Gra Nomad Wanderings

Tuesday, August 07, 2007


Photos: Jeremy and I, Jon and Peta, Peta and then Deb enjoying chocolate, Deb/Bren/Logan and Fay and I.
Wine, cheese and beer tasting; that was the order of the day. In fact that was the order of the days!
’Twas great to have Peta, Jon, Jeremy, Deb, Brendan and Logan come and enjoy some family time together in the beautiful Hunter Valley over the weekend. The Hunter Valley Gardens are quite incredible. The wineries (and the brewery) we visited were quite lavish setups. We were quite happy with the Pokolbin Hill Chateau Resort, although we thought they might have been able to slip us some extra tea bags, soap and toilet paper after a few days. We had also expected we’d have internet facilities as promised. One wet day and a couple of cool days amongst a week is not too bad.
Visited the following wineries and other memorable establishments:
* Ken Duncan Gallery
* Hunter Valley Chocolate Company (yummy!!!)
* Hunter Valley Gardens
* Roche Wines
* Oakvale Winery
* Peterson House (for champagne) – go the Pink Blush!
* Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop
* Brokenwood (Cricket Pitch wines)
* McGuigan Cellars
* Small Winemakers’ Centre
* Australian Regional Foodstore and Café

We simply had the best meat pies at the Blue Tongue Brewery on the Sunday. Peta voted them absolute tops and nobody disagreed. Jeremy led the beer tasting admirably. Bill would have been proud but envious.
Quite a few roos here and there. The dams were full but we learned that that had only happened thanks to recent rains.
Deb/Bren saw Harry Potter at the local movies while the grandparents watched the kid. We also had a family champagne drink on Saturday night to celebrate recent family milestones (there have been a few…. keep watching this spot, or inquire separately.)
Late news: Had a beaut time over near Singleton, visiting ex WWTC friends Graeme & SuzieO'B. All went well except for two things:
  1. hit a roo on the way back to the resort - fortunately no damage to solid Pajero (yes, I was driving... but I missed the second one!)
  2. found out on our return to the resort at 6 pm that in actual fact we were supposed to check out that morning! So, they bundled up all our gear (while we were away) and put us into a different pad for last night! Thanks Rick and the team. Sorry about that.

  3. now back at Dubbo...finally. Congratulations to Pokolbin Hill Chateau Resort for giving us a beaut family holiday.

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At 11:52 PM, Blogger Rodney Olsen said...

Sounds like a good time was had by all.

By the way, I had a dream last night. It was you and me with a couple of other people (I'm not sure who) cycling back across Australia. We had previously ridden from west to east and we were now heading back the other way. We had a couple of close calls with passing road trains and the last thing I remember was arriving in a town with 'real shops'. We had made it back into civilization after several days in the middle of nowhere.

At 7:37 PM, Blogger Keasty said...

Rodney - maybe that's an omen that I'm gonna be back on my bike... soon!

At 9:40 AM, Blogger Keasty said...

Thanks Rodney. Back on road bike yesterday and did 32 km. FANTASTIC after 2 months off.
As Arnie once said, "I"LL BE BACK!"

At 12:47 AM, Blogger M. C. Pearson said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! Sounds like a 'beaut' time. soon as I saw that I had to look at where you are from. Yep. An Aussie! I have a few other Aussie blogger friends. Always enjoy the gorgeous pics on their yours. I must visit your country someday.

At 6:36 PM, Blogger reeta said...

Peter Drayton Wines also produces sparkling wines and a selection of Liqueur Fortified wines. The extent of the range is truly exceptional for a small, boutique producer. More visit - Hunter Valley Winery


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