2nd April to 10th April
We arrived in Hahndorf a day early as a freezing cold front was due to come through the south with hail and thunderstorms, with temperatures expected to drop to 14C during the day. Although Hahndorf was only 100km north of Deep Creek we would at least have power to be able to crank up the heater and have a movie evening!! We arrived about 2ish in Hahndorf but had to wait for the rain to stop before we could start to set up. After we had quickly set up, I turned on the heater and we had a relaxing afternoon reading books and playing video star on Ipads, toasty warm!! Just as well as the weather really turned sour and we proceeded to have hail and rain well into the night. The next day we headed to Mount Barker to do some grocery shopping and wander the centre after a week ‘off the grid’, then caught up on some laundry and house cleaning. We bought our fruit and vegetables from the local farmers store in Hahndorf, Nik and I were in our element buying a bucket of unwaxed Hahndorf apples for $7.99 (we did actually need a bucket), a tub of olives ( which we cryovacked into 250g portions), lots of nuts and they also had a great selection of gluten free foods as well.
During our time here we headed into Hahndorf to meander up and down the main street going into all the little shops. Hahndorf is in the Adelaide Hills about 27km from Adelaide and is Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement having been built in 1839. Hahndorf is a very pretty town with beautiful leafy 100 year old Elm trees creating a canopy over main street, there are many gourmet food shops, lolly shops, quirky shops, a few pubs and also galleries. Importantly it has a ‘Birkenstock’ shop, which I was excited to visit as I had some Birkenstocks that needed resoling. Unfortunly to my dismay it was just a shop and they didn’t do any repairs there, they just send the shoes back to Melbourne for repair, it takes a few weeks too, DOH!!!!! I was a bit annoyed but still managed to have a look around and found some pretty cool Birkies that I could have bought…….but didn’t 😦 Anyway, we did buy ourselves some salami to cryovac with the olives and Bec and I bought some honey facial products, we had coffee and scones at a café and pretty much just spent the morning wandering in and out of the shops.
As we were only 30 minutes away from the big smoke, we decided to head into Adelaide town for a bit of a look around. We ended up spending some time and money in Rundle Street Mall, doing a bit of shopping, and watching and listening to the buskers. We also got Bec’s Ipod fixed, bought some thermals for everyone in Rays and before we knew it was 3pm and we’d had enough and decided to head home. The drive around the city was lovely looking at all the old buildings and churches. The next day we packed up and hoped that we were heading into some warmer weather as it has been freezing and wet here during our whole stay, so we headed off on our next destination on our OZLAP……….