How things have changed from our Outback trek! Gone are the arid scenes and red soils; in their place the fertile vine-filled valleys from Clare to the Limestone Coast.
Water also gets a starring roll now. Greener-than-green fields, the wide Murray at Mannum, Lakes Alexandrina and Albert, the wind-swept Coorong and wild beaches spitting spray and foam at the retreating wind. All wonderful!
Sunday saw Ali and me sampling some tempting reds across the Clare and Barossa Valleys. Jan’s noble offer to drive all day was accepted (a little too) readily, so from the very helpful Andrew at Jim Barry to the delightful “I just talk crap, basically”, Madeleine and her boutique selection at Artisan’s (plus all stops in-between) we valiantly tried them all… Nearly!
Highlights? Ali charming nearly every tasting rep. to pull out a “special” $90-$100 wine to taste and me, not being out-done, with “Madeleine” going off to fetch me a $140 cab-sav!
Reaching the Murray again for the first time since Wentworth two weeks ago, we set out from Mannum and headed into the lakes and beaches of the Coorong. Along the way we bought fresh yabbies from an hilariously rural farm-gate stall so Ali could experience another Aussie right-of-passage.
As the weather changed from pleasantly cool to dangerously stormy we reached Robe, via Kingston’s Big Lobster- fading, but still impressively BIG!