With COVID19 being in our daily life visit’s to local wineries and cafes have taken a bit of a hit this year.
Even so, we managed to visit a couple of places that are worth a mention.
Eldredge Vineyards (www.eldredge.com.au) on Spring Gully Rd Scenic Drive is worth a stop for a lazy Sunday afternoon or weekday visit. You can make up your own cheese platter whilst sampling a wine paddle which is what we opted for.
One Restaurant to look out for is Seed (seedclarevalley.com) in the Main Street of Clare. It is an impressive site (which is a contrast to the dismal CBA bank building it started as). A beautiful mural adorns the Burton St lane next to it. The Rooftop is open now and the Bistro & Deli will be open soon. I can’t say how good/bad it is as haven’t dined there as yet.
Speaking of murals another has popped up just off the Main North Road at the Post Office which brightens the street-scape even more.
On a recent town garage sale Saturday we stopped to grab lunch at The Booyoolee Brew, Port Street in Gladstone (76kms north of Clare) www.facebook.com/TheBooyooleeBrew/ Once a pub the new owners have turned the old building into a lovely cafe with seating out front and for winter a cosy dining room or covered area with open wood fires. Try the Baked Bean Muffins – Yummo!!
On a quick two day trip to The Big Smoke (around Adelaide) we stayed near Semaphore, west of Port Adelaide. In Semaphore main street we found two places worth a mention (but I’m sure there’s heaps more)
On leaving we shouted ourselves breakfast at Froot Cafe (www.facebook.com/frootcafesemaphore) The most delicious Eggs Benedict I’ve ever had and Pancakes and Bacon with Maple Syrup (we shared!) Quick friendly service and hot coffee! Note: always look where the locals are eating!!
Well, this year is the year we would all like to forget I’m sure!
But I am glad I spent it at home as we got so much done and it was a safe place to be. Watching the nightly news it started to feel surreal seeing what was happening all over the world with Covid-19.
But life goes on and we have to make the best of what we have and where we are. I’m enjoying my garden/s and growing veggies for the first time (and I’m not a big veggie fan)
This Christmas will be very quiet and at home due to Jeda just having a cruciate ligament operation on her knee and she will need months of recovery. It’s only been a day or so and she’s still not herself, we are getting ‘stink eye’ quite a lot! 🙂
Hoping anyone reading this has a safe and happy Christmas and New Year’s and let’s hope 2021 is a better year for everyone!
With the change of seasons it would be a brilliant time to ‘hit the road’ and travel beautiful South Australia! Well, you’d think that but we haven’t! Too busy on Da Block!
My travel blogs are much more fun to write than these Block blogs, but as it’s life atm ….. boring as bat poop for some – hang in there hopefully we will be ‘on the road’ again in the future!
I’ve spent time in my garden trying to grow vegies and flowers. I’m a gardening newbie so when things grow I’m amazed! When we lived in North Queensland it was hard NOT to grow anything, with the rainfall in abundance plants thrived.
Well, winter has hit with a vengeance! Normally we’d be sunning ourselves in a warm climate now, but not this year 😦
Making the most of time here though. Enjoyed watching the changing of the seasons around the district. The colours of the trees were beautiful and the crisp clean air in the mornings make up for the cold wet soggy days.
Due to restrictions not a lot of wandering the area or eating out, but I’ve put a couple of pics up of my one day out recently. Clare has a new mural in a side street near the Council Chambers, and it’s a beauty.
We’ve had a couple of frosts, which has killed off some of my plantings, but most usually recover. Hubby not so happy about winter; wakes up in the dark and gets home from work in the dark!
With restrictions easing up a bit now, I should be able to post more interesting blogs soon. Can’t wait to visit a few more wineries in the beautiful Clare Valley!
Well the ‘C’ virus has changed our lives dramatically; made us think twice about where we go outside our home, what we touch, who’s touched it before us, how will I stay safe? A lot of businesses are thinking outside the box finding ways to keep afloat. Will our lives be better for this?
I think so. Once we ALL understand the importance of #slowthespread and find alternate ways of communicating or earning a living, life will go on. Easter will be easy for us. We always tried to get off the road and ‘hibernate’ somewhere!
I have to give a local business a blatant plug! I placed my first order with The Corner Patch in Clare for fruit & veg. I was pleasantly happy with the selection and quality. The local pubs and most cafes/restaurants are ensuring they offer takeaways and the wineries are using a central Cellar Door in Clare as a distribution point for wine sales. All in all life is bubbling along….
As for Da Block, MacArthur the Ram has moved on to other pastures…literally!! Hopefully he has done his ‘job’ here with the ewes and baby lambies will be running around in the future!!
Well, this time a couple of weeks ago we probably all thought this ‘C’ virus would blow over. Sadly not. Now life will change and we need to change with it.
Yet life on Da Block is the same. Luckily we live on acreage so ‘personal space’ is not a problem. Jeda and I keep things rolling along with small projects, gardening & too many ideas in my head!
Before the Cafes & Restaurants were forced to close we took friends to The Olive Bus just out of Clare. It is casual, open, scenic and wonderful. As per the photos, the kitchen & front counter are inside the bus with more open sitting areas outside under cover. On weekends they serve pizzas and they are scrummy! They can be accompanied with a Clare Valley wine which makes it superb! Double thumbs up!!
I have a couple of furniture projects to get into. Bought an old TV cabinet (and aren’t there heaps of them now TV’s are so thin!?) from the Clare Lions Second Hand Furniture Shop to make into our own Café/Wine Bar!! I’ll keep ya posted on that…and hubby found a round wine barrel with bottle shelves at a garage sale, after a good clean up it should look great.
So to those reading this blog keep safe; stay isolated; be happy; life does go on. 🙂
The Olive Bus
The Olive Bus
First flowers on Iris?
Alpacas after their haircut (checkout how dry it is)
Last weekend I witnessed the fine art of shearing alpacas! I thought it was just as interesting as sheep shearing, although danger money should be included….they spit, they kick and they are way bigger than sheep!!
The two boys agisted here and two others were penned and pampered! The mobile alpaca shearer brings their table and equipment and sets up, and the boys are secured on the table whilst being shorn. When one sides done they get flipped!
Most of the alpacas were well behaved, only one carried on every time the razor started, which was quite funny really. Only one spit and one kick over the four which was good odds! The Shearer did show me what the previous alpacas left all over the side of his ute! 😛
So now we have a couple of skinny alpacas that resemble deers wandering the paddock! I reckon the alpaca shearers earn their money – they also check their teeth, trim hoofs and vaccinate.
Since being back in SA I have managed to check out a few Town Garage sales in the district.
Not only is it a good way to find bits n pieces for our block, but a chance to see what these small towns have to offer.
The Watervale General Store is a cool place to eat as well as check out their retro collection & décor. We haven’t had a meal there yet, so can’t comment on their quality! 🙂 In Wirrabara we went to the Producers Market which was lovely. They have some nice cafe’s and the Coffee Table Gallery has some brilliant woodwork (open on market days). The Painted Silo is a drawcard as well.
Red Hill – went to a market there and found a massive collection in a front yard. Bits of everything. When in Gladstone for a garage sale I stopped at a Hotel, the Booyoolee Hotel. It looked deserted except for people selling stuff next door. I wandered in and to my surprise there was a Café Bar inside. Still a work in progress but it will be great when finished. Can recommend the Baked Bean Muffin and Coffee!!
I popped a couple of Block pics in too – my first batch of savoury muffins made in my revamped kitchen (yes they were edible!) And Hey Ewe – she was rejected by her mother so has been hand raised & fed. She is growing by the day but still thinks humans are her ‘kind’! When out for a walk or on the quad bike she is running alongside with Jeda!
Our view of our road to Da Block (after winter)
Owen-found on a fence, hand made
Watervale General Store
Collectibles in Watervale General Store
Wirrabara Painted Silo
Booyoolee Hotel in Gladstone
Cafe Bar in Booyoolee Hotel
Red Hill – collection in front yard
Hey Ewe with her Bodyguards!
Hey Ewe photo shoot!!
My first attempt at savoury muffins in revamped kitchen