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.
Area largely cleared, where dairy cows probably grazed.
Remains of a planted Olive hedge
Poplars, remnants of the past
Old wall beside the creek
Natural environment beside the creek
Within the park are a BMX track, cricket nets, Picnic Shelter, an oval and playground.
Saturday morning Soccer match in progress
BMX Track undergoing renovation
In the background children are on play equipment
“The Fallen Log” where our grandkids like to play
Will we cross? Yes!
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.
Looking down on the dam dug by Frank Smith
The dam where you can sometimes spot a tortoise.
On a relaxing walk around the park you can see attractive plants and of course birds.
Wren – tail a-twitch
Red Gum blossom
Tough little flower
New Holland Honeyeater after a bath
Japonica -near the dam
Escapee from someone’s garden
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.
Start of the Lorikeet Loop Walk
Magnificent old Pine – maybe a Bunya Pine
Moss covered stump
Wattle blossom in strands
Ti Tree -maybe
The Belair Native Plant Nursery and old Government House are at about the halfway point.
Native plant nursery
Side view of Old Government House
Probably the servants’ quarters
Image from an information board.
Gates were closed because of Covid -photo from Information Board
Back of the building looking through locked gate.
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.
Path down to the playground
Couple of riders
Tunnels to crawl through
Old tree to sit in
Of course, there was wildlife all about.
Kangaroo enjoying fresh grass
I’ll be back to Belair NP again to try a different walk.
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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View from Shepherds Hill Road.
Something to think about
Colebrook Home -photo courtesy of Ruth Sabine
Colebrook Home painted on the wall.
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.
The grieving mother.
The Coolamon represents the child taken and the water their tears.
Detail from The Fountain of Tears
Celebrations are held at the Park every year during Naidoc Week and at other times.
The fire pit in the centre of the meeting circle.
I wonder if the children were allowed to play here.
On the western boundary is the reclaimed Eden Hills Rubbish Dump
On the southern boundary a passenger train heading towards the city.
Evidence of kids’ play
Paths head off in many different directions, it’s a lovely place to walk and enjoy the natural environment.
New plantings of native shrubs and grasses
Carpet of dropped Gum blossom – thanks birds.
Argumentative Red Wattlebird
Sundew, an insectivorous plant