Thursday, June 7, 2012

Stop, breathe, relax........

There is nothing in this world better than a couple of days away from it all to rest and relax. Two nights and two days, just hubby and I, no computers, no children, no work. What a delightful break we had and it was very much needed and way over due.

We stayed here - Serafino Winery, McLaren Flat

The first full day we drove up into the Adelaide Hills and visited Hahndorf which is an old