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RtR – Cruising around KI

Posted: October 31, 2019 in Travel

A big day yesterday has left us a rather relaxed day today but still a few KI KPIs to achieve as in Key Performance Indicators and not Keep Pouch Inward. As predicted the breeze is picking up but still a clear sunny day at present. I would suggest that in our relaxed and remote location we wont be pested by any Trick or Treaters tonight. 2000 Cruise passengers roaming free may be a different matter.

The loose plan then is have full breakfast again and then get loose at a couple of wineries before a nice dinner tonight at Sunset Food and Wine. At Sunset. As wineries do not open Cellar Doors until 11 am there will be markets involved as well as a slight detour to a magic beach we saw from Prospect Hill yesterday .

The sea was getting angry folks. But not as angry as the 2000 cruisers just informed they wont be coming ashore today due to rough seas. A good result maybe but then the markets wont open either. Ok, a great result. Ya got me 🤓 It does mean a bit more time to fill in between breakfast and first wine

It would be hard to imagine a more stunning day then yesterday but if first stop at Pennington Bay was any indication it would be a close run thing

Then we decided to drive through Penneshaw as Dudley’s Wine cellar door did not open until 11 am. The full double circuit of Penneshaw filled in a valuable 5 mins of our time

This then had us knocking on door of cellar at 1030 am pleading ignorance. It didnt work so we played with Rover. When did open at 11 am it is a stunning place with very passable wines and even a golf tee area where you could hit towards Australia. I think I winged a Phillip Island Penguin with a hooded 5 iron but cant be sure . Magic place on a glorious day

It was then time to head back about 50k to the other regarded Winery on KI called Islander Estate . Looked another low key operation but once again excellent wines and we stayed for the Drunken Jenga challenge followed by the “make your own picnic hamper” quest

The face was a bit flushed by now so time to head home for a few hours before back out for dinner at 630 pm. Cloudy evening but still amazing view from our restaurant. Here are some photos I prepared earlier

It’s been an amazing few days on KI and have been very lucky with weather. I could not put it better than my requisite T Shirt from KIS says which also cleverly implies that not only was it a very happy experience but I was also a bit inebriated a lot of the time and needed help with some basic activities

Catch a slow moving Ferry tomorrow at 830 am before heading the 5 hrs north to Penola, the heart of Coonawarra region. Not sure what it is famous for but just hope it doesnt involve wine . I need a break

RtR – Nature and Stuff

Posted: October 30, 2019 in Travel

Today have the rare opportunity to drive 150 k west, be bored, turn around and drive home. It’s another cracker day after a very restful night. Don’t just take my word for it though, take a peek at some of Old Whisker’s current work

Plan then is to have the full cooked breakfast on offer for fear we may be fading away and then head out on the rather excellent roads across to other side of island to see Seal Bay, Dolphin Inlet and Otter Outcrop. One of those is a real place but you will have to wait for photos. Or go on WWW thingy. First up better check the weather again. Yep, sun moving up not down, good to go

Our hosts are wonderful and helpful and one tidbit of interest picked up last night is that Cruise Ships often drop in on a Thursday and one will be here tomorrow. Another reason to visit the “icons” today. One thing I hate on holidays is bloody tourists. Sadly there could be a market set up so thats tomorrow morning gone 😏

Surprisingly warm days with 30 today and 34 tomorrow but of course not being Qld does mean it will change and be down to 20 on Sunday. Darool Darool

Off we headed towards Flinders Chase . Good run and no traffic had us at first destination of Admirals Arch around 10 am and only ones there at present. It is a magnificent formation set against the bluest of blue seas. And there is a Lighthouse

As we rolled out 2 busloads arrived so will need to keep ahead of them . Next stop was Remarkable Rocks set on top of Ho Hum Hill just around the corner from Cod Ordinary Cove. Like what Stonehenge would look like if knocked up when pissed. A bit more of a crowd now but one of my lesser known qualities is ability to cut out bloody tourists from my photos. It takes patience, skill and ass and as The Loaf would say 2 out of 3 ain’t bad

