Sunday adventures ~ Part II

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Sunday adventures ~ part II

 Did you catch our first adventure?

A little stint of corporate project work means my weekends have been free ~ working 9 to 5, Monday to Friday, what a way to make a living!

Blessed with another beautiful Sunday, and with the Mr’s birthday nearing,  we headed south, down the freeway, a slightly more famous destination in mind ~ the Brown Brothers winery and Epicurean Centre.

Sunday adventures ~ part II

The sunny Sunday afternoon was made for an afternoon of grazing on delicious bites while sipping local wine.

We got Epi.Curious, ordering several dishes,  little hands kept creeping into sample the smallgoods and fresh bread. A second round of morsels ordered.

Where else could you introduce the smalls to a quail terrine or a lamb croquette, and which they loved.

Sunday adventures ~ part II

Sunday adventures ~ part II

On the way home we stopped at another little winery down the road ~ John Gehrig’s. The aim was to stock up on some muscat for friends but we ended up walking away with several bottles for ourselves. [That's not really the biggest surprise now, is it.]

It’s easy to forget what’s in your own backyard. And it’s easy to think you don’t have the time.

These adventures might have only been for a few hours but they create memories that last a lifetime.

Where are you going to go this weekend?

Note to self: One thing to remember ~ take lots of photos, particularly ones with you in it.

 

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Sunday adventures ~ part II

Sunday adventures ~ Part I

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There is nothing more inviting than a sunny day in the depths of winter.

It’s like a guilty pleasure to be sitting outside without a jumper or coat on, soaking up the rays.

We’ve obviously done something right of late as Mother Nature has blessed us with sun on the weekends and the grey days during the week, where they are seemingly right at home on a Monday.

So there’s nothing for it but to get out an enjoy it, particularly these past couple of Sundays where we have found ourselves without sport or work commitments, a rare day indeed.

We throw the camera gear in the back of the car, meet up with our friends, and head off into the yonder.

The adventure took us north, a road winding around the expanse of Lake Hume and along the mighty Murray River.

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We ended up in the town of Jingellic where stopped for lunch at the pub, hearty fare with a magnificent view to boot.

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We took the other road home, crossing the lake on the “ferry”, a small punt that can fit three cars, we were two and then it turned out we knew the people in the third, such is country life.

Stay tuned for part II of our Sunday adventures.


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// All photos taken with my iPhone! The best camera is the one you have with you.

checklist // seizing the holi-day

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So I made a list, checked it twice, or more and how did I go “seizing my holi-day”?

Well, good …  and bad.

I didn’t go for a walk everyday, and I didn’t head out to the library or take myself out for a meal by myself. I ran out of time.

I did work on a little side project, pushed myself a little out of my comfort zone there, and I cooked ~ a lot. I baked fresh bread, made soups, desserts and casseroles.

However, I did take more photos ~ usually every day, everything from time lapses to snaps with my iPhone. I’m still in the process of editing and processing them.

And I did check out the art. I got myself along to a local gallery, pictured above [snapped on my iPhone] and signed up for newsletters so I can go back again. They had a range of pieces for sale which I really must remember to get back along to when I need a lovely and unique gift for someone.

The leaves work pictured here, by artist Natalie Ward, was my pick. Each work in this series was quite captivating.

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I also had an urge to climb a mountain, so to speak. And we took ourselves, for the first time, up to Huon’s Hill lookout which has panoramic views across the region.

Stupid to think we had never been, even though it’s a relatively short drive from home.

I had expected a short walk, turns out you could drive to the top [#winning] but unfortunately smoke from the autumn burn-offs obscured the view, which will be quite spectacular in the winter months on a clear day when we can see the Victorian Alps.

But, now we know and we will be heading back and next time might even pack a picnic! And we have plans when the smoke settles to do a guided tour of another mountain in the area. Seriously, I don’t know myself. But I want to see those views!

And photograph them, of course.

