The Birthday Getaway – Pt 1

Aldgate Valley entry

TRH (The Retired Husband) celebrated his birthday last week. We had decided earlier in the year to use it as an opportunity to cash in a getaway voucher the kids gave us for Christmas. Two days in the Adelaide Hills at a place called Aldgate Valley. A half hour drive from home doesn’t sound like much of a getaway does it? Believe you me, when we reached our destination literally tucked away in a little valley in the middle of the Aussie bush, we  felt like we were light years away from civilisation. That’s TRH strolling down the path towards the cottage.

The Camry you see in the poster above is a loan car while Big Red is having her side doors fixed after our last road trip. The one where a kangaroo decided to  jump out of the bush just as we were driving past.

Aldgate Valley inside 2

And here he is – the birthday boy himself. He has reached a respectably mature age. He is officially A. Pensioner. On the right you have a view of the master bedroom. In fact, the only bedroom. You see, it is a cute little cottage for two. With just two rooms.

Aldgate Valley poster 1

To get to the cottage you need to cross this wooden bridge that spans a little bubbling creek below.  Along the way there is a bird feeder. In the photo the red blob is actually an Eastern  Rosella. There were lots of them. As soon as I put seeds in the feeders they magically appeared out of nowhere. But not till I was out of sight. Any photos I took of these colourful birds had to be taken through the bedroom window. The slightest movement, or camera flash  popping, and they were off. But not for long. The lure of food was too tempting. But more about the birds later.

Aldgate Valley 6

Above you see the cottage nested in amongst the trees. It is very picturesque nestled in amongst the bushes, shrubs, trees and ferns. A path meanders around the creek and amongst the bushland on the opposite side of the cottage. There are many treasures to be seen strolling there.  The tree on the left had a cosy little seat cut into its base for anyone wanting to be up close and personal with a beautiful big tree. It had unusual looking bumpy bark.  Not sure what kind of tree it was. It was intimately hugged by winding ivy. And further along the path is a patch of garden beds for growing herbs and vegetables. There was not much growing so I’m guessing it was having a fallow winter this year. There were some citrus fruit trees and this delightful gum booted scarecrow keeping watch over the crops.

Aldgate Valley 2

Everywhere you looked there was something to see. Ladders propped against trees. Just because. Old, rusty bits of paraphernalia left in orderly haphazardness as signs of olden days. And the odd metal frog and love heart too.

Aldgate Valley 4

The sky reflected beautifully through the tree canopies onto the stillness of the crystal clear water beneath.  The front porch provided an assortment of seating for anyone wishing to sit and enjoy the peace and serenity of this little valley.

More tomorrow ……

© Raili Tanska

Steps for Peace 

PRAYER FOR PEACE 
Peace go with you.
God’s quiet within the noise.
God’s hope within uncertainty.
God’s rest within the toil.
God’s presence within your soul.
Peace go with you.
 

 

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