Thursday, June 19, 2014

A Cold Wind Now Blows

Thursday 19th June, 2014

It only took me 3 weeks to finish my post about our trip to Kangaroo Island but I have now completed it.  Well, all our nice weather has gone and winter has come to take it's place. The wind is icy and goes through you, the nights are freezing and we have more days of wet weather than dry.  

I am looking forward to this weekend because for us it will be the shortest day of the year and for me that means the days will slowly get longer and the warmer weather will be with us once again.

Several years ago a group of Adelaide business men got together and decided to restore the City of Adelaide Clipper ship.  This ship was used to ferry immigrants to South Australia back in the 1860's.  This ship is the oldest Clipper ship in the world built back in 1864.

Back in September 2013 the journey began from Scotland to Port Adelaide where it arrived in February 2014 and sits until a more permanent home can be found.

in it's hey day

and what it looks like today

Earlier this month they had an open day.  We thought it would be good to go along and support this piece of history.  While there Tony managed to buy a print of the ship that brought him and his family out from Holland  "Zuiderkraus".

Also we tried some Hungarian Kurtosh also known as chimney cake.  

It was nice but has a very short shelf life.  To me it tasted like a donut.

We haven't heard from Katie lately.  From what I hear she is very busy having a social life on the weekends with her friends and the last couple of weeks has been busy with the Primary Schools Sports Association.  She has been playing Rugby and her team has gone through undefeated. She was awarded the "Best Sportsmanship Award". 

Last night she was graded for her Kenpo Karate and is now a blue belt.  We are extremely proud of her.

Currently the World Cup is being held in Brazil.  In the early hours of this morning Tony and I decided to stay up and watch the game between Australia (Socceroos) and Holland.  It was a fantastic game and even though Australia lost 3-2 I think we have come of age in the soccer world.  I think I woke the neighbours with my cheering lol.

We ran rings around the Dutch for most of the game and even their Coach had to change their game plan.  Australia played extremely well and were very unlucky not to score more goals.  We really gave a huge scare to the Dutch and they had just come off a game beating Spain 5-1.  Our next game is against Spain.

Soccer in this country is very popular among the younger kids but the main football game is Australian Rules.  Then comes Rugby and Soccer is third.  If any of the soccer players are any good most head overseas to Europe or England to try their luck. We have a reasonable league here and this years World Cup players have been mainly taken from the local league plus some of the overseas players.  So for a very 'young' team they have done their country proud.

We now can't wait to see what they can do against Spain.  Spain are the current World Cup champions but this time they have not been very good being beaten by Chile and Holland.  We didn't have any high hopes of Australia doing well but so far they have surpassed all expectations.  Chile beat us 2-1 and we had a goal disallowed because the player was off side otherwise it may have ended in a draw.  Chile only scored their second goal in the dying minutes of the game.

C'mon Aussie! Oi! Oi! Oi!