Done! March Photo a Day

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March photo a day

1. Day 1 // L is for Legoman, 2. Day 2 // something I made, 3. Day 3 // key, 4. Day 4 // Lucky, 5. Day 5 // Under, 6. Day 6 // chair, 7. Day 7 // fear, 8. Day 8 // favourite, 9. Day 9 // faceless self-portrait, 10. Day 10 // I want … this heatwave to end, 11. Day 11 // important, 12. Day 12 // in the distance, 13. Day 13 // sound, 14. Day 14 // tasty, 15. Day 15 // explore, 16. Day 16 // 9 o’clock, 17. Day 17 // green, 18. Day 19 // a sign, 19. Day 18 // shoes, 20. Day 20 // clean, 21. Day 22 // about you, 22. Day 21 // working, 23. Day 23 // what you do for fun, 24. Day 24 // up, 25. Day 25 // in your drawer, 26. Day 26 // something you did, 27. Day 27 // pair, 28. Day 28 // in the mirror, 29. Day 30 // relax, 30. Day 29 // good night, 31. Day 31 // [zesty] stuff

Another rush to the finish, completing the final week in one day, and then waiting another two days to take the last shot, and then realising I didn’t post the 30th.

But another month done, curse those odd-numbered months!

Fat Mum Slim’s March Photo a Day challenge

Done! February Photo a Day

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February photo a day

1. Day 1 // Fork, 2. Day 2 // Pattern, 3. Day 3 // Something beginning with ‘E’, 4. Day 4 // Hope, 5. Day 5 // Something you smelled, 6. Day 6 // Soft, 7. Day 7 // Your name, 8. Day 8 // Something orange, 9. Day 9 // Guilty pleasure, 10. Day 10 // 3 o’clock, 11. Day 11 // Entrance, 12. Day 12 // Where you ate lunch, 13. Day 13 // Walking, 14. Day 14 // Love is …, 15. Day 15 // Inside your fridge, 16. Day 16 // Perfect, 17. Day 17 // In your hand, 18. Day 18 // Something you don’t like … pup is no longer here, 19. Day 19 // I am …, 20. Day 20 // Where you stood, 21. Day 21 // Full, 22. Day 22 // Makes you smile, 23. Day 23 // A word, 24. Day 24 // Cloud, 25. Day 25 // On your bedside table, 26. Day 26 // quiet, 27. Day 27 // Playing, 28. Day 28 // Upside down

Woot! That’s two from two. I had to do some catching up but lucky it was a short month. I love February ~ such a nice, neat grid.

Fat Mum Slim’s February Photo A Day

Done! January Photo A Day

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January Photo A Day

1. Day 1 // Today, 2. Day 2 // New, 3. Day 3 // Heart, 4. Day 4 // The view from here, 5. Day 5 // Movement, 6. Day 6 // Mine, 7. Day 7 // Street, 8. Day 8 // Something starting with T, 9. Day 9 // Paper, 10. Day 10 // 1 o’clock, 11. Day 11 // Water, 12. Day 12 // Surprise, 13. Day 13 // Circle, 14. Day 14 // Something yellow, 15. Day 15 // an ordinary moment, 16. Day 16 // Two things, 17. Day 17 // Ready, 18. Day 18 // Shadow, 19. Day 19 // Delicious, 20. Day 20 // Something you saw, 21. Day 21 // what you do, 22. Day 22 // Corner, 23. Day 23 // Electric, 24. Day 24 // Stripes, 25. Day 25 // Landscape, 26. Day 26 // Together, 27. Day 27 // Sun, 28. Day 28 // Through, 29. Day 29 // Grow, 30. Day 30 // Down, 31. Day 31 // Yourself

After many a false start last year, I’ve actually managed to complete the photo a day challenge for January, which has spurred me on for the rest of the year.

Looking forward to having a year full of snippets.

Fat Mum Slim’s Photo a Day challenge

“Berry” fun afternoon

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If you popped into Quotidien or follow me on Twitter you would know that yesterday we hopped in the car for a little road trip and went berry picking. A great diversion for a holiday afternoon, the small ones are berry fans and loved the idea of picking their own. The farm had a great selection too of raspberries, brambleberries, blueberries among others. You got your bucket and off you traipsed among the bushes, popping a few samples in your mouth as you went along.

There was also a lavender hedge filled with butterflies and buzzing bees, I’ve never seen so many butterflies in the one place outside the centre at the zoo. And the best part, we have fresh berries to pop on our cereal and cook some delicious treats with this week.