Lorraine & Ian's southern trek travel blog

Driving across the fairways as we leave Loxton Golf Club

Grape vines ready to be prunes

No, not a racetrack. Leaving Riverina area fruit fly zone

Our site tonight.

9/6/2017. Coomealla, NSW

9am start and we stopped at Renmark which is a big, pretty town and where we used the library and had coffee and a snack - Ian said the best sausage rolls ever. As we farewelled the Riverland, we also said goodbye to the Green and Gold - the beautiful orange and mandarins trees with glossy dark leaves and laden with fruit. We passed lots of vineyards, orchards, wheat, sheep and cattle and ground ready for planting. Our overnight stop is the Coomealla Club Motel and Caravan Park Resort, and it's one of the best we've stayed in. Washers and dryers are free, the Coomealla Club is a short walk away where we're going for dinner tonight. A short day driving today as tomorrow we'll do more more kilometres. We went from South Australia, through Victoria for a short distance, and we're now in NSW. It's a long weekend in the Southern states for the Queens Birthday, and there's an air show tomorrow at Wellington, 20km away, but Ian doesn't want to go - he's got the sniff of home, and there'll be no stopping him now - not that I won't try!

We were talking to a farmer at Loxton and he was saying there's no money in oranges, when they have to sell them for 5 cents each, and he and others in the area are planting Pommegranets, for which they will get $3 each. A big difference. It will take 3 years from planting to fruiting. We wish him well. He can't prune his grape vines anymore due to arthritic hands. It is so hard for farmers.

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