Suddenly, winter…

It’s the 21st of June and the winter solstice here in the southern hemisphere.  Adelaide is putting on a true winter day for us; cold, dark and quite rainy.

Each season brings its own wonderment – different sights, sounds, events, foods and attitudes. But the period from Australia Day on 26 January, until the end of April, is special in Adelaide. It’s the festival season and we spend so much time outdoors.

It was summer

Then it was autumn

Autumn stayed warm, but with cool nights.

Lunch with friends at Oliver’s Taranga vineyard

A perfect autumn celebration of continuous food and wine.  Seriously, we had to tell them to stop!  Delicious flavours and passionate crew hard at work all afternoon.

 

And then Italy

I was fortunate to travel to Italy again this year to study Italian and travel. I’ve documented some of that trip on my other blog here.

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And now winter

It’s time to recharge the batteries.  What’s not to like about baking, stews, soups, winter salads, wooly layers and rainy Sundays with cat snuggles. And a trip to Sydney is on the books.

Winter, I’m ready for you.

 

Mid-March update from Adelaide

Well, already it has been an eventful month and it’s not quite over. Books, food, visitors, departures, music, comedy, Italian classes and work at the documentation factory. All this leaves little time for posting.  

I should be doing my Italian homework now, however procrastination is something I am better at than studying.

Each March the Adelaide Fringe and the Adelaide Festival of the Arts descend upon us. Being Artsy types, sort of, we try to attend a handful of events.

For the Festival we decided to see Ennio Morricone with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and selected artists who the Maestro brought with him from Italy. One such artist was soprano Susanna Rigacci whose voice soared through a perfect evening in Elder Park. The Maestro was gracious and appreciative of the fine musicians he was conducting. A truly memorable evening.

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We started our Fringe season seeing the strange and wonderful Sam Simmons in his comedy show ‘About the Weather’. A show full of pathos and melancholic humour.

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And we finished it with a performance last night at the Trinity Sessions featuring Nathan Rogers and Dry Bones (Nathan, great singer and crafter of songs as well as son of legendary Stan, plus JD Edwards, a brilliant singer/songwriter and the incredible banjo stylings of Leonard Podolak).  I came away with a little secret crush on Leonard and his trio of banjos. 

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February saw the departure of Emily. March brought her brief return with Gram, then her departure for good. (SAD) For a grand finale meal we enjoyed Eggplant Parmigiana made by Andrew.

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While Gram was visiting from Minnesota we had to take him to Cleland Conservation park to see some Koalas and Kangaroos up close.

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Other March events of note were: seeing Ed Kuepper with Katrina at the Fringe and enjoying some Mexican style tapas at the Tivoli, dining at Est Pizza, Working at the Queen’s Theatre as a volunteer usher and seeing a few shows, notably Horse and Sons & Mothers.  

It’s been a fun-filled month full of fun times with family and friends and art and food.  April, you have a lot to live up to.