Yesterday, we journeyed from Rawnsley Park to Parachilna (population: 7), where we stayed at the storied Prairie Hotel. This place is known for their Feral Mixed Grill, and so of course that is what June and I enjoyed last night. On the plate was camel sausage, an emu filet mignon and a kangaroo steak, all of which was amazing (see bonus image below). No wonder why this dish makes the lists of top eats in Australia. And the hotel itself was a delight. The front is very traditional, but the accommodations in the back are new and comfortable. Among the guest is a film crew who are making a move about a woman crossing the desert with camels. we heard this morning that one of tne of the stars, Mia Wasikowska (Alice from the “Alice in Wonderland”) is staying here, and I’m sure we saw her after breakfast. And we hear that Pierce Brosnan will be there in February working on one of his movies. For a dot on the map, this place gets a lot of activity.
Friday, November 9
(Last night, Peter and I went out to try photographing star trails. However, by the time we got back, the hotel was locked up — and our room keys didn’t work in any of the locks. The women-folk were in the rooms, so we set about trying to identify which rooms were ours to get either June or Michele to let us in. Without looking like Peeping Toms! Particularly since we noticed that several people had left their blinds open, including a young woman we saw talking on a phone. It occurred to us this morning that she may well have been Mia. Anyway, I found our room and asked through the window for June to come and rescue us, which she did — all the time laughing as she walked down the hallway to unlock the back door.)
But back to today’s photo. We had a solid day’s driving in front of us today to get back to Adelaide, but we still found time to stop and photograph some ruins on the side of the road, taste the meat pies at Stone Hut bakery (self proclaimed to be “the best pies in the universe,” and they were certainly up there) as well as sample some wines in Clare. After all, it wouldn’t be a trip with Peter and Michele if there weren’t wineries involved! One of the wineries we stopped at was Sevenhill, the winery run by the Jesuits and the supplier of all the altar wine for Catholic churches in South Australia (and perhaps nationally?) We bought a wonderful bottle of verdelho here, but due to a really stupid mistake by June and I, this and a bottle of sparking shiraz we bought at Knapsteins never made it back to the USA. I still don’t think we are ready to talk about it yet…