Is it Friday again?

by frogpondsrock on July 6, 2012

in ceramics,Distractions galore!

I am sure my days are speeding up, as it seems like it was only Friday yesterday.

Thank you so much, the comments from you on my previous post have made me feel like a normal human being again, rather than some giant dark monster with gnashing teeth and a sour outlook.

So give yourselves a giant gold star. Give yourselves two.

I should be up in the studio glazing the last of this kiln load of work but my nose is cold and every good procrastinator knows that you can’t go to work with a cold nose.

Have I mentioned that I am going to Adelaide soon?

It is going to be a giant adventure. The Australian Ceramics Triennale is being held from the 28th of September to the 1st of October and the theme is Subversive Clay. How exciting does that sound? Subversive Clay for a Subversive Ceramist.

In keeping with my idea of life being a true adventure, I am catching a train from Melbourne to Adelaide. I would love to hear from any of you that have caught this train, as I haven’t caught a train since I was 12 years old and I know that my  hazy recollections of red leather seats and lots of girlish squealing, is not modern day train catching reality. I am seriously looking forward to the train trip and  I have been poring over the map trying to get an idea of the country I will be travelling through.

I will be in Adelaide madly dashing from venue to venue for the four days of the conference and I fully expect that I will be off on an wonderful giant daydream for the whole time.There will also be a suitcase market somewhere on the Sunday and I will be selling some of my work.

So my lovely South Australian readers, where are the best places to eat in the CBD? And by best I don’t meant the Michelin hatted best, I mean the best yummy food at decent prices. How easy is it to get around Adelaide if I decide to skip a couple of talks and do a bit of sight seeing? What is the public transport system like? And what is the one truly must see thing in Adelaide that I will regret not visiting while I am there?

In other travelling induced ditheriness I am undecided about which lenses to pack and what clothes to take. How hot is Adelaide at that time of year? I am truly a Tasmanian girl who is best suited to the cold weather and lots of layers of clothing. Will I need a hat? As the Tasmanian sun will burn you to a cinder in five minutes flat but  Melbourne sunshine isn’t nearly as fierce.

Questions, I have them. Also my Tuesday morning is free if any of you want to catch up for a coffee.

For the moon lovers amongst you I took some photos of the full moon the other night, it was bitterly cold but I needed to absorb some of the moons energy and I will finish up with these photos. Thank you for being such lovely friends.

{ 17 comments }

river July 6, 2012 at 12:19 pm

I’m very sad now to say that I don’t know much about sightseeing in Adelaide. I don’t get out and about much because catching a bus everywhere is time consuming, within the city there is the museum and the art gallery, the botanic garden and the zoo. There is a sight-seeing bus, a red double-decker, that you buy a ticket for and it goes around various places of interest. I’ve never been on it myself.
I suppose it really depends on what sort of things you like to see. Zoos, parks, beaches? Or city buildings? A bus ride to the Mt Lofty Lookout? (another thing I haven’t done yet, and I’ve been here 26 years…)
I’m really hoping that other Adelaideans can help you out more.
Places for eating? I don’t eat out much….There are foodcourts where you can get meals from different cultures, the best of these in my opinion is at the Central Market. My favourite cafe/restaurant is Bocellis on the corner of Wakefield and Hutt Streets. Italian food, a family friendly restaurant, reasonable prices and good sized servings. There is also the Pancake Kitchen, hidden away behind a corner in a side street in the city.
I’ll send you a map of Adelaide if you like.
The interstate Railway Station is at Keswick, quite a way out from the city centre. You can get a taxi to the city or a bus. I can meet you there if you let me know what time your train gets in. Do you know where you will be staying?
I’m going to make sure I take the day off work to catch up with you on the Tuesday!!
Clothing? It’s the beginning of spring, so days will be sunny and warm, but the wind can still be cold, so bring your layers and you can peel them off or add them on as necessary. Yes to the hat.

frogpondsrock July 6, 2012 at 12:46 pm

I was planning on bombarding you with emails River to organise a catch up :) I fly out at 4.30 on the Tuesday and have no idea where the airport is etc. I would LOVE to spend Tuesday with you. There is a shuttle bus from the train that will take me straight to my hotel on the Thursday so I think I should be fine finding my way to the hotel and I might be crabby after 8 hours on a train or I might be pinging with excitement still. I had been thinking that you might like to come to the suitcase market on the Sunday as well. I have forgotten where I am staying as my friend booked the hotel but it is in the CBD and close to all the triennale venues . I will email you

jen July 6, 2012 at 2:14 pm

You’ve gotta try a Dumpling King either on King William Street, or at the Central Market (lots of other good places to eat there too). Public transport isn’t that great, but it depends where you want to go. And the weather should be pretty good, not too hot, not too cold.

frogpondsrock July 7, 2012 at 6:47 pm

Oh Yes, Dumplings are my favourite all time food. Wonton soup, dumpling soup, dumplings FTW. Thanks Jen.

