Where did the good weather go??!!
After a perfectly still and mild evening last night with the open fire, the rain hit overnight and continued into the morning, and then we woke up to a real Scottish-style ‘pea-souper’ drizzly rain morning, photo below after we had raced around packing up wet gear in the rain!
With the rain falling and the weather looking like it had well and truly set in for the day we had made the call that a second night at Coffin Bay was not the best idea, and that a better idea would be to get on the road and seek better weather (and some wine!) in the Clare Valley. Decision made, we headed into the Coffin Bay township to take some photos and grab a coffee and tray of oysters for dinner, and onto Port Lincoln.
A bonus of moving on was that we found out that Dad’s auntie Kay, uncle Glen and cousin Judith were on holidays in Port Augusta, so we drove up through Port Lincoln and Whyalla to Port Augusta for a rendezvous and cup of tea.
Then it was back on the road towards Snowtown and Hummocks Station, our destination for the evening.
As we drove southward the weather still looking a bit threatening….
The photo above shows the view we had coming out of Port Augusta at the end of the day, and we were a bit concerned about: a) the weather we could see through our windscreen; b) the thunderstorm warning we subsequently read for Snowtown on our weather app (we we were to be camping!), and c) our sodden swag and camper trailer tent that we had packed up in the rain in the morning (and our damp jeans and jumpers which were our only ‘long-sleeve’ clothes!).
With our concern mounting, we arrived at our destination, Hummocks Station and got out of the car in the blustery wind to pay for our camp site…
Camp site… no way!
A quick conversation later and we had booked into the warm shearer’s quarters with: a) no wind; b) a roof and walls; c) a real bed; d) linen and fresh towels; e) hot showers with real soap; and f) a camp kitchen!
In case our joy isn’t palpable enough through the text of this blog post, here are some photos of the outside, where our camper is in the wind, vs inside, where we are, and where Eliza is currently running around to each member of the family to show them how clean and fluffy bath mat is (vs us, who are not ‘clean and fluffy’, but who soon will be when we have had hot showers with fluffy towels, AND, we have Coffin Bay oysters and Kalbarri Fish tacos for dinner! Whooooo hooooo!).
Photo below is our car and camper outside in the wind and the camp ground we would have stayed in, including the trail of smoke blowing from the poor campers outside in the cold:
And, the photos of the warm inside where we are with beds, happy children, no wind and soap!
This post is to be updated after hot showers, and cold oysters and champagne, have commenced… more to come!
After hot showers, oysters and drinks we had a great dinner of fish tacos and a sound sleep in real beds!
Wednesday 3 October 2018