1/06/16 To the west of Strathalbyn, we wound our way slowly up and over the steep Bull Creek Range through some very picturesque grazing country. Stone farmhouses and outbuildings were sheltered in the rolling hills, and green hillside pastures were dotted with sheep and cattle among old Red Gums. Coming down off the range on the other side, we were back in McLaren Vale where we’d finished up last year before heading home for Christmas. We were now back to pick up our meanders westwards.
We settled in at McLaren Vale for a few days while waiting to have the car serviced in Adelaide. This part of South Australia is just lovely. The local vineyards play a big part in that but it’s really more to do with the splendid scenery, heritage buildings and charming little storybook villages located around the district.
In the middle of a severe storm, we caught up with long-time friends from Queensland, Arthur and Caroline, who came down from holidaying in Adelaide to have lunch with us at Angove Winery on the outskirts of McLaren Vale. Over a few glasses of red and some platters of yummy local produce, we shared a very enjoyable afternoon with them.
The Landy was pampered by Triumph Rover Spares at Lonsdale. It’s now sporting a beautiful shiny billet aluminium cooling crossover pipe that is an absolute piece of art – so much lovelier and much more robust than the standard plastic thingy that Land Rover designed to ultimately fail. For all its cost, you can’t see it hidden away under the engine cover. I know it’s there though and, just for that fact alone, the engine is running so much better. At the end of the day, bling does make a difference!
We also met up with Di’s teaching colleague Kerry and husband Greg, who were presently caravanning and arrived in McLaren Vale a couple of days after us; more wines and meals as we caught up with what’s been happening with everyone since Di retired from teaching.
The car and van were washed, the water topped up and supplies replenished and we girded our loins to tackle the transit through Adelaide on our way north and around Spencer Gulf to Eyre Peninsula.
“If the universe is expanding, why hasn’t that helped with the traffic through Adelaide?” – Me