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G’day G’day,

When a couple of work girlfriends invited me to the central market for brunch this morning I of course couldn’t refuse…the sights and smells of this Adelaide institution are a foodie’s delight and I think possibly one of the most taken for granted localities in this southern city…

One of the many fresh food stalls at the Adelaide Central Market (Photo taken from A Table for Two)

…unfortunately I forgot my camera on this expedition so i’m using a couple of lovely images taken from the food blog A Table for Two which features a great review of the market and one of the market tours available…but not to fear I do have a couple of piccies of the lovely goodies I came home with…

…the first point of call for the day was The Big Table, a small cafe stall on the Gouger St end of the market…this place is austere in appearance and is short of tables but a wait for a coveted spot wont disappoint – the choice for the morning was poached eggs with a side of bacon on fat toast…yum, always so simple but something so many get wrong.

The tasty start to the day was followed by a good peruse of the produce, today proving to be a particularly good day for picking up good value goodies (some say they save money shopping at the market but I haven’t been convinced…probably because i’m always tempted by the artisan breads, cakes and divine cheeses :-))…

Smelly Cheese (yes some cheeses do smell but in this instance this is the name of the shop ;-)) (Photo taken from A Table for Two)

…a 1/2 kilo of swiss brown mushies set me back just over $4, 2 capsicums and 2 zucchinis 90c, a bunch of spring onions $1 and 2 late season basil plants $3 for the 2…

…the best purchase of the day, however, was a couple of lovely lemon curd tarts from Dough…

 

 

…the worst part was coming home to share them ;-)…we’ll keep it a secret that i’d already devoured a Haighs chocolate vanilla fudge slice…

…on return home my delectable day was completed with the delivery of our new couch – our new living space is slowly coming together nicely:-), piccies to come…

Please enjoy the rest of the weekend peoples, I hope it is bright and sunny wherever you are.

Danielle xo

 

PS Unfortunately no ruffles were harmed in the making of this post; however, leather boots and a silk neck scarf were and are seeking ruffles for next adventure…

Linking this Saturday stroll to Sarah’s BC love Saturday’s Club

Now I do understand that it isn’t Saturday, it would be great if it still was, but life got in the way of posting on this yesterday:-)

During the week I had the idea to make a weekly Saturday feature of one of the many things you can do in the hills…and that is walk…or stroll (hmm wonder what the exact different between a walk and a stroll is?), or run…anyway regardless of how you chose to get around a drive to an Adelaide hills historic town, nature reserve, national park or picturesque village must be followed by a good walk around to take in the sights, sounds and smells of this beautiful part of South Australia.

My locality of choice for my stroll yesterday was a functional decision as it was about time for a nice Saturday bakery lunch, take away in this instance, and one of the yummiest bakeries up in these parts is Ottos, on the main street of Hahndorf.

Hahndorf was an early colonial German village (c.1839) and is the main tourist coach stop of the Adelaide hills. Unfortunately because of this, and I hate to say a bad word against anywhere or anything in this fair region, the place has become (well actually i’d say has been for a little while) a tad kitsch, really just a tad, drawing on all things stereotypically German and with many stores stocked up with Australiana paraphernalia (toy kangaroos, clip on koalas and ‘dunny’ plastic road signs, sigh) but I must stress with this aside the place is lovely and a great destination or stopping point. Many of the gorgeous German colonial buildings remain, some draw on the atypical German medievalesque character of a building to lure shoppers to their abundance of Australiana products (hmmm i’m sure there’s a thesis waiting to be written on this  :-))…

…while other buildings are simply picture perfect, a remnant of a time gone by…

The range of restaurants, cafes and bakeries seems to expand on a monthly basis and the local produce available here, from a variety of stores, is amazing (although I must express my disgust at seeing a Subway now positioned on the main street :-()…

…and the proximity to some of the state’s best wineries is just a small part of the attraction (barrrr yeah small part :-))

Annnyyyyway, before heading to the lovely Ottos I took a short Autumn stroll along the main street, taking some piccies, seeing what’s new in town and grabbing a coffee along the way…

 

…and by the time I reached Otto’s I was ready for a good mouthful of pie pastry (hmmmm and maybe a vanilla slice ;-))….mmmmm…

Okey dokey well I hope everyone enjoyed the trip to Hahndorf, I hope many of you can experience its joys as well at some point :-)…i’m off to shove a lemon up a chooks bum (that’s code for preparing a roast chicken ;-)).

