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Published: April 26th 2006
Autumn at Mount Lofty
Mount Lofty Botanical Gardens. To view as a slide show, select Full image, and then use Next>> to scroll through the images.
Last Sunday was Dan's turn to pick the walk and he asked if we might try apple picking - something he had noted that you can do in autumn from James Muecke's book Adelaide for Kids
(p152). As the book recommended, we looked at the "What's on" section of the Sunday Mail
to find out that apples were indeed ripe for the picking at Summertown from 11 to 4 pm. To finish off the afternoon we also visited the nearby Mount Lofty Botanic Garden.
How to get there
To get to Summertown for apple picking, take Greenhill Road (passing through the Summit road intersection) and into the Adelaide hills. When you enter Summertown, look for a large "Pick your own apples" placed on the corner of Holliday street on the left hand side of Greenhill road. About 500 metres down Holliday Street, you can find the orchard on the left.
To get to Mount Lofty Summit you can take Mt Lofty Summit Road to the summit and follow the signs to the Garden which is near Mount Lofty house and a property called "Green Gables".
Information about Mount Lofty Botanic Garden is available at the South Australian government web site
(but I had to write the article myself (the things you do when on holidays ...) - hopefully someone official will come along and expand it a bit :-)
What happened ...
There were lots of people out apple picking. The sellers supply buckets, and heaps of different types of trees. You fill the buckets with your choice of fruit and then they weigh it, charge you accordingly, and then bag them up for you. We got a pretty fair deal and too many very yummy apples to share with our friends.
The Botanic garden was magnificant - a visual treat - with the many vibrant autumn colours of the European/Asian trees set against the natural bush. If you do have a spare couple of hours in the next week or 2 and you are in Adelaide, you really should go have a look. You will need good walking shoes as many of the tracks are steep.
Dan says ...
Crunch!!! MMmmm, Yum, that was a Granny Smith apple - del- ic- ious!! Well it was almost as delicious as the Quince and Apple crumble that Mum made for dessert on Sunday. I could each a truck load of that.
Okay, less talk about the apples, more talk about the gardens.
I had a turkey burger for my lunch. There was a great view and it was nice to have tables and chairs instead of a rock to sit on.
I was the one who found the oak tree and the toadstools that Mum took a picture of. The toadstools started out as red spotty balls and then opened into large saucer-shapes.
There were quite a few people at the garden. Workers drove around in cars on the paths looking for people in trouble - the paths can be too steep for some people.
This week's joke ....
Q: What is the difference between an oak tree and tight shoes?
A: One makes acorns and the other makes corns ache.
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