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SOUTH AUSTRALIA AND ADELAIDE
History of SA;
About Australia: SA;
Australian Tourism Net: About SA;
Barossa: Our famous wine region;
Lavender Farm: Lyndoch in the Barossa Valley;
McLaren Vale: another beautiful wine region.
Things to do: In Adelaide;
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Weekend Notes; Only Adelaide;
Background: SA Weather,
Trees and shrubs of the Adelaide Hills;
Historic photos of SA.
Getting Around: The UBD Street Directory;
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Free City transport.
I enjoy garage saling on a Saturday morning but many holding sales have obviously been warned by 'friends' of the danger of
being awoken at 6.30 am by 'early bird' professionals looking for bargains, with the result that they are super cautious,
not putting out signs and balloons until 8.01 am for an 8.00 am start.
I'm not sure about the professionals but if
you drive the kilometre or so along streets in Cumberland Park, for example, between Goodwood Rd and Winston Ave,
with houses closely packed on both sides of the street, many parked cars and every house a potential garage sale,
it is not easy to work out where the sale is to be held unless there are tables and gear in clear sight.
I am so irritated at getting up and out by 8 am on a Saturday morning that I do not have patience with all this caution. Why are you having the sale?
How many will you have in your life? Will it matter anyway if you are awoken at 6 am on the day you have advertised when you are starting at 8 am?
If you have advertised a sale in the paper, on Gumtree or somewhere else, don't just not have it because you can't be bothered. That is unfair,
unless there has been an accident or something. Potential customers are left trawling up and down your street wondering if it is not
on or if you are being so cautious they just can't see it.
Then there are the signs. You've been kind enough to put the house number on the A4 piece of paper near the corner of the street but you've
written it in orange outline block letters about 10 cms high. It is hard to read that with a car speeding up behind you. Some people
go to a great deal of trouble preparing the goods but can't spend 5 minutes making a decent sign.
At the actual sale, having to bend down and go through boxes of old dusty gear
wrapped in paper may be a more authentic experience but my back cannot take it and it is a waste of time if there are other sales on.
Some want to charge second hand shop type prices-sorry, I'm looking for cheap, cheerful and/or useful and you
are not a shop. In fact, I'm probably not going to pay more than about $5 for anything. My advice is put everything up on tables.
The best garage sales have everything one price per table or even price each article. Don't ask me what I think it is worth. I want to pay as little
as possible but I don't want to offend.
Don't have a private party with your garage sale and have all your cool friends and relatives sitting around drinking brewed coffee,
and checking out all the weirdo customers. Cute pets are always nice, however. Be friendly and pleasant but don't ask me what I am looking for-I don't know until I see it.
If you do advertise your sale online, don't say you'll put the house number in the morning of the sale. I'm out at garage sales,
not trawling the internet on Saturday mornings.
Woolworths; Big W;
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Millers; Autograph; My Size;
Weather New Zealand; Tourism NZ
Currency converter; World Times; World Weather;
Book air flights:
Airfaresflights; Hotels.com; Trivago compares hotels; Booking.com
The Earl Grey Song-to let those here and overseas know how irritating it is to have on offer a box of 100 tea bags, none of which are actually tea. They are herbal tea,
infusions, flavours but not tea. It is a metaphor for the whole food industry at the moment. God forbid that anything should taste like itself.
GOOD READS-NON CRIME
Catherine Alliott: Not That Kind of Girl, about marriage, fidelity and family.
Kate Atkinson: Wonderful reads.
Louise Bagshawe: more entertaining chik lit-light but great fun.
M.C. Beaton author of the Hamish Macbeth and Agatha Raisin series and of wonderfully witty Regency romances,
originally under her name of Marion Chesney.
Liz Byrski: family and finding yourself aimed at older women.
Ben Elton: author of Popcorn, Dead Famous, Past Mortem, Chart Throb, all with modern and relevant plots.
Peter Goldsworthy: impressive Adelaide author. Wish he'd write more.
John Grisham almost always exciting law tales but latest, Gray Mountain, was awful, with an especially unpleasant female lawyer.
Loretta Hill May, 2013-writes Australian romances based on her experience as an engineer in
mining. Engaging read with humour and convincing background detail.
Marian Keyes: March, 2013 read 'The Mystery of Mercy Close," so funny yet real.
Loved it-even liked the way the heroine is hooked on Scandinavian crime TV shows! Chiklit at its best.
Jane Lythell's "Woman of the Hour' was absorbing, Sept 2016.
The main character is the TV producer of a morning show, juggling private and work life.
Monica McInerney raised in Clare, SA, writes gripping family based sagas with an Irish/ Australian connection.
David Lodge: engrossing novels set in British universities.
Joanna Trollope: British upper class family dramas. Absorbing and realistic.
Australian Book Reviews: New York Times book reviews.
Images: At left: Crab art on the jetty at Port Germein; Mum's favourite, Jonny Jumpups, in my garden, mixed up with the chives; parrot in the tree out front. Right: Shed near Booleroo Centre
Email: Louise This new index page created 23-12-2011; Changed title 15-5-2012,
updated 30-12-2014. Changed hosting from Planet Domain to GoDaddy on 12-1-2015. Latest update 10-12-2016.