I love Adelaide - I could easily live there. I've told Rob now that I've made the first move - which was the hardest and the biggest - I am now ready to try other places. Visiting the Central Markets on Saturday made me realise how much I miss some things up on T.I. - well stocked delicatessans for one. I'd forgotten how many varieties of cheese, olives and salamis are available to buy and how well they go with delicious crusty Italian bread.
K1 winery in the Adelaide HillsThe next day - the wine tasting. A short drive out of the city and we were in the Adelaide Hills and home of several well known wineries. What a pleasant way to spend a Sunday - tasting wine, lunching on platters and newly discovered wine blends, and driving through green lush country. How do you top that? You stop at a chocolate shop, that's how :)
As full as I was, there was still room for a Baileys Bomb - one little chocolate that had me oohing and aahing for ages. Once I'd bitten into it, I had to be careful and not let the liquor inside run out. It was like a chocolate shell filled with Baileys - it was truly a case of "I'll have what she's having".
Rob happily munched on a peppermint slice. I don't get it - how can you just eat chocolate. Don't you have to savour it first - sort of let it melt in your mouth and then you slowly swallow it while at the same time you try to keep it in your mouth? Isn't that how you eat chocolate? Not Rob - he bites off a piece and eats it - quick, no nonsense, done and dusted in a few seconds. I guess it's a boy thing.
I also discovered that I'm getting better at air travel - well I have to don't I, considering where I live. And I find that doing a crossword puzzle takes my mind off (i) take off, (ii) how fast we're going, (iii) how high up we are and (iv) the thing I don't want to think about the most - what keeps this thing up here????? So I concentrate on crosswords.
Reading .... well, my mind wanders and as for trying to sleep - well first of all I can't and secondly I hear every single noise, bump and swish, gear change and I'm sure there are times when that motor just cuts out. But if I'm thinking of a three letter word for "meadow" or another word for "room divider" then I don't hear a thing .... what was that??
And let me tell you I always listen to the safety talk - you can't hear that too often. But I still don't know - is that little red tube the whistle or the inflation thingy? And yesterday for the first time ever I actually felt under the seat to see if there really was a life jacket - there was :)
Rob and I packed a lot into our three days away - we spent time with his daughter and her new family and I met up with a friend. We shopped and we walked. We did a lot of our favourite things - we ate interesting food (stonegrill at the Strathmore - what a treat, crispy pizza at the Lazy Ballerina and amazing ethiopian food at Addis Ababa); drank new wines (hello K1) and we were merry.
But the best thing about our time away is that Rob and I reconnected - we talked, we had fun, quite a few laughs and we came home knowing that we love being together and want to stay together for a long time.
Life is good.