Life's a pretty precious...

Life's a pretty precious...

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

RETRO AFTER THE SNOW

After farewelling the Narrabeeners at the famous Holbrook Bakery (compulsory stop on
 a trip south or north) J.B. and I drove home via the inland route. It's a two day drive from 
Falls Creek to Bello (1,200 kms) so we stayed overnight in Mudgee at the Cobb and Co Court Boutique Hotel - a circa 1850's brick coaching inn. We always feel (a lot) empty after saying goodbye to any of our family and so dinner in the Stables Restaurant and indulging in a lovely suite (up narrow outside stairs above the courtyard...soft carpet covering wooden floors which still creak in spots...) got us back to being just the two of us again.



 


  Mudgee is in the central west of 
New South Wales and in winter has 
very cold, clear nights (there was a good 
frost on the roofs when we woke)
and sunny days so my 1987 coat was 
perfect for our early morning wander. 
I bought it from a Montgomery Ward
catalogue when we lived in Texas 
and it's still in "as new" condition. 
I love the zip up bit inside at the top.


My head warmer came from another time 
at Falls Creek - about the same time as 
the one piece snow suit...

  
Mudgee became the centre for local goldfields after gold was discovered 
in nearby towns in 1851. 
Today, it has developed as a wine producing region and rural produce. 
The mining boom in 2010 - coal in nearby Ulan - sent real estate prices 
rocketing. Mudgee's close proximity to Sydney (under 4 hours) makes it a desirable weekend escape. There are many beautiful, restored buildings in the town. 




























The courtyard of Alby & Esthers café, full of charm and history. 
And fabulous pumpkin and fig loaf (toasted, with butter) for breakfast! 







I love the facade of this restaurant and couldn't resist having a peep inside...






Vineyards and vineyards...