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Sunday 16th August 2015

semi-overcast 18 °C

We are now safely tucked up in our cottage at Waves and Wildlife on Kangeroo Island. We have had an interesting couple of days and seen some lovely countryside and great wildlife. Yesterday we left our B&B in the Barossa and went to a nearby farmers market in Angaston that Jayne had recommended, in order to get some more supplies to take with us down to the Fleurieu Peninsula and then on to Kangeroo Island. It has some some great produce but we were aware of having to keep quite a lot of stuff in the car and also of my garlic intolerance which meant quite a lot of the food wasn't really suitable for us to buy. We managed to buy some soda bread, pasta, fruit, couple of spicy buns and a few other bits. We also had a coffee but it was so strong that neither of us could really cope with it. After we had finished there we left to make our way down south.

We had agreed that neither of us wanted to drive back through Adelaide and there looked as though there was a much nicer route further east that would take us through some potentially nice countryside including through some more wine regions.

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Again that sat-nav was really helpful in guiding us on our way, with maps as an additional safeguard. We managed to find a nice spot for a picnic of some rolls we had bought and the pate we had got the previous day from Maggie Beers. We also shared a Scandinavian spiced bun that we had got that morning at the market. We then continued on our way until we reached the coast south of Adelaide as I was keen to have a look at a beach area called Aldinga that I had heard was particularly nice. The bit we stopped at was very pretty and we wandered down to the waterside and then drove about half a mile up the coast and found somewhere to stop and have a cup of tea.

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As we continued to drive south the views of the coast got even better, but by this time we were keen to get to our accommodation. I was still driving but Nigel was able to see the distinctive shape of the lodges at Lush Pastures from some distance away. As soon as we pulled up Andy and Cheryl came out to greet us. The showed us to our Romeo Lodge which was going to be our home for the night. There were three guest lodges in all, a separate building with a guest lounge, as well as their own private accommodation. All the buildings were very modern in style, very well equipped with large panoramic windows to make the out of the stunning views.

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We were given a bottle of wine to take back to our lodge and were told that we would be able to choose another to drink with dinner which was going to be served at 7pm. In our room there was the standard coffee and tea, three types of sweet and savoury biscuits, hand made chocolates and some local cheese. We were completely blown away by the views and decided to go for a short walk before the sun went down. The couple have two dogs and one of them called Bella came with us, sometimes running off only to reappear every now and again as if to check we were still on track. After our walk we came back to our lodge and watched the sun setting over the sea in the distance.

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We went to the guest dining/ sitting room and met an Australian couple who were going to be eating with us. Dinner was amazing, starting with a selection of meze type dishes, followed by a chicken and a pork dish accompanied by roast vegetables. Desserts were equally impressive with a chocolate pavlova, miniature lemon meringue tarts and a plum crunch. Everything was home made with local often home grown ingredients. This was all washed down with our choice of red wine, and then we all finished the meal off with some mint tea. It was lovely chatting to our fellow guests who were a young couple expecting their first child in a couple of weeks. She worked as a pathologist and he was a GP. Once we had all finished eating, all feeling very full we were ready to go back to our rooms and relax a little bit before going to bed for a good nights sleep.

This morning we woke up quite early both keen to see the view from our room at first light. The valley was at times full of cloud, the it would clear and we were able to see as far as the coast. It was also lovely to be able to watch the exotic birds that were large in number.

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We showered and packed up the things we had used during our stay and then went up for breakfast. Cheryl produced some more amazing food and also gave us the a few provisions that we had ordered from her; a quiche, small meatloaf for Nigel, some more pate, a Greek salad and some cake. We settled our bill, posed for a photograph, said our goodbyes and were on our way for the shortish drive to Cape Jervis to catch the ferry. We had a bit of drama just outside Normanville when a small truck a short distance in front of us lost its load of calves. It was such a strange sight to see them tumbling out onto the ground. Fortunately they didn't seem to be harmed and some of the locals took it all in their stride and helped to round them up. We were very soon on our way and then only stopped to take some photographs at Yankallila Bay

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and again just as we were approaching Cape Jervis with a stunning view across to Kangeroo Island.

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Once we arrived at the ferry we weren't quite sure what the procedure was but a man kindly explained and while Nigel drove the car on I boarded as a foot passenger. We sat on the upper deck so we could easily go outside to take some photographs. We had been told that it is quite common to see dolphins and even the occasional whale, but on this occasion there didn't seem to be any in the vicinity. Once we arrived on the island we knew that we needed to get a few more basic groceries but decided it was likely to be a little quieter if we went further away from the terminal so we drove to Kingscote and found quite a large supermarket there. Once stocked up it was about another 45 minutes to Stokes Bay where we would be staying for the next three nights. Whilst driving across the island the sadly the only kangaroos we had seen were dead at the side of the road but there were plenty to be seen once we arrived at Waves and Wildlife. The key to our cottage was in the door ready for us and we quickly unloaded and settled in. The accommodation was much more basic that some of the other places we had stayed at on our trip but the bonus was the setting which was overlooking a beautiful beach, surrounded by dozens of the kangaroos native to the island.

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After having something to eat we decided to go for a short walk. We spent ages looking at the coast, photographing kangaroos (including some males having a boxing match) and watching the sun go down.

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I also continued to be amazed at the joeys and the fact tea they continued to squeeze into their mother's pouches when they looked much to big to do so.

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We both chilled out a bit (fell asleep) before having supper of Cheryl's lovely quiche and salad washed down by the last of our freebie Whistler wine. Once it got dark there were a few noises outside, like something was bumping into the cottage or the car, but Nigel wasn't able to see anything outside when he went to investigate. Things settled down and there was time to look at some photographs and do some blogging before going to bed.

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Posted by Gill's Travels 23:07 Archived in Australia

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