No book signings at a local breakfast café for me this Sunday – that east coast deluge continued, making it an easy decision to stay indoors for the day. Although I did venture up to The Entrance in the afternoon once the sun broke through. It’s been nearly thirty years since I’ve visited this seaside town, it certainly has changed for the better. A beautiful promenade now graces the waters edge, complete with a sail covered stage where I enjoyed the music from a local duo as I tucked into a fish and chips lunch and a beer at the local tavern.
A quick photo stop at the church where I was married – all those years ago. I sent the photo on to my two daughters.
Monday saw me driving up to the Hunter Valley to meet with my first housesit owner in that region, after I complete a two week stint on the mid north coast of NSW. Not because I needed to meet her, but because I wanted to. We had chatted on the phone the week before, and decided we had so much to talk about that it would be fun to ‘do lunch’ prior to my arrival. And, I appreciated the company after four rainy days with just the dogs for company.
We had a great time – such an interesting and entertaining lady! I loved her house, a cute little ‘early Australian’ cottage, complete with front verandah and wistaria vines growing across it. Cosy, eclectic rooms full of interesting artworks. And two beautiful cats that I will be minding, one very vocal. She then led me through to her pride and joy – her garden. It was just gorgeous, full of water features, waterfalls, fountains, and a hammock. I didn’t have the heart to tell her that I have trouble keeping a silk plant alive! Let’s hope all that’s expected of me is watering – I can manage that.
After a beautiful lunch at her favourite winery restaurant I was taken on a bit of a tourist drive to familiarize myself with the main attractions. There are so many places to visit here. I’m going to have a field day on this housesit – so many wineries – so little time!
Another trip up to the Hunter Valley with my daughter for my last day at her house. Another rainy day, but what a beautiful restaurant we stumbled upon. Her usual eatery was closed, so we drove around looking for somewhere appealing. I have to give this winery restaurant a plug – it was fabulous.
A fairly new complex with a lovely cellar door with private members room, and a fabulous fireplace. The restaurant had beautiful understated decor and the food was amazing. For starters we shared the Potted Duck Liver Pate with blackberry jelly – served in a tiny casserole pot with lid. Daughter number one had the Pink Duck Breast for main course, I had the Chicken Pot Pie which was perfect for a cool, rainy day. Accompanied of course by a glass of their smooth merlot. The winery was the Keith Tulloch Winery on Hermitage Road, restaurant name is Muse Kitchen. Go to www.keithtullochwine.com.au
Back on the train to Sydney, another easy flight to the Gold Coast (still raining), a bus ride and an overnight stay at my Texan friend’s apartment (beware of collapsing folding beds in the middle of the night) before setting off the next morning for my first ‘proper’ housesit – at Woolgoolga on the mid north coast of NSW.
Let the adventures begin!