Sunday, January 22, 2023

Tour Down Under 2023

 Yesterday I spent the day with my good friends Maggie and Steve from Sydney. They were in Adelaide for the Tour Down Under, so we went to Willunga to watch stage 4.   We found a spot about 40m from the finish line where the race would pass by three times.

It was opposite one of the channel 7 commentary posts, so during the afternoon we got to see Mark Beretta, the legendary Phil Liggett, Anna Meares and Robbie McEwin

before the riders come past there is a parade of emergency services and support vehicles including some with oversized cyclists on the roof

The first time round, two riders had broken away from the peloton.

By the second time past, the Peloton has caught back up to them again

In the end it was a full on sprint to the finish line

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Eudunda silo Art

 The other day we took a trip around 100Km (60 Miles) Northeast of Adelaide to the country town of Eudunda.  In October, artist Sam Brooks finished painting the Silos here. Inspired by Colin Thiele's book The Sun on the Stubble, it shows two local children.

The Silos are beautifully painted

Here are close-ups of the two children

Monday, December 27, 2021

Christmas lights 2021

 Yesterday evening we took a short drive to look at some of the Christmas lights on homes around the neighbourhood.  As usual there were some lovely displays

Merry Christmas everyone!

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Whale watching at Christies Beach

Earlier this week, there were reports of a mother and calf Southern Right Whale sighted off Christies Beach in the southern suburbs of Adelaide.   As we hadn't seen any whaled this season, we decided to go and have a look.

The Southern Right Whale, Eubalaena australis, is a Baleen whale, and adults can weigh up to 23,000 Kg. They are migratory, and spend the summer in Antarctica, migrating to the southern coast of Australia in our winter to calve, before returning to the Antarctic in autumn.

Our first view was from a lookout to the south, and after a few minutes we picked up the adult around a kilometre away.  

We were looking into the sun, so after watching it for a while we decided to move closer, and get better light for photography.  There was a large crowd watching them, but everyone was considerate and abiding by social distancing requirements in these strange times we now live in.

The adult was pretty easy to see and was slowly traveling north, regularly surfacing. as it turned away from the beach, you got a better idea of the size of these majestic creatures.

The calf was not so easy to see, always staying close to mum. I did manage a few shots with the calf in view.

Friday, June 11, 2021

Owen Silo Art

Today we took a short trip up to Owen, on the Adelaide Plains, to see their recently completed silo art. The theme is "Wheat bags to sand bags" and is honouring the men who left this area to fight in the First World War.   It also honours the people left behind, who switched from making bags for the farmer's cereal crops to making sand bags for the trenches.

More information can be found here:

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Truro Air Park Fly-In

 This weekend there is a "fly-in" at Truro Air Park in the Murray Mallee.  I popped up on Saturday on what was a chilly, windy and dusty day.

Over 20 aircraft were there, with a mix of old and new, some gliders and a couple of gyrocopters

Amongst the planes were RV6 VH-VEE, Ercoupe 24-5047, Jabiru 19-3774 and the glider tug PA-25 Pawnee VH-HZY

The gliders, from the university gliding club included Schleicher K13 VH-GQC and K8B VH-GAQ

The gyrocopters were Cavalon G-2050 and Eclipse G-5070

Friday, April 16, 2021

Unusual Visitor

 In amongst the plethora of bizjets at Adelaide Airport today was an unusual visitor.  It was an Aero L-39 Albatros, a Czech built fast jet trainer.  Privately owned in Australia, VH-ZPM looked striking in it's bright blue Czech Airforce colour scheme.   It only stayed a couple of hours before heading back to it's base at Essendon

The bizjets included Embraer Phenom VH-UYX, Citation Mustang VH-PWX, Citation Bravo VH-XBP and Learjet 60 VH-OLJ

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Barossa Airshow 2021

 Today was the long awaited return of an airshow to South Australia.  It was at Rowland Flat in the Barossa Valley

There were a variety of aircraft on show including planes, gliders and helicopters

The helicopters included the Police Air Wing Eurocopter EC-130 and a Westland Gazelle

Adelaide Soaring Club displayed their DG-1000S glider, and I scored a lucky photo with the Piper Pawnee tug in the background.

Amongst the many planes flying were an Air Tractor water bomber, the Silver Sharks aerobatic team, a scale replica Spitfire, which later joined up with a CAC Boomerang, the eerily quiet Pipistrelle electric powered plane, the striking CAP-232 aerobatic plane and the elegant 1930's Stinson Reliant

This great day out was enjoyed by the many victors to the show.