This year though the guys went by themselves and hired a local Winnebago, staying at the family camping area at the track.
I decided to take a couple of days off too and headed to Victor Harbor and McLaren Vale to visit and stay with friends and family.
I left Thursday and headed to Victor Harbor which is 3 hours away. I stopped at Strathalbyn to stretch my legs and visit the bakery for lunch. Strathalbyn is a really pretty town and is well known for it's quality secondhand and antique shops. I had to take some photos of one of the secondhand shops that caught my eye. It was absolutely chokka from floor to ceiling of everything imaginable. You had to be very careful walking through it as it was so jam packed. It was actually too full as it was hard to look properly at anything!
That shop isn't testament to the other shops in the town which are very neatly organised!
My Mum and Dad live at Victor as does one of my sisters and her husband.
My sister and I wandered around Pt Elliot in the afternoon and I bought this lovely tablecloth/bed cover at The Bargain Barn. Apparently the lady had only put it in her shop that morning!
On Friday a couple of my other sisters came down and we had lunch together which was great.
Here is a pic of my Mum and Dad and one of my sisters enjoying a cuppa.
Later on Friday afternoon I drove to McLaren Vale where I stayed for the rest of the weekend with one of my best friends Jo from Vintage Lane Stitches and her family.
On Saturday we meandered to Yankalilla which is a small country town that has a few secondhand shops. On the way we stopped at a plant nursery and bric a brac shop.
Those baltic pine bar stools you can see in the picture ended up coming home with us! Jo was looking for some and they were perfect. Lucky we had a station wagon!!
The highlight of the day was shopping at Savers at Noarlunga. It is a 'huge' thrift shop, the only one in South Australia. I was absolutely amazed at the range, quality, price and how organised everything was. It was all in colour and size racks. You could easily spend a couple of hours looking around. I picked up these items all for $28.
And of course each day finished off relaxing with a beverage or two and chatting the night away!!