Three years in Adelaide

Old Oct 18th 2012, 6:15 am
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So, it's that time of year again: 3 years to the day since we arrived!

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.

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



Brutalised bougainvillea to restore side gate access:



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









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

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Took these photos yesterday. The grass is drying out, but the vine has come alive!









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



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! Great to see it flourishing now.



Will post a proper update later.

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Great work Vash! Garden looks very English!
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Looking good Vash. Looks like you get fair a bit of rain over there.
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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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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:



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!'



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















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



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



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?'



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





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





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Crikey!

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

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Love the pics! Would love to build a house like the one you showed with a Queenslander feel!
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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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Fab pictures Vash
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Thank you.

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Great stuff Vash

I miss guns
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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.
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