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September 2012

Day 136 - Tuesday 18 September 2012

Adelaide

After an early lunch we drove down to Glenelg for a walk around the marinas and the shopping strip. We parked near the replica of HMS Buffalo that is moored on Lake Patalonga. HMS Buffalo is an exact replica of the vessel that brought free settlers to Adelaide in 1836. It is moored in Patawolonga Lake and is used as a floating restaurant. Patawalonga Lake is a man-made lake approximately 1.6 kms long that has barage gates at each end to let water in at high tide at Glenelg, and let water out at the northern end of the lake at low tide. While the flow of water keeps the water from getting stagnanat it was not clear to us how the boats get in and out.

Di at Patawalonga Lake

Di at Patawalonga Lake

HMS Buffalo replica of ship that brought free settlers to Adelaide in 1836

HMS Buffalo replica of ship that brought free settlers to Adelaide in 1836

Gates controlling water levels in Patawalonga Lake

Gates controlling water levels in Patawalonga Lake

Glenelg Marina

Glenelg Marina

Glenelg Marina again

Glenelg Marina again

Glenelg tram terminus

Glenelg tram terminus

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Day 135 - Monday 17 September 2012

Adelaide

We spent most of the morning washing and cleaning the Navara and the caravan to remove the red dust and accumulated dirt that we had picked up at Marla when we were diverted onto a 12 km dirt track detour around a fatal accident. Once again they both look as good as new - I wonder how long that will last this time!

After lunch we went to Woolies for a few groceries to keep us going until we get to Melbourne at the weekend, and we also filled up with diesel at the woolies fuel outlet and collected our 4 cents per litre discount.

No Photos today.

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Day 134 - Sunday 16 September 2012

Adelaide

After an early lunch we headed to Port Adelaide for the Fisherman's Wharf Market which takes up two levels in a very large wharf shed. The stalls are a mixture of second hand clothes, books, tools, jewellery, collectables and bricabrac. David doesn't think that he has ever seen so much junk under one roof before. Outside the wharf building we wandered around a number of the Maritime Museum exhibits including the steam tug Yelta and the sailing ship One & All, before having a coffee and a Devonshire Tea of mini pancakes.

Port Adelaide's Fisherman's Wharf Market

Port Adelaide's Fisherman's Wharf Market

Market stalls inside the wharf shed

Market stalls inside the wharf shed

Port Adelaide Lighthouse

Port Adelaide Lighthouse

Yelta - Australia's last steam powered tug

Yelta - Australia's last steam powered tug

The One and All

The One and All

The One and All from the stern

The One and All from the stern

Back at the car we realised that we were not far from Semaphore so we drove over for a walk around the foreshore area and the jetty. The Semaphore time ball tower was built in 1857 to enable shipping at anchor to check the accuracy of their chronometers. At 12:57 pm each day the time ball was hoisted to the top of the masthead and dropped precisely at 1:00 pm.

Ominous clouds over Semaphore

Ominous clouds over Semaphore

The Semaphore tower at Semaphore from the jetty

The Semaphore tower at Semaphore from the jetty

Di feeling the cold breeze

Di feeling the cold breeze

After a walk around the Semaphore foreshore and the jetty we drove down to Glenelg but decided that we will come back on the tram another day to explore the area.

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Day 133 - Saturday 15 September 2012

Adelaide

This morning we went to the local Post Office again to pick up our mail and were successful at the third try! Then on to the Westfield Tea Tree Plaza at Tea Tree Gully in the north eastern suburbs of Adelaide - a very large shopping centre about 10 kms from the caravan park. After a bit of shopping - shoes and clothes for Di and a book for David (he has now finished the Stieg Larsson Millenium Trilogy), we decided to have a coffee and a sandwich for lunch then continue on to the Barossa Valley wine district. As we drove towards the Barossa Valley we passed through an area with large areas of brilliant yellow canola flowers.

A splash of canola in the Barossa Valley

A splash of canola in the Barossa Valley

We stopped at the Tanunda Information Centre for some tourist info and found out that if we hurried we would just make the cooking demonstation at Maggie Beer's Kitchen in Nuriootpa. After the cooking demonstration we sampled some of the food that had been cooked, roasted onion wedges dressed with Vino Cotto, roasted baby carrots deglazed with verjuice, and mushrooms sauteed in nut-brown butter and deglazed with verjuice. On the kitchen wall there is a large painting of Maggie Beer and Simon Bryant (from ABC's The Cook and The Chef) painted by Barry McCann for the 2008 Archibald Prize. The painting was one of 40 finalists that year. Back in the shop we sampled some of the jams and chutneys before buying some of the produce.

Cooking demonstration at Maggie Beer's Kitchen

Cooking demonstration at Maggie Beer's Kitchen

Di making something out of nothing

Di making something out of nothing

Painting of Maggie and Simon in the kitchen

Painting of Maggie and Simon in the kitchen

Di at Maggie Beer's Farm Shop

Di at Maggie Beer's Farm Shop

After leaving Maggie Beer's Farm Shop we headed back to Tanunda and the Peter Lehman Winery for some red wine tasting. The Cellar Door was well patronised and we sampled a few of their excellent red wines. We decided to buy a few wines and bought two each of the 2010 Layers Red, the 2010 Portrait Shiraz and the 2008 Futures Shiraz. We also joined up as Futures Members to get an instant discount on our puchases. We returned to the caravan park via Lyndoch and Gawler.

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Day 132 - Friday 14 September 2012

Adelaide

This morning we walked to the local shops at Walkerville for a paper and a coffee - we had almost got out of the habit of a morning walk! Back at the caravan park we had an early lunch before heading for Hahndorf and the Adelaide hills. The maximum temperature for Adelaide today was 14 degrees and a cool breeze, but at Hahndorf it was 12 degrees with a cold breeze. Di thought it was too much like home and wanted to return to the warmth of northern climes - it was 37 degrees in Kununurra today. On the way up to Hahndorf we stopped at the Mount Lofty Lookout for a photo but Adelaide was very hazy in the distance.

Di at the Mount Lofty Lookout

Di at the Mount Lofty Lookout

Adelaide in the distance

Adelaide in the distance

When we got to Hahndorf we visited the Visitor Information Centre which is co-located with the local museum and the Heysen gallery. The museum has an interesting display dealing with Hahndorf's German heritage and history since its settlement in 1839 by Prussian settlers fleeing religious persecution in Eastern Europe. After the museum we had a walk around Hahndorf and checked out some of the souvenir shops before going into the Fudge shop. Di bought some fudge for the grandchildren, but I don't think that it is likely to make it home!

The Hahndorf Inn

The Hahndorf Inn

The blue heeler needed help to round up the sheep

The blue heeler needed help to round up the sheep

Traditional fachwerk house from 1847

Traditional fachwerk house from 1847

Back in the Navara we decide to do the tourist thing and drove back to Adelaide via Balhannah, Woodside, Lobethal and Gumeracha. The countryside was very green and the rolling hills are reminiscent of Tassie. We are starting to look forward to returning home and Michelle must have been feeling the vibes as she had been over to our house to check on the garden and sent us a couple of photos.

Dairy cattle in the Adelaide hills

Dairy cattle in the Adelaide hills

Front garden at our home

Front garden at our home

Good crop of lemons on a one year old tree at home

Good crop of lemons on a one year old tree at home

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