Simpson Shadehouse - Adelaide Botanic Gardens

Simpson Shadehouse - Adelaide Botanic Gardens

28 December 2010

Goji flower!

It's not much of a flower but maybe there'll be some goji berries to follow!

26 November 2010

Cacti flowers

Cacti in flower outside Adelaide College for the Arts, Light Square, 25 Nov. 2010

14 November 2010

Minority Tradition "Sailed Away"

Minority Tradition playing for SCALA at Higher Ground last Thursday (11 Nov 2010)

04 November 2010

01 November 2010

Corey Stewart "Mountain Top"

Another video I took at last Thursday's SCALA @ Higher Ground (28th October)

30 October 2010

Corey Stewart "(When You Gonna) Stop Tearing Me Apart"

Another of my videos from SCALA at Higher Ground last Thursday, 28th October. 
This one is a Corey Stewart and Adrian Miller songwriting collaboration.

Lonely little petunia ...

This really is a lonely little petunia in an onion patch
(October 2010)

29 October 2010

Chive flowers!

Chives in flower (October 2010)

Georges Brassens - Supplique pour être enterré à la plage de Sète

Georges Brassens died a week after turning 60 on 29 October 1981.  He's buried in Sète (where he was born) but in the cemetery, not on the beach at Sète as this humorous song requests.  An English translation can be found at Supplique pour être enterré à la plage de Sète.

22 October 2010

Georges Brassens Le Gorille (with English Subtitles)

Georges Brassens (b 22 October 1921; d 29 October 1981)
Le Gorille is one of Brassens' early songs which caused a stir when first released in post-WWII France.

Today is also Dory Previn's birthday and Ewan MacColl (father of Kirsty; composer of Dirty Old Town and The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - amongst many others) died on this date in 1989.

20 October 2010

Cymbidium flowers

Cymbidium orchid flowers (October 2010)

Kelly Menhennett "World Of Mine"

Kelly Menhennett recorded at Higher Ground Art Cafe, Adelaide, South Australia on 14 October 2010 as part of SCALA's Original Music Showcase ( "World Of Mine" was one of the winning songs in the Live Section of SCALA's FOOM Song Competition 2010 (

18 October 2010

SCALA Original Music: Next SCALA Workshop

Robert Childs

Next Workshop

  • Where?: Higher Ground, 9 Light Square, City - in the cafe area.
  • Date?: Tuesday, 19th October 2010
  • Time?: 7.30 pm sharp (ie 7.30 means 7.30 not 7.45 or 8.00!)
  • How Much?: A gold coin 
  • Who?: Special Guest: Robert Childs discussing Whose Turn Is It Now?

Mick Kidd "It's All Worth It"

I videoed this last Thursday (14th October 2010) at SCALA's venue.

Robe ragged rocks

Some ragged rocks off Robe (South Australia), July 2008
(click the picture to see it full size)

12 October 2010

Clivia flowers

Clivia flowers October 2010 
Some people pronounce "Clivia" as if it had a short "i" but it was named in honour of  Lady Charlotte Clive, Duchess of Northumberland, so it's more correctly pronounced with a long "i" as "Clive-ia". 

10 October 2010

27 September 2010

Today's koala

We have a koala-favoured tree by our front gate which is frequented by this female.  But this is the first time she's been back since autumn.  We had koalas visit our previous garden.  Here are some pictures I took in 2007.  It's amazing how they manage to sleep and not fall and how they can ascend and eat at the top of trees.  They're also quite good leapers from branch to branch.   But mostly they just eat gum leaves and sleep (a lot)!

24 September 2010

Eucalyptus torquata flowers

Eucalyptus torquata flowers (sometime about spring 2008)

I grew this!

Agathis robusta, cones and leaves
Many years ago I chanced upon a fresh agathis (kauri pine) cone in a park.  When I split it there were a number of seeds inside some of which germinated.  This is a picture of one of the trees that resulted.  It was about 10 metres high at the time (summer 2008) and these were its first cones.  This photo was taken (with 10x zoom) from beneath the tree looking up into the outer canopy.

19 September 2010

Courtney Robb "Games"

Courtney Robb recorded at Higher Ground Art Cafe, Adelaide, South Australia on 2 September 2010 as part of SCALA's Original Music Showcase ( I was privileged to be there to record this brilliant version.

Borage in the garden

Borage flowers, spring 2010

16 September 2010

Georges Brassens - Les copains d'abord

Projet Brassens (English)
Georges Brassens (French)
Georges Brassens  (22 October 1921 - 29 October 1981) was a popular French singer/songwriter. Les Copains d'Abord is one of his most popular songs.  There's a very useful discussion and translation of the song at: The songs of Georges Brassens with English translation. This video is taken from a concert at Bobino in Paris, France, on 19 January 1972. Brassens is surprised when the orchestra joins in on the song towards the end.

13 September 2010

12 September 2010

Walking in Blackwood Forest Recreation Park

Photo by Jane, 12 September 2010
Spring blossom in the park
Blackwood Forest Recreation Park, 12 September 2010

04 September 2010

Courtney Robb "(s)Hit Song"

This is a great new song from Courtney Robb that she debuted at SCALA's venue at Higher Ground Last Thursday (2nd September 2010).

01 September 2010