Last year I spent several weeks working in and around Strathalbyn, South Australia. This historic town south east of AdelaideÂ is about a half hour drive from my home.
I was there to relieve one of the local courier drivers. The deliveries in the town and district rarely took all day, so I had some time around my lunch break to enjoy the beautiful buildings and parks of the town.
Two of the important industries in the Paris Creek district are dairying and forestry. There are many dairy farms in this part of the Mt Lofty Ranges in South Australia.The pine forests in this area are also important industries.
While travelling the southern Mt Lofty Ranges last year I was delighted with the few photos I took in the Paris Creek area which is just north west of Strathalbyn. Thispart of the Adelaide Hills is great farming land with reasonably reliable rainfall most years. When I took these photos the pastures were still quite green despite the few really hot days we had already experienced.
One of the main agricultural pursuits in this district is dairying. Quite near to where I took these photos is the well known BD Farm, an organic dairy produce factory. There is quite a few fruit orchards in the district too, and further west one can visit extensive pine forest plantations.
In some of my photos you might see a purple haze in the paddocks or on the hills. This is colour comes from the flower of the introduced weed, Salvation Jane, also known in parts of Australia as Paterson’s Curse. Most farmers do not like this pest plant because it taints to meat of sheep. Apiarists don’t mind it because their bees produce good honey from the flowers, and artists, photographers and tourists enjoy seeing the amazing hues it brings to the hills.
Last year I had a few week’s work based at Strathalbyn, about a half hour’s drive from my home. The job involved doing a courier round delivering parcels and papers in the district.
Part of my daily rounds involved driving through the beautiful Paris Creek district just north west of Strathalbyn. At that time of the year the rolling hills of the southern Mt. Lofty Ranges were lush and green. I couldn’t resist taking along my camera and getting a few shots to share here on this blog.
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Last year I had a few weeks of work based at Strathalbyn in the Adelaide Hills. This delightful little town is about a half hour drive from my home in Murray Bridge.
During the time I was working there I usually had my lunch in a small park near the river. Previously we had enjoyed several picnic lunches in this park. The bird life there was always of interest. The trees had many Little Corellas, Galahs and Sulphur Crested Cockatoos. Along the river I often saw and heard the Clamorous Reedwarbler. In the park the Willie Wagtail would come and visit while I had my lunch.