It's Stage 3 of the Tour Down Under today & it's the biggest day of the year for our little village. The race starts in lovely Unley (our old neighbourhood for 16 years),winds its way south along the coast, through the McLaren Vale wine area, up into the Hills via Meadows & Echunga & finishes here at the Stirling Oval. But not before Lance & the boys ride up gorgeous leafy Avenue Road, just at the end of our street twice on their final laps. All very exciting, but as I'm not a fan of the Deadlie Treadlies, elderly men in one size too small lycra shorts who should know better or crowds (an estimated additional 60,000 people all crammed into the main street today), it might be a good day to make an early exit down into the City & reappear about dinner time. For those of you interested in seeing the boys riding in the spectacular Adelaide Hills, go here for live feeds.
Life in the little village of Stirling in the hills above Adelaide in South Australia is just about as good as it gets! Enjoying a cool climate and 'hill-station' feel, Stirling is well-known for its 19th-century stone villas set on large grounds dense with roses, camellias, rhododendrons and huge old Oaks.
With 3 sons, 2 grandchildren & my work in a scientific business dominated by yes, more men, The Laurel Hedge was born out of my sheer desperation for something the boys just don't get & never will!
'No matter what happens, somebody will find a way to take it all too seriously.'
15 years of renovating was over - we'd just completed everything & were really enjoying our lovely old Victorian villa in the Eastern suburbs of Adelaide. However we'd always had a fondness for the country life & without warning we found ourselves transported by alien beings disguised as Real Estate Agents to a house on 1/2 acre of wild, rambling gardens in Stirling!
The house is circa 1972 & with all the 70's features. Open-faced brown brick walls, raked ceilings, exposed beams, split levels - totally yuk! However, it's inherent design is great & the location amazing - tucked behind a wonderful old laurel hedge in a quiet country lane in the heart of gorgeous Stirling.