19-21 May 2017
I am spending the weekend with friends Andrew and Midori up in the Adelaide Hills but I have most of Friday in Adelaide city. After my Great Ocean Road and Kangaroo Island Adventure, I make the most of having a leisurely morning (the first in what seems like a very long time) before having to pack up my bags and store them in the luggage room after checking out. I have arranged to meet a friend Bronwyn for a coffee but she is delayed by an hour and half, so I decide to have brunch and then explore the Central Adelaide Markets. We have a good catch before Bronwyn has to head back to work. I head back to finish looking around the markets and buy some snacks for lunch. Then I see there is a massage place there and opt to have a relaxing massage. This really finishes me off so I head back to the Youth Hostel* to make the most of the WiFi and catch up on my journal, photos, emails etc.
Midori comes to pick me up late-afternoon. We head up to the hills with a stop at the fruit and vege store to pick up some supplies. It is an absolutely beautiful drive up into the hills, with the trees turning autumn colours and the late afternoon sun lighting up patches of trees on the hills. This is the fruit growing region and there are cherry and apple orchards everywhere. They live in a little valley with like-minded people enjoying the rural environment. I feel instantly at home in their little slice of paradise.
Andrew and Midori are having renovations done on their home and a big gum tree has been cut down as it was dying and in danger of falling on the house. Two guys are there with a timber mill and have cut the tree into great slabs of wood that they will use in the building. They are just packing up and we all have a tour of the property, particularly the orchard area and the nursery where Midori is growing native plants for themselves and many of the neighbours, before sitting outside enjoying a glass of wine. I meet the cat Stella and the chickens – Ding and Bat. We have a lovely evening catching up over cooking and eating a risotto dinner and then around the fire with more wine.
Saturday: Barossa Valley Day Trip