Neo is one lucky kelpie. Firstly he is our much loved family member who we rescued over 5 years ago, so that was his first stroke of luck. Since then he has happily accompanied us on holidays that a lot of people can only dream of. The reason he is so welcome has a lot to do with his demeanor. He is the most gentle and friendly boy and very obedient too. He rarely barks, usually only when he sees someone he knows and they’re taking too long to come and pat him.
We were invited to an impromptu weekend away with friends at Brighton Caravan Park in South Australia which strangely enough we had never set foot in before and in fact didn’t even know of its exact location. This is despite it being only 17 kilometres from Adelaide and pretty much in the neck of woods that I grew up in as a child. Perhaps that’s exactly why I’d never considered staying there, you think you know all there is to know about an area sometimes, but just like us, places change as they mature.
We have just marked Fathers Day again in Australia on the first Sunday in September and for us that means it’s celebrated the way many dads would want. The time is spent very simply, surrounded by family and pets, outdoors around a campfire, burning some BBQ meat over flames, with a nice bottle of red to share with gathered family and friends.
Continuing on in the series of our caravan progressions, by mid-2013 we were on the lookout for another upgrade of caravan. One thing that can always be an issue in a caravan is finding the right layout and a particular bug bear can be where you sleep. One thing we had decided was that the next van had to have an island bed and be not so, well….orange as the Avondale. Apart from that, we were still happy generally with the old vans so the search began for a change and perhaps something a little newer than the current 1975 van.
At home in South Australia, one of my favourite winter pastimes is to go whale spotting on a weekend. Luckily you only have to venture to the Fleurieu coast in South Australia to find one of their holiday playgrounds where they spend a few months in warmer waters with their calves. There are certainly other spots in South Australia where you can see them but for proximity to Adelaide and likelihood of spotting whales it’s a good area to start. There is also the added bonus of being able to see them fairly close up from the land and at a popular surfing beach.
You betcha! Our feeling has always been that dogs enrich your holiday experiences, they are the ones that will always go with you for a walk even if it’s when the sun is rising or after the sun has set.
We have always been kelpie owners and we seem to have been lucky in that after the initial mad puppy stage they have been obedient, eager to please, and intelligent dogs.
We are in November and thoughts are turning to our end of year holiday which involves caravanning, fishing, boating, family, friends, good food and good times. So the preparation starts now. One of the jobs on the list is to get bait for all the whiting (amongst other fish) we hope to catch, and they love cockles. So now with cockle season open, as of the 1st of November, we headed down to Goolwa Beach on the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia.