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Dinky Di Dogs Eyes to Pie n Peas Newcastle Style!

Word of mouth can be a good thing, especially when it comes to food. Heard about a good pie shop in Dunedoo, NSW called Dinky Di Dogs Eyes (the name in itself was worth the visit!) Well, they were pretty good on a cold winters day. Then B had to make it even better by getting dessert at another pie shop nearby. So that was our pig-out for the month!!

Checked out another Painted Silo in Merriwa, which was very well done, only hard to find a road to it for a good photo. No signs or info. Maybe the town will amend that in the future. This was about the last small town before we found ourselves in our worst nightmare: big cities!! 🙂 We stopped at Maitland (Showgrounds) for a night and did the ‘walk up da street’ as you do. Old buildings, a huge levee alongside the town, a mall that would be better if no cars were allowed and a road system that was horrendous! We parked the truck in the main street (which in itself was a miracle) and walked one end, then attempted to park further south and walk the other. Except I got bamboozled with the one way streets and we ended up almost back where we had parked before!!!

Then on to Newcastle area. This is the closest we’ve ever gotten to Sydney (and that’s close enough). Spent a week visiting family and checking out the area. Weather wasn’t the best on the day we headed to Newcastle, but the Pie n Peas we found at Harry’s Cafe de Wheels near the foreshore helped, even though we had to eat them in the car due to rain.

Lotsa walking again in Newcastle. Didn’t make it to the city centre (shame that!) but a visit to Fort Scratchley gave us a birds-eye view of the Harbour and surrounds. Can recommend Murrays Brewing Co3443 Nelson Bay Road, Bobs Farm for good food and brews.

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Cornish pasties to Mettwurst to Big Lobster

On the Road Again…..

South Australia turned on some lovely weather as we departed Da Block. A bit of rain the week before saw the paddocks take on a tinge of green which we haven’t seen for SO long!

Wandering towards the coast we arrived in time to sample the Copper Coast Cornish Festival – Kernewek Lowender. Kadina, Moonta & Wallaroo share activities over a week in May.  We sampled the cornish pasties (best we’ve had) and watched the street parade in Moonta. All the locals dress up in traditional costume and put on displays such as Maypole dancing, Furry Dance (oldest traditional Cornish custom), street parties, brass band concerts, dressing the graves (a re-enactment of a funeral procession of the era), art exhibitions, road tram tours and classic cars & motorcycles.

Onward to another ‘wine region’ – the Barossa Valley. Greenock supplied our camp spot (cricket oval) so we recipricated by visiting the local Hotel, brewery and winery! Schulter Wines near the Hotel, have some lovely vinos and a jovial host! Greenock Brewers in the old Wheat Store is also a beaut stop to taste their ales & sample a platter.  And every Saturday Morning the Barossa Farmers Market south of Angaston is a great way to sample the regions fresh produce.

Down towards the great Murray River to cross at the ferry at Mannum and overnight at Tailem Bend Footy grounds. Jeda especially enjoyed Tailem Bend’s Dog Park meeting new ‘stiff’ friends and lots of new smells. The ocean beckoned so on to Meningie (lovely Lake Albert & wonderful foreshore) then to Kingston SE. Very clever shire council as they offer a 48hr RV stop that has everything a Traveller needs (except power). The seaweed was a bit high (in smell that is) but it was g8 to be lulled to sleep with the sounds of the ocean rolling in.

Kingston SE has the Big Lobster, some good fish n chips shops and it’s a good base to explore the region. We did a day trip to Cape Jaffa and Robe. We found a business called Transmutation – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle who had some brilliant products recycled to make other products.

Due to bad weather rolling in Naracoorte turned out to be our base till it passed by. One thing I will say about southern SA, they have FANTASTIC grass!!! When we arrived at the Narracoorte Showgrounds Jeda rolled on the lush, green grass and I nearly did too!!! 🙂