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Monday, April 28, 2008

Fun Monday April 28

Fun Monday was brought to us this week by AOJ @ the
lurchers, pay a visit and read some more fun entries.

Click on photos to enbiggen.

Keen observers will note that there is a little bit of cloud gathering over the roof of the
"Foster Unit" which is located in suburban (as distinct from down-town) Adelaide.

This path which leads up to the unit goes around an ornamental lake and was the planned
route for my "walk" however the weather has taken a turn for the worse so we did a
switch to an indoor site.

As can be seen from this photo taken a couple of days earlier the lake is home to a variety
of water birds and also hosts lots of walkers, at this time of year you could expect there
would be green grass everywhere which would look a lot better, a combination of drought
and extensive beautification program by the council has it looking very bare at present.

We chose as our indoor walk the huge IKEA store in Adelaide, for those who are not
familiar with the name; IKEA are a Swedish Company with a unique marketing policy
which basically says come and shop here its a fun experience.
They specialize in home wares, anything from furniture to towels and curtains, they
have many "rooms" set up with furniture and all the trimmings so you can get a good
idea of how it will look when you take it home, most furniture is European/ Scandinavian
and comes in flat packs for home assembly.

Ikea are very helpful people, they even provide a map of the huge warehouse style building
so you won't get lost.

This walk is clearly indicated by large arrows (we didn't see any Indians though) to
keep you on the straight and not so narrow path.

Along the way there are rest stops with comfortable seating, and television where
one can regain the energy to continue on.

The kids are not forgotten either there are play centres dotted around the place, like
this room full of plastic balls for the youngsters to roll and jump in, (the little blighters
kept coming up though!!!)

I came across this "man sized" glass along the way... capacity 3.5 litres.

Then into a perfect pantry... storage for 180 bottles of wine, now thats a pantry!!!

I saw the light not long after visiting that pantry with that glass!!!

Some customers seemed to seriously miscalculate the capacity of their cars boot (trunk)

As well as all this IKEA have dining and snack areas where they serve cheap and tasty food
in comfortable surroundings, we had Swedish meat balls and chips (fries) and an apple danish
(from Sweden?) all for $20 with a bottomless cup of coffee or soft drink... good value!!!

Hope you enjoyed our walk, we did and Vicki managed it quite well, for those who have been
following her health issues, the medication seems to be gradually kicking in and she is
having a share of good days so we are hoping that her recovery is on the way, we will return
to the farm at Wudinna (read outback SA) this week and hopefully she can settle down there
without too much stress.


kenju said...

I wish I could have done that walk with you, Peter. I have only been to Ikea once, and I'd love to go back! Good to know that Vicki is responding. I know that having you with her helps!

ChrisB said...

I live quite close to an Ikea and it takes ages to walk around. I wonder what the actual distance is~ probably not as much as one imagines when you are walking around!

IamwhoIam said...

Thanks for playing love that man size glass, for that one drink

Big Dave T said...

What I like about IKEA are the colors painted on the outside of the store--maize' n blue, just like the colors of my favorite team, University of Michigan.

I also enjoy their cheap breakfasts.

swampy said...

Love Love Love IKEA. Just wish there was one closer than 4 hours from my house...that would be quite a hike for me.
Enjoyed the pics.
Haven't been able to visit any blogs for about 10 days.
How is Vicki?

Pamela said...

everyone talks about IKEA. The only problem is - I don't like to spend money.

But I would certainly walk along and spend yours.

Alison said...

Can you believe that I have never been to IKEA and there is one about 20 minutes from me?? Your post has intrigued me though, a visit maybe in the future. Glad to see you back to FM, you have been missed. I just got caught up on your posts, you and Vicki have been in my thoughts and I am glad she is doing well.

Merle said...

Hi Peter ~~ Great post and pics. I hope you didn't wear Vicki out with
all that walking. Sounds like a great place to visit. I am so glad that the medication seems to be working and hope that continues to be the case.
Love to you both, Merle.

Jacqui said...

We'll have to have that argument some other time.

Ikea is a great place, there is a new one in Perth which opened while we have been away, so hope to get there soon.