Next stop for The Big Three for KI Bingo was Seal Bay . You would think at least the road down to there would be sealed …

This was more of a commercial operation with overpriced souvenirs and $16 (13 for Seniors 👨🏻‍🦳) to walk a mile down a boardwalk to look at seals sunning themselves from 30 m away. You could pay $37 and get on the beach within 10 m of seals and be bored by a 45 min talk as well . It’s a great beach mind you and well worth a look if you had never seen a seal in your life. You know if u had been living under even an unremarkable rock. Just my luck too, I actually came face to face with a bloody tourist 🤓

Enough Icons for one day. Time for some lunch so dropped into American River to check out Oyster Farm shop and a quick lunch at Deck Cafe. As with everything in KI they all seem like Mum and Pop run stores with no ability to deal with a rush of visitors. Then it was time to head home but decided to stop off at Prospect Hill on this glorious day and climb 3000 steps

The sun may come up slowly in morning but takes a lot longer to go down at night trust me. With at least 4 hrs of daylight left I suspect there could be a late afternoon stroll along the beach and then have that Honey Wheat Ale beer and hope to get a buzz.

Actually its a long drive and a Ferry but where is the romance in that? The Frenchies were fine. It was the Aussie Asshole next door that was the problem. Council worker parked his work Ute outside , went in and took off his High Vis Vest and appears to have fallen asleep in front of TV . At least that was scene when I finally hammered on his front door at 1230 am to turn off the bloody TV! Shocking nights sleep in the end . A bright start to morning though. Yay. And a full breakfast for the long day ahead

We left just after 730 am with a casual approach to the 4.5 hr road trip for a 3 pm ferry but with half an eye on idea that if we had a good run we could make the 1 pm Ferry. Again, excellent roads as we travelled adjacent to Great Australian Bight. We stopped for some lobster and a coffee along the way but short stops and so did arrive in Cape Jervis before 12:30 pm


Quickly presented to Check In expecting to have to provide our Seniors Card for discount claimed but waved through easy . Should we be happy or insulted that clearly we were “Seniors”?
The car loading of course was very efficient and we left on time for the 50 min trip on calm seas on a simply glorious day. We had a sandwich for lunch and of course some alcohol

Disembarkation was equally smooth and we were at Adagio B&B within 20 mins. Looks a great place and VERY QUIET . Yay.

As we did arrive earlier than expected we were able to visit a few quirky places today and leave the iconic sites for tomorrow. Not many people would know that KI is over 150k long. I didnt. Tomorrow will involve 150k each way to see the good stuff so this arvo we settled for the bad stuff. The Emu Lavender Farm was a snooze feast for me but CLP enjoyed. The KI Brewery was closed until weekend. The KI Distillery was open so we sampled some Gins which were fine. Then onto the Drunken Drone Brewery/ Clifford Honey Farm complex. We rushed along a dirt CORRUGATED road which took 15 mins for 2 k but still arrived 15 mins before closing time of 5 pm. We should not have bothered. They had one beer. Honey Wheat Ale. Shock Horror

Then it was time to head back to B&B for some free wine and paid for nuts . It was a very passable local Dudley Wines Shiraz blend and we shall visit and buy some more as we finished this one tout suite. As the sun was almost setting some wildlife appeared and here I am without my gun. Oh well

It all seems very quiet and peaceful so looking forward to good nights sleep after last nights debacle. In hindsight , maybe I should have shared that bottle of red with CLP but she was rolling in lavender somewhere.

RtR – Disrobe or Datrobe?

