We had an extra day in Mannum, such a friendly town and so relaxing.
Yesterday we drove towards Adelaide and to the town of Hahndorf. It is an old German town of Germanic stone buildings but now very touristy. We just drove through and then toured the nearby towns of Bridgetown, with its old stone mill and turning wheel (now a smart restaurant) and to Sterling. Sterling has many smart shops and lovely trees still wearing their autumn colours. The whole area is hilly with wonderful big white gum trees, all very picturesque. Hans Heysen's home, which we've visited a couple of times, is in the area and he was famous for the beautiful gum trees he painted.
We stayed the night at Hahndof and this morning drove the not many kilometres into Adelaide, stopping first at Mt. Lofty to view the city below .. rather hazy in the early morning so not the clearest view.
The weather today was lovely. After booking into the caravan park, we did our sightseeing .. first stop was Country Bumpkin, my favourite embroidery and needlework shop. Their magazines are the best. Each time we come to Adelaide I find Country Bumpkin
has moved and this time they are in larger premises. Their walls and rooms are full of beautifully made children's clothes, embroidered blankets and such from their magazines .. many of which I made myself quite a few years ago. I was almost tempted to buy a kit or some fabric but I was strong and just looked.
From there we drove to Glenelg, the city beach, first noting we were passing the Orange Spot Baker who featured on TV just last night as the best Cornish pastie maker in the … city? state? Anyway, never having had a Cornish pastie, we decided we'd buy one each .. as we'd just had lunch, we'll save them to heat and eat later.
Glenelg was a busy place, being Saturday and a lovely sunny day. In their wisdom, the council has closed every beach access road to all but pedestrian traffic .. not good for a lady who's pedestrian skills are tested at the moment. So we drove up and down and around Glenelg and further east .. or was it west? .. where it was quieter and we could actually drive along the beachfront of the Great Southern Ocean.
We left the beach and drove into the city. Adelaide is such a well laid out city with wide streets and very smart buildings. North Terrace has most of the government building - the Museum, the Uni etc. and a new hospital being built .. we found out about that when I had a conversation with the man in the car next to us when we were stopped at the lights. They were quite slow changing so we had quite a good talk.
Tomorrow we'll go back into the city and we'll have a good look at the lovely gardens the surround the city. We have a few days here so lots to see and do before we take off on our next adventure.
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