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Adelaide Adventures…Part 2…

After the awesome blue sky and sunshine day the Friday in Adelaide, the Monday was the absolute and complete opposite! After packing up and moving out of the Inspired Stitches accommodation, waving goodbye to Mrs K & Mrs G for their respective trips back to Melbourne, how to fill in the day before returning to Glenelg in the evening?  My plan was spending the day in the City, taking a better look around the CBD, visiting the Botanical Gardens, maybe the Pandas at the zoo, whatever else took my fancy but it was definitely not a wandering around outdoors in the city kind of morning.  I rejigged the tourist plans in my head to go to Hahndorf and as I had all day, include a sightseeing drive around the general Adelaide Hills area.  Climbing higher into the hills the grey skies gave way to being immersed in the clouds….mmmm, not exactly conducive to sightseeing…I reached Mt Lofty National Park but there was no point in visiting the park or going up to the Summit when visibility was about 10 feet, so I continued on to Hahndorf.  While visiting the Beerenberg Farm shop it started to rain…well it started to pelt down really…and that set the scene for the next few hours…not only did it rain while I was having lunch in a German cafe in Hahndorf  it also hailed…twice…I got back to find Larry cold and wet…and almost marooned! not to mention still with hail on his windscreen, it was so cold it just didn’t bother to melt away…

 

I took a drive along the Onkaparinga Valley Road passing lots of water flowing fast in water courses, even having to drive through small sections of localised flooding on the road a couple of times, making my way to Woodside where Melba’s Chocolate Factory and Woodside Cheese Wrights share the historic Woodside Farmers Union Factory site.   A yummy souvenier of each visit duly purchased and with plenty of day left, I continued wandering up the road, the twists and turns taking me through Lobethal and out to Gumeracha where The Toy Factory has all sorts of wooden toys, games and other items and the world’s biggest rocking horse.

 

Enough of driving around in the rain! I wound my way back down to Adelaide, skirting the City via North Adelaide. The rain had started to clear by now so I was able to check out some of the beautiful buildings along the terraces while making my way back to Hindmarsh for a second visit to Hettie’s Patch to buy the fabric I had finally made a colour decision on.  Of course now that the weather has cleared a bit I’m driving and can’t take photos, mph!

Meeting my cousin back in Glenelg we decided on Mexican for tea.  Yummo!  I didn’t take either the camera or my phone…stupidly as we had the most amazing magaritas, raspberry for me, coconut for cousin…and I discovered something…margaritas are yum!  Yes, yes, the rest of the world already knows this but I don’t drink as I usually have to drive.  The chances of me being out and not having to get behind the wheel afterwards are rare but we had walked around to the restaurant so a margarita and a yummy yummy plate of mexican food for my last night of the trip…all good!

The last night in Adelaide….boo hoo…the drive back to reality the next morning…

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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…

Westward Ho…

Thursday I set off for Adelaide to attend a stitchy event, Inspired Stitches, this weekend.  It was perfect travelling weather, clear blue skies, high teen-twenty temperatures, a really lovely winter’s day.   After a billy boil break at St Arnaud I made it to Warracknabeal in time for lunch.  Jindi had to stay home this trip but I did manage to find a kelpie in Warracknabeal…

Job Done!

I had a lovely visit to the local patchwork shop and picked up a sandwich for lunch before moving on.  The next town along is Dimboola and Swans Bear set up for a cuppa…

There was a flood marker behind this picnic table showing the January flood level…this was all under water then…

Swans Bear checked out the water level now…what a difference!…

Back on the road and at Tintinara we found a couple of kelpies hard at work…Swans Bear thought they needed a hand…

After boiling the kettle for a final cuppa it was back on the road and into Adelaide…

A day of sightseeing scheduled for Friday before spending the weekend with needle and thread…

Up a Mountain – Wallace Hut…

Part 3 of Up a Mountain, I sort of forgot to finish this up…oops!