Posted: October 28, 2019 in Travel

After a relaxing but full few days in Melbourne it was time to venture West young man towards Kangaroo Island. Using my Math skills again I divided 11 hrs to Cape Jervis by 2 and ended up with Robe. So it was

Not sure am completely taken with CLPs new hair do but its her call. We left just before 730 am and have to say it was quite easy to get out of “city” and onto MI from our lodgings. We were in fact very taken with the City Tempo Short Stay apartments as a place to stay if have to drive in and also as a quite and spacious accomodation. We shall return

Pretty soon we were winding our way to Ballarat and with almost 6 hrs driving were keen to split into 3 x 2hr drives. There is that Math again . That had us approaching Skipton on time for first break and drove off a little to very pleasant Emu Creek Deli and Gifts for coffee. CLP said I was enough of a gift in her life and needed no more but did share my Lamington with her. I am a giver, what can I say 🤓

Back on the road for what was a very pleasant drive. Single Lane highway but no traffic and easy to keep at 100kph. Victorian kids are tough – only have to slow down to 80 mph for school zones on highways. Lovely green scenery with plenty of relaxed sheep around as none being bothered by Kiwis who were all home practicing for 2023……

Our driving plan had us stopping in Coleraine as we approached lunchtime so caught some lunch at The Catching Pen. Lovely home made pies and sausage rolls fitted the bill perfectly. As no petrol station we then drove the short distance to Casterton which as we all know is the birthplace of the Kelpie


It was a glorious day for driving with clear blue skies and temps of 12-19. Another 2 hrs had us in our destination of Robe and booking into Lakeview Hotel. We looked out of window and saw lake so assumed we were at right place. Looks great and can walk into town

On such a glorious day though first we decided to take a short drive to check out the rugged coastline. Glorious scenery and the sea was a spectacular blue. There is a Lighthouse and an Obelisk but only one protects shipping

Then it was time to head back to spacious unit and chill for an hour before walk back into town around 430 pm for a beer, dinner and a beer. We had regained half an hour of our sleep time by crossing into SA so sun may go down before 10 pm. I need to be careful and only walk in good light as they say the cliffs can be tricky. Luckily I have two good ankles and a keen sense of balance

Relatively easy walk into town had us Pub Adjacent well before 5pm at The Cally. Nice beer but a rowdy courtyard saw us move onward and upward on a simply glorious afternoon. The Robe Hotel looked dead from outside but was open and was actually near the ocean. We finally tried the Official Melbourne Cup beer – Furphy – and it was crisp and cleansing . Having already decided to return the The Cally for dinner post 6 pm we continued up to The Summit at 27 feet above sea level. It was an easy walk to be fair

It would appear that lot of ships crashed around here and they may or may not have had loads of Chinese on board. Apparently the Chinese move to the Ballarat/Bendigo Gold Fields started at Robe. Odd then that the Chinese Takeaway was closed on a Monday evening. It’s a quaint little Main Street and a very pleasant stroll between imbibing

Sadly we missed the Beerfest by 2 days .Then it was back to The Cally for a very pleasant Lamb Shank for moi and a Curry for CLP. Washed down with a couple of Reds seemed appropriate and sensible. Then I saw the Espresso Martini on Tap and thought – “It cant be worse than the can stuff” ? And it wasn’t but by now the Wobbly Boot was attached and not on the good ankle . I did add water for hydration

Time then to waddle home to our motel unit. It’s a great unit but just a tad concerned about the 3 carloads of French tourists that have arrived in the 3 units next door . Time will tell. At least the lake is still there

RtR – And on the Third Day….

Posted: October 27, 2019 in Travel

They all left 😰 There were staggered departures of Familia today and nothing to do with excess drinking but rather a time thing. First up BC2 and Quinn catch the Skybus around 0845 for the 11 am return flight . RJE are taking the Shebah option which works well with Bub. Leaving at 0930 for same flight – with Sheila driver I would have left at 0730 🤓 Ouch, that slap hurt. Finally ADJG dont leave until early afternoon so the 4 of us will wander down to South Markets later in morning. Then we will be ….

