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Trip Start Feb 06, 2006
Trip End Jan 02, 2013

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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Hello everyone,

So what have we been doing the last two weeks,  well at the moment we are working but before then we went touring again.
We have been picking Shiraz grapes now for the last week.  I haven't tasted them but Dave said they are nice and sweet.  When we started picking we only had one team but now there is four, with about 8-10 people in each team.  Some days you don't see any other team,  last Sunday there was 3 teams and after work the boss brought out an esky and chairs and we had a free drink.  There was Coopers, West End Draught (Beer of course), Mercury (apple cider), and Diet Cola, Coke, and Some soft drinks all cold.
On Tuesday the boss Adrian did the same after work and yesterday after work too.  Yesterday we had to work till 4.15pm after being told that we would only be working till 2.30pm, what a mind play.  But the money is good.  Sunday - tomorrow we are having a barbeque after work all supplied by the boss.  We have this thing called follow the dunny, as we don't just pick on the one farm, we travel around the district picking at different ones so for people like us that don't know the district we follow the dunny. Down the back of the farm where we are staying there is a collection of old farm equipment and cars. There is even old barns still with thatched roofs.
Last week we drove down to a place called Cudlee Creek, and the Gorge Wildlife Park. We sort of got lost looking for it but we also got to see a fair bit of the Adelaide hills at the same time.  It is lovely there. You pay $14.00 each and also they encourage you to take a bag of peanuts  or plain biscuits to feed the animals.  The park opened in 1965 and is home to many species of animals and birds.  Some were in cages and some weren't.  They had everything from everyday birds to exotic ones.  Every so often you would come across a tree with an owl or greenie sitting in it or animal that was roaming around free.
The park is 14 acre area and home to 50 different species of animals and 160 birds, plus you can nurse a koala.  The keepers bring out two one small one for the kids and one larger one for adults.  Dave had his first experience to nurse a koala here, so now he has done something different that he hasn't done before.  We had fun feeding the kangaroos and the cockatoos, even the monkeys were nice to feed.  They had a walk through avairy and a kids zoo section, and considering it was during the week the place was popular.
We bought a bag of peanuts and with map in hand we set off, there is two walk through enclosures were you can had feed Wallaby, Red and western grey kangaroos, plus they had a large amount of albino kangaroos also, more than we have seen at any zoo before.  They actually come right up to you and wait to be feed,  Dave tried to feed a emu but it's beak got too close to his hand and he pulled it back real quick. We know that a lot of zoos are the same but we still enjoy going to them and walking around, it is just peaceful and relaxing. They even had birds there like a magpie, minor bird, butcher birds and white cockatoos (which are everywhere here) but I suppose it is a zoo.
From there we drove to Gumeracha in the Adelaide Hills and visited the Biggest Rocking horse in the world.  There is also a toy factory there with all the toys you could think of made from wood.  You can climb to the top of the Horse, though you have to pay a full total of $2.00 to climb it.  The rocking horse is built entirely of steel anchored in over 80 tonnes of concrete set in rock.  The total weight is 25 tonne, height to top of head - 18.3m , Body length - 10.5metres, Body height - 2.4m, head height 6.1m, 3 observation platforms - the rocker bow 4.6m, on the saddle 10.7, at the top of the head 18.3m.  The rocking horse is a 20-1 up scaling of the stock that is made in the factory. 
Inside the toy factory there was all sorts of toys from jigsaws, pull along toys, doll houses,  boy trucks, to large ones like semi's that you use as wine bottle holders.  Plus they sold heaps of aussie trinkets.  Dave bought a hat pin just like the rocking horse.
So that is it for now so we hope that you have enjoyed this one for now.
Stay safe and take care,
Suzanne and Dave 

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lyn on

Thanks again for this latest post and seeing where you are in the guys sound like you have a great boss giving out free drinks and such after a hard days work! How cool is that uncle D you got to nurse a koala! You both travel/work safe and we look forward to your next posting
Love from us all

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