Thanks to Brendan?s excellent directions we found our way to his and Heather?s no bother at all.Â They have a lovely house in the Woodcroft district of Adelaide, set on a hill and with a wonderful panoramic view all the way to the sea.Â We arrived at about noon and found Brendan, Heather and son Jamie at home.Â Later on we met the eldest, Bridie after she got back from her Saturday job, and the youngest, Phoebe when she came home from dance class. Â It was nice to spend the afternoon chatting, catching up with news and setting the world to rights. Later on we had a bit of fun and a singalong when Phoebe got out her karaoke/singing competition playstation before we got our gladrags on and headed into town for a curry at Jasmine?s ? voted ?Best Indian Restaurant in Australia? ? and delicious it was too. We are having a glorious spell of weather here at the moment, really warm for the time of year, and next day was perfect for a walk on the beach from Seacliffe to Brighton and back.Â The only one to go in for a swim though was Sophie the dog.Â Â Even though it?s hot, it?s a very dry climate with lots of sun and very little rain, and the lack of humidity makes it a very comfortable and bearable heat.Â So also perfect weather for a BBQ afterwards ? which saw Brendan doing one of his rare stints of cooking!Â To round off a great day we were all agreed that another bash at the karaoke/singing competition was required.Â A few glasses of wine helped us lose any inhibitions we might have had and we all gave it laldie ? especially Brendan and Eric who provided the best entertainment competing to impersonate Tom Jones (see Adelaide photo album).Â Mind you for Eric (and maybe Brendan too) it?s not unusual!Â But the entertainment didn?t finish there as we were treated to some of Phoebe?s dance routines.Â She?s a super wee dancer and is able to cover a wide range from tap, to jazz, contemporary and classical ballet.Â The tap shoes were so inviting that of course Margaret (although completely untrained) had to put them on and give her own very special rendition of tap danceÂ - Ginger Rogers eat your heart out!!Â We enjoyed our weekend with Brendan, Heather and the family so much (the kids are really great), and were sorry to have to say our fond farewells early next morning.Â But we had to get going on our travels further west.Â But first we had to go into Adelaide to have a couple of minor repair jobs done to Annie.Â Jobs successfully completed, we headed away towards the Eyre Peninsula and although it was a pretty long (and a tad boring) drive we made it to Whyalla, which we understand is South Australia?s second city (tho? some books say it?s MountGambier). Â On the face of it Whyalla doesn?t seem to have much to offer, but it?s in a nice setting and the Foreshore Caravan Park was peaceful and friendly, overlooking Spencer Gulf (we?ve decided we like ?foreshore? caravan parks as we enjoy being down by the water?s edge).Â Â Â Â Whyalla has a significant presence, One Steel ? a major industry in Australia ? and this, the largest is the southern hemisphere, seems to dominate the city.Â While we were there we cycled about a bit and although the people are friendly, the old centre seemed a bit sad because of the new shopping centre a few kilometres away.Â However, it did turn out to be an interesting visit due, not least, to a tour of the steelworks, the visitors centre/museum and a game of golf.Â On our travels, we?ve been looking for quirky things to see and do, and we haven?t really found anything like that in Australia ? until now.Â One of the major attractions is a tour of, would you believe, the steelworks!Â This turned out to be more interesting than we would have ever imagined (and we?re going to look out for more factory/industry tours) ? see South Australia photo album).Â First of all we were given an education into iron ore mining and steelmaking (it?s all much more complicated and interesting than you?d think),how it all dovetails together, and about Whyalla?s iron/steel history. We were then treated to a tour of the vast steelwork complex; the coke making plant, blast furnace, strip mills and iron ore barges.Â All very impressive, especially the red-hot coke pouring out of the ovens and the red-hot liquid slag pouring out of enormous pots to form solid slag heaps.Â One important feature of South Australia is that it has no water reserves whatsoever, either surface or bore, and relies entirely on water piped in from the Murray River, which flows from Queensland, through New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.Â There is significant political debate at the moment regarding the water from this river and how it should be used by industry, farming etc, and allocated across these states.Â As you drive along roads in South Australia you?re accompanied by this vast water pipeline.Â It?s amazing that a State the size of Western Europe can survive on this limited water supply, but (January this year South Australia had floods which accounted for half their average annual rainfall) but getting back to One Steel which needs massive amounts of water, they appear to have founds ways around it by recycling, desalination and innovative methods of capturing steam.Â Even the locals benefit from the recycled water ? they have some of the greenest greens we?ve ever seen (and played on ? a really nice golf course with some challenging greens, and well maintained all thanks to volunteers). After the steelworks tour we just had to go aboard for the tour of HMAS Whyalla, Australia?s largest landlocked ship (yet another Aussie superlative), which in its heyday saw action during WWII.Â It?s now the centrepiece of the Whyalla Visitor Information Centre and is quite a sight towering over the main highway approach to the town.Â You might remember we said that we came across lots of Scots in Adelaide.Â Well that?s nothing to the number in Whyalla.Â We gather that loads of Scots came here to work in the steelworks and it really shows ? ?Ah?ll jist huv a wee hauf o? a cuppie tea, hen?.Â There were times when we wondered if global warming had speeded up and we were back home in a hot, sunny Scotland! Â After Whyalla we set off down the road south, driving through long, straight, mainly flat wild countryside where all that grows, starting outside the city limits, is the low growing scrub of saltbush and bluebush - cue for a quick rendition of ?Saltbush City Limits!Â On the way we passed the Iron Duke iron ore mine that supplies OneSteel at Whyalla.Â It was quite an impressive site rising in layers from the flat landscape, and provides 3 to 4 million tonnes of iron ore a year. Â As we got even further south it was interesting to see the saltbush scrub replaced by huge fields given over to agriculture and we wondered what they are able to grow given the limited water here.Â About 100k south of Whyalla we came across Cowell, which is renowned for its fresh oysters and fish, so stopped to buy some (for Eric).Â We had intended to go further than this but the people were really friendly, it is such a delightful little town on the shore of a huge bay where mangrove type trees grow along the shorelinge, and it was the right time of day to put down our roots for the night.Â So we decided to pull into yet another ForeshoreCaravanPark (our fourth Foreshore site.Â This is not a chain of parks, by the way, it just describes their location down right on the waterside).Â Cowell is very popular with the angling community and is full of people who are busy either fishing from the pier or their boats, or gutting their catch, or creating delicious smells cooking it! Â Furthermore, Cowell has a couple of interesting looking pubs and we popped into the Commercial Hotel for a few beers and had a good old chinwag with a guy called Peter, who happens to be a contractor at the Whyalla steelworks.Â We learnt some interesting information which seemed to contradict the info from the tour.