Chris McCabe – The Travelling Gardener Presentation

                                                     Deferral – Friday September 13th 2021

                                            Chris McCabe – The Travelling Gardener Presentation

Dear Members

You will all be aware of the complexities of event planning in the current Covid19 environment. While the constraints which social distancing and mask wearing for audience and workers remain in place, hovering over us all is the ongoing potential for the virus to move over the border. Sudden cancellation of events is a strong possibility.

Chris McCabe, author of the celebrated Adelaide Hills Gardens – is our guest speaker for Friday 13th September 2021.  In her role as a travel writer Chris has been travelling extensively around South Australia. Sometimes  the communication systems are erratic and our conversations have been fractured by distance and weather conditions.

We finally made contact last week and discussed, in detail, the constraints we were facing and the benefits of deferral to a later date. We also considered how we could turn adversity to advantage.

Our final decision was to defer – probably to September 2022. One of the benefits of deferral is that Chris has been gathering together a some marvellous stories about the extraordinary gardeners she has met in her travels. These stories will form the basis of her presentation next year – introducing a new element into our knowledge of garden history. Watch out for our 2022 Program of Events which is currently being prepared.

With regard to the other events scheduled for 2021, including the highly popular Murder at Christmas – we are maintain a watch and wait approach. If the conditions improve we will go ahead and will keep you all informed.

Meanwhile life in the History Centre is very busy. We are recording donations, building the data-base, preparing new displays, cataloguing our research collection in collaboration with the Library, preparing a commemoration edition of the Flinders Column, making additions to Gateways and updating the website and Facebook, responding to enquiries , expanding the Newspaper Collection and engaging with other organisations – while masked, sanitised and socially distanced as required!

Amazing times!

Warm regards to you all.

Ann Herraman


Mt Lofty Districts Historical Society Inc.

M 0419 816 490