Springtime in Adelaide

After the downside of the last two posts, both of which were written in the eighties when i needed to understand the negativity around me, i thought i should raise the tone a bit with some discussion on the glory of spring time in Adelaide.

Adelaide, known to some as the Athens of the South, is a well placed and well planned city of a million souls which resides between the sheltered Gulfof St. Vincent and the low hills where i live. The climate is Mediterranean the people are cosmopolitan and the dessert which surrounds us is so laden with mineral resources that it is unlikely that we will ever suffer the deprivations that most cities suffer at some stage in their histories.

In the spring the suburban streets are coloured and perfumed by fruit trees in blossom until early summer when the Jacaranda flowers take over. In the hills it all starts with an abundance of Wattle blossom which cover windows cars and puddles with a thick yellow dusting of pollen.

Spring has not officially begun but here it is. Though i am sure that you the reader will enjoy your spring where ever you are, the Adelaide spring always brings a quiet sense of luxuriously good luck to my stiff old bones. The mild winter has been survived and a scorching summer of brilliant beach and melting traffic awaits.

There is a marvelous old expression which can sometimes be heard about these parts, it goes something like this, “wouldn’t be dead for quids, eh!”

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