See you soon

Danielle xo

Although Autumn is definitely in the air there is enough of Summer left to still drop the car window when taking a drive through the hills and feel the warm breeze blowing through your hair…

photo(Photo courtesy of Flickr)

…from work the turn off from the freeway at Stirling sees me wind through Aldgate, Mylor and Echunga, taking in lush and cool exotic plantings, native bushland and the all time favourite grass tree, ancient red gum lined creeks, golden paddocks and fat cows, vineyards and small old villages…

 

(Photo courtesy of Flickr)
 

(Nick Rains / Explore Australia Publishing)

While the slightly longer distance to work is one of the only down sides of living in the hills it is also, for me, one of the bonuses. The first 20 minutes of my drive in the morning is just about the best part of the day, maybe even better than the drive home (oh god did I just say that :-))…In summer the mornings are mild and bright, with a blood orange sun rising above the horizon ushering in a scotching South Australian Summer’s day; in Autumn the sun starts to sleep in but the freshness of the morning has something about it, be it the smell or the thought that the 4 day Easter weekend is just around the corner😉 and the trees turn a variety of golden shades; In Winter (code for extra brrrrrrrrrrr in the hills…) the mist rises between the valleys as the sun, now rising earlier with the hibernation of day light savings, warms the cool earth – there’s nothing like the mist rising from a valley dam with cows grazing on the lush winter grass; and in Spring the mornings start to ever so slowly (and I mean EVER so slowly) warm and the smells of spring waft from late winter/early spring blooms, the hills are full of flowering cheery blossoms and blooming bulbs…

…Just some thoughts to share with you on this lovely warm Autumn’s day…

:-)

Danielle xx

As I mentioned in my previous post , one of the main rooms being built into the new extension is a living room…sorry THE living room, there aren’t multiple living rooms:-), its just that it will be a new living room. We’re going to create a hall entry into the house by turning the existing living room, you currently enter into from the front of the house, into a hallway and a new room by erecting a new wall to divide the space. That new room will be the new office, so we can reclaim the third bedroom…

…annnnyyyyway getting back to the living room, the new living room meets up with the existing kitchen leaving a wall from the old to the new, of course that wall had to come down…

The wall between the old and the new, photo taken from the new...

The wall from the 'old' side...

And now, yes, the wall is down…

1960s cabinet meets 2010 alcoves...how do you do?

View from the kitchen to the living...

View from the living to the kitchen...the OLD kitchen...

Nice and neat above…not so below…that little room straight ahead is to be the oh so massive walk in pantry…best feature of the house for sure :-)…

Living to the left of me, kitchen to the right, here I am stuck in the pantry with you...

Now there aren’t any afters for the living room yet, there are some intermediate afters for the kitchen but you’ll have to wait for now:-)

In the meantime i’ll leave you with a vintagey, completely drool worthy, all though maybe not so practical, walk in pantry photo…hmmm I think I have that clock…

Mmmm lovely, but I can't see that level of organisation in my place (Photo taken from polkadotspearlsandpinkohmy.blogspot.com)

Cheers for now:-)

Danielle xx

 

The renos

While many people base their blogs on their renovations/improvements/extensions etc, which is of course completely fabulous, I originally hadn’t planned to feature ours all that often…but on viewing some of my favourite blogs I started to think that it might be nice to share our journey in a little more detail than planned…

…So on that note, I would like to introduce you to our 1967, formerly asbestos clad, former farmhouse…

