Comfortable winter pursuits all round

A few weeks’ ago, Port Lincoln art teacher Jill Pantiyasa, conducted a workshop at Nyroca for a group of budding artists – all women. The main dining hall at the camp was transformed for the weekend while the participants worked on their abstract paintings with considerable flair. Jill was supported in her efforts by another well known local artist, Geraldine Krieg.

Many residents of the lower Eyre Peninsula choose to migrate to warmer climes, to escape the cold and wet weather.  For those of us who prefer to stay, by way of choice or necessity,  find other comforts such as relaxing in a comfortable chair and reading a good book by the fireside – one of the more intelligent pursuits known to mankind.

While the intense winter we are experiencing, has diminished a lot of outside activities, nonetheless the countryside looks magnificent, and the golden wattles are beginning to flower, rainwater tanks are filling and one would hope that the excess rainwater is making its way into the groundwater system.

Despite the cold weather, there are still a few travellers moving in and around the Lower Eyre Peninsula, and it’s always a pleasure when they choose to stay at Nyroca. Not only does it provide a bit of company for me, but it’s so interesting to hear their life stories and how they came to be ‘on the road’. One such couple was Jason, an accountant and Lauren, a pastrycook, both from San Francisco, planning to spend two years in Australia, and qualifying for their second year by working in agriculture such as picking fruit and pruning grape vines. We had a great discussion about the American electoral system and the likely outcome of the forthcoming presidential race.

Old friends Laurie and Marion Gray from Kerang in Victoria, paid a visit the other day. Laurie was a baker for years, and they had just left the old ghost town of Farina in the Far North, where Laurie and Marion had been working as part of a team restoring the old ruins. An underground wood-fired oven was restored and Laurie and Marion spend time each year turning it into a workable bakery. Last year they told me the bakery made something like $75,000 in sales to tourists visiting the town, the profits being churned back into the restoration appeal.

Many residents of the lower Eyre Peninsula chose to migrate to the north of Australia for the winter to escape the cold and wet weather.  For those of us who chose to stay, while concentrating on staying warm and dry,


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