We’ve been away for the weekend, B and I…..I think I’m going to call B, TheGolfer – sounds better than just an initial, doesn’t it?! Let’s start again….
We’ve been away, TheGolfer and I, with our friends, TheOtherGolfer and CurlyGirl. CurlyGirl arranged the whole weekend, booking one of those Accommodation and Meals Value Weekends, at a place called Stonelea, and it’s just been delightful!
TheOtherGolfer and CurlyGirl had to work Friday, but as TheGolfer and I didn’t we could head off early. My day started with gym (very early!) and on the way home, I spotted four balloons placidly sailing across the clear, cold, early morning, Winter sky. Of course, by the time I went inside for the camera only two could be seen! But you get the idea!
We hit the road mid morning travelling in clear skies with the temperature slowing climbing to 9 degrees, driving through the beautiful Yarra Valley, passing roads quaintly named Buggy Ride Drive and Flowerfield Lane and the like. It’s a very picturesque part of Victoria and I’m sorry I don’t have photos for you, but if you click this link, you’ll see some.
Over the Great Divide we went, only to descend on the other side, into thick fog and have the temperature rapidly drop to 2 degrees!! By the time we reached Yea for lunch, the temperature had soared to a whole 3 degrees and we shivered our way to the Provender Bakehouse to dine on delicious pies and a sausage roll, with steaming cups of coffee and hot chocolate. Back in the car, and a short while later we arrived at our destination, and were shown to our accommodation. The sun had come out and and it was a balmy(!) 6 degrees.
We chose to sit outside on the north facing verandah, basking in spectacular sunshine, with glorious views over the lake, ducks splashing around, and sun bathed hills in the distance. It was so quiet, just the occasional bird or duck breaking the silence. Bliss!!
We awoke the next morning to this!
Replete, CurlyGirl and I headed into Alexandra, just a few kilometres up the road, and indulged in a little retail therapy (more of that another day!) and finished with a little more sustenance…
and being entertained by the multitude of tiny
Willy Wagtails Fairy Wrens (thank you Pa Kettle, Robyn and Felicity!) as they rapidly flitted in the grass and around our feet on the verandah ( I took soooo many photos of them, or should I say, tried to take photos of them, but they’re so quick! Ha! Gotcha!)
For dinner, we made our way to the Commercial Hotel in Alexandra which has an amazing 40 different parmigiana varieties on offer!
-4 again the next morning produced pretty patterns on the car windows
again, through stunning scenery in the Goulburn Valley, (not bad for a photo taken through the windscreen!), then winding our way around the Black Spur, with its magnificently tall, stately Mountain Ash and the large drooping fronds of green tree ferns
All too soon we were back in suburbia, the tranquility of our weekend a mere memory! It was lovely though!