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Mannum on the Murray

Posted by peggyhora on September 21, 2009

Haythorpe homestead, Mannum

Haythorpe homestead, Mannum

There’s nothing like a lazy weekend, sitting around, pretending to read, playing board games, drinking and eating well, and staring at water.  Whether it’s crashing waves or a quiet stream, there’s something absolutely primal about water.  Saturday afternoon I was lucky to be invited by Ingrid Haythorpe from the Attorney General’s staff on a visit “home” to a small town on the Murray River.  The poor river is in terrible trouble and is down about 6-7 feet.  We took the ferry over to the other side of the river to the family home we shared with “Mum” aka Marg, Ingrid’s sister Dinah, her husband Kim and their children Eli (12), his friend Tom (12) and Charlotte (10).  Tanya, Ingrid’s cousin who works in the Premier’s office, arrived with her baby Grace (9 months).  The gang was rounded out by Ingrid’s twins Remi (2) and Laura (2).  It was just an all round good time and a lovely ride both there and back.  Mannum is a town of about 2,000 and we went home over the Murray Bridge built in 1874.  We passed the grassland called the Murray Mallee and the whole thing is called the Murray Lands.  Earlier in the day Sue and I went out to the City of Playford, one of the partners in my residency, for their community forum.  I talked about my “Smart on Crime” initiatives and there was a nice turnout of the community.  On the way home, we passed “Scotty” for the third or fourth time and I just had to get a photo of him.  He reminded me of “Big Mike” on Main Street in Hayward.  Sunday night I was lucky enough to be invited to dinner at the home of Thinker staffer Denise Maddigan and her parner Pete.  We had a lovely fish dinner and a great chat about movies and life and politics and this and that. 
"Scotty," an Elizabeth icon

"Scotty," an Elizabeth icon


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