We loved having Maggie around for many reasons. Most of all she was a kind heart with a good work ethic. She had amazing talents that she spread all over the property and she was a kind of mother figure for the rest of us. She made sure we ate properly and took care of business. One of the more shallow reasons we enjoyed having Maggie around is because she had her own car. The combination of Maggie's cool car and kind heart equaled something wonderful. Day trips.
For the first time in six weeks I had an opportunity to see other attractions on the island. One day after working all morning, Pierre, Maggie and I took a field trip up the road. First we stopped at the Island Pure Dairy Farm. We were too late for the tour but we did get to see lots of sheep and we bought some of their homemade cheese to have with our dinner in the future.
After the sheep farm we continued north until we saw a sign that made me cry out in desparation. Shep's Art Studio. This was a cool stop just outside of Kingscote. It was there that I found inspiration to keep painting. Shep was a local who passed away in 2015. His wife was now in charge of the studio and though appointments are recommended, she gladly welcomed a random drop-in from three volunteers. The best part about this studio was that we actually got to see where Shep used to paint. That is not something gallery's usually share with the public.
Shep's style was a little all over the place. He had some interesting abstract pieces but my favorite was the whimsical landscapes of Kangaroo Island. He really brought the beauty of the island to life in his pieces. One painting was a blue field full of crops and old farm machinery. Hanging right next to it was a picture of a beach with beautiful pink waves splashing about. It was a great observation of the diversity the island has to offer.
After lusting over his work and coming to the sad conclusion that I couldn't afford even a print, we got back in Maggie's car and headed towards Kingscote. It was there that we realized we were just in time for the famous pelican feeding show. I had heard about this by many cafe customers but never seemed interested by it. Now that I was in the moment and had the chance to go I was excited to see it for myself.
Pelican feeding was way cooler than I ever expected. We were right up close and personal with the birds and the guy doing the show was super personal throughout the whole thing. It was all very humble. It was as if we had just happened to find a guy feeding pelicans and he just happened to be explaining the process to some other people passing by.
It was amazing getting to see the pelicans up so close. They were huge! Above them flew tons of smaller seagulls, trying to get the fish out of the guy's hands before the pelicans. We learned a lot about pelicans and I had a wonderful time watching and taking pictures.
We all took turns going on trips with Maggie. A few days later her and Pierre went to a beach on the north coast and a few days after that her and Matthew took a trip to Hanson Bay. They left early in the morning so they could be back for the afternoon shifts at the cafe. When they got back they were so happy with their trip that Maggie offered to go back again that very evening with me as her companion. A lady had told them the beach was even more beautiful at sunset and Maggie wanted to be there to find out. I agreed to the adventure and we left around four o'clock that afternoon.
The beach was breathtaking. The sunset made it even more breathtaking. Maggie and I climbed all over the beach taking pictures. We marvelled at the fast changing colors of the sky and watched in amazement as the waves seemed to get bigger and bigger. I took lots of pictures and Maggie took pictures of me taking pictures. We didn't want to leave but eventually it got cold and dark and so we had to. Needless to say, Maggie made us mobile and for that we were grateful.