What a great place that we happened to be in, when this pandemic craziness started. We’ve nearly finished the 4th week in isolation in Coffin Bay, on the lower Eyre Peninsula of South Australia.
I’ll be honest, I’d never heard of Coffin Bay before. The explorer Matthew Flinders named it after his friend Sir Isaac Coffin. Now it is famous for its oysters, with the calm clear waters harbouring numerous stretches of oyster beds, and boats that hum every morning as they collect their fresh bounty. We make regular visits to the oyster sheds in the afternoon when they’ve come back with oysters, freshly harvested – 9 dozen to date!
Isolation here isn’t hard with so few people around, and so many ways to get out and exercise. We go for walks along the foreshore on a walking track that extends for about 5-6 km in both directions from town, and use a picnic table as an exercise bench with a spectacular view. We can also bike ride into the national park, with our goal to make it to the Yangie Bay campground and back, a total of 36km up and down hills. I’ve only been able to make it to the Templetonia Lookout (26km round trip) before I conk out. We just took delivery of our new inflatable kayak and after our successful maiden voyage, will venture out to the other side of the bay and visit various spots for fishing.
Speaking of fishing, Mark is one happy man, catching his first decent sized fish, a 40cm flathead, which we cooked up the same night. Fishing is a major pastime here, with every second car towing a boat and people of all ages toting rods to one fishing spot or another. We pass fish scaling tables frequently on our walks around the bay, as you can just throw in a line anywhere and more often than not you’ll catch something that you’ll need to clean before you go home.
We feel sorry for the businesses here who have suffered without their usual booming Easter season. We have been getting to know the local shopkeepers. Coffee and chips at the Beachcomber, icecreams at the General Store, and croissants from 1802 restaurant. It was our wedding anniversary last weekend, and 1802 delivered our seafood and roast duck dinner.
Katya our motorhome, is great for travelling in, but not if you are stuck in one place. So we’ve moved into a little holiday unit, with views over the bay, and we can quite happily sit on the verandah for hours watching the pelicans, boats and tides coming and going around the oyster farms.
How is everyone doing? Hang in there! We’d love to hear from you. This pandemic situation will be over soon and we will have a very different perspective on the world after all this. Hopefully some positive outcomes will result from seeing how everyone on the planet is so interconnected. Love to you all xx.