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Trip Start Jul 07, 2011
Trip End Oct 10, 2011

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Where I stayed
Tanunda Caravan Park
What I did
Barossa Farmer's Markets
Yalumba Winery

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Saturday, June 11, 2011

You have to get there early to get the best produce at the Barossa Farmer's Market - so we were there at the crack of 10am!  Just in time to sample all the little plates of goodies that seem to be everywhere at this type of place.

It was freeking cold last night and a grey overcast sky does little to warm things up - but the chili chocolates, the miracle curry mix and the ring-sting sausage certainly tried their hardest.

Saskia and the boys plus Sharon turned up just as Caitlyn was polishing off her third biscuit and dip from the help-yourself bowl on one stall, and managed to find us in the packed barn that houses the whole thing.  There were people everywhere - which you can look at in two ways: (i) it's the only place in the Barossa to be seen on a Saturday morning; or (ii) it's the only place in the Barossa where something's happening on a Saturday morning.

Chris made a wise decision not to do the bacon and egg buttie - which actually smelled better than it looked - and since the coffee queue was about a mile long, we opted to take our haul of goodies and whip up the road to Blond Coffee in Angaston for a latte instead.

Time to Wine

Too much doing adult stuff was clearly irritating the little monsters (and they were pretty irritating in return!) so we decided to compromise: Go to Yalumba where we could stay inside, nice, warm, cozy and with glass of wine in hand - the the irritants could be outside running around, screaming, jumping on things and doing their bit to warm up the planet.  Perfect compromise!

We must be a magnet for people - about 5 cars in the car park, but the place was overloaded with tasters.  Seems that two tours (buses cleverly hidden out of sight so as not to dissuade the average punters) had mistimed themselves and arrived simultaneously just before us.  How fortunate were we?  Yea!

So Chris dutifully started coughing and spluttering his diseases over them, while the girls muttered at them and magically they all seemed to vanish.  (Must remember that trick for the Christmas sales).

To give them their due, Yalumba is a beautifully presented old building.  The huge tasting room has solid wood floors (no idea what the numbers are all about) with the tasting bar on one side, a warming log fire at the end (next to the gross stuffed bear!) and panoramic windows looking over the lawns and gardens.  A treat, even if you don't like wine.

To Plank or not to Plank

Having grabbed what we wanted, it seemed the perfect opportunity to get the irritants to do "the plank thing" on a row of wine barrels apparently set up just for this type of thing (not) - although explaining how to do something inherently stupid to children who are used to parents telling them not to do inherently stupid things was - all in all - pretty silly (you thought I was going to type stupid again).

They didn't really get it, but it's the thought that counts.

So, back to Tanunda CP for a lunch of Barossa Farmer's Market goodies and to let the kids have a run around and jump on the bounce mat...

The Grey Nomad MasterChefs

...while we sat inside the hall-come-camp-kitchen chatting and watching this 'grey nomad' crew make pasties from scratch.  We're not talking "empty ingredients into puff pastry", these connoisseurs are making the pastry, the filling, rolling stuff, chopping stuff, crimping stuff and - most of all - drinking stuff.

So what - they're having fun.

And they were still having 'fun' 5 hours later when we went back to cook dinner - the meal had changed, but there they were in the same positions we left them, larger than life, just as loud and jolly and continuing to cook and drink.  Although this time they and we were plunged into darkness as the main circuit breakers for the CP tripped (twice) because of the number of people running fan heaters and electric blankets.

OK, so perhaps the electric blanket is a bit of a luxury, but we've paid for the (broken) power and we might as well (not) use it!  And the fan heater, that is a necessity.  The Bureau of Met is currently saying its 2.9C.  That's brass monkey weather in anyone's language, so our fan heater's staying well and truly cranked on!

And so to the end of another day.  Tomorrow more 'Barossa'ing with Richard & Marian coming up to do lunch.
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Dave R on

Just started to read your blogs - jeez, you write a lot - nothing better to do - Chris, you are a tech wizard - can';t wait until I get onto the "real" trip - YALUMBA - yum, excellent Riesling (Pewsey Vale & Yalumba) - next time call me and I'll be one of the loud grey nomads drinking and eating!!!

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