And with a flash of brightly coloured feathers they launched themselves from the lawn before we had a chance to get the camera focused.
Home again after a couple of lovely days away with my hubby celebrating the fact that for 21 years, neither of us has actually come close to killing the other (well so he says).
We chose the Barossa Valley this year. Somewhat different to last years playing with tigers, riding elephants and paddling through sea caves to enter prehistoric paradise.
No time, no money this year for exotic destinations like Thailand but that doesn’t have to mean that we couldn’t have some fun.
Of course, it would have been nice for the weather to cooperate but after nearly a week of fabulous, we embarked on our journey accompanied by a veil of grey gloom and spots of rain on the windscreen.
The choice to cut through the city wasn’t a good one. Road works created traffic jams but neither the gloomy day nor delays were enough to dampen our spirits.
Soon though we were out on the highway, headed for the country mining town of Kapunda. Not quite in the Barossa Valley but close enough that we could spend some time there discovering the local artists and galleries.
At least 5 artists now call Kapunda home, and disappointingly, only two had their Galleries open at the advertised time.
Two had “back in 5 minute” signs and weren’t. One had “knock loudly” but didn’t answer the door.
But those that were in residence more than made up for the ones that couldn’t obviously be bothered.
Our first stop was to the home and gallery of Roger Murcott. An artist who specialises in painting realistic images of bird life.
His website link – http://rogermurcott.com.au/
He stopped and talked art with me for a while, discussing how he goes about creating his stunning work. It didn’t take much for him to pick up on the fact that I was an artist (although nowhere near as experienced as he is) and he was incredibly encouraging.
Having stuck to my plan of being “tech free” for the trip, I had nothing to show him, until Hubby found just one photo of one painting of mine on his phone – the Bangkok sunrise cityscape, done nearly a year ago. I think I was a more than a little starstruck after he complimented my use of colours.
It was hard to tear myself away, not only from talking at length with him, but also there was this one print from one of his paintings that I fell just a little in love with.
A Boobook Owl, perched on an old wire fence. http://rogermurcott.com.au/buy-artwork/buy-prints/
The other artist whose door was open was a lovely lady by the name of Maxine McDonald. A watercolourist who has produced some simply lovely pieces.
She was also there, and happy to talk art, although as watercolour is something that I am not as focused on, we didn’t spend a great deal of time there.
After leaving Kapunda, it was time for a stop in the township of Angaston and lunch which we followed with a lovely walk down the main street.
There was a curious type of tree which I just have to share with you.
Seems it flowers PomPoms. Obviously native to the area though as we saw several fine specimens of the variety.
I love trees. I took dozens of photos of trees during the time we were away. I love the twists and angles of the trunks and branches, the light in the leaves and the flowers.
But you probably don’t want to see trees.
You want to see warm chocolate brownies
bit of Aussie bush
Yeah, ok, I snuck some trees in there too.
For a trip to a wine district, we really didn’t go to too many wineries, preferring to discover places we hadn’t been to before.
It was a lovely couple of days away from the ratrace and a perfect recharge before I return to work tomorrow.
Not going to think on that today, instead I plan to head out with hubby to shop for a new art bag.
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.