…The last place we stopped for a visit was called Wallace Hut…again, no dogs allowed as it is also part of the Alpine National Park so I waited with Larry – again!…

The Humans walked in from the car park to the hut…

The frame against the chimney is temporary..the history of the hut is on a Parks Victoria information board:

“Handmade in 1889 from snowgum slabs and roofed with woollybutt shingles, Wallace Hut has survived the extremes of the Victorian high country.

With simple tools (most likely a broadaxe, crossed saw and an adze), brothers Arthur, William and Stewart Wallace built the hut with timber found nearby.

The Wallace family grazed their cattle on the Bogong High Plains between 1869 and 1914.

Each year they would drive the stock up for four days to reach the summer feed.

The hut provided welcome shelter for the graziers after a long day in the saddle.”

The Human had a good look at the hut and the views from around the hut area…

I checked out the view from the car park…*sigh*…

Woofs and tail wags…Jindi…

Up a Mountain – Fainter Falls…

After we left Bogong Village we were driving along up the mountain and there was a sign for Fainter Falls and the Humans thought that sounded like a nice place to visit so we stopped for a look.  My Human went to read the sign to see how far in the walk was and there on the sign was a notice that dogs weren’t allowed so I had to wait in Larry…*sigh*…

So the Humans went for a walk in to see the falling water…it isn’t too far in off the road, only about 700 metres…and at the end of the path this is what they found…

Pretty…

The end of the path was the viewing area with the information board and next to that were some steps that led down to the base of the falls…of course the Humans could not resist and had to check our where the steps went…they were a bit rocky and steep but not too difficult, then the path went over the creek and along the creek on the other side about 200 metres to the base of the falls for a closer look…the Human told me that it was a nice walk in and the falling water was nice to look at.

Then Larry took us for more driving and we continued up the Mountain.  We went through a place called Falls Creek which apparently has lots of stuff called snow when it is Winter but it wasn’t snow time yet.

To be continued…

Tail Wags…Jindi

Up a Mountain – Bogong Village…

While we were at camping, on the day called Good Friday, the Humans took me for a tour around the area and we went up a Mountain…

About half way up the Mountain in the Alpine National Park is a little place where humans live called Bogong Village…

Bogong Village

The Village is on the part of the river where the Junction Dam is built, part of the Kiewa Hydro-Electric Scheme.

While Larry had a rest in the car park we went for a walk…across the dam wall to the other side…through a tunnel…

It was a loonnngggg tunnel...

it was very high but I was brave…because it was like a cage and I knew I wouldn’t fall out…whew!…

I climbed up and down lots of steps…I am a good step climber…

Up I go..

We just had a little explore around the dam and the lake formed by the dam…the village is quite small and when you drive in from the main road down to the lake you’ve pretty much passed through the whole village but it is very pretty there…

What we saw…

Below the dam wall...

The dam lake...

Autumn colour...

Mosses and lichens make rock walls pretty...

Then it was time to go back to Larry and keep going on up the Mountain…

To be continued…

Licks and Tail Wags…Jindi…

On The Road Again…

I got to ride in the car yesterday…A Lot!…I got to wait in the car yesterday too…A Lot!…I’m not so keen on the waiting bit but I do love the riding bit…

First stop a place in…

With GF Rosie who I like a lot – she bought me 2 smackos treats – yum yum – and when we got there Mistea was there too! The humans all went inside a building and did whatever it is that humans do (boring…yawn!) while I waited outside in Larry…there was A Lot of Waiting…but Larry had found a nice cool parking space under trees.

The human came out to give me a drink and let me have a little walk around and while we were doing that the famous Jodie arrived and gave me pats…I do like it when I get lots of attention from the humans…

After A Long Time everyone came out of the building again and then we went for another ride…this one was A Very Long Ride until we got to a place in…

For those who don’t live in Victoria (why not?) or even Australia (again, why not?)…this is how far it was…

605 kms…yes, it certainly would have been more direct to go from home to Mildura but apparently there was something going on in that building that the human just had to go to so we went the Long Way Around…humans, they are a strange species!

Don’t know what we are doing today but I’m sure it will involve more riding in Larry, maybe today the human will remember to use her camera so I have proper photos to show you..it’s hard being a Kelpie sometimes *sigh*…

Woofs and Tail Wags…Jindi