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Day 27 and 28 Mintaro and golfing in Clare Valley

Always have much more fun with Dad

sunny 24 °C

Dad played golf again. Mum washed clothes again. Mum said it's just like a typical Saturday morning back home. I don't know why she's complaining. At least the weather was good for her. It wasn't supposed to be so nice so she should just count herself lucky that she was able to get 3 loads washed and dried in about 4 hours.

Dad played at Clare Valley Golf Course. Last time he played golf he saw a snake. This time he saw a kangaroo and a joey. He was playing with 3 other people and one of the players hit the kangaroo with the golf ball by accident. Mum asked Dad if he was sure it wasn't him that hit the kangaroo because it's not like Dad can aim very well. He did not reply.

Dad couldn't book to play golf on Saturday; he just had to turn up at 11.30am and wait to get into a team of 4. Dad played with a couple of locals and a guy from Adelaide. The 2 locals told Dad and the other guy that they had a local rule where if the fairways were cut in the morning, they were allowed to play preferred lies for the day. (moving the ball if it's not in a good position) Isn't that the way you and your mates play anyway?, Mum said. Dad did not reply.

Here is what Dad did say about his golf day:

  • very good course, lots of trees, very tough
  • 30 stableford points

Meanwhile, Mum's laundry was quite uneventful. She spent most of the day doing nothing. Which is exactly what I did.

On Sunday we went to a place called Mintaro, about 15 minutes from Clare. We first went to a maze which I was allowed to go to. Me and Dad easily found the centre of the maze in about 10 minutes while Mum just kept getting lost. She's useless.

Mum looking lost in the maze

Mum looking lost in the maze

After that Mum and Dad found a nice winery in the town called Reilly's Wines and Restaurant so of course they just had to try some wine. Mum bought a 2010 Rose which she said was very nice. Dad didn't like it and Mum said that was fine because that meant she could have it all to herself.

Mum also went to visit Martindale Hall. She said it was fantastic. The mansion was built in 1879 and a lot of the furniture from that time was still in the building. It reminded her of what the house in Downton Abbey looked like.

Mum gave up going to the pub to see this boring building

Mum gave up going to the pub to see this boring building

Dad's excuse not to go was because he had to look after me and he was more than happy to sit at the pub and have a couple of drinks and wait for Mum.

Pub where me and Dad waited for Mum while she did boring history stuff

Pub where me and Dad waited for Mum while she did boring history stuff

Me and Dad also played in the park and Dad taught me how to go down a slide. When Mum found out, she freaked and told Dad to stop teaching me bad habits. Spoil sport!

Another bad habit Dad taught me

Another bad habit Dad taught me

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Day 26 Around Burra

Happy day for all

semi-overcast 22 °C

The oldies still don't have the knack of getting up early to do anything. Mum says it's because Dad is lazy and always wants to sleep in and Dad says it's because Mum takes too long doing stuff in the morning so they never leave the campsite until about 10am. Anyway, today would have been a good day to get up early because we went to a place called Burra , about half an hour from Clare, which had a lot of history and heaps to do.

Mum went to the tourist information to buy a Burra Heritage Passport which gave them access to 8 heritage sights plus entry to 3 museums. The girl at the tourist information place rolled her eyes (did she learn that from Mum?) when Mum said they were only in Burra for half a day because she said it can take a couple of days to explore the Heritage Trail. So instead of going to wineries in the afternoon, we spent the whole day in Burra. Mum drove and Dad did the navigating, even though Mum said it was an easy day to navigate because there were signs everywhere telling you which way was the Heritage Trail and she says she's not that stupid and she can read signs and Dad said but his eyes were better so he could read the signs before her. (I think Dad won that competition)

It was a great place to explore because I could go with them for most of the trail. (Glad to not be stuck in a car all day). Burra was an old copper mining town and we got to see some of the buildings from the mines, a jail, miners dugouts and cottages, an underground cellar system from a brewery and even the ruins of an old town plus heaps more.

There was quite a bit of walking to do. I'm surprised Mum was able to keep up with us.

Mum is pretending to stop for a photo when really she is stopping to catch her breath. I am still walking up.

Mum is pretending to stop for a photo when really she is stopping to catch her breath. I am still walking up.

I liked the dugouts the best. Mum liked the history and Dad loved the fact that there were heaps of pubs.

Me and Dad could live here!

Me and Dad could live here!

We managed to see most of the Heritage Trail and of course after we finished we got to sit down at one of the many pubs in Burra!

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Day 25 Victor Harbor to Clare

Mum got us to Clare without getting lost!

rain 14 °C

Mum and Dad had a sleepless night because it was so windy. Dad even thought that the tent might collapse. Mum said she only slept a few hours and then Dad (who always thinks everything is a competition) said that he only slept two hours. Meanwhile I slept about eight hours.

