I know it's winter there at the mo, (probably the same temp as our summer!) but to those of you already there is the great outdoor lifestyle as good as you thought or are you dissappointed? Probably a silly question and you're all thinking "she's mad of course it's great" .
We have a dream of spending weekends at the beach, snorkelling in crystal clear waters and not spending a fortune to do it! I have read on SA websites about the snorkelling/diving opportunities, and would love to know if it's as good as it looks!
Oops, nearly forgot! Eldest daughter is dolphin mad, wants to be a marine biologist and work with them. So, on her behalf, are there many dolphins to be seen in the waters around sunny Adelaide?
Thanks for any info, Sally x
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We have been here six months and have enjoyed a very hot summer initially, when we spent plenty of time on the largely empty beaches playing cricket and swimming in the warm water. Absolute perfection! Even in winter they are a lovely place to go for a walk and the days have continued to be predominantly sunny and warm enough for the kids to play out.
Last week we went to Glenelg and saw dolphins from the jetty. There were two pods playing and we spent ages watching them.
This weekend we took advantage of a beautiful day on Sunday and went cycling with the kids to the park. The sky was an amazing blue and there were plenty of people having barbeques down by the lake. Our children play in the garden a lot and do lots of sport, so we are embracing the outdoor lifestyle that we sought in coming here and it makes for very cheap entertainment.
Yes there is definitely more opportunity to be outdoors here.
It's Winter today - but the sun is shining.
Winter for us is the time when we get all of the outside jobs done,it actually feels like a perfect English Autumn at the moment.
It is a little cold to go in the sea or a pool but you can get out and about.Even the fishing is good and apparently you get better weather for boating in Winter (considering one myself).
In winter we do really make the effort to go out,often arranging meets/walks or picnics with friends.
We tend to go exploring in Winter with walks in the forests and walking trails,picnics in Kuitpo Forest (you can have a camp-fire at this time of year).
Talking the dogs for a walk on the beach.
On the better days you can still even have a BBQ during the day.
The nights can be quite nippy though - last night was very nippy,I thought we were going to see some frost.
We do have rainy days but not too many together and often the sun burns the clouds away.
Once you have been here a while though you do appreciate the rain,we do have a water shortage!
From Port Adelaide you can take a cruise on the river and generally expect to see Dolphins :)
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Stu had to scrape the frost off the windscreen this morning to go to work and I just had to come in to get sunscreen as i'm burning while i'm reading my book sitting on the deck....!!!(it's such a hard life) How's that for diversity...the first whale came into the bay last Tuesday!!
Even though it's bloomin' cold at the moment, we are still out as much as possible.
For a start it's the footy season, so we spend a fair while watching our son play..or his friends..or our friend's sons play...or going to watch as many Crows games as we can possibly get to.
The beach is still good and I go at least twice a week to walk the dogs.
When we get together with friends we still sit outside- we just rug up and put the fire on! There's something very special gossiping round the pot-belly with a nice drink -whether hot or cold!- in your hands. We were over at a friend's a couple of weeks ago and he made his own fire from the metal liner of a dryer! Inventive or what?!
And give it a month or so and we might even go camping...It's nice to go out of season so you can take the dogs and not sweat too much in the tent (even though we take fans with us!). And yes Muppetbro, we are all off to Robe this summer, but it won't be the same without you and the kids.
It can get far too cold for me, but there is still so much to enjoy...and as Tyke says, the cooler weather gives us a chance to catch up with outdoor projects. Or would if we made the time!
I haven't seen many dolphins lately but we did spot a seal the other week...does that count?
*No really, I am!
Thanks for all the info guys. Sounds lovely down there! Seals are as good as dolphins to me Lazy Cow. That's a first for me, I've never called someone I've never met Lazy Cow! Do you have hot water bottles in Adelaide?!
It's my name and my description!
Originally Posted by nemo
And yes! Hot water bottles are fab...I brought all mine and am glad I did!
Originally Posted by Lazy Cow
You are a happy and contented one:)
We've been here 8 weeks on Thursday - feels alot longer, in a very positive way.
As for outdoors life, we/our kids are almost always outside, going for walks along the beach, just slip a jumper/jkt on, weve seen dolphins off our local beach, also been on the Port Adelaide boat trip and seen them and saw lots when we went down to Victor Harbour 2 weeks ago.
Weve been having BBQ's every week, we have a lovely big entertainment area with cafe blinds so we can sit out no matter what the weather really and the kids still go out in the rain/under cover so theyre almost never under my feet.
Adelaide has surpassed our expectations! :)
You're calling me FAT aren't you???!!!
Originally Posted by Tyke
Well that makes me feel soooo much better about myself! :p
And to think I thought so highly of you too! Ha!
:p(for good measure!)