Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Country escape to the vineyards

We just spent the most amazing 4 nights in Mudgee. We stayed in a little cottage on Thistle Hill Winery. It was perfect. Thistle Hill winery is an organic winery and the reds are amazing and won't leave you with a headache as they don't contain preservatives.
The cottage was small but all that we needed as the kids had loads of space to run and be free and not be restricted. I even managed to read a book while they were outside playing eating cheese and drinking local wine.

We ate amazing food, discovered great wineries and found great coffee. It really was perfect. The weather was amazing, it was cool but clear blue skies and no wind made for easy days to get out and about.
We visited Dubbo zoo on the Saturday. This is a zoo like no other. They have tried to model it on a Africa type safari where you drive your car around the park and spot animals just doing there thing as you drive by. There are plenty of places to stop and park the car to get up close and personal with the animals. Hightlights for me were the zebra's and the bison. We got really close to these two animals with only a small ridge separating us. Very cool. The kids seems to have a great time as well. I cant say Jack is much of an animal lover...actually Stu and I were more blown away more than they were, they seemed to just take everything in their stride.
We visited loads of great wineries. Highlights were Logan wines, Di Lusso and Frog Rock. I have linked each one so you can take a squizz.
I find getting away allows us to think... reflect and connect. I thought a lot about Loopylu and what I need to do next, Stu thought about innovative ways to move forward with his career and the kids were able to just be and enjoy each others company with out the social pressures of life at home. Stu and I decided this is something we need to do more often. Country trip away from the hustle and bustle. Next trip is the snow fields in two weeks. 

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