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April 25, 2013

Monday 22.3.14 we left early to see the sights around Maitland, over to the west coast of the peninsular to Port Victoria, down to Minlaton then home.
Beautiful morning after yesterdays rain- that would have been a blessing to the farmers everywhere.

This is what was outside the van door- the ocean was just so much calmer this morning.
On the way back towards Ardrossan there are hundreds of barrels which we are assuming belong to the mining company but what do they contain?

Arrived in Maitland after still driving past grain crop stubble. This drive was less enclosed as the roads were not lined by continual trees.

These Bouganvillia “shrubs” were different- only used to seeing the huge vines before.

We left Wakefield & headed towards the west coast of the Peninsular- Wakefield, we were told, is the geographical centre of the Yorke Pen.
Next was Port Victoria.

Did not stop here as Maritime museum was not open.
Minlaton was the next stop where there is more to see apparently as well as some food shopping at an IGA. First stop was the Info centre. Stocked up here on homemade jams & chutneys.

After the Info Centre headed across the street to a Telstra Shop as needed a new 12 volt charger for one of the mobile phones. Walked out of there & smelt a Bakery. Seemed to be good weather for hot food for lunch, even though I had packed lunch before we left home!
Beautiful Quiche with salad & the other person had a pie (naturally) with salad, for $12!. Off to find the “Red Devil” after that.
Inspected the “RED DEVIL” as close as possible because in a locked home.

We decided to have a look at Port Vincent again- Bruce commented that he could “retire” there!

Last morning, Tuesday 23.4.13, at Black Point Camping Park

The ocean this morning was even calmer than yesterday.
Driving along just up the highway noticed the sun reflected on the water, through the cloud cover.

We soon got back up to Port Wakefield & decided to call into see Ian at Aussie By Design (he had repaired the bearings last week) to get him to make up 3 vent covers, two for behind the fridge & one for the door. Shall put on as soon as we hit the dirt roads. Because the fridge & door are both situated behind the wheels, the dust tends to get into the van at times. They will be ready for us to collect on Wednesday as we head north on the exciting, upcoming trip across the Victoria desert from Ayres Rock to Laverton in WA. Travelling with 11 other ‘vanners, all Kedrons and Land Cruisers! Except us.

Once we turned off Highway 1 at Dublin we were soon back into vineyards through the Barossa Valley. Familiar country by now as we saw a lot of this over the past 2 years. As we are not “into” visiting cellar doors we do not go into them very often.

Once again the Autumn colours which we do not see in QLD- also passed this deer farm which is the first one we have seen on this trip.
We were following directions given to us by a couple of friends (local) as to the best way to bypass the Adelaide Hills. Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on how you accept the situation, one of the tiny town we passed through happened to have a homemade chocolate factory.

And this was the result!

We soon arrived at Strathalbyn & set up at friend’s home. These folk are a wonderful couple to whom hospitality comes naturally- had only seen them 3 weeks before at one of our “weekends”.
Yesterday another 2 couples, Chuck & Catriana & friends of their’s arrived for morning tea. Dot soon had scones in the oven.

This is an escape from “MEN IN BLACK”!

We all luvs ya Chuckles! Catch up in WA!
Doctor’s appointment to-morrow for painful hip- thanks Dot for making the arrangements for me as well as the hairdressers appt for Monday. After that we are on the road again.
Catch you later.


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