What’s on for the weekend?

I love Wednesday. The working week is half done and the weekend is clearly on the horizon. So what have you planned for the weekend?
Autumn in the Hunter Valley is my favourite time of year. The trees have started to change colour,  the days are clear and the temperature is still pleasant enough to be outside. My weekend will certainly involve riding, probably catching up with some friends and defiantly some food & wine. I have a beautiful wood fired oven that I inherited from my Grandmother. It’s the focal point of the kitchen in winter. Cooler weather calls for slow cooked food.  
If you feel like a getaway here are a few suggestion on how to spend your time in the Wollombi Valley.
Stay with us at Valle Laguna for 2 nights, and we’ll give you the 3rd night free.
E-mail us at enquiries@vallelaguna.com.au or visit the website www.vallelaguna.com.au
We have some wonderful options for dining.
 The Great North Trading Post is popular with visitors and locals! They have great food all weekend and live music on Friday nights . www.gntp.com.au
 Mulla Villa is an original 1840 convict built sandstone Magistrate’s house and is quiet the dining experience! They are open for lunch and dinner. www.mullavilla.com.au
The Wollombi Tavern is not only your typical country but it’s the home Dr. Jurd’s Jungle Juice. No visit to the valley is complete without a little taste! www.wollombitavern.com.au
Saturday, visit the art exhibition by Guntis Janson ” Paintings from the Studio” at the Wollombi Cultural Centre, Wollombi.  Open weekends 10am to 4pm, from Saturday 16 to Sunday 24 May 2015
Indulge in a little bit of wine tasting at one of the many local vineyards. www.wollombivalleywinetrail.com.au
My personal favourite are the Stonehurst Methode Champenoise and the Lemoncello liqueur from Wollombi Village Vineyard. 

Happy planning! I guarantee you’ll love our little piece of paradise.


Valentines Day

I’m not sure how I feel about Valentines Day anymore…
Back in the day it was BIG news. Women would circle the reception desk in the office like sharks (me included) waiting for that elusive bunch of flowers to be delivered. So much was being written into that one bunch of flowers. So much importance was being placed on a single gift or some over the top declaration of love. I’m a born romantic. I think the majority of women are, but today when I think of Valentines Day my idea of romance is somewhat different.
I was trying to remember the most romantic thing that Trent had ever done for me. I cant think of one. Not because he has never done anything romantic, but because he has done SO MANY romantic things. Things that come entirely out of the blue. Things that prove time and time again that he “gets me”. He understands the real me. 
I remember many years ago, not long after we had purchases our first home. Money was tight and the work situation for both of us was a bit unstable. Trent came home one night and handed me a $10 raffle ticket. First prize was a yellow VW convertible and a $1000 shopping spree. He said that when he walked past and saw the car, it made him smile and  he could picture me driving it. I didnt win but I kept the ticket in my wallet for many years. Then there was the time he took my horse float for it’s rego inspection, on his day off, just so I woudlnt have to waste my time on the weekend. Small out of the blue gestures that meant so much more than a bunch of over priced roses. Of course he’s rather good on the grand gestures to. Imagine waking up on your Birthday and seeing a beautiful diamond ring sparkling at you from your bed side table. Yep, he’s got the grand gestures worked out as well. 
Happy Valentines Day everyone.

Sculpture In The Vineyards

This event is one of my favourite in the Valley. A day spent wandering around different vineyards while looking at amazing art it my idea of a perfect day.
It’s well worth spending  $5 on the guide book. It covers all of the sculptures exhibited in each of the 4 vineyards and really helps to understand both the sculpture and the message the artist is trying to convey.

Times are a changing…..

I never thought farm equipment could make me emotional, but seeing these 2 get sold on has made me feel a bit sad.
I remember when we first purchased the tractor. It was our first piece of “real” farm equipment. I was a bit intimidated when it first arrived, but after a few goes I loved it. My favourite thing was dragging the harrow behind it. To the non-farming amongst you- that’s a large rake like thingy (do you like my technical talk) that you drag behind the tractor to harrow….that’s a nice way of saying it spreads cow poo!
I also loved the June long weekend when Trent would connect the trailer and take the kids for tractor rides around the farm

This little guy was a bit of an experiment. We thought it would be useful but we never imagined just how much we’d use it.
It was also loads of fun to just zoom around the farm!
Both have now been upgraded to bigger & better versions of themselves…