I walked a different way to the bus stop today. That’s what I love about visiting a new city. Discovering.
I walked the leafy streets of Highgate towards Unley. The houses are a style so different to the timber houses of Brisbane. They are stone, solid, traditional.
The gardens are lovely though dry. The grass out front only green when lovingly tended & watered. Front fences are a mixture of brush, picket and stone. Except for my sister in law who has created a very Australian style using corrugated iron.
I walked along Unley past Waldorf College where my niece Vashti teaches instrumental work.
This is the city of churches and in a few blocks I passed several.
I arrived at the Writers Festival marvelling at the glorious weather. I sat under the trees listening to Sigrid Nynez.
She wrote What are You Going Through ? A book about a woman who helps her friend prepare for death after a cancer diagnosis. Not an easy topic but obviously written with feeling.
Next up was Australian Steven Conte. Author of The Zookeepers Wife – which was also made into a movie but today he spoke about The Tolstoy Estate his book set in 1941 in Russia.
I caught the bus home and got ready for a 6pm start of the Opera Midsummers Nights Dream. Shakespeare set to music by Benjamin Britten.
Directed by Neil Armfield a wonderful Australian director we knew this would be different.
The costumes were wonderful as was the staging. I thought the first two acts were way too long ! The individual singers were great but the music by Britten was not tuneful enough for me.
The theatre was great. Big foyer and everyone had to wear masks from the moment you set foot inside.
This included during the performance. You could only remove it to sip a drink.
So another great day in beautiful Adelaide.