Jebaru July 6, 2012 at 9:27 pm

River seems to have things covered! But I think you might need to do a Haigh’s chocolates factory tour, Kim …

frogpondsrock July 7, 2012 at 6:49 pm

I don’t think I will have the time Jebaru, I arrive on Thursday, the conference is Fri- Mon and I head home on the Tuesday. But I will have time to catch up with you. :) maybe for dinner?

Jebaru July 8, 2012 at 10:42 am

That would be sooo nice. You will meet some amazing people at the conference and be much in demand, so I won’t hold you to anything nor be offended if you can’t make it, promise. I looked at the conference agenda and, wow, you must be salivating!

frogpondsrock July 8, 2012 at 10:49 am

I am very excited about the conference, yes :) What about going out for a meal on the Saturday night somewhere. You choose where. 6.30 or 7pm suits me.

Jebaru July 9, 2012 at 8:55 pm

You’re in my diary! We can email closer to the time. Bottle some of that Tassie air for me :D

inkpuddle July 7, 2012 at 6:31 am

I know nothing about your destination, but am in total envy of your moon shots. Soooo good! (I so need to go find my tripod now….).

frogpondsrock July 7, 2012 at 6:50 pm

I shot them freehand inkpuddle. The tripod is all the way up in the studio so I just breathed out and went snappity snap snap.

amandab July 7, 2012 at 7:30 am

Have only been to Adelaide once, but we walked from the bottom end of town, did the market, checked out a great secondhand/curio shop, did the botanic gardens and visited the gallery and still had time for a spa before heading out to dinner – and we were on foot for all of it! Getting around was easy, and I can’t wait to go again. Was just thinking in the shower now that maybe I will head over next year for the Fringe.

Love that second shot. Want it blown up large on a canvas and hung in my bedroom.

frogpondsrock July 7, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Excellent, thanks Amanda I like an easy town to navigate.

Sarah July 7, 2012 at 6:41 pm

My favorite places to eat (for either lunch or dinner) in Adelaide are:
Thai-in-a-Wok on Hindmarsh square (it does excellent light and fresh thai food and is reasonably priced) and Amalfi’s on Frome Rd – an Italian restaurant.
We ate at the Pancake Parlor recently and were underwhelmed by the experience – I would recommend it only if you get the munchies late at night when all the cafes are closed. You can get good sushi in the food hall below David Jones. Cibo cafes have great gelati and usually make a good espresso. Cocolat in Rundle St is a delicious place to have dessert. I really miss their lamingtons.
It is a pleasant walk along the Torrens to the zoo. The zoo is compact and has some nice walk-in averies where you can sit quietly and do a spot of bird watching. If you are short on time, ignore the pandas and visit monkeys on their island – they are a lot more lively!

frogpondsrock July 7, 2012 at 6:54 pm

I am writing your suggestions down in my diary. Thank you. I enjoy birdwatching so I might have a think about the Zoo, though generally Zoos leave me feeling depressed. and I will make sure to visit Cibo for coffee.

Andrea @ From The Sol July 8, 2012 at 5:51 am

Oh, I know nothing of Australia and your weather. I wish I could hide in your suitcase and come along. It sounds wonderful, but I will be of no help to your questions. I do love your moom pictures. I assume you used a tripod because they are so clear where they are supposed to be clear. Love the focus on the trees that allow the moon to be soft. You are so cool. I love coming to your blog. Hope all is well with you …

Andrea @ From The Sol

frogpondsrock July 8, 2012 at 10:52 am

I didn’t use a tripod Andrea, I rarely use a tripod as I am too impatient to fiddle about setting it up. BUT I am waiting on a monopod to turn up and I will see how that goes, as my new lens is rather heavy and I get the wobbles using it.
Everything is very well with me at the moment, thanks for asking :)

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