Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
Trip End Oct 31, 2013

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Flag of Australia  , South Australia,
Tuesday, May 4, 2010


Journey: Meningie, Tailem Bend, Adelaide

Mileage @ Meningie:15448 kms

Weather: 13 degrees and sunny 8:30am

Overnight: Kath's mum's home in Mile End

An early morning start and with a brief stop at Tailem Bend for coffee, pies and fruit bun and a view of the newly flowing River Murray we drove into Adelaide.
South Australian roads down here are straight, wide and easy driving!

Adelaide had been home to Kath off and on since 1953 and for Sheila almost a year in 1986/7. We stayed at Kath's family home; the house was built just before1900 and Nell has lived here for more than 50 years. The house has some striking features like the high ceilings and gorgeous fireplaces.

So nothing new here but fond memories and an excitement about Adelaide's special attractions. Fortunately the van fitted easily into the driveway!

Our priority was to attend to the to-do list we had been putting together over the last few months: doctor for Sheila's knee, dentist, Centrelink (Kath turns 64 in July and is interested in any government benefits that might be available), financial adviser, optician and new glasses, sort ongoing hassle with Telstra account and van duties including a new shade awning and carpet,  servicing, cleaning, empting and repacking it etc. etc.

Catching up with mum and the family was lovely and we managed to fit in some family outings during our time there.

Favourite attractions for us in Adelaide:

Henley Beach- long morning walks and evening sunsets

Adelaide Markets- fresh fruit & vegies and everything delicious

A trip to Haigh's chocolate factory is compulsory and this time we bought a bag of dark chocolate covered marzipan and one of the famous frogs!!! Yummy!

Restaurants/cafe in Mile End: Italian Bakery "O'Furno", German Baker "Berents", Lebanese shop, Asian Grocer etc
Within 5 mins walking from our house, there are restaurants, grocers and bakers- Italian, Abbysinian, Afhgan, Greek, Asian, Indian, Thai and all are good.
and further afield: Bistro Dom, Lucia's, Zuma's, BBQ City,

Mile End is just 1.5 kms to the city and has every service and shop you would ever need!

Just a short distance away we enjoyed morning walks along the River Torrens, a lovely area, green after the recent rains, peaceful away from the busy main roads traffic and just the place for hard, fast walking.

Our time in Adelaide was productive and spending time with family was great and we especially enjoyed our day with sister Maggie and partner Greg who live in beautiful Port Elliott and made the effort to show us the best of their lovely village.

After three and a half weeks in Adelaide, it was time to pack up again, get back into the van and take the road north...

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Maggie Savage on

It was lovely to have you in Adelaide. I really enjoyed catching up. The time went so quickly. Your blog makes me feel as if you are not that far away. Your visit to Port Elliot was really special. I hope you enjoyed the Port Elliot bakery. I try not to go there too often.

nell savage on

I want to thank you for all the help and support over the years in keeping me and the Savage Mansion going and a chance to open the gate again soon mum

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