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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Beautiful Kangaroo Island

We are all relaxed and refreshed after spending 5 wonderful days on beautiful Kangaroo Island (KI) over the Easter/ANZAC day long weekend.  If you ever get an opportunity to visit KI it is really worthwhile - for the wildlife and scenery as well as the fantastic local produce.

We arrived Friday afternoon and spent some quality time digging up worms for beach fishing at Emu Bay where we were based.  Himself got into the fishing in the late afternoon and landed quite a few mullets while we watched the pelicans on the water.  Said mullets were then used as bait on Saturday morning when Himself and the other males of the group went off hunting for marron (freshwater crayfish).  While the men were doing manly things we took the opportunity to visit Seal Bay where you can view Sea-lions in their natural environment.  After that we went to Raptor Domain to see the Birds of Prey show which is very entertaining, informative and interactive.  Sunday was spent by the females and children visiting the Penneshaw Farmers market where we tried a lot of the local delights including South Rock Lamb chorizo, KItchen Island biscotti and locally made chocolate truffles.  Kangaroo Island Spirits and two local wineries were very generous in their samples!  We then went to Cliffords Honey Farm where they make products from the local pure Ligurian honeybees (my favourites were the honey icecream and honey and mustard dressing), the Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery to get some laundry liquid and Island Pure Sheep Dairy (you have to try their haloumi and cheese).  The males went out on the boat to try to catch King George Whiting for dinner but came back empty handed around lunchtime (it was too rough).  We didn't starve as we had a feast of marron to get through.  Monday was spent at the most spectacular secluded beach - Stokes Bay - which has a safe swimming area.  Back at Emu Bay that night we observed some of the little penguins.  On Tuesday we visited Emu Bay Lavender and treated ourselves to Lavender scones with Lavender Jelly and Apricot and Lavender jam as well as Lavender icecream (all very yummy).  We came home on Tuesday afternoon thoroughly exhausted but very relaxed and happy.

My thanks to the lovely locals who took us under their wings and made sure that we experienced some of the wonderful sights and tastes that KI has to offer.  There is plenty more to do but we didn't want to rush around.

Attached are recipes of the two different ways that we prepared our marron.

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