Packing up the tent was difficult for them because it was raining. Meanwhile I stayed in the nice warm car and watched them get drenched.

We all enjoyed the campsite at Victor Harbor. Mum and Dad think that location is quite important as it was nice to be able to walk into town and we were quite close to the beach which was good for me because in the morning I could go for a run. Reception was also always friendly. Mum and Dad's only complaint was that they were woken up very early every morning but the sound of screeching birds. (Dad thinks they were magpies and then said 'typical', whatever that means). I'm giving it 3 1/2 paws out of 5 paws.

It turns out that Mum may actually know how to read a map since she managed to get us to Clare without getting lost. And we came across a few diversions because of roadworks and yet we still didn't get lost. Dad thinks she may have been studying the map the night before in secret. Mum says it's because she wasn't using the stupid app thingy (which is what she calls it).

Mum and Dad were very excited when they arrived at the Discovery Holiday Parks campsite in Clare because they found out that they could have their own fire, which meant finally, after lugging their fire drum around for the last few weeks, they could use it.

Finally the fire drum has come to good use

Finally the fire drum has come to good use

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Day 23 and 24 Travelling around the Fleurieu Peninsula

It's a lot easier to find good water than good coffee

sunny 24 °C

Dad put the car into service on Tuesday so we spent the morning walking around Victor Harbor before we headed back to the campsite to laze around in the sun. It probably would have been a good time for Mum to do the washing as it was pretty hot but she was too lazy and instead read her book. (she'll regret it when she realises that the weather forecast for the next few days is going to be rain)

After we picked up the car from the mechanics we walked up The Bluff, a great place to view dolphins and whales. (although we didn't see any) It was about a twenty minute hike. Me and Dad easily walked up while Mum lagged way behind us. She said it was because she was taking photos but me and Dad knew it was because she is hopeless at walking up hills. She's so slow.

Me and Dad easily walking up the hill

Me and Dad easily walking up the hill

When she did finally catch up we all got a photo together.
My family

My family

On Thursday we drove down to Cape Jervis where you catch the ferry for Kangaroo Island. Due to Mum's fit the other day with the water moving in the river, they have decided not to go to Kangaroo Island. That's okay though because Dad still got to see Kangaroo Island and he also got to see the ferry that would have taken us there. Dad also made a comment on how smooth the water looked. It didn't look like it was moving at all. Mum said then perhaps Dad should go swim to Kangaroo Island if he thinks the water looks so good.

Dad wishing he was on the ferry

Dad wishing he was on the ferry

Even though Dad was a little upset by not going to Kangaroo Island (although Mum says Dad's probably more upset that he didn't get his own way) we still had a great day travelling around some of the bays along the coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula.

Mum and Dad did manage to find a place that sold the worst coffee they have ever had. (I thought they were looking for the best coffee but Mum's obviously changed her mind) She said that the coffee tasted like it had been made with UHT milk. But they also found a great pizza place called The Beach House Cafe in Victor Harbor. They were happy because they could sit on the deck with me and eat and drink while looking at the view of the beach and the service was fantastic (it must have been because they are both so fussy about service). Afterwards, we took a walk on the beach before heading back to the campsite.
Me and Dad on the beach

Me and Dad on the beach

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Day 22 Goolwa and Port Elliot

Doggy Day Care...again!

semi-overcast 22 °C

They put me in Doggy Day Care again. They did it because they were supposed to go on a 4 hour cruise through the Coorong National Park. They dumped me at the kennels around 9.30am and headed to Goolwa to catch the ferry. Well, what a waste of time and money for them to have put me in. Mum chickened out on going on the cruise. Apparantly Mum took one look at the water (it was moving slightly which is what water does in the river) and said she thought she was going to spew up. Really? How pathetic is she! This time Dad had a go at rolling his eyes. Maybe next time Mum can be locked away in a cage for a day and me and Dad can go and have some fun together. (She spoils everything!)

So instead of taking a cruise (and instead of coming to get me because I really didn't need to be in the kennels) they drove around to Hindmarsh island and the Murray Mouth which is where they were supposed to go on the cruise.

Dad wishing he was on the cruise

Dad wishing he was on the cruise

Then they had fish and chips down at Horseshoe Bay in Port Elliot. And surprise surprise they found a cheese place which makes hard cheeses so of course they stopped there and bought some cheese.

And finally after they came and picked me up I got to have a bath. It's about time to because I stink! I've tried to keep myself as clean as possible but I still need a bath once in a while.

The dog wash

The dog wash

Check out the wrinkles on Dad!

Check out the wrinkles on Dad!

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