Mount Lofty Botanic Garden

Nestled under the lip of Mount Lofty Summit, in a suburb of the Adelaide Hills called Piccadilly, is one of the three South Australian Botanic Gardens.

There is ample parking and signage, with large and portable maps available at the gate.

There’s a variety of paths, from flat, bitumised trails to steep, beaten dirt and you usually have a clear choice so that you don’t get into trouble. It is definitely suitable for wheelchairs or those with assisted ambulance.

So many choices of views are possible and at this time of the year, some trees with colourful foliage could lure you that way, or walls of flowers.

And if you need a rest, or rest stop, there are toilets, and benches a-plenty.

While ducks are plentiful on the ground, they are also found high in the trees and you won’t have any trouble spotting a kangaroo or colourful bird.

Streams and flowers, fossils, structures and sculptures.

Come and visit for yourself. I’m sure you’ll find something of interest. It is suitable for families, groups, couples and singles and can be accessed from Adelaide City, but is easiest by car.

Take a coat and hat in winter and a hat and water in summer.

On the hunt for… play

This weeks’ On The Hunt For Joy challenge is mix play with everyday, and Cee asks what we do for ‘play’ every day.

I had to wait until the end of the day and think back. I often spend some part of every day standing at my back door and spying on the birds, so that I don’t disturb them.

It’s probably going to lead to the ruin of the next crop of apricots, as I have no idea what they are doing, but the result is half-eaten leaves on the ground and the limbs stripped bare. But the buds seem ok.

Then, I always check for ripe strawbs, as they’ll continue nearly all year, with maybe a month or two break, and are still flowering.

If I get a big slab of time I might make cards

Take a walk at my favourite spot

or bake something, like today (ginger nuts)

They all give me joy.