The fun of the school holidays means I can have my niece and nephew over in the middle of the day. For playing in the park, and being creative indoors.
This doona cover from Just Bedding (gifted) has been a hit. Fantasy styling in a sari print, my pillow case gets a good reception when I take it for sleepover shifts, and the kids were all over and under this bright happy print!
I have even coerced under it for Liam to tell me a fantastic story about Frozen, Makka Pakka, Optimus Prime and explosions. Several times.
Lego Guitar Hero was then insisted on, and we rocked out!
Gosford is a bit of a hidden gem (And my dear friend Bronwyn who I met for drink there last week would probably like to keep it that way!).
At the north of the Brisbane Waters, and an hour train ride from either Sydney or Newcastle, it doesn’t exactly evoke memories of a beautiful waterfront. With its abandoned or decaying (but, to my relief, revitalising) shopping centres. I don’t know, it never struck me as a destination as a young adult.
It was a grey, drizzly day, and while that dulled the shimmering blue waters, it didn’t change our destinations. Starting with a club-priced wine at the very busy Gosford Sailing Club, we discussed gender politics and popular themes, along with South Park, transphobia, the downfall of marriage, and Germaine Greer.
Last but not least was a Margarita at Reviver on Mann St, a cocktail bar situated in the herse parking garage of a former funeral home. Of course. Dark, with hipster beers, and people in suits, it’s only going to get more popular with the relocation of public servants from Newcastle and Canberra…
What places surprise you after you haven’t been there for years?
On the back of yet another great Groupon deal, we headed up to Pokolbin to Saddler’s Creek Wines for a “teasting experience”. Which turned out to be two hours of wine tasting, commentary, questions and answers and delving into the nicer end of their selections!
The wine was accompanied by a cheese platter, and a selection of chocolate pieces – milk, dark and dark with sea salt – to complement or clash with our wines as a means of education.
We got to sample the fresh, still in the vat Semillon and Rose, complete with yeasty tingle and cloudiness, along with the amazing Hunter 2014 vintage, which, if you made a bad wine from, you should quit the business.
We were left along with the Shiraz range, which were all amazing, while the host attended to others visiting the cellar door. Who left me alone with some amazing Shiraz?
The stickies were amazing, especially the ever-Xmassy Muscats!
We took home a Shiraz and a Cabernet Merlot, and definitely recommend Saddler’s Creek for its wines (red, white and beyond) and hospitality!