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The porch at their house. Very cool house (literally and figuratively).
Monday, August 24

We wake to a new countryside. While it is still sorta arid, it has a lot more greenery, more trees, more hills.  We are in South Australia.  With every hour, the view gets greener and greener. Within a few hours, we are in pastureland with cows and sheep and deep green hills. We are out of the desert, though we later learn that South Australia is the dryest of the 7 states/territories of Australia.  This part north of Adelaide is fed by a decent-sized river and there is a healthy farming and wine industries here.

We roll into Adelaide just before 1 and it is raining with high winds.
A burgeoning orange tree in Shirley and Tony's drivveway.
So we have now brought rain to 3 of our 4 destinations. We're starting to think we should hire ourselves out!

We will be staying with Tony and Shirley, a husband and wife we connected with through the Hospitality Club (which is also how we connected with John in Alice). Tony met us at the train, where we are huddled around Kitty trying to keep her warm. He loads us quickly into his big SUV. He takes us the scenic route home, along the water. Apart from the wind and rain, it really is lovely. He is a retired Customs agent and trekking guide (hence the big ol' SUV). Shirley is semi-retired, temping to support the cats!

Their house, in a suburb north of town (Lags Bay), is really pretty. It's about 150 years old and quite beautiful. Deep veranda, high ceilings (13 feet!), large rooms, fireplaces in most rooms, beautiful modern bathrooms :), a lovely garden.
Everywhere we went, they had these clotheslines and used them much more than they did dryers. The generally aridity meant clothes dried very quickly.
Also, as is true in all of Australia apparently, no central heat or insulation. In fact, in the rooms there are decorative vents near the ceiling that lead directly outside. Clearly, heat is a much bigger concern than cold.

It's about 60 degrees in the house and never really gets above that during our entire visit.  Kitty is quietly bereft.

Fortunately, the bathrooms have heaters and the beds have electric blankets.

Shirley and Tony are lovely. It's less like being a guest and more like being adopted!  They fixed us a roast for dinner and drove us over to get day passes for the train and to the post office. They also draw us good maps and give us great info for things to do and see in Adelaide.

I've warmed up the bed with the electric blanket but I have to turn it off when we get into bed (Jeff really can't do electric blankets) but it does give us a great chance to snuggle, which we take full advantage of.
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The porch at their house. Very coo…
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