Four seasons offer welcome changes
The distinct weather pattern of four seasons that we enjoy in South Australia, in my view is something we take for granted. A couple of weeks’ ago, some caravaners from Hervey Bay in Queensland stayed at Nyroca Camp. They complained to me about how dry the countryside appeared in these parts of SA. I trotted out the old response that we live in the driest state in the driest continent. I also said there was a certain beauty in the dryness, and I could see that they were sceptical about that – but it made me think about the poor people of Hervey Bay and elsewhere in the northern regions, where the weather is decidedly either wet or dry. The added benefit of course from our Mediterranean climate is that we do not experience events such as Cyclone Debbie.
As we come to the end of summer and experience the autumnal equinox on 20 March, (when day and night are equal), the days become cooler and the nights are noticeably calmer, thoughts extend to the coming of winter and the necessity of stockpiling firewood. With the first break in the season the countryside takes on a fresh, green appearance and visitors from Hervey Bay would be astonished. And just as some of us find the long summer tiresome towards the end, so do we look towards the end of winter. But each distinct season is really short-lived and before you know it the Grand Final is over and Johnnies’ Pageant is looming!
The bore water upon which I rely at Nyroca for the vegetable garden has sadly become saltier over recent years. The summer vegetables this year have been a disaster. Stunted growth and then dying of the leaves follows, not only the tomatoes and cucumbers and melons but two young lemon trees. And there is very little one can do about it. The salt concentration is 3400 per 1million units, the level of which I am told is too high for vegetables and likely to cause diarrhoea in poultry.
Nyroca has been busy with school camps over recent weeks, including Ceduna, Port Lincoln High, Streaky Bay and St. Joseph’s. The schools utilise the environment of the campsite for various activities, for example, by way of working and playing together in teams and setting objectives, as well as helping to cook meals (and the necessary completing of washing dishes and tidying rooms etc). It’s great to see so many young people coming to Nyroca and using the place for exactly what its purpose is.