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Patricia Newell-Dunkley – photographs Reginald J. Dunkley

Greetings once again from down-under, where the weather is cold, crisp, with the sun shining brightly.  Everyone seems to be coping with the multitude of vaccines, and still travelling.

One of the best places to visit any time of the year is South Australia. and the beautiful city of Adelaide.

S.A. is world famous for its events and festivals, exceptional food and wine, sport, art, and its vibrant city life. It is known in Australia as the Festival State.


It starts in January with the festival of cycling, welcoming the world’s best as they cycle round South Australia’s beautiful regions, eating and drinking around the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, and The Adelaide Hills.

February – March is the Adelaide Fringe, with shows playing in 500 venues – Cabaret, comedy, King or Queen, Theatre, Tragic.

In March. Sounds from around the world fill Adelaide’s Botanical Park. The best contemporary music festival. Known as WOMAD it is a feast for the senses.

Theatre productions, world class musicians, dancers, writers, visual arts.

April -May Ten sumptuous days of food festival- like no other. Showcasing winemakers, chefs, restaurateurs. It is a Foodie heaven.


Clare Valley in May is a Gourmet weekend at more than 20 wineries.

In June the dazzling Adelaide Cabaret Festival with some of the world’s biggest acts sashaying across the stage.

July sees the Illuminate Adelaide City Lights.  When the sun goes down watch the city glow.

July also sees the Beer and B B Q Festival with mouth-watering exhibitors, pouring and cooking up a storm in Adelaide’s historic brick Cattle Pavilion.

For the red wine drinkers, a weekend of 30 wineries offering tastings and entertainment day and night.

August is the living artists festival with exhibitions popping up everywhere from offices, cafes, galleries, and wineries. Sculpture, painting, photography, and installations.

There is no doubt about it, Adelaide, South Australia, has much to offer all year round. As well as the festivals the scenery is superb.

Meanwhile here at Shelly Beach, my neighbour is still looking after wildlife animals, and there has been a steady stream of furry creatures popping up. At the moment she is nursing a Koala who was burnt in a bush fire.  These darlings are now on the endangered list, so every one of them is very special.

Charlie my Pomeranian has been very good, and has stopped chasing the birds.  So, all is going well.

We had fish and chips at Shelly Beach during the week and watched the surf rolling in. Not long before we will see the whales making their way up to Queensland.

All the best.   Cheers Patricia.