We’ve been very quiet for the past few weeks! Here’s a brief update:
After Brian and Prue left us, we had a few days back to work before Jason and Christina, our friends from NI, came over from Auckland to visit us. They are living there for the year, and it was great to catch-up over the Easter weekend. On the Friday we had a BBQ and some wine, before going into Central Market for breakfast. After that we visited the “Between the Vines” vineyard which is owned by one of my bosses at work. The first of a few stops, we took it easy on Saturday night back at the apartment!
On Sunday we made our way to McLaren Vale for a brilliant lunch at the Salopian Inn, a wonderful little gastropub in the main township. After the protracted affair that was the tasting menu, accompanied by wines hand-picked from the cellar, we moved on to Dowie Doole for a brief wine tasting. Nice little cellar door!
J & C left on the Monday, and it was back to work for us! Since then we’ve mainly been working and in off-time taking it easy around Adelaide. I went to the local cultural event the following Saturday, as Adelaide Crows destroyed Port Adelaide in “the showdown”, the AFL local derby! It was a great day out, and the sport itself is fantastic, very fast and quite aggressive! The weather, as you can see, was also outstanding!!
Last weekend we took a trip to Clare Valley, staying in a brilliant little cottage in the middle of the vines! We had two super meals on the Friday and Saturday night, which gave us good energy (and refuelled us) for hiring bikes on the Saturday. With our two mountain bikes we set about cycling some of the Riesling trail, going to several different wineries along the way, including Sevenhill Cellars, a Jesuit winery set in church grounds!
Sunday was a lazy brunch, followed by a trip around a few wineries to collect our purchases, particularly Kilikanoon, a winery we really enjoyed on the Saturday. One of the best named wineries we’ve found is in Clare; Mad Bastard wines not only have a good story behind them, and a quirky cellar door, but the wines aren’t bad either! If you’re eagle eyed you might decipher the writing on the glasses …
Working again this week, we’ve had another relaxed weekend around Adelaide. Friday night saw us go to the National Wine Centre, where we attended the Langmeil Wine Dinner. Langmeil is a great little Barossa winery, and with their flagship wine in seemingly endless supply, we had a great 3 course meal with 10 glasses of wine!! Needless to say Saturday morning was a non-event!
In the evening however we returned to Adelaide Oval to meet up with John and Lynda and watch the Adelaide Crows play Sydney Swans. In a really tight match, which was excellent to watch from up high, the Crows swooped to victory whilst the Swans cried Murder (sorry …!). We had a great night, and Rach seemed to really enjoy her first AFL match! She even picked up the rules!!
Today we went for a stroll along Henley esplanade to Grange, grabbed a coffee before I went to a work day-out. A few of us from ICU went go-karting, and against all odds I won!! It must be an advantage to have barely driven over the past 8 months!
Back to work this week but hopefully not as long until the next update. I might even convince Rach to put up some decent photos from the past 4+ weeks!!