To kickstart the day though we will grab an early coffee at Cafe Bella across the road on a tres pleasant morning. The wind must be strong still because the Hunter Valley Balloon Flights are a bit off course 😳

Always a bit sad when you have had a wonderful week shared with family at different times and then life returns slowly to normal. It’s been a massive last 7 days with lots of planning for different events but all gone off very well. Now we are just a couple of Grey Nomads on the loose. Unlike my belt buckle at present

First up the old Switcheroo. We move from our 2 bedroom apartment on Floor 37 (with lodgers) to our 1 bedroom apartment solo on Floor 40. At this rate we should be in The Penthouse by Tuesday . Nice views from different side of building

Then we walked to South Melbourne Market for a coffee and last catch up with ADJG. The Fresh Food Deli side of the operation is truly tantalising as all of these markets are . We picked out our dinner for later, bid adieu to last of Family and headed to DFO for guaranteed shopping success

As you know when you have one successful shopping trip returning to scene of crime never goes quite as well. Still I got one more pair of Jeans for $30 so that is same as 2 for $15 right? It was now lunch time but the thirst won out over the hunger and so dropped into Munich Brauhaus to blow the froth of a couple. The Oom Pah band were in full swing but we smartly avoided the array of pork edibles available . This place would go off like a frog in a sock at night

We moved a couple of establishments down where all common sense escaped us. We ordered The Platter and 2 cocktails . All reasonably priced mind you but way too much food . Still it was very comfortable and out of any weather which was very changeable at present to say the least

We quickly ducked back into DFO and a couple of Travel shops to pick up two smaller bags for our African Safari 2020 involving light planes and rubber bands. Should be no longer than 60 cm and all soft material. We were successful but must admit was a bit ticked off when CLP insisted on keeping the Pink One 😰. Then it was back home to relax for a few and may head out later although full as a State School Hatrack at present. A walk to AC/DC lane and maybe some Tapas appeals . Or at least did until The Platter! Watch this space

Ok stop watching and start reading again. Weather was a bit dicey but we did head out around 530 pm in light drizzle. This of course bought out one of my pet peeves in ignorant assholes. Women, mostly Japanese, who walk along with head down but umbrella up! Given they are mostly 4 feet tall this puts edge of umbrella right at my eye level. Bloody dangerous and annoying. We made it to AC/DC lane and checked out others along way. A Bon Scott met a Bonza Aussie you could say.

Time to head home for an early night. It’s been a great 3 days but very busy and a lot of food and drink. So, much like home really apart from the busy bit. Tomorrow we leave Melbourne on a 2 day trek to Kangaroo Island with an overnighter in Robe. I think our arrival doubles the town’s population for the night

RtR – Melboring

Posted: October 25, 2019 in Travel
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Ah Melboring. “ Weather App says 21 degrees, feels like 7 “. Perfect . Time for a walk first up into the CBD in search of a good coffee and a light breakfast. The search continues . CLP stood in line waiting for free tickets to the Harry Potter Extravaganza but I suspect it was a scam . Didn’t have heart to tell her . We had an ok coffee and an impressive breakfast but not when I wanted a light start to day!

Time to walk some of that off so headed to DFO South Wharf under drizzly skies and had a very successful shopping trip and CLP didnt buy anything! When Just Jeans has 2 prs of Jeans for $15 you just hook in eh.

Family duly arrived and all settled in by midday . BC2 and Quinn joined us for lunch while RJE settled in or as well as you can when one bag still had to be delivered from Qantas 😰 Wandered back to Southbank and some Mexican Tucker at Ponyfish. Luckily Trumps Wall was still under construction. The weather had cleared nicely

Spent a few hrs in afternoon in our unit with all family together at last. Lovely way to spend some relaxing time with some beers and champers. Everyone has had a big day so looking like Melbourne may be saved a Friday night Della invasion

