Shakespeare’s not here

Day 1, Friday Sept 6th 2013 Melbourne – Stratford

We leave home at 10:30am and reach Sale at exactly 1:00pm an easy two and a half hours drive. The Stratford Top Tourist Caravan Park is on the banks of the Avon River. We set up the van then wander the short block into town to grab some lunch. The little bakery must be good as it’s doing a roaring trade, so a pie it is. The town is small but has all the basics. The butchers at Shaw’s Butchery make all their own smallgoods and the fridge is packed with smoked meats, big fat kransky, cabana, and, lovely thick pink bacon along with smoked salmon. We buy a marinated forequarter of lamb for dinner as we’ll be cooking in the cabin tonight and it has an oven. We tell the butcher that we intend to visit the Tinamba Hotel and he describes it as “a bit cheffie”.

T & C arrive straight from work (they haven’t discovered retirement yet) and we have drinks on the cabin veranda overlooking the Avon River. The river winds through a wide stony bed and the frogs chirp loudly.

The Avon River at Stratford

Towing Kms: 170Kms


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