ENDLESS BLUE SKY
February 5-11, 2016
It has been more than 23 years since we lived on Adelaide and it is always lovely to come back. We planned a week of rest and recovery. Time to do the laundry, restock and revisit some old familiar places. We have great memories of the buzz during the Adelaide Arts Festival and the preceding Fringe Festival. It is a fantastic time to be on town. And it turns out the Fringe starts just after we leave. D’oh, that wasn’t well planned.
Despite the disappointment of missing out on a fabulous calender of events we were happy to have had a week of fabulous weather to visit some of our favourite places. The mornings were wonderful and cool and the temperature builds through the day so that by afternoon most days were in the mid 30’s.
Our first stop on town was the Adelaide Central Markets followed by a picnic and a swim at Grange Beach. Central Market has lost none of its appeal. It is hands down the best food market in Australia.
On Sunday we ran along the southern city beaches and visited Sculptures by the Sea at Brighton Beach. So many people out on a glorious morning. And so enlightened to have dogs walking on the beach.
Monday was a very windy day and we were invited to visit with family at Carickalinga on the Fleurieu Peninsula. Stunning landscape that I feel like I could photograph forever. Love the sweep of the bare hills froping down to the clear blue ocean.
A visit to Adelaide would not be complete without a day trip to the Barossa Valley. This is the first time we have been during the harvest season. Great to see the vines groaning under the weight of the fat juicy grapes.
After a wicked day of wine tasting it was time for a run. We ran a section of the Yurrebilla Track from Belair to Eagle on the Hill in 35 degree heat. Fantastic views of Adelaide from the hills.
Just before leaving Adelaide we caught up with family at the fantastic renovated Penfolds McGill Estate. A great spot that is not far from the city centre.