Serafino McLaren Vale
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... br> - the meals are consistently high quality and feature creative use of fine local produce
- the staff are wonderful and the lodge is very comfortable without being ostentatious
rosebank cottage ...
... to quote Black Books.
Poor Siobhan is eager for me to like wine and I'm trying to - so we can share a bottle; and the day at McLaren helped me distinguish what I do and don't like. I can palette sweet wines and maybe a white that's really fruity. I enjoyed the Moscato and that was pretty much it.
Anyway, enough about my likes and dislikes, this isn't Take Me Out. After food we went to The Almond Train for a cuppa. It's an old train carriage ...
... the penguins there, and the wild ones that live on Granite Island. In 2000 they had over 2000 pairs, but this year they have about 40! This is up from last year, when there about 30. Reasons are vague, but food supplies, pollution, and dog attacks figure. Interestingly Kangaroo Island, where we were thinking of going, has lost its entire population. I am glad we managed to get to Philip Island, where they do seem to be maintaining and ...
... enough for cooking it's good enough for me! Why had nobody ever told me before that you could make white wine using a red grape? In the evening we met again with uncle Bill and aunt June for a farewell meal. It was a shame that we couldn't have spent more time with them while we were in Adelaide but it was difficult given they were an hour away. The waiter was very friendly and apparently had a soft spot for Caitlyn (Paul's 20 something niece) who he clearly missed ...
... everything else free if you wanted. Nuts, chocolate fudge, caramel fudge, cream, chocolate dip your cone, yum yum yum. We are next to an old fort where they used to protect the harbour in WW11 and Kerry was having a little snooze when he was rudely awakened by a cannon going off that shook the caravan! We went to explore and walked through the old port where Queen Elizabeth visited in 1986. It was all very authentic with old guys dressed up in old uniforms and loving being ...