Headed out for early 6pm dinner in city to Shanghai Street Dumplings . We took 2 Ubers and of course I got stuck with the slow one. Meeting Point – 1 Balston Street – was easy – ask Ant’s driver😏 Our guy did get stuck in traffic but then saw his car on map approaching our corner but then stationary for a min or two. Traffic? Nope he just decided to park on the busier City Road. We sussed this out eventually and arrived for dinner. Then saw my Uber trip had an added 32c “waiting time” WTF😡

We were there before 630 pm but still a line up. However all works efficiently and our table of 6 was soon seated and eating dumplings and drinking beer. When in Chinatown…

Great night, Great company with a couple of ring ins and still didnt need my wallet ✔️✔️✔️🕺🏻 Thanks Ant and Julia

RtR – Gundagai to Melboring

Posted: October 24, 2019 in Travel

Good nights sleep had us ready for our included Continental Breakfast served in delightful surroundings. Perfect start to another long day of driving

Then it was time to hit the road for the next 500klm trip. This one would be easy at start and nasty at end . To be fair it was easy for 470 k, slow for 29 k and a nightmare for 1 k😏

The Hume Highway is an excellent H’way and an easy drive at 110k. Almost too easy at times as it becomes hypnotising like black line fever without getting wet. Some roadworks but not much and what I like in NSW/Vic is when the last witch’s hat is passed its straight back up to 110 k stat. In Qld it takes 5 k to get back to speed limit in 20 k steps!

We decided to stop at Glenrowan to leave us a 2hr last run to city. Had been there before so just had coffee and scone and didnt do any tourist crap . Apart from obligatory photo op

It was all smooth sailing even into Melboring until we hit Westgate or more importantly try and leave and merge with M1 . It was congested but drivers were courteous so cutting across 4 lanes in space of 30 m in bumper to bumper traffic was doable. We arrived at City Road for our Short Stay apartments and then came the real hassle – parking on street while CLP registered. No fines incurred and then up to 5th level of car park and 37th floor for 2 bed room apartment. First up , my Senior Moment . Having swiped security to get to lift foyer I assumed pressing 37 would be enough as it seemed lift went up straight away. It stopped at 33 however. Young Gent got in and pressed “G” . Ah sorry Pal this lift is going up. Ah, no its going down mate. So, it was simply fortuitous that lift went up when we were in it. Of course it stopped 7 bloody times on way down to “G” but then went straight back up to 37 in one hit! Great apartment

So, the run sheet is. We are here for 4 nights to celebrate CLP 60th and Retirement with her family. Her brother and wife arrive this arvo and then da boys and partners and any current/future offspring arrive tomorrow. On Saturday we have a French Cooking/Eating/Scowling class at St Kilda – more to follow. After that drive I need a beer , hey look there is one and he brought a mate . Those Irish….

ADJG ,as known in da family, joined us late afternoon for some pre dinner Champers in our unit . While still sober we decided to head to Lygon Street around 730 pm for dinner at University Cafe, no booking so happy to get a table as even on a Thursday night Lygon Street was busy. From there , our luck dipped a tad. Ant didnt even need to look further than second item on Specials menu and promptly ordered 3 x Spaghetti Vongole. “Ah , I think we are out of that , let me check….Yep” Cath changed to item 3 on Specials menu – Fettucine with Chicken Livers . “Ah let me check – no that is out too” “Not much of a Cheese Shop really are you?” “Dare I ask about the last item on Specials menu – you know the one prepared especially for tonight’s guests ?” “ How is the Quail looking? “ “Hmm, there was a run on that early in the evening……yes we have one left”” Quick, go stamp it TABLE 65 ONLY”! EDITORS NOTE – as Table 3 , our first choice, turned out to be directly under arctic fan blast from AC we joined Tables 5 and 6 together ergo Table 65.

