Some places we've been and some places we're going.

Archive for August, 2020

Frank Smith Memorial Park

About 10 minutes from home is a memorial park with something for everyone. Originally it was the site of a family farm bought in 1896 by Jacob and Mary Ellen Smith, parents of Frank.  Walking around the park there are obvious remnants of the farm.

Within the park are a BMX track, cricket nets, Picnic Shelter, an oval and playground.

The dam is a very special place, digging this dam gave Frank Smith purpose when distraught at the death of his son, John. Over the years many local kids have come to swim in the dam after school.

On a relaxing walk around the park you can see attractive plants and of course birds.


Lorikeet Loop Walk – Belair NP

The weather was perfect for another little jaunt and only about 10 minutes from home is Belair National Park, there are several different walks of varying lengths but I decided on the 3km Lorikeet Loop Walk.

The bush environment was a perfect antidote for the deluge of unhappy Covid 19 news.

The Belair Native Plant Nursery and old Government House are at about the halfway point.

The old servants’ quarters were used between 1879 and 1885 to manufacture a poison which was used by farmers to try and control rabbits which were in plague proportions during the 1870s.

Downhill from Old Government House is a big Adventure Playground and picnic facilities, it was busy with families enjoying the sunshine.

Of course, there was wildlife all about.

I’ll be back to Belair NP again to try a different walk.

Colebrook Reconciliation Park

Driving west from Blackwood on Shepherds Hill Road you travel past Wittunga Gardens, Blackwood Primary and High Schools, Karinya Reserve with its playground, a Skate Park and football oval then you can’t help but notice a brightly painted low wall. The wall marks the beginning of Colebrook Reconciliation Park the site of Colebrook Home for 28 years.

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The children who lived there had mostly been forcibly taken from their families and the statue of the grieving mother captures the desolation felt superbly. South Australian sculptor, Silvio Apponyi, created the wonderful works.

Celebrations are held at the Park every year during Naidoc Week and at other times.

Paths head off in many different directions, it’s a lovely place to walk and enjoy the natural environment.