Check out my blog, and see if you know where the pics were taken.

Hootin' Anni said...

I'll go with you!!! Wait for me!!!

My Fun Monday is walking along the beaches, with a few pictures of the views. Drop by if you can.

Dave said...

Hi Peter,

We have an IKEA about 60km from my home, and we love going there to see all the cool stuff, and for the wonderful long walk.. *chuckling*
I'm eyeing that wine rack in the pantry... and I think I need to take another visit!!

Jeanette said...

Enjoyed the walk Peter, But not my kinda store all to modern for my taste or was when Alan and I went through Ikea a few years ago.
So pleased Vicki's medication is starting to Kick in and hope she can get some rest when she gets back to the farm. My love to all Jan xxxxx

Aoj & The Lurchers said...

I can't tell you how many times I have got lost in IKEA!!

Jack K. said...

Glad to know Vicki is on the mend. With all the support your wonderful family has given her she will be right as rain very soon.

Our youngest daughter swears by IKEA. We have yet to set foot in any of the stores. Perhaps on our next visit we will.

I liked the wine rack. I just hope it is kept in a very cool room. Nothing worse than heat and oxygen to make wine go bad. It is also an interesting idea to have a wine glass of sufficient capacity. That is another way to insure the wine won't spoil. giggle, giggle, snerx.

Have a safe trip back home.

Our best to Vicki and the family. The Reiki energy is coming your way on a daily basis.

ellen b said...

Ha! Now that's another kind of walk I can sink my teeth into...
Very fun...

Greyhound Gap Official News Blogger said...

Thank you this made me laugh. I am another one who has never entered into an Ikea I thought I was the only one.
Now I have an insight into what im missing I think lol

Karmyn R said...

Now I can say I've been in a IKEA.

They built a new one in Portland (70 miles North of where I live). Everyone around here, but me, I think, has been up there to visit.

LZ Blogger said...

Peter. I enjoyed the walk... but now I need a rest! Glad to see the picture of Vicki too. I really miss IKEA stores. The closest one we have to us is in Minneapolis, Minnesota (which isn't very close). We used to have two of them in Orange County California that were both less than 10 miles fron us. FUN Stores! ~ jb///

Jan said...

I haven't been to an Ikea in years, there's none close by since we retired. Thanks for the tour, what a great Plan B.

the planet of janet said...

now THAT's a walk!!!!

i'm all over this one!

OldHorsetailSnake said...

I am so pleased Vicki was able to make the rounds with you. Hot damn.

Cliff said...

Peter, so glad to see and hear of Vicki on the mend. Hope that continues for her. And YOU.
I loved the tour of IKEA. I know they are here in this country but none where I've been. I know the women in this country go ga-ga over them.

Junebug said...

Keep up the good recovery Vicki. I pray for strength for your body and immune system and for all things working together for good. Get some lovely rest.

Walker said...

The Ikea here is the same way. Its an adventure walking through there and seeing the things they create.

Muzik said...

Arrows...I wish I had more arrows sometimes.
I've never been to Ikea - maybe I should try to get there - I had no idea it was such a big deal.

Merle said...

Hi again Peter ~~ Nice to hear from you again and glad you and Vicki are safely back at Wudinna. I hope the medication continues to help Vick
have many more good days. Take care
Love, Merle.

Marti said...

Great pictures - thanks for sharing!

Sure have missed you, been so darned busy. Best wishes for a wonderful day!

Rachel said...

Peter, I'm so glad to hear that Vicki is feeling better!! I do hope and pray that it continues.

I have never been to an IKEA. Sounds like a great store and as Cliff said, I might go ga-ga over it!! LOL

karisma said...

LOL! One of the things I remember about the Ikea walks is that you have to finish them! Well the one in Sydney used to have no exits till you followed the whole path! We thought it was hilarious! Great marketing skills. Surely if you don't buy something at the first stretch you will at least stop to eat or buy something just so you can get out!

Jo Beaufoix said...

I missed this somehow Peter. Now that was a fun indoor walk, I do like Ikea. And I hope your daughter is doing well.