From there the night picked up beautifully. Great food, Great company and I left my wallet at home . ✔️✔️✔️🕺🏻

Looks like a fun weekend ahead

RtR – The Road to Gundagai

Posted: October 23, 2019 in Travel

Caught up on our sleep in readiness for the long drive to Gundagai today. If we see a Tucker Box by nightfall it will be Mission Accomplished

It is a long drive but mostly good highway. We skirted the western suburbs of Sydney where there was a bit of traffic but still made good time. Main comments about the M2/M7 after Sydney are the highway is full of trucks and there are minimal Service Centres at least initially. Plenty of rest stops and Truck parks but it wasn’t until after Midday we found one with food and toilets – life’s major needs. It was at Sutton Forest East and fair to say a Big Mac ain’t what it used to be. Then back on highway for last 2 hrs but still needed one more rest stop just to stretch . Then on the right as we approached Gundagai we saw the famous Dog On Tuckerbox. Or we would have had we thought to bring binoculars! We followed the sign and crossed the highway. So, to be pedantic the Dog is actually on THE ROAD OUT OF Gundagai 😏

The other interesting factoid about our stop was as soon as left car swarmed with flies! Very annoying. Took snap and back in car. Short trip to Gundagai Central and as a bit early we stopped in for requisite beer at the Criterion Pub. Cold and Tasty.

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Then onto our Air BNB for night – Araleun. Built in 1926 and the residence of marble craftsman Frank Rusconi who’s most famous work was ….. wait for it…….The Dog on the Tuckerbox. Spooky shit

It’s a lovely residence and we have separate bed and living room as well as bath. Easy 10 min walk back into town for a pub meal and also nearby Historic Bridges . And there was a big flood

After some relaxing it was time to walk the Main Street from start to finish as we had 3 minutes to spare. Our choice for dinner in small towns is the RSL and while never original it is reliable and the beer is cold. This time felt like we had landed in the middle of a Trump Rally! The holy trifecta of comb over, sideburns and California Poppy. I dont care what anyone says – White T Shirt, Blue Subbies and Brown boots is perfectly acceptable after 6 wear in town. To fit in we ordered the Chicken Parmigiana , Roast of Day and bottle of Yellowtail

We decided to walk home on other side of street to get the full experience of Rocking Gundagai on a Wednesday evening. The Dad and Dave statue was a highlight

Another big drive tomorrow into Melboring but at least then we can chill for a few days . May be handy as fear The Dreaded Lurgy is taking hold. So another full day really only leaves one question

Seriously, is Gundagai the Friggin’ Fly Capital of the world?

RtR – Hunter Valley

Posted: October 22, 2019 in Travel
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Weather forecast was excellent so all systems go for our Balloon Aloft (and stay aloft?)flight over Hunter Valley . Up at 4am to ensure arrival at Peterson House at 5 am for check in and loading. Surprised that there about 16 people , 10 of whom one big Japanese group. Of most concern was the 4 yr old kid one was holding! No interpreter of course so hard for pilot to explain 5yrs is cut off – why would anyone bring a kid anyway? The argument wasted 15 mins but the Pilot stuck to his guns luckily. A bus trip out to launch site – Cape Caneverland. Then it was almost time to be

Now it was time to inflate balloon etc and quite an interesting spectacle . We eventually took off a bit after 6 am and of course perfectly timed for sunrise. 1000 photos to choose from from what was a simply amazing experience. Here are some I prepared earlier


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After a successful landing at Hope Estate – how appropriate – it was all hands on deck to help deflate and pack away balloon. Then it was time to return to Peterson House and pack away a champagne breakfast. Life is flat without bubbles

We then did a tasting and CLP joined the Peterson House Wine Club as she does enjoy their champers and had also just missed out on joining the mile high club by 1500m 🤓 Time then to head home for a break and maybe a nana nap. 90 mins later it was 1130 when we awoke! Time to tick off a couple more wineries in no particular order except the exact one we followed. Started at the Chocolate Factory first as you do. Had a so so coffee but bought some nice choccies as we feared we were starting to fade away. Then it was back to Hope Estate for some beers and lunch

