Port of Adelaide & then, Lizzy from Brissie!

A change of pace today. Marg had given Steve tickets for a visit to the Adelaide – an 1864 clipper ship. It’s down at Port Melbourne about a half hour drive from the city.

It’s still undergoing renovation but is open for tours. Only problem …..today it was closed. So, we shall return to visit – another time.

Instead we walked through the historic port area. There are some lovely old buildings. Sadly many shops are closed – probably a result of covid last year. Hopefully, things will get back to normal soon.

The lighthouse. Originally at the entrance to Port river built in 1869

Next , a visit to the railway museum. A great museum with many examples of the early trains. Also a bonus! A little train to tour the whole museum site.

A model railway with amazing scenes

Then a visit to nearby Semaphore where we saw not a lighthouse, but a semaphore signal house.

A beautiful little seaside place ideal for a fish & chip lunch out of paper by the seaside.

We headed back to Margs house via Bunnings! What’s a Saturday without a trip to Bunnings.

Around 7 we set out in an Uber for the Fringe. Half of Adelaide was there.

We arrived at The Garden of Earthly Delights! part of the Fringe. It’s a parklands type venue with lots of colour , movement, action & people.

Covid. We have you covered. It’s a covid safe venue with phone app check ins, hand sanitizer, social distancing! But loads of people and fun.

A bit like the Ekka, or the Royal Easter Show. There are food stalls, drinks, play areas and tents for entertainment.

We checked in at Babylon. We’re here for Chicksal 500. Four women comedians. Denise Scott, Cal Wilson, Geraldine Hickey and Lizzy Hoo.

There are so many comedy shows in the Fringe. Hard to know what to choose. I heard about this show from Barbara, a friend who follows this blog . Hi Barbara!!!!

She told me her lovely daughter Lizzy was now a comedian. I remember Lizzy from the days when my son Peter played rugby with her brother Damian at school. It’s been a lot of years!

Cal, Denise, Lizzy & Geraldine

But what a great show. All four were terrific and we all thought Lizzy was great. She talks about her mum and dad Chan with such funny warmth. She’s sharp, witty, delivers in a conversational way, and giggles! Well done Lizzy Hoo.

Each of the comedians told stories – usually about themselves & their family and had the audience rocking with laughter.

We walked back out through all the people enjoying what Adelaide has to offer. What a festival .

Adelaide you charmer.

Today I spent an hour walking around the area.

Lots of beautiful houses and a lovely coffee shop on Duthy St. No lyrca in this cafe. It’s favoured by locals mostly walking there meeting friends. Not a bike in sight.

We spent the rest of the day at home playing with 3year old Florence – Florry and waiting for the other children to return from school.

Marg had invited very old friends to afternoon tea. And to enjoy the remainder of Florry’s birthday.

There was home made pinata to crack open.

Gideon has a go
But Florry hits the jackpot!

Later that evening we left all the children with Marg and headed off with Vashti for another Festival treat.

We parked opposite the Festival centre and walked across the pedestrian bridge. I live this city. So easy to get around.

7.30 and beautiful light

We had a bite to eat & drink at the Taphouse brewery on the river and went to the newly erected Summerhouse. Built for the festival it’s open on the top and has just curtains for walls. It’s like being at an outdoor venue with wooden bench seats.

Tonight we are seeing the legendary jazz musicians Paul Grabowsky on piano and Vince Jones, singer and fluegelhorn player.

A great mellow sound.

I loved the laid back restrained performance.

Our Town

Starting at 9.30 it was another late night. Thank goodness we don’t have to hurry in the morning!