adventures in adelaide

Almost a month ago now, we headed south east for a long weekend in Adelaide. It was a belated wedding anniversary celebration as well as an opportunity to catch up with Em and Andrew and their little daughter Talia.

We had such a lovely time. And although I didn’t visit the city itself (not much there apparently), I can understand why people would live there. You can live in the bush in the Hills and be 20 minutes from the airport, the city and the beach. Nice huh! Little bit different to Sydney life where everything is super far away.

Bits and pieces from our roadtrip into McLaren Vale and surrounds

1. On our Friday afternoon roadtrip into McLaren Vale from Belair, we were heading into a little town called Clarendon , when we saw this…

a koala out for its daily

I thought all they did was sleep!

Pretty awesome sight!

2.

best jam donut ever.

3. First we headed to K1 winery – a recommendation from a local friend. Stunning place and tasty wine.

K1 driveway
the view from K1 cellar door
enjoying our wine tasting!

We asked the people at K1 where we should go next, and they recommended the Three Monkeys Cafe in Willunga. It had gotten quite chilly by then, so the thought of a cozy cafe was very appealing. So off we went….

There we found an amazing cheese platter, great coffee and a free iphone app audio tour of the whole region.

goats cheese, olives, beetroot dip, figs, proscuitto and other tasties!

Some locals we got chatting to in the cafe suggested Primo Estate next and the Willunga markets in the morning. The locals know the ways…

Primo was another tasty, pretty experience and the winery cellar door is architecturally very impressive too.

As we arrived at dinner in the evening, we were blessed with an incredible sunset too…

pre-dinner sunset over the vineyards.

4. Saturday morning we checked out the Willunga markets (although hard to buy much farm produce when you’re hopping on a plane the next day), I found delicious sweet strawberries and we made a beeline for the coffee and the bacon and egg rolls! Then our iPhone audio tour directed us out to the coast…to Australia’s first nudist beach. It was pretty cold so no nudes in sight fortunately! Took some happy snaps there and then we headed back to the Byrnes.

Catching up with friends

We spent the rest of the weekend hanging out with Em, Andrew and Talia. We helped ‘warm’ their lovely house with their friends and family, played with Talia, visited their church and lunched with them at Windy Point.

the joneses and the byrnes at windy point

We were so thankful to Em and Andrew for hosting us for a couple of nights. Wonderful hosts they were. We also had a little insight into what its like having a baby sleeping in the next room. 🙂 Good practice for one day in the future…

We also got to catch up with some of the girls I went to Uganda on short term mission with – we wandered out to Glenelg pier then had yummy hot chocolates in a uniquely South Australian chocolate shop (whose name I can’t remember!) Was great to reminisce about our time in Uganda and hear what was happening for them these days.

reunion with the Adelaide girls (missing Katie)

All in all, a wonderful three days of friends, food and quality time with Adam. Felt very full in belly, soul and heart at the end. And yes…there are aLOT of churches in Adelaide, but that’s a good thing!

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