Monday, July 11, 2011

A weekend in the country

I’ve had a pretty exhausting past couple of weeks. With a lot of time off sick, the work has been piling up and I have been doing some pretty long hours in the office.
 
I decided I needed a break and Harry suggested we take a drive and head out of the city, so off we went to Bowral (only 1½ hours from Sydney) on Saturday.
 
It was a freezing 5°C when we arrived, so our first stop was for hot coffee and toast at the Milk Factory Gallery Café.
 
We then wandered the streets of Bowral, stopping at some interesting little stores, like Sidetracked Depot
 
 
 
 
We ate lunch at the Elephant Boy Café, which has a great atmosphere, with walls of bookshelves filled with vintage books and jars of curry sauces.
 
After lunch we visited some of the Southern Highlands wineries. Our favourites were Tertini Wines, McVitty Grove Estate…
 
 
…and Centennial Vineyards.
 
 
We came back with quite a few bottles of wine, some camembert style cheese from Small Cow Farm and a bunch of gorgeous fresh produce from a local growers market, including baby asparagus, crunchy pears, passionfruit and kiwifruit.
 
It was a lovely relaxing day and so nice to get out of the hustle and bustle of the city for a day.

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