The Grand Design of Joslin

It is now 12 months since my euphemistically described “man shed” has been completed and the architect somewhat tongue in cheek labelled it my music studio and I would be the 1st to deny that I am not by any stretch of the imagination a musician. I certainly love music so I’m happy to go with that label although a dear friend when she saw it last month said “this is not a studio it’s a pavilion!” To see the construction, click on the Download button.

There will be added pictures/a book of the garden ( in Spring 2020) which underwent a complete redesign, as befits the new studio. Here is a sample looking from the studio back towards the house

A Music Retreat

Earlier this year, several properties in and around Joslin came up for auction and I seriously considered making an offer as I felt that perhaps I should “downsize”. My current property in which I have lived since about 1986, is more than 120 m long and about 15,5m wide. It backs onto the linear park and the creek, it’s often called a river but that is a misnomer. Anyway, eventually I decided whilst I am still physically and mentally agile, that rather than sell my present property I would add a retreat down the back which would look over river from the back fence. I have called it my “music room” as it would certainly be space that I retreat to, to listen to music or to play my recorder. As always the pictures and plans will hopefully demonstrate the concept much more clearly than words.

Music Room1



Lots of glass. Not sure that the finished structure will have a RED roof!

The glass blocks are part of the bathroom/shower recess.


The view from the back!

From Vines to Sea

The next day, Sunday was just as delightful in terms of crisp, clear sunny Autum skies. A flat ride to the bay – Semaphore. The air was as still as a crouching tiger! You can see the beautiful red animal in the foreground

And then there were these magnificent beasts being shunted at the Railway museum. 

The train is named  “Essington Lewis”  a powerful locomotive.

The Essington Lewis

From Gold to Opalescent White

My faithful gold Mitsubishi 380…

Has lasted 10 years and after a spell at the panel beaters to repair several minor car park knocks, a set of new tyres and a major service, has been passed on to my daughter. For $1. Thank god I only had one child. 

But, I hear you ask, am I travelling now by Titanium bike? Of course not! 

Yes, it is fabulous, a Lexus, or in other words Toyota answer to a BMW or Audi 

Long weekend in Clare

The Riesling Trail Again!

About three years ago was the last time that I rode the Riesling Trail at that time it went from Clare to Auburn. I went with two overseas visitor from Germany and Brazil. We stayed at an onsite cabin in the Clare Caravan Park and had a great time. As I recall it was around autumn and the weather was mostly cool and sunny with one evening of rain.

The trail follows the original local train track. It was destroyed in a major bushfire I think in the 1950’s and was never resurrected and the freight was then transported by road. Many would despair of this outcome. However the ultimate benefit was that the train lines were removed and the track converted into a dedicated cycle and walk trail. It is quite unique. since my last visit it has been extended southwards to Riverton and is now 50 km long. 

This Anzac weekend 4 of us rented 2 cottages in Clare and spent out time cycling, walking and of course visiting various wineries and had a memorable much at Pauletts winery on the Sunday. 
It has been claimed that this Autumn in Adelaide has been one of the most spectacular as a consequence of a dry and cold start to the season. See for yourself!

It must be Easter

A burst of pink. Amaryllis Lillies also known as Easter Lillies because they typically flower at or near Easter.

They have suddenly all blossomed in my back yard in the last week.

The  other pictures show me crossing the Finish Line at Victor Harbor in the 2016 TDU! Totally unrelated to pink flowers but I had to have something else to boast about.





The Amy Gillet Cycle Path

Another great week of cycling in Adelaide during the Tour Down Under. The week begins with the Ride Like Crazy – and as always ideal Spring weather and the usual 104 km ride though the hills the initial path involves cycling up the Freeway which is part closed for the event.  Before that a group of friends rode the Amy Gillet Cycle Path in Barossa Valley. It now more than 30 km of dedicated (off road) path that mostly follows the old railway line!  Pictures taken on this balmy Summer Sunday show it all. If you CLICK on each photo it will enlarge and you can have a slide show!


Ride like Crazy

  • Sunday before the Tour Down Under, there is the Ride Like Crazy! 100 km and this year was most enjoyable – no cramps! In 5 days time we ride from Echunga to Victor Harbor 100 km with thighs  busting King of the Mountain 10 km from the finish. But the cool ocean of Horseshoe Bay is our reward!