Before making our way to Adelaide we had one more day at Tanunda in the Barossa Valley. This meant that we were able to enjoy a free evening open air concert of German folksongs by the strangely named Barossa Boys (‘strangely’ because they were all in their dotage!), a cycle ride round the town to visit its pretty Lutheran churches, and one last wine tasting at Chateau Tanunda which, apart from selling its own wine, does tastings and sales on behalf of small, ‘boutique’ vineyards in the area. It was a great area for cycling, being pretty flat, and the weather was still really warm and sunny (unusually so for the time of year) so we rode on out of the town to the small hamlet of Bethany, the first settlement in the Barossa Valley. Around the church there was a village display of ‘old time’ crafts, ie butter making, farming, woodcraft etc, with folk in 18th century dress. Bethany doesn’t have a museum and it was really interesting to speak to a local – whose grandparents were original settlers here from Germany in the 1840s – and his hopes that the traditions and culture won’t be lost. Before heading off to Adelaide on Thursday morning we had to remember to drive around all the vineyards where we’d ordered and paid for wine. Annie, now laden down – hope we haven’t forgotten any! – we were merrily on our way to a new State capital. We liked Adelaide immediately . When we first arrived in Sydney in 1997 (not on this trip, of course), apart from the obvious sights (Opera House, Bridge, Harbour etc) we were a bit disappointed. Admittedly it was in the middle of major building and road works in preparation for the Olympics the following year. Now that work is long in the past we think it’s a great city. Melbourne, too, took a little time to get used to appreciate, so it’s good that we didn’t have to wait for Adelaide to hit the right spot. The reason for this is certainly not the predominance of Scots people all over the place – our first bus driver, shop workers, people in the streets etc all sounded as if they came from Glasgow just yesterday. What made the city was its layout - wide open streets, swathes of parkland surrounding the city centre. One of the main attractions near our campsite, and virtually in the city centre, was the wonderful Botanic Gardens which, despite the drought, looked stunning. In the heat it was great to wander through shady avenues of trees and plants that were now more familiar to us than a few months ago. We emerged from the Botanic Gardens into North Terrace which seems to be the home of a fair chunk of Adelaide’s culture. We had a really interesting conducted tour of Ayers Historic House, the home of Sir Henry Ayers after whom Ayers Rock (now Uluru) was named. Sir Henry was an early South Australian premier and it was interesting to see the opulence in which he lived at that time. Next it was off to the Art Gallery of South Australia then, exhausted by the walking and the heat, we took the ‘historic’ (but now ultra modern) tram to the seaside suburb of Glenelg to watch the sun go down over the sea. (Many of you will know that one of our favourite places is Glenelg in Scotland. Can’t say there’s much similarity between the two palindromic places.) Had a scrumptious burger and hand made chips at Goose Gourmet near the seafront. The place was empty when we sat down, which was made us a wee bit concerned cos everywhere else was busy, but it wasn’t long before every table was taken and people were queuing up. So it turned out to be a really good choice – pity we didn’t get a discount for attracting all those customers in! As we’d (deliberately) missed out on chocolate Easter Eggs (although we did have boiled eggs for Easter Sunday breakfast) we popped into a Haigh’s Chocolates shop for a small sample of their renowned delights. And very nice they were too. Next day it was off to Brendan and Heather’s for the weekend. Brendan is Margaret’s cousin – Jean’s step-brother. Obviously we knew Brendan, and had met Heather once before a few years ago in Sydney, but had not met the rest of the McInerney family – Bridie, Jamie, Phoebe, Sophie the dog, Max the cat and three tree frogs.