Forty Nine Years and Another Lockdown

The entire East Coast of Australia is currently in lockdown The Delta variant of the Covid-19 virus has reached here and is playing havoc with our lives again. This is the second year that we have celebrated our wedding anniversary in lockdown. Yesterday, we celebrated 49 years together. Last year we had booked a luxury…

Christmas in July – A Sense of Deja Vu in

I have a strong sense of Deja Vu about today! It’s the 25th of July – the middle of winter and six months after, and before, Christmas. Like last year, we are back to celebrating ‘Christmas in.July’ in lockdown. The weather has been fine today but the morning was cold and the top temperature was…

Another Lockdown, Vaccinations and Feeling Old

Here we are in the middle of winter – locked down for the fifth time on a miserable cold and wet winter’s day. I woke up this morning to find that the temperature was  5°C with a ‘feel like’ temperature of 3°C. (37°F) Our maximum for the day was just 8°C (46°F). It wasn’t surprising…

A Few Days at Cape Schanck

We have just had a few splendid few days on the Mornington Peninsula, south of Melbourne. Our aim was to just get away for a few nice days and be away from home where we have spent so much time because of our Covid lockdowns. We decided that a  stay at the RACV (Royal Automobile…

Werribee Open Range Zoo

Melbourne is fortunate to have three zoos. The more traditional Melbourne Zoo, The Healesville Sanctuary with its focus on Australian Wildlife and the Werribee Open Range Zoo that provides large open spaces for big animals. Today, I went to Werribee with my Probus Club. What a good day it was! The weather forecast was for…

Back in Victoria – Horsham

It was a long driving day for us today – a bit over 450 kms as we continued our journey home from Port Lincoln. Tonight, we are in Horsham. Before leaving Tanunda in the Barossa Valley, we visited the farm shop of celebrity chef Maggie Beer and stocked up on some products that we could…

Towns and Their Fame

Travelling south from Port Augusta took us (again) through mile after mile of broad acre wheat farms. There is nothing of great interest apart from the towns that we visited along the way They were the highlight of our day as we drove south  to the wine growing area of the Barossa Valley. Just south…

Back to Port Augusta

On this trip, we have travelled through a variety of regions and environments. We began in the Riverland, then moved on to an area of mountains and gorges in the Flinders Ranges. Then at Port Lincoln we found rugged coastlines. Today, this was all swapped for inland Australia with its distinct rural environment. Driving inland…

Coffin Bay

There was a brilliant sunrise over Boston Bay in Port Lincoln this morning and it inspired us to get up and get going even though we only had a quiet day planned. Our intention was to do the 40 minute drive across to the other side of the peninsular to Coffin Bay. When the words…

Port Lincoln and Whalers Way

After leaving Port Augusta yesterday, our route took us through some very uninteresting arid country as we drove south down the Eyre Peninsula to our most distant destination on this trip – Port Lincoln. I set the cruise control to 110 km nearly all the way and steered down this  highway, stopping at just a…