The drive to Adelaide was not too bad. The weather up in this little corner of the world was good, but there was bands of rain and mist sweeping across from about Snowtown onward. Annoying in that you just switch on the wipers and then within a minute switch them off again. Bright sun, then another band moves in and wipers on, then off, then…. until after Port Wakefield – about 100 klms. from Adelaide. I spent much of Adelaide shopping and getting things for Annabell as well as spending time in Bunnings for garden things and a new hammock. I also wanted to get a new canopy for the garden seat, but no luck there. I did buy one on line a while ago but Australian Garden seats are smaller than a three seat and larger than a two seat – awkward – I may have to get one made. Friday is late night shopping in town and I like to wander through Rundle Mall. Surprisingly enough, it was not very busy although is was cold. From there I walked the half mile or so to the Central Market which was open until 9pm. I didn’t do much at the market other than get some new cook books and a bag of mandarins,
which I am fond of, but I did take what I thought was a fairly reasonable shot of Victoria Square, which these days is well lit up. Before it was dull and dreary but in recent years Adelaide has started to look much more interesting and welcoming at night – provided you don’t go wandering off the main areas. We still have a few problems in that regard and it’s still not a good idea to go wandering off on your own in less frequented areas – “safety in Numbers”still applies. One of the streets that was a major concern has mostly been “tamed” with most of the “nightclubs”having been moved on.
Built as a minesweeper and launched in 1942 HMAS Whyalla saw service mostly in the Pacific. She was one of 60 “Bathurst Class” Minesweepers/ Corvettes and was awarded
three Battle Honours for her service. She was decommissioned in 1947 and sold to the Victorian Government, renamed “Rip” and used as a Lighthouse supply ship and various other civilian duties. In 1984 she was to be sold for scrap. HMAS Whyalla was the first ship built in the Whyalla Shipbuilding yard and rather then let it be scrapped and forgotten the Whyalla City Council negotiated with the Victorian Government to buy the ship. This was done and the ship was brought back to Whyalla with
a volunteer crew and under her own steam. She remained in the slipway until 1987 when she was -slowly- moved 2 kilms to her present landlocked position as the centerpiece of the Whyalla Maritime Museum, which was opened in 1988. I have taken family and visitors to the Maritime Museum but Annabell has stayed in the car or watched from the ground – the stairs being too much for her. There are a number of seasonal things that attract people here not the least of which is the diving to observe the giant cuttlefish. This has grown in size in the last few years and the RFDS (Whyalla) has been involved every year since it began. This year, this month, in fact, it will be 40 years since Annabell and I, and the two boys moved to Australia. We had been married 10 years to the month when we left Scotland. Much has changed