Some places we've been and some places we're going.

Adelaide – Saturday

It was very relaxing having space to stretch out, a little lounge, a table and chairs already set up in their special spot, ensuite etc. No rain fell overnight and it promised to be a nice sunny day. We took our time packing our things back into the car then went to check out the junction of the River Darling and the River Murray. Over the years more and more water has been taken out of the Darling for irrigation so it’s nothing like the big old river and is quite muddy looking. The Murray too loses a lot of its flow for the same reason but South Australia has lobbied for years to get what it considers to be a fairer allocation of water coming down. Many water licenses have been sold back to the government so the condition of the river has improved. Standing on the tower today it wasn’t possible to pick out the mixing of the different coloured waters but a large river cruise boat came down the Darling just as we arrived so maybe that stirred the waters up.

There was plenty of bird life along the river. After we’d watched the birds for a while we went back to have breakfast at the Artback Cafe, we sat out on the upstairs balcony and enjoyed the scenery. We hadn’t made up our minds where our next stop would be though it had to be south and west. Leaving Wentworth we headed towards Mildura but when a sign came up pointing towards Renmark we took it instead and then knew we were going home today.

The rainforest of Far North Queensland was behind us and so were the drought affected areas of Central and Southern Queensland we were now in the irrigated areas. Acres of Almond, Citrus, Avocado and Olive Trees were around us as well as all the Grape Vines. At the Fruit Fly Checkpoint the people in front of us had to surrender their lettuce and other fresh foods but all we had were a couple of sprigs from a Pepper Tree. I didn’t expect it but I had to hand them over! After our required stop at the Bakers Shop in Renmark we continued until I saw a well stocked farm gate stall. We bought a big bag of Blood Oranges, and another of Mandarins then I had to buy half a kilo of dried Apricots, they looked just too good to pass up and they were much cheaper than I can buy in Adelaide.

Between Wentworth and Renmark we’d started seeing Gazanias beside the road, they’re a South African plant with lovely bright colours but they’ve escaped from home gardens and are now considered a pest plant in bush areas. I can’t help but admire them.

We arrived home about 4 o’clock and as usual it’s lovely to be back to the comforts of home and exciting to see the fruit trees blossoming etc but also disappointing that our jaunt is over. It’ll be another year before we can go off on a trek again.

Thanks for coming along for the ride. 🙂

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Comments on: "Adelaide – Saturday" (32)

  1. Such interesting sights and observations. I wonder if any authorities ‘get it right’ when it comes to managing water resources – in this part of the world they mess it up right royally.

    • Funny you should comment on that today, a few hours ago I saw a programme about the River Darling and adjacent farmers who are in dire straits because of the way the water resources have been “managed”. It’s scary.

      • And we have just learnt that ‘exploration rights’ may be granted towards fracking an area where major cities and a vast farming area all depend mainly on only two rivers (streams, really) – both of which they will muck up if mining is done.

      • Today I read a report about the Condamine River in Queensland which is bubbling methane gas. They don’t know why but there is Coal Seam Gas mining going on in the district!

      • Delightful – the connection is not hard to assume.

  2. lindywhitton said:

    I love your photo of the red rumped parrots.

  3. A pleasure to be along for the ride.

  4. Australia is indeed beautiful and i am dreaming to go there. 🙂

  5. I enjoyed your journey story and pictures, including the debris on your car.

  6. I love the photo of your automobile geology! And I’m astonished at how few cars are on the roads.

    • When we can we avoid the major roads but we were surprised at the width of some that were designated “highways”. On one of the smaller roads I think we only came across 1 other car over about 300 kms.

  7. Red-rumped parrots. Very nice.

  8. How does it feel to be back home? I’m sure next year is just around the corner 😊

    • I’m enjoying getting back into the garden, seeing the grandkids, watching the trees moving in the wind while I’m not in a rocking camper etc but not housework looking at me! I’m making a book from the blog and enjoying reading about our exploits. 🙂

      • Great feeling – seeing the wind without the rocking 😊 A book is a great idea. I’ll be doing one (or two) of selected photos from our trip. Culling will be hard as I’m sure I’ve taken around 10,000 photos 😧

      • I was astonished by how many photos I took, I’m doing some culling now and although it’s a long process I love recalling the places.

  9. Hey Sue,

    I bet you are both glad and sad to be home. It sounds like you have had a wonderful time. Next year will be here before you know it.

    Clare

    • I hope the rest of your journey is a safe and happy one. At this time of my life I can’t afford for the years to rush by too fast!

  10. What a journey! I haven’t been able to follow all of it because I’ve had a rotten flu for around 10 days (the one the fluvax missed) however coming good and looking forward to reading what I missed through foggy head! And down the track getting together again. Beautiful photography! xx

    • Hi Di, I’ve been wondering about you, thought of you especially on the 8th. Sorry to hear about the flu, will catch up when it’s ALL GONE! 🙂

  11. Welcome home Sue and Alex. Thanks for the fantastic blog and fabulous pics. I enjoyed the ride. 🙂

  12. I enjoyed the trip very much.I am a little sad that it is over.Do you live in Adelaide?I would love to learn more about this town.I am glad to see some flowers of my homeland.Here we also have black wattles and bluegum trees that are also seen as pest plants…Actually funny that countries so wide apart are infested with each others plants and trees!

    • I’m glad you enjoyed the blog and thanks for commenting. I’m very happy to have “your” Gazanias but I’d be happy for you to come and collect “your” Kikuyu anytime!!! I lived in Scotland for 7 years and the thistle is their national emblem but they’re a curse here. You can see something about Adelaide here, http://wp.me/p4d8rD-dj

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