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Jan 15, 2016 - Hahndorf

Finally the weather got itself sorted & it was a beautiful sunny day – a little breezy but not too hot & it was actually quite chilly overnight up in these hills. I took a short drive to the summit of Mount Lofty where there’s a fantastic view over Adelaide. I did a short bush walk then meandered towards Hahndorf along back roads finding lots of interesting little towns along the way. Most of these towns were also founded by German immigrants but, at the start of WW1, the government forced them all to change from their German to English...

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Jan 14, 2016 - Hahndorf

A busy day. First was a long-overdue haircut at 9:30 then a visit to artist Hans Heysen’s house “The Cedars”. Hans,with his wife & 8 children lived in Hahndorf from 1908 until his death in 1968 at the age of 90. I caught a guided tour of the house & studio which is still owned by the Heysen family & used by them for family occasions although no one lives there permanently. The house & studio were both packed with original paintings by Hans, many of which were painted specifically for the places they still occupy. There is also a large...

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Jan 13, 2016 - Hahndorf

I got quite an early start this morning. For some unknown reason, Alexander decided to wake me up at 6:30. I think there were a flock of ducks around which stirred him up. It was forecast to be hot again so I closed up the caravan, turned the air-con on for Alexander then took off for the bright lights of Adelaide which are only about 25 minutes away by freeway down a very steep hill. I was looking for something to commemorate a special wedding anniversary which is coming up on Friday so went to several jewellers recommended by my niece...

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Jan 12, 2016 - Hahndorf

One of the reasons I came this way, in fact, one of the reasons I came on this trip was to get the auxiliary power-pack in my car repaired. It’s a special brand & the only place to get it fixed is the manufacturer which is at Mount Barker, about 10 km down the road from here. I had a few things to take care of this morning, like laundry & contacting Vivian because the US Social Security has decided to stop my payments again because I’m not legally present in the US. They’ve done this before & it’s just a hassle to sort them out. After my...

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Jan 11, 2016 - Victor Harbour to Hahndorf

I had to wait until 11:00am to get my mail but I finally have it which is a relief after so many delays. It’s less than 80 km to Hahndorf so only took about an hour without too much climbing through the Mount Lofty Ranges. Quite warm this afternoon & there’s not much shade at the Hahndorf Resort so I fired up the air-con while I went through the mail then watched some tennis.

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Aug 11, 2014 - Spottiswoode

I was kindly given permission to photograph grandpa's old house Spottiswoode by the new owner Robert fox. The house was in our family since the original 20 acre block was given as a dowry present in 1878, and the house was then built about 1886. Lizzie Smith lived there her whole life and then she bequeathed it to her nephew Wilmot, who was my mum's dad These days rob lives there with his 3 kids and the house has a lovely lived in feel. I had only requested permission to photograph the outside of the house but rob insisted on showing my...

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Aug 6, 2014 - Adelaide hills

The Adelaide hills are very scenic. I had a lovely day wandering around Hahndorf with panda on a lead. I had a sensational morning tea at the cutest cafe with cow hide chairs. Warm fudge brownie, crunchy on the outside, gooey in the middle with double cream and strawberries. And a cappuccino with melted Belgian chocolate around the rim of the mug. I made such a mess. And I didn't need lunch! History of Hahndorf Hahndorf was zoned as a state heritage area in 1988 by the Government of South Australia and acknowledged as Australia’s oldest...

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Jul 26, 2013 - Hahndorf

Last time we visited Hahndorf was in 2004, when Terry and I were both working and time was limited. The difference we noticed was there are more ethnic restaurants. When we were here earlier there was only German restaurants. But time changes and I suppose everyone has to go with it. Hahndorf is classified as Australia's oldest surviving German settlement and each year thousands of people, young and old, enjoy its charm and the hospitality. Hahndorf is the jewel of the Adelaide Hills and one of South Australia's most popular towns. A mere...

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Travelling Gypsies

May 20, 2012 - Hahndorf

Had a very pleasant "Happy 2 Hour" with Frank & Lee from Bunbury last night. They pulled in behind us at Nuriootpa. Very nice couple who are travelling around SA and then back up the centre to Darwin, then home again via the west coast. T'Ann, when we left Nuriootpa this morning the odometer read 86347kms. Can't believe Di was up and going this am so early. It WAS COLD!!! But you do what you gotta do. While she had the heater on inside and packing up, I was outside in trackydacks, uggboots, tshirt, shirt, jumper, doing my bit. As early as...

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Sep 28, 2011 - Day Three - Adelaide Hills

Last night was a wet and cool night but the little heater we have worked a trooper and kept the chill at bay most of the night. We hit Tanunda Bakery for breakfast to have the famous South Australian Kitchener Bun, it went so well after the most amazing sausage roll we have had and rinsed down nicely with a decent strong ice coffee. Certainly not a healthy breakfast but so worth it!!! For those who do not know, a kitchener bun is similar to a cream donut. We drove through miserable weather to the Giant Rocking Horse and Wooden Toy Factory....

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Jan 18, 2009 - Hahndorf, Strawberries and the Big Rocking Horse

We slept in and then went into Hahndorf around 9.30am. As most shops were still to open we decided to have an early brunch!!! We chose Chocolate at No5 as it seemed like my kind of place!!! We ordered an iced coffee for Sean, an iced chocolate for Sara, a chocolate icecream creation for Liam, Miranda and Rhiannon wanted the chocolate mousse and I was happy to just have waffles with belgian chocolate sauce, icecream and strawberries with a mocha. Needless to say I was in heaven!!!! The kids loved it .... I also bought some chocolate made in...

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Jan 23, 2008 - Berri to Hahndorf

Berri to Hahndorf Our journey to Hahndorf was terrific. We were able to get some great film footage of the Murray on the way and enjoyed crossing it on the ferry at Walker Flat. The road finally leaves the river and climbs up into the Adelaide Hills region, which is by far the most picturesque part of South Australia. The Murray passes through some great scenery from gorges to flood plains and the banks, in parts, are covered with rich green foliage whilst either side, the land 100 metres from its banks, in contrast, are barren and dry. We...

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