Thursday, May 16, 2019

A weekend away......


Hubz and I went for a weekend away with friends from way back ….. a couple of hours drive for us to Stanthorpe (the one place in Queensland that can get snow) and home of "The Big Apple)

I took this one with a vehicle in it to give you an idea of the size.....


I might have played around a bit.….


Once we met up with friends off we went to find sustenance.... not sure about Hubz choice!


There are heaps of places to pop in and visit..... I kept forgetting photo's....

candles.....


Olives.....

 … fudge....

hand made pottery, wineries, breweries, cherry icecream, etc..... something around every corner almost....

Beautiful days and cool nights, the log fire was very welcome....


We have heard a lot about drought and how it has effected farmers.... a big affect has been felt by the vineyards and olive groves.  One olive place we visited didn't manage to get a crop at all this year and vineyards production was halved...

Here at our accommodation it was clear that a lot of mature trees had died...   


WE stayed at a vineyard and were able to take lovely walks..... amongst the vines.... 


 … and up into the granite rocky areas....


Huge big 'flat rock'.  Gus the resident dog was just delightful and led us along.... 



We went for a long hike the next day ……. 



 It's not called the Granite Belt for nothing....


My calves certainly felt it the next day... so many steps!  and sustenance was needed after.... 


WE also visited a home pottery and I loved this little possum tail hanging out the box..... 


We did visit several other wineries and breweries, had more walks, lovely meals and home made icecreams…. I forgot to take pictures most of the time....

This is the winery where we stayed (this is not our cottage but where they do tastings and events).  The Twisted Gum..... 


of course some came home with us.... 


I did do a few rows of my crochet in the evenings.... not much though, early beds after walks and wines.... 


Righto, Gotto Go, I also brought home a cough and cold so I'm feeling very sorry for myself!  Off to dose up and mix up some lemon and honey.....



18 comments:

Jeanette said...

Love going out to Stanthorpe to look around the area & visit wineries. Such a lovely area. Love your blanket. Hugs, xx

marina said...

looks like a great weekend away!
your blanket looks lovely, it's nice to have a wooly project for the colder weather.
bummer about your cold, I'm still recovering from my flu experience, not happy Jan.

Marly said...

What a lovely location, and such interesting little shops.

Maria said...

Lots of interesting places to visit but sorry you brought home a cough and cold...
Oh I thought it was a snake 🐍 hanging out of the nesting box...
Pretty colours for the ripple rug...

Jennifer said...

Nice country up around Stanthorpe......my brother and SIL lived there until he passed five years ago.

Sheryl said...

Hi Fiona what a wonderful time away at a beautiful place ,hopefully I will see this place on my travels one day. The fire looks so cosy and warm ,and boy you sure needed a drink after lifting that apple ,lol ,hole you have a lovely week my friend xx

Michelle Ridgway said...

Looks beautiful despite the drought and what huge walks you had. Feel better soon xx

Louise said...

I hope you feel better soon! You have lovely memories to dwell on as you cough and sneeze :)

Jane said...

Hope you feel better soon, a glass of wine might help

Karen S said...

That looks like a lovely location. Great way to spend time with friends.
Hope you get well quickly.

Susan said...

a fun weekend - shame about being ill - all that activity!! not good for you!!!

Lin said...

Hope you feel better soon Fiona. Sounds like a great trip though - lots of delicious things to taste and some beautiful scenery. Sad how the drought is affecting so many. xx

Chantal said...

That was a lovely little getaway. Sorry to hear you brought back something you did care for. Hope you are feeling better by now. ;^)

Raewyn said...

It looks like a great weekend away Fiona - plenty of R and R and a beautiful change of scenery. That blasted drought is affecting so many people. Hope your cold is well gone by now....

Elyte said...

What a great opportunity to get away for a short break.
Enjoy the photos.
Hope you are feeling better.
Elyte

Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

What a lovely weekend you had! I'll have to add that to my place to visit one day... looks like such a pretty, peaceful place. Hope you get better soon! xx

kiwikid said...

Wonderful weekend away Fiona, sounds like there was plenty to do and see, your walks looked great, I can understand needing early nights!!

Janice said...

What a fun weekend away. You certainly packed in lots of activities. It’s so nice to actually get to spend a bit of time at a place and have a good explore without rushing too much. I’m surprised that you managed any crochet. Take care of yourself and give that cold the big heave ho.

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