Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Out on the Central Slopes and Plains, NSW

Last night of our trip and homeward bound tomorrow!

After the cold nights in Orange we expected warmer weather as we went west but a chilly wind reminded us that spring was in its very early stages. It was wonderful to be back in Trangie, after nearly 30 years away. With my kids I lived (and worked) there in the 70s, which seems like a lifetime ago. Trangie is a farming community, growing cotton, sheep and beef cattle, wheat and barley. Jen and I stayed with our friends Jenny and Neil, on their property "Inglewood", out of the Trangie township.


Jen, Neil & Jenny, and myself.


Looking from the garden across to the paddocks.


Old cattle race at Inglewood.

On Sunday we all went to the Mungery Picnic Races - a race meeting on a real country race track. The track is in the middle of a huge paddock, and the punters and onlookers gathered under shelters which protected us from the sun but did nothing to keep the wind at bay. Each group of people set up an amazing array of food for lunch, an example of true country hospitality.


And they're racing...


That's our tent with the Australian flag proudly flying. And another look -


So now we are in Mudgee, very different terrain, and here along with the grain crops and livestock, there are excellent vineyards. Jen and I visited Lowe Wines where we tasted wonderful wines and heard about the ground breaking organic wines they produce. www.lowewine.com.au


Acres and acres of vineyards as far as the eye can see.


Masses of wisteria cover the vineyard fences and pergolas. This white wisteria was stunning.


My tasting glasses! Of course we bought some wine...

Back into town we visited The Brewery for lunch and beer tasting. I was ready for a rest after this! The food was marvellous and the beer excellent.


I'm not much of a beer drinker but these were all really nice and I did buy some Porter which The Brewery served with dark chocolate.


These copper brewing tanks were just beautiful, and someone must work pretty hard at keeping them looking so sparkling.

Tomorrow morning we'll be on our way home to Wamberal for me and Gloucester for Jen. This has been a wonderful trip and my heartfelt thanks go to Jen for her unfailing sense of humour, great company and all the hours of driving.

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Location:Mudgee, NSW Australia

11 comments:

  1. So nice to see your face, Carol!

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    1. Far too long since we've seen each other face to face, Meg.

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  2. Mudgee wines have come a long way. The first I ever tasted was called Budgie Budgie and it was a wine to lie down and avoid. Oh goodness it was bad. Sweet and somehow oily as well.

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    1. I think I remember that one, EC! Certainly Mudgee wines have rocketed ahead, and they are now winning medals.

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  3. Now this is the way to live....good friends, beautiful countryside...and beer and wine! Great post and pics!! Sounds like you had a marvelous time!!

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    1. It was really wonderful, Dave, and it was certainly time I went around visiting old haunts.

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  4. sounds (and looks) like a wonderful time was had by all

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    1. Hi Ronnie, it was marvellous! The people, the places, the wine. But now I'm home I can see how tinder dry everything is here on the coast. Maybe a long hard summer.

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  5. Wonderful to see true beer appreciation being practised!
    I do enjoy a cold Pilsner on a hot day.In fact...off to raid fridge

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    1. They served the Porter with dark chocolate. I fell for it, just delish!

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  6. Oh Carol, what fun! I noticed wine remaining in several of your tasting glasses....I'm disappointed in you! LOL
    That must have been a great trip! ;-)

    xxoo

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