8.12am, Saturday 28th August, Yalumba Clocktower, Angaston, Eden Valley, South Australia
Squelch, squelch, squelch, squelch, squelch, squelch.
That’s me walking across the soggy front lawn this morning to the Clocktower. The ground around here is saturated folks, and it’s a lovely thing to see. Thursday night and Friday morning were a good time to go for a drive around the Barossa and see creeks running that have been bone dry for years. The creek at Bethany was over the road at the ford, and across at Light Pass where the Para crosses a fairly deep ford, the water level was at 1.2m on the marker board. It must have caught a couple of locals out, because there were a two cars sitting down from the ford in the creek yesterday morning, waiting to get pulled out of the mud. The creek behind Angaston’s main street was boiling away just above its banks Thursday evening, and some of the old timers reckon this was like winter was – all season long – back in the old Barossa days. Officially, it’s the wettest winter in South Australia for 11 years, so lets hope it sets us up well for a decent run at 2011.
Why am I in at work this morning on a Saturday?
Because I was on the phone to our PR whiz kid from the London branch – Val – last night about our first big tasting over there in two weeks time, and the tasting list will be sliding off through the atmo in about half an hour when I finish it – landing in London. We’ll be landing this time next week in Dublin for a week of events in that city and Galway, then through to England, Wales and Scotland for five weeks all told. It will be an all points tour, with equal amounts of time inside the M25 London metro area – and out in the countryside. We’ll be in Portsmouth, Dartmouth, Swansea and Devon in the south – through Manchester and the ‘Grim North’ (I love it!) – up to five days in Edinburgh, so I’ll make sure we post the culinary and tourist highlights along the way.
After I finish this, it will be off to Adelaide for the last footy game of the season, with my boys – the St Kilda Saints – over here to play the local heroes the Adelaide Crows. Four of the Crows blokes are retiring today, so I have no doubt they will want to go out with a bang, so expect they will have a big game from the starting bounce. But with any luck our boys will get up, and finish the season in a strong third place on the ladder – ready for a big run into the finals. Well, that’s the dream plan anyway!