Apologies up front for this post… a bit disjointed, but I thought you might enjoy these few odds and ends from our recent trip. Our American friends were keen to see the ‘real’ Australia, as well as visit as many wineries as practical. On our second day in Coonawarra we began with tasting at Redmond Winery cellar door… at ten in the morning. That’s a little early for me and my stomach to taste wine, so I gravitated toward taking photos and making friends. It turns out my first encounter was a celebrity! Trevor has his own page in a book called Wine Dogs of Australia! Who knew? He was a sweetie but I left the winery covered in hair… note to self, ditch the black coat when cuddling animals with white fur.
Some of the ridges, especially windy coastal areas, are being developed as modern wind farms to produce electricity. They are intriguing forms, enormous, graceful kinetic sculptures, though I don’t have to live in their shadow. I was somewhat disturbed to see them in the distance of the wild coastline near Cape Nelson… but the photo is interesting, nevertheless. In the last few years we have seen wind farms in Germany, Illinois, Wyoming and northern Scotland as well. To put into perspective how large the windmills (turbines) are, the small town of Millicent displayed one of the blades from this type of wind turbine. Don walked to the far end of it, its tallest point, and stood next to it, to give some perspective. Who knew?
Travelling along the countryside, we came upon these signs indicating animal crossings on a section of road. It struck me as humorous because a foreign traveller would look at these and except for the kangaroo, would not have a clue what else to look out for. The silhouette below the one of the kangaroo is a wombat. And the other sign depicts an echidna. I assure you they look different in person than these silhouette images would lead you to believe but I get what they are attempting to do. I have seen moose signs in Wyoming, bear signs in Scotland, deer crossing signs in the Midwest of the USA, but this is the first time I have seen a sign for echidnas. Who knew?
But the funniest one of all was this one at Lake McIntyre. A yabby is a sort of fresh water crayfish and they are highly edible. ‘Yabbying’ is the colloquial term for catching them, but we both laughed a lot when we saw this sign that had made the colloquial, official!
These little things, as well as the breathtaking ones, are part of why we enjoy travel. Now we know. And with my sharing, so do you.
The Cape Nelson Lighthouse picture is stunning. I think I’d ave preferred sightseeing to wine tasting any day with scenery like that.
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Thanks David, yes, a tough decision to view the scenery or taste the wine… I think we achieved a good balance of the two, but might have to go back just to check and make certain! X
I agree with David re the Cape Nelson Lighthouse pic – just fantastic.
I love your take on the signs. I’d never looked at them from a visitor’s perspective, who would be looking out for variations of black blobs, and wondering what a yabbying was, and why they aren’t allowed…
But, no yabbying allowed, tragic from a foodie POV! I have many fond and delicious childhood memories of stalking yabbies armed with string and chunks of meat, only 1 heat stroke event, and 1 trauma from gaining understanding of the cooking process – no humane putting them to sleep first back in the dark ages…
10 am is too early for wine for me too… thank goodness.. Trevor the wine dog is gorgeous. I also would have ended up covered in fur, and the G.O. would have been as usual shaking his head at me…
The bits and pieces and wonderful, they are the glue that pulls a trip together 🙂
I have never eaten a yabby, so I guess my ‘Australianisation’ is not yet complete!! I have eaten Morten Bay Bugs, Crayfish, Kangaroo, Crocodile, Camel, buffalo but no yabbies. Mind you, the bugs and crays are the only ones of which I would care to do repeat consumption.
I’ve only ever eaten caught yabbies rather than bought – I was surprised to see them in a fishmonger’s display here in Sydney.
I’ve never eaten kangaroo, and feel I’m never likely to, it just doesn’t feel right for no logical reason. My sister who was vegan loves it…
I’ve never had the opportunity to eat camel – not fussed if I ever do, and although I’ve had domesticated buff sausages, I was disappointed when in the NT & Kimberley not to have found buff on any menus. I made up for it in the amount of barra I ate.
I love fresh in-season crays but find Bugs underwhelming, ditto for my one experience of crocodile but I blame that on the style, which was a hot stones grill type thing – needed a help with flavour.
Buff used to be on the menus in a couple of places in Darwin but never that common, well not in the 30 years I’ve lived here, but I confess, I didn’t really seek it out. As for the other exotic taste trials, most were done at receptions that featured them for visitors. I mostly will try things once, just to satisfy curiosity and to inform my opinions, but I do not have a palate for strong tasting meats or seafoods. I don’t even care for scallops, which my husband adores. I agree that it just seems ‘wrong’ to eat kangaroo… for no logical reason.
Lorraine Koepfle said:
Wind energy and solar is what Faye’s father does. There are turbine farms in the deserts of California. I have seen photos and it makes one say “wow”. But you are right. I don’t have to live in their shadow. But I did grow up next to a water tower!! By the way, they just painted that water tower. A nice soft beige. It looks nice finally, after all these years. No more blue. Your photo with the dog – I immediately saw Storm. What good friends they make.
So glad to read the water tower has been painted a more subtle colour! At least water towers don’t make noise. I understand that is the problem with the wind turbines. We weren’t close enough so I could tell, mind you. I love old dogs and Trevor the winery dog was one, they are so sweet.
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