As the weather had been hot in Adelaide, mid 30’s+, we decided to take the coast road, the Limestone coast, we had no idea what to expect but it is turning into a delightful drive.
First night we stayed at Meningie on Lake Albert, one of a series of lakes fed by the Murray just before it reaches the ocean. These lakes have been so low due to the drought one person in the van park, who comes regularly from Adelaide to spend time here, told us you could almost walk right across a few months ago. Now due to flooding in Queensland it is now full right to the banks and you could swim in it from the van park.
We had stopped for groceries in the village and parked next to us was a family of aboriginals. Jack got talking to the elder of the group and he told us he was a relation of David Unaipon, whose portrait is on the $50 note. He also told us of an aboriginal cultural centre to look for on our way out of town.
That evening we went to the Old Cheese Factory restaurant, which is right next to the van park. Their speciality is a sea food platter for 2 at $39 and featuring Coorong mullett, the delicacy of this area. It was delicious with a glass of wine…
It was a beautiful evening watching the sun go down over the lake.
Jack admired this young woman’s beautiful costume and she was happy to have her photo taken. This led to an invite to lunch. The family have been in Australia 10 years and love Perth and the life style here in Australia. We admired the very strong family bond between the group.
Unexpected encounters with all types of people, and different cultures, are what makes travelling so addictive.
This is the beginning of the Christmas season. The weather is hot and steamy and I always find it very difficult to get into the spirit of Christmas having been born in England and my childhood memories are of snow and cold and roaring fires and always wondering how Santa was going to get down the chimney without getting burnt…
But suddenly when you are among friends that brings on the spirit of Christmas and good cheer. Today it was the “retired on line” computer club’s Christmas lunch and 101 members enjoyed a social time together. Here in Australia Christmas is sun and fun and lazy days at the beach and sharing BBQ’s with friends.
The lunch was at Danny’s restaurant at the Tweed Heads Golf Club. It is amazing value at $14.00 per person and a huge selection from roasts to salads, chinese and seafood followed by deserts. Take a look at the link I have put in.
Thank you Jack for all the happy photos you have taken to remind us of this occasion.
Tomorrow I must start writing and sending Christmas cards….