Adelaide really turned it on for us.
This year has been so hard with covid. Restrictions, closed borders, no live shows, restaurants and businesses closed.
Living in Queensland has been better than most states. We’ve had very few local covid infections. We’ve been lucky.
Now we are able to move around between states and things are opening up.
These past 12 days in Adelaide have been a return to live music, concerts. A Festival – probably the first in the world to go ahead.
Today Tuesday was our last day. I had one last long walk. Beautiful homes and gardens.
A favourite is in Avenue St. The house is beautiful. Not overly big or grand but just lovely. Pale sandstone, bricks, little Juliette style verandah, a sunken pond, a gazebo and best of all – a fairy garden.
Then, a new coffee shop. There are lots of great little coffee shops nearby. But today we visited a beautiful one in Norwood. Along with a bookshop.
I had to visit what is probably the best – certainly the biggest bookshop in Adelaide. Dillons Bookshop in Norwood is amazing. Don’t miss it. Norwood is a great area for shopping. The Parade is the High St shopping area with lots of great shops and beautiful buildings.
In the afternoon we head up to the Adelaide Hills to visit niece Vashti, Jeremy and their four children. They have a small farm with chickens, alpacas, dogs and a dam. The children had gone blackberry gathering so we had them along with champagne and little sausage rolls Marg made. They are really nut, oat, feta rolls and so delicious.
Our last night we went to our last Fringe show. But before it we had dinner at a very popular Afghan restaurant called Pawana. You may have heard about it. Run by a couple who migrated here in 1987. Please click on the link and read about the family and the restaurant.
Read the story. They welcome you to the restaurant like into their home.
We had a beautiful meal – delicious dumplings and an eggplant dish so delicious I could eat it every night.
Following dinner we moved onto the Grace Emily Hotel. It has seen better days, is a little moth eaten but is a small hotel full of charm.
We saw The Ukulele Death Squad. Mmmm some very strange named Fringe shows. We thought it would be more of a ukulele band but it was two ukuleles and three other singers. They sang Nick Cave songs. Quite well actually and we enjoyed it.
So my ten days in Adelaide is over. It’s been great.
I recommend a visit to the Adelaide Festival. Writers Week. The Fringe, Womad. Take it all in.
I know I’ll be back.