Just to mix it up we then went to Hunter Distillery and had a sampling of vodkas and gins and even a frisky Schnapps. Which I bought. Then onto De Iuliis – try saying that 3 times quickly after a Schnapps Attack. A couple of Reds purchased before finishing off at Mistletoe Wines for a few whites and a kiss even though it wasn’t Xmas. 3 wineries while driving is our limit but we had tasted a good range

Then back home and a quick swim on what was a glorious day. Chill out for a few and then waddle up road to Hunter Brewhouse for a cleansing ale and dinner as the sun thinks about going down some time soon. I shan’t bore you with more photos of me drinking beer. After all our time together I think you can trust me by now . If I see beer it will be drunk.

RtR – Armidale to Pokolbin

Posted: October 21, 2019 in Travel

The included Continental Breakfast performed its duty so after a good nights sleep we were on the road at 730 am. Another good run with some road work still had us motoring along at a good lick. We use Google Maps mostly on the road but you need to be aware of some of its shortcomings. The fastest route not always the best route as we found when stuck on 5 kms of gravel road to avoid the 3 min detour via Tamworth! We chose Willow Tree as a midway point for no other reason then it was …… midway😏. Research had indicated that Georgie Browns Cottage at 8 New England Hwy was a good coffee stop. We stopped at place that looked like photo but was called La Chikky Cafe now. Sold coffee so went in and ordered and sat in Courtyard waiting. The white look was first concern for a Flat White – the second was the taste. The grass wont need watering under our table tonight if ya get my drift. Checked coffee app and it suggested The Plains Pantry next door. Much better. We bought 2 coffees each in space of 10 mins but only drank one. Life is too short for crap coffee. There were two tourist buses stopped at Willow Tree but its allure still escapes this LBD. It’s a one horse town and the Glue Factory has openings

Back on the road and another 2 hrs had us as Estate Tuscany in Pokolbin. A bit early for check in so we parked and walked up to nearby Broken Back Bar just at the bottom of Brokeback Mountain. Had a very cold and tasty Kirin beer and a small plate of canapés. Kirin beer is a Japanese named beer brewed in Australia by a Scotsman served to us by a Kiwi! I bring people together , its what I do

We then checked into a tres pleasant room and at present the place looks quiet . Just need a stepladder to get into bed

Then it was time to start the wine tasting. First up was the ever reliable Brokenwood and have to say it was amazing. Not only is the Cellar Door brilliant now but staff were so friendly and helpful. CLP ordered a dozen to be delivered as she was always going to and so the lady threw in a bottle for us to drink tonight. By now we were a bit peckish so headed to an old fave – Usher Tinkler – for a cured meat platter . Pretentious Pratt’s call them Charcuterie. Usher Tinkler called them “Closed” as in food stopped at 230 pm and the chef has closed the can . Oh well onto McWilliams Mt Pleasant as our last stop for day. Another wine tasting and bought a couple but by 330 pm tummy was growling so dropped into adjacent Cheese Shop who didnt serve Wensleydale but did serve a perfectly acceptable Charcuterie. Go figure eh. I knew it was time to stop drinking when tipped excess wine into water jug instead of spittoon. The look on lady’s face suggested I was not the first to have done that

Then it was back home and although it was 430 pm we Qlders knew that it was really 330 pm so straight to the Pool Room. Lovely

We had a dinner booked for 6pm to avoid a large booking at 630 pm so sun will be up but so is my appetite. Not often that the most important item of clothing apparel for dinner is Sunglasses 😏 Easy stumbling distance so no probs having a few sherberts. Apart from fact we need to be up at 4 am tomorrow for our Sunrise Balloon Flight!

There was no trouble at or finding The Old Mill restaurant as it was next to Broken Back Bar. Meal was excellent and a perfect end to a great day . And it was almost dark when we left the restaurant. Damn if I am going to eat that early should have gone for the Seniors Discount