The house from the rear featuring the ever so ugly louvre windowed lean-to

The rear and side of the house and a not so successful tree felling episode

…sorry that was a mouth full, but it’s no longer clad in asbestos and it hasn’t acted as a farmhouse in many years, we do get the best of both worlds however, it looks like we have land but we don’t have to worry about the upkeep:-)

The house was originally a traditional three bedroom, living, bathroom, laundry and kitchen house and then at a slightly later date (not too much later as the wonderful full wall louvre windows in the extension you see to the rear of the house scream of the 1970s) a pretty basic barely-weatherproof extension was added to the rear gaining, well, not much…a fairly useless lean-to, a kinda walk in robe like room with mould and, the most practical, a very basic laundry which was shared with all the spiders and mice under the sun😦

So with a bit of muscle power, the ever so useful carpenter builder hubby made light work of demolishing the old and building the new…

The ivy covered original heady tank says goodbye

Transition mode - no more lean-to

The footing are down - to the left you see the footings for the deck and from front to back you see the ensuite and laundry plumbing poking up and the area that will be the living room opened up to the kitchen which is in the existing house

The framework

The framework and roof is done, with the framework for the pergola over the deck to the left

The outside is clad and the cedar doors and windows are in shadowed by the half painted pergola (sorry for the change of angle), I will show detail of the deck at a later date once there is furniture, plants etc gracing it

I hope you’ve enjoyed the quick run through of the rise of our extension, my next renos post will show the transition behind those new walls.

Bye for now:-)

Danielle xx

Wedding Season

The other half and I have just come through wedding season and I thought I HAVE to share a couple of amazing settings we were treated to during the celebrations…

Glen Ewin Estate

Glen Ewin Estate in Houghton, in the Adelaide foothills, was the setting for  my brother in law’s Wedding in January. It was the most beautiful setting…it’s a big call, but I think i’ve found my dream home!! The estate homestead, the centre piece of The Pulpshed venue, is pure colonial Australian opulence (from what I saw of the outside that is) – ashlar sandstone construction, corregated iron roof, quintessential verandah and second story balcony. Not to mention the beautiful green situated in front of the homestead, the surrounding cottage garden and the willow shaded lake.

Surrounding the homestead are old processing sheds from the 19th century, which add to the heritage setting of the venue.

The reception venue is the old The Pulpshed, neighbouring the homestead, which is a lovely rustic setting. The austere timber setting is perfect for a laid back country style wedding.

 

Ampelon Gardens

Mid February saw us pack the car and head to the tropics of Victoria – Mildura. The venue for our friends ceremony was Ampelon Gardens, situated just over the river from Mildura in NSW’s Gol Gol. This garden is a picture perfect location in the middle of a fruit, vine and nut growing district. Taking direction from traditional European gardens this spot has it all – a lake, geometric design, parterre construction, lovely large shady European deciduous trees, rows of roses and…MOZZIES, sorry to break the majestic image, but mozzies so numerous they could carry you away, but thankfully the afternoon was so lovely most could ignore these uninvited guests.

The day was perfect with the reception held at Mildura’s lovely Grand Hotel, the only disappointment was that the reception wasn’t catered for by Mildura’s grand man Stefano de Pieri😉

Bye for now:-)

Danielle xx

Now i’ve been meaning to start a blog for some time now but getting around to actually writing my first post has involved some procrastination (gee so unusual for me)…not because I don’t want to do it or don’t know how to do it but because I wanted to get the words just right, but you know what, at the end of the day, that doesn’t really matter, I told myself to just give it a go….so here we go:-)

My desire to start this blog has been driven by my vast array of interests and my frustration at not being able to indulge my interests all at once, so I thought rather than bore all my family, friends and colleagues with my musings on old and interesting houses, architecture, food, gardening, travel and living in the Adelaide Hills, I would put pen to paper, or sorry more correctly fingers to keyboard, to indulge myself and, I hope very much, many others out there in this big wide blog world…..

So again welcome and I hope you all enjoy The Hills Life.

Danielle😉

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