After two very mild winter days we really feel the spring in the air.
In the garden mostly white and violet or purple flower are appearing everywhere and we almost think it’s already spring.
The rhubarb is ready to come out … the countdown already begun!
We left Kinston early in the morning as we knew we would have a long day and we will reach Adelaide only in the evening.
The first stop was the Coorong National Park where we spent some hours wondering the flora and the animal life.
Stretching more than 130 kilometers, the Coorong National Park includes sand dunes, backwater, salty lakes and is a refuge for pelicans, ducks, swans, cormorants, terns, grebes and numerous species of migratory birds.
We were glad we hat the possibility to see a shingleback lizard (Tiliqua rugosa) and take some picture of it.
Coorong National Park (The Coorong National Park and Camping Guide)
The spring is approaching and I would like to use some of the fruits I still have in the freezer.
Frozen fruits release lot of juice while thawing. For this reason I tried to create a crust that would adsorb the liquid produced.
I prepared my ingredients and I supposed to have in my hand a package of almonds. I opened and poured it into the other ingredients. Too late, I realized that mixed in a portion of coconut flakes.
But why not? I will proceed with the tart and this came out delicious and beautiful.
“Creation by accident” said my husband!
For my recipe I used some frozen Indian blood peaches, but many other fruits could be delicious with it as well.
After 3 days in Warrnambool we left Victory and we reached in South Australia. After about 340 km drive along an empty highway, plenty of optical illusions (fata morgana) we reached Kingston.
This place is the ‘Gateway to the South East’, Kingston S.E. is at the southern end of Coorong National Park on Lacepede Bay. This area was once home to the Ngarrindjeri, Aboriginal river people of the lower Murray River, western Fleurieu Peninsula, and the Coorong of southern, central Australia.
This famous lobster town was established in 1858 and its shallow lakes and lagoons are a haven for birdlife. The big lobster and the lighthouse are the most photographed emblem of Kingston.
More about the Ngarrindjeri peoples:
The Great Ocean Road is really plenty of highlight. A few examples: the Grotto, Loch Ard Gorge, Bay of Martyrs, Bay of Islands and Loch Ard Gorge
On a day trip from Warrnambool we went back in direction of Port Campbell as our friend Jan and Russ knew a lot about these places. A really wonderful day trip, attractive places and dramatic views.
I will show you some picture and give you some links were you will find the corresponding infos.
Enjoy the picture and visit these places if you have the possibility; you will not regret this!
COASTAL ATTRACTIONS AROUND THE 12 APOSTLES (the Grotto)
Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve is situated in the crater of an extinct volcano near Warrnambool (Victoria). The reserve was formed thousands of years ago after a violent volcanic eruption that created a funnel-shaped crater which was later filled by the lake, creeks and formed the islands.
European settlers cleared much of it for grazing, firewood and destroyed almost the entire wildlife. Finally in 1961 Tower Hill was declared Victoria’s seventh wildlife reserve and a huge program started trying to reconstruct the flora and fauna to its natural state of the 1850s. The restoration based on a detailed painting of Tower Hill in 1855 from Eugene von Guerard.
Today koalas, emus, kangaroos, wombats, echidnas, sugar-gliders, possums and many species of water birds roam freely in Tower Hill.
The landscape is magnificent and this place is really worth to visit, it is located a short drive from Warrnambool!
We enjoyed this place very much with our friend Jan and Russ, thanks them we had the opportunity to see this place and the wildlife,
Some links about this place
Chimonanthus praecox, “wintersweet”, is a flowereing plant endemic from China.
Since I was a child I was attracted by this beautiful so nice scented plant.
Late in the winter, but this year already mid January, we can find this flours in some garden. We enjoy this flowers and if the sun is shining and we have the opportunity to get 10°C, we can see that honeybee love this flours as well.
Always faithful the winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis) appears in that corner of the garden.
We didn’t plant it, he was already there. In winter, after a few sunny days, we can see how it wakes up and how fast it appears while crocuses and snowdrops are still sleeping.
Mid of January, the winter is not yet over, but the first flowers are here and a new year begins.
While an Arctic cold front is tracking across Canada and the United States the weather is Europe is incredible mild and give us the opportunity to imagine that the winter is almost over.
These have been taken in the countryside and in the forest during the golden hour. Enjoy these warming pictures!
Do you love decorated Christmas cookies? With this recipe you fill find instructions for the decoration of your cookies!
The decoration of cookies can take some more time, but this work is really worth; you will feel the Christmas mood and l you will love your table with these pretty cookies. I decorated the cookies in different ways and I had a lot of fun trying a new (for me) technique: Brush Embroidery.
SweetAmbsCookies posted a lot different techniques. Her cookies looks so beautiful! Enjoy her videos!