Adelaide Adventures…Part 1…

So what did I get up to in Adelaide aside from attending the Main Event Inspired Stitches?  Well, on the Friday Adelaide put on the most awesome day weather wise…20 degrees (celcius), bright blue skies, sunshine…simply magic.  I set off from Glenelg to tick as many things off my list of “local to Adelaide bloggy pals” suggestions as I could in one day.  First stop a tour of the Haigh’s Factory…

YUM!…I LOVE Haigh’s chocolates…there is a shop in Melbourne in the Block Aracade and when I worked in the City I would pop in for a chocolate frog or a bag of chocolatey goodness.  Isn’t their vintage vehicle just fabulous…

Inside for the 20 minute free tour…a history lesson of the company and a look through the windows into the factory.  I found it interesting and they give out samples!!   The factory is still on the original site of the family home of this 3rd/4th generation family owned and operated company.  It was so busy in the shop that it wasn’t possible to get photos that didn’t look like a crowd scene and as it was hot in the car I didn’t buy any chocolate at that visit.  Yes, that means there was a second visit – darn shame 🙂  Tuesday on the way home I went back to pick up souvenirs…and timed it perfectly for photo taking…which lasted just long enough to get a couple of shots before the shop started to fill up with customers again…

An Aladdin’s Cave of Chocolate…

Tempting chocolatey treasures…

From Haigh’s I took myself out to Hindmarsh and Hettie’s Patch

and more treasures…the patchwork and quilting kind…greeted me as I opened the door…

and it continued on…two shops and what I assume was originally a residence made into one lovely big shop…I was told it was a quilty heaven and it sure is.

It was such a nice day and I was on the Port Road anyway so I figured what was to lose by continuing down to Semaphore Beach…perfect for lunch by the sea…Adelaide has lovely coastal areas…I walked up and down the shopping strip, checked out all the cafes and decided that as I was at the beach I had to have fish and chips…and I learnt how to speak South Australian while I was at it…potato cakes (potato scallops in NSW & QLD) in SA are potato fritters!!

I then found my way into the City (not exactly hard) and North Terrace.  The car park lead through a major department store out into Rundle Mall – how perfect!   I had a lovely time walking around the Mall looking in the various shops and making my way down to Beehive Corner…such a beautiful building (and the site of the original and still in existence Haigh’s shop).  It was pretty busy at that time on a Friday afternoon and I couldn’t get a clear photo so I gave up trying.  Then up North Terrace looking at the beautiful buildings along the way.  I had intended to return on Monday for a better look and a walk around the Botanical Gardens but the weather was so unpleasant that I had a change of plans.  Next time.

I had covered a lot of ground and quite a few kilometres and it was only 3:30pm!!! I couldn’t believe it…if I had tried to do the equivalent in one day in Melbourne it would be dark by now!!  Mrs K had anticipated her arrival at Westminster College at Marion for the accommodation key collection at 4:00-4;30 and I was getting a bit weary so I figured I’d just drive out to the school and met her.  Even with a bumper to bumper traffic jam that only took me 25 minutes.  I love Adelaide…easy to move around, the drivers don’t tailgate, they are courteous and wait their turn…while I was in said bumper to bumper traffic jam I had a good squiz at the shop windows on Unley Road without the need to find a car park *LOL*…

Friday night I went back out to Glenelg to meet my cousin and we caught the tram into the City to the Adelaide Central Market…my oh my oh my…awesome!…loved it…fruits, vegies, smallgoods, bread, cakes, fish, meats, cheeses, spices, you name it,  there was a whole stall devoted just to mushrooms and truffles some of which looked very exotic…stalls that specialised in one product…the most we bought was a coffee…

but it was fun to look around at all the possibilities.

The next two days were spent at Inspired Stitches stitching, chatting, eating, drinking cuppas, shopping and just generally having a wonderful time…

There was more sightseeing on Monday & Tuesday…back with those adventures next time…

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