One week of 2012 gone and it has been uneventful. On Wednesday the car had to go in for its first service, 1,000km service and we had done 2,015km. I went into work with Tony and then we left at 8.45am to take the car in. As the service was only going to take approximately an hour we sat and waited for it. After it was finished I wanted to go to Ikea as I wanted another "table". Tony decided to come too. Afterwards, I dropped Tony back at work and then went off home.
The weather has started to warm up again. This morning was an awful day, hot, wind was blowing a gale and it was whipping up so much dust from the outlying farming areas. As we drove down the hill it was almost impossible to see Parafield Airport due to the amount of dust. We went and bought ourselves a new vacuum cleaner for outside. We got a wet/dry vacuum, industrial strength and this one should be more suitable for vacuuming the pavers.
We then went up into the hills and to Hahndorf as we wanted to book in for lunch at the Hahndorf Old Mill for Sunday 22nd January. They have a smorgasbord and Bob and Robyn have always wanted to go and see what it's like and so we thought we would.
While there we saw an advert saying that Adam Brand would be appearing there on February 2nd. As I have always wanted to go and see him perform I said to Tony I would like to come and see him. I rang Robyn and she said to get them two tickets as well, and so we have booked to go and see him, dinner and show.
There was no wind up there, just a gentle breeze. The skies had begun to darken and looked as if there was some rain on the way.
When talking to Robyn she mentioned that they were going to the Lower Light pub for tea and did we want to go as well. Tony said yes and so we arranged to meet them there. We went onto Mt Barker as I needed to do a bit of food shopping.
Got that done and then headed home. We got back earlier than I thought and so rang Robyn again to say we would come out to their place as I still had a container of theirs and their ice blocks.
We ended up going to Lower Light in our car. On the way we could see the storm front coming in, the sky was black but we didn't hear or see any thunder or lightning.
Just as we were about to turn off the highway and go into Lower Light the heavens opened and down came the rain. It didn't last very long but it dropped some water.
The pub is only a small hotel, (twenty people and the bar area is full) but they seemed to be booked out for meals. We all had the Lower Light special, schnitzel, beef or chicken, with prawns in a white herb garlic sauce, except for Bob who had a rump steak. The beef schnitzels were huge (they overlapped the plates) and there were plenty of prawns and shrimp on top, so much that I couldn't eat all of mine.
They had a salad bar which included help yourself pasta with three sauces. The food was nice, Bob thought his steak wasn't as tender as he likes though it was cooked to his liking, medium rare. Still, you gotta try these places.
On the way back we stopped off at Two Wells for a dessert pizza. We went to the Empire Cafe where we ended up having coffee and this time decided on the Ferraro Roche pizza. Yum! Yum! it was unanimous, this was delicious. Much nicer than the one we had previously, Banana Caramel.
Not being a fan of Ferraro Roche chocolates I didn't know if I would like it, but it was so good I even licked my plate much to the disgust of the others.......hahahaha. Hey, if it's good enough for Amanda Blair to take a group of listeners out to a restaurant and they ALL licked their plates it's good enough for me.
After finishing there we decided to go to the movies and see "War Horse". We ended up going to the Elizabeth cinemas. On the way back we realised it must have been some storm that passed through earlier as there was a lot of debris on the roads (leaves and branches) and lots of water laying on the side of the road. At one point the road was flooded and we had to drive through the water with care.
We enjoyed the movie, I think even Bob did, though it wasn't how I thought it would be. People, who had seen it, warned to take tissues, but even though the end wasn't sad, it had a lovely ending. It was a nice way to end a great evening.
When we got home I checked the rain guage and we had had 25mm of rain (that's an inch).