I had become friends with Craig's wife, Wendy, through emails and Skype, so when we finally met face to face at the Adelaide airport, it was like we had been friends for years. And what better way to christen a new relationship than to have a fabulous evening at a Paul Simon concert. Paul played all the old tunes from "Slip, sliding away" to "Graceland" and we'd never guess he is 71. The next day Roger spent a few hours meeting potential suppliers then we headed south to see what Beachport was all about.
|Craig and Wendy's house on Beach Road. They built a duplex along with Craig's brother who owns the other side|
|Craig, Wendy, Heather and Roger enjoying a glass of bubbly to celebrate us finally getting to Beachport|
|View from their balcony never gets old and constantly changes|
|The beach is rugged and beautiful|
|Beachport's jetty is over 2500 feet long which is much shorter than the original one built in the late 1800s.|
|Incredible scenery was around each corner|
|Despite it being in a beautiful bay, the waves can really come in|
|Aptly named --- Blue Lake|
|A huge sinkhole was formed before the early settlers arrived and was transformed into a garden|
|The cave was originally discovered by a curious young boy and run for decades by his family until it was taken over by the government. It is now one of the few caves to be wheelchair accessible.|
We kept our eyes open for kangaroos --- not only because we're still excited to see them, but because they are a huge hazard on the roads. Like deer in North America, they dart out and hit cars which usually ends badly for both driver and roos.
|We found them to be bigger than what we've seen in zoos, and incredibly inquisitive. It took some time and Craig making funny noises before they hopped away.|
|Leigh showed us how the shearing equipment worked|
|These are bales of wool ready to be sold|
|It's harvest time in the Coonawarra region|
|Ready to be picked|
|Wendy, Celine and Dume|
We left Beachport with the hopes of returning again and discovering more about the beautiful area, and headed back to Adelaide for a couple more meetings. We didn't have a lot of time in Adelaide, but it is an interesting city that has diverse architecture with many restored buildings from the 1800s standing side by side modern buildings.
Adelaide is famous for the Central Market which is in full gear 3 days a week, but a lively, bustling hub when we stopped by on one of the "quiet" days.
|Loved the name of this shop!|
|We went out for my birthday at a great tapas bar. The seafood paella was fabulous.|
I smile when many friends and family mention how happy I look in photos, and how I sound in phone calls, emails and on the blog.
It's because I am.
"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony."