It has a great location, right by the beach!

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:)

rasen78 Oct 22nd 2012 4:37 am

Re: Three years in Adelaide
 
Fab pictures Vash:thumbup:

Vash the Stampede Oct 22nd 2012 11:38 am

Re: Three years in Adelaide
 
Thank you.

:)

Amazulu Oct 22nd 2012 12:46 pm

Re: Three years in Adelaide
 
Great stuff Vash

I miss guns

Sherlock Holmes Oct 22nd 2012 12:56 pm

Re: Three years in Adelaide
 
The usual high standard post and photographs Vash. Thank you. I spy with my little eye a stebel eletron on your back wall. Excellent!

Good luck to you. You deserve it. :thumbsup:


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