McLaren Vale

Today was the big event. A wine tour of McLaren Vale with plenty of tastings, fun and prizes to be had by the attendees.


Murray came with me and I think he had a great day, despite there being a lot of frequent flying talk. I had to wake mum and dad up early to ask to use the CC at Kay’s but beyond that it wasn’t needed.



The amount of food we were served at Serafino, and the quality of it was great. We couldn’t finish it all but it was lovely.

Leconfield turned out to be a good final stop, as I bagged two of the last 2008-vintage Cabernet Sauvignon’s. I then also won the main raffle prize.




On the return to Adelaide, I took Murray into the airport for some drinks in the lounge, finally checking out the shoebox that is the VA lounge here, before moving to the Qantas Club, thanks to Danny guesting us in.

Feel completely buggered now though, it’s been a long day!


This weekend I am in Adelaide for an AFF function, but not all of my days are booked out, so today I’ve headed to Hahndorf, a tourist trap German village in the Adelaide Hills.



I was hoping to see more German architecture but it’s essentially just a normal town with an over abundance of German specialty shops. I even bought some “white pudding” for Dee-Anne to try.


Murray has been my host and we went to the Hahndorf Inn for lunch on his recommendation, established in 1863.



The food was great, but a little too much fir just us. Of course we couldn’t just have the 1 beer, so started at one end of town, finished at the other, and also did a tasting and ended up in central Adelaide for a further glass. Lucky we had a designated driver.


Over the weekend I took a trip down to Adelaide to see a friend and do some aircraft spotting.  I also flew to Olympic Dam, to cross it off the list, as I do.   I then flew across to Melbourne to have dinner with Sze Sze, catch up with friends there, and attend the Designing 007 (James Bond) exhibition at the Melbourne Museum.  I then flew home.

That could be the end of my blog post, but I want to touch on a few things, as these flight were the first since achieving that coveted P1 status with Qantas.

To start with, all three mainline flights I was warmly greeted by the CSM once onboard, and a few things were noted, such as congratulations on my first flight for getting to P1, or an onboard upgrade to Business on flight two.  And yes, you heard that right, an upgrade, and not even on a full flight, I had plenty of space where I was.

I brought along my flight log book, a new thing for me and that enabled further discussion with the crew, and I even had an FO come chat to me about airshows, as well as two invites to the cockpit when we’d landed.

So far, the extra level of service seems very focused and leaves me feeling good, and perhaps just a bit special, onboard.

That said, not a lot to say about the Olympic Dam flights, as they were operated by Alliance.  Crew was friendly, but didn’t recognise me as anything out of the ordinary, though did recognise regulars, so I guess I just need to be a regular… unlikely to happen.