The Hunter

Here’s another vineyard in the Hunter Valley. This is one of the many tables with an incredible view at Robyn Drayton’s Vineyard. Her vineyard also functions as a cafe. According to Robyn, who led us through quite a fun wine tasting, she’s one of the view successful female vineyard owners in the Hunter. I bought a bottle of her chardonnay, Sweet Caress. It’s beautiful. Trut me.

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Happy new year!

Happy new year!

The above shot was taken at Tempus Two Vineyard in the Hunter Valley, NSW. Isn’t the architecture done beautifully? I love the look you can achieve when you embrace the medley of organic and inorganic shapes. My favourite pieces of art seem to all have this in common.

Texture, Dynamic, and Colour

17 November

Today I’m thankful for art. In particular, I’m thankful for the challenge of figuring out a tricky framing… and nailing it!

It was a piece bought years ago from a photographer. It was mounted in a cheap almost styrofoam style matting and it was starting to fall apart. I took it apart to frame it properly only to find out that it was cut into unusual dimensions too. It took me far longer than I initially had expected to even find a suitable size frame. I ended up buying an inexpensive print from Ikea solely for the sake of the matting I wanted. It had equally unusual dimensions, but I had an idea. Texture and dynamic and colour would be my guides. I took everything home, made a lovely mess of our office/studio and starting really working through this other artist’s piece. I finally felt it in my fingers that I was finished when this beautiful framed photo fell into my hands. See below.

18 November

I am so thankful for homemade mac and cheese. Mine’s full of veggies and keeps us healthy and happy. Here’s the recipe.

19 November

Today was lovely. I spent the day with two lovely women doing a day’s worth of wine tasting together in the Hunter Valley. I’m so thankful to have them here and to have these weeks reminiscing of our college/uni days together. Wine country is a lovely addition too!

20 November

I’m so grateful that flat shoes/ballet flats/gladiator sandals are ‘in’. Heels are pretty and sexy, I know, but I’d rather be barefoot any day. Today was exhausting and I’m dead on my feet. They’ll be okay though.

21 November

I saw my city from a brand new view tonight. Of course that was after I worked two extra hours at work without a break. Ugh. It was a wonderfully productive, completely draining, can I have some chocolate now, type day.  I met a few friends in the tallest skyscraper in town so watch the sunset. I love city living, especially one that puts me smack dab next to the ocean. Today I’m thankful for all the cities I’ve called home over the years.

22 November

Today was me and me alone at home. Doesn’t happen often. I packed for our weekend away. I cleaned. I did errands. And? I sat. I read. I drank coffee. I’m thankful for a Friday at home 🙂

30 Days of Thankful? Read on. It’s good for you :)

An Idyllic Cafe

These are a few photos from a long weekend trip up north a few weeks back. This café was so much more than your average café though. This café is also a winery. And let me tell you, Di Lusso does not disappoint. I bought us a bottle of perhaps the best moscato I’ve ever tasted.

Mudgee, NSW
Mudgee, NSW

Mudgee, NSW

Twelve Kangaroos

Mountains, man. They’re pretty sweet.

No, in all honesty, I do love the mountains. There’s a calmness that comes with living near them. These few photos (more to come), were taken in a recent trip up and past the Blue Mountains. You can see them in the distance.

Mudgee

This dirt road leads to the guest house where my extended family and I stayed for a long weekend. Our first trip down this dirt road was nearly at midnight. We’d been warned to keep our pace slow and caution–wildlife, kangaroos, cows, hares and more had been seen traversing throughout the evening. While the concept thrilled me, my other half just laughed at my excitement. The drive was anti-climactic however. NOT A DAMN THING. And I love kangaroos. You can imagine my disappointment.  Upon arrival, I (sort of jokingly) tell the group that I swear there must only be a dozen or so roos in the entire freaking country and I bet some bloke in a van just drives them around, dropping them off here and there, then picking them up again. For some reason, they found this (and me) hysterical. We ended up seeing plenty of critters the next day… Not more than 12 though.

Mudgee

It was a beautiful trip. And wine filled. Not much beats family, friends, vineyards and birthday parties!