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Published November 7th 2022
Breakfast, Butterflies, Buildings and Birds
I have just eaten a wonderful breakfast at Fare and Square on Wellington Square and I'm making my way down Barnard Street, enjoying some of the lovely gardens and architecture in this rather affluent corner of North Adelaide.
I stop by a lovely pair of semi-detached villas (circa 1880) and peer into the garden at the glorious display of roses, which are providing food for Honeybees and a micro habitat for Ladybugs and Lynx Spiders. Near the paving on the edge of a garden bed, a lone Starling has found some grubs and a couple of Willie Wagtails are hawking for insects over the lawns.
Further down the road, I come across another architecturally significant building, a symmetrical, two-story bluestone home. Many of the buildings along Barnard Street have blue, oval plaques denoting historical significance and provide information about the style, era and sometimes past owners.
Barnard Street ends at the North Adelaide Golf Course, where it morphs into Mills Street and follows the parklands. There are numerous Bottle Brush trees around this juncture and I can see and hear New Holland Honeyeaters, Red Wattlebirds and Musk Lorikeets foraging amongst the foliage and flowers but they are all too wary for a clear shot.
Crossing the street, I stroll back up Barnard towards Wellington Square, passing a chapel that is part of Calvary Hospital. A short distance from the chapel, there is a rather unusual Georgian-styled home built for Darian Smith, a renowned Adelaide photographer in the 1930s. Nearby, I peer into yet another lovely garden and come across an unusual white and patterned butterfly that I have not encountered before. Later research revels it to be a Caper White.
Wellington Square comprises well-spaced old trees, grassed areas and a few garden beds. There appear to be resident groups of competing Australian Magpies and Noisy Miners in the area. At the moment, there is a truce of sorts as adult magpies are feeding their young on the ground and the miners are tending to their fledged chicks in the trees. Some of the trees are blossoming (apology…unsure of the species) and both Rainbow and Musk Lorikeets are feeding on the flowers.
I leave the birds to their feuding and feeding and reward myself with a visit to The Wellington Hotel for a drink and an early lunch. My walk around this lovely part of North Adelaide has been quite rewarding and again demonstrates how much wildlife resides in our urban zones.
Additional notes This is an easy walk which is quite suitable for families and seniors with parking and other facilities nearby. It is dog friendly.