|29th October. We left Port Pirie heading to Adelaide, it is a pleasant drive mainly through farmland, the crops look very good and have turned golden, they should be harvested in a few weeks time. Up until now we haven’t seen many large flocks of sheep or herds of cattle, one explanation given was that S.A. has been in drought for a longtime and stock numbers are well down.
We arrived at Adelaide Foreshore Tourist Park which has lovely amenties, is on the beach front, at the moment it is pouring with rain Wayne and Alan got really wet setting up. We are staying here for eight days at the moment but we may extend depending how we feel. The laundry here is brilliant, loads of washing machines, ironing boards and irons (very few do) T.V. and armchairs.
30th October. Decided to have an easy day as the weather last night was terrible it blew a gale all night, very little rain, today it is overcast windy, cold and there are occasional showers. We went into Glenelg and had a look around, we went to the Discovery Museum, which was most interesting, there is a wonderful collection of herdy gerdies plus pioneer history, we spent a good couple of hours browsing.
31st October. We caught the bus into Adelaide with Sue and Alan planning to go to the Rundle Street Markets, which we eventually found (not worth the bother) then we walked to the Botanic Gardens, how beautiful, they have some amazing trees (huge) and the best roses display I have seen in years. One old dear told us that it is the national institute for rose development all in all we had a very enjoyable day (I haven’t walked so far in ages)
1st November. We went in search of a physiotherapist as I’ve been having trouble with my back, knees and ankle and Wayne’s backs been playing up, we managed to find one close by who could see us straight away which was great. Then we went to Harbour Town (far bigger and better than in WA) the amount of shops is huge. I had a well needed hair cut and we were walking through the mall with Sue and Alan and who should we bump into but Lynn Knight who we met on the Star Princess two years ago.
2nd November. An easy day, doing the washing, and then we went to Harbour Town again to do some shopping. We then had a walk along the beach with Sue and Alan before happy hour.
3rd November. We have decided to do three full and one half days tour. Today we took the Victor Harbour tour, we were picked up at 8.10am and returned to the C.P. at 5.30pm a long but very enjoyable day, we travelled through some beautiful country, Adelaide is very hilly, and at the moment because of the recent rains everywhere is lovely and green. Our first stop was at the McLaren Vale Winery and the Almond Train (which is a train carriage set up as a shop selling olive oils, almonds in every form, dukkah etc. All very yummy) then it was on to Victor Harbour a very old town, very vibrant in the days of paddle steamers, we had fish and chips for lunch recommended by the tour guide, then we walked over the causeway to Granite Island, there is a horse pulled tram that goes over but I felt sorry for the horse, so hence the walk. We also had a stop over at Strathalbyn and old world town which has more antique shops than any other in Aust. We had time to brows a couple of really good ones, we also visited a great sweet shop. We arrived back at the CP tired after an enjoyable day.
4rd November. It is to be an easy day today which is just as well I’m feeling a bit down today, I’m tired and find it hard living in such a small space. To this end Wayne and I tried to redo the cupboards to try to make things a bit easier. We decided to go to Westfield Shopping Centre for lunch and to have a look around, it is very much like Carousal Shopping Centre. When we got back we had happy hour with Sue and Alan.
5th November. We were picked up at the C.P. at 8.10am today we are doing the Riverboat, Murray River Tour. Again we travelled through the beautiful hills of Adelaide, through quaint little villages and on to join the riverboat M.V. Expedition, where we were given coffee and cake for morning tea then cruised the Murray River, which is at full water level, as we cruised we were served a very enjoyable lunch of roast turkey, ham on the bone, prawns and various salads followed by platters of fresh fruit. After the cruise we rejoined the coach and toured on to Mannum a town where steam boats were built in the late 1800s As with many parts of the Murray River free punts (type of barge) travel back and forth across the river bringing cars, trucks, people and just about anything. Then on the way back we called into the Toy Factory where the big Rocking Horse is, the factory produces beautiful wooden toys and products. Then we travelled through the beautiful hills and villages on the way back to the C.P.