Report on the Event
Allen & Dianne Weber hosted this run. A simple run to Normanville for fish and chips turned out to be a fun filled weekend with 22 cars (38 people) departing from the Crafers Hotel. Unfortunately for us but fortunately for the Hotel, there were many people lunching there and parking was tricky, but in high spirits David Jarrett led the first group and we led the second. Thank you David. We all caught up at Myponga and away we went again.
Drinks and nibbles were held cosily in Fay’s room - thanks Fay, followed by a delightful dinner at 7pm in the restaurant for garlic and cheese bread, fish, chips and salad, tea and coffee. We celebrated several birthdays and I apologise to anyone I missed acknowledging.
After tea, we walked down to the pool area where the Club provided ice creams for everyone.
Next day we departed at 8.30 am for the Club Fleurieu where 32 of us had a cooked breakfast made by Chairperson Louise and several other Club Fleurieu members. Louise spoke afterwards about their Club and the huge variety of events they hold there. We were made to feel very welcome. After several goodbyes, a smaller group made their way via the beautiful scenic roads and that amazing view of Kangaroo Island as we wound our way down to the ferry area at Cape Jervis.
We retraced our steps until we got to the Delamere turnoff, then onto Range Road with its rugged coastal views one side and panoramic hills the other, then behind Victor Harbor and up through Mt Compass to the Strawberry Farm. We were all feeling very relaxed as we sat outside overlooking the strawberry patch drinking our coffees and eating their beautiful homemade sausage rolls, muffins, scones etc. Most of us bought some delicious strawberries to take with us but none of us ended up picking.
After a free afternoon we met again in the car park for a short trip to Tania and Richard’s place for more drinks and nibbles followed by a lovely dinner at the Yankalilla Hotel.
Next morning, departing at 10 am, the group had a leisurely drive to Wellington stopping at the Milang foreshore for cool drinks, then onto the Wellington Hotel for lunch. There, we were welcomed with air conditioned comfort and river views of the ferry going back and forth and very generous meals.
Our weekend was over ... the weather was perfect with blue skies and comfortable temperatures. Our spa rooms at the Links Lady Bay Resort were fantastic with balcony views over the pool area and golf course to the sea in the distance. All our meals were great and all the businesses we worked with were fantastic and very accommodating. The runs showcased our beautiful state and in particular the gorgeous Fleurieu Peninsula.
At Saturday’s breakfast Hans commented that he thought that this was the best fish and chip run yet (our 8th) and most people indicated that they would like to do it again next year, starting from a less crowded venue, so we have started negotiating with the Links Lady Bay Resort to stay there again. We will reserve extra rooms this time and advise prices and dates and so that you can book in plenty of time.
Over the weekend, we had also taken the opportunity to collect donations for Brain Cancer Research, with a total of $171.15 collected from our members. It was subsequently agreed by the club committee to round this up to $200.00.
Thank you to everyone that joined us for any part or all of the weekend, to all our helpers and your generosity. We hope you enjoyed the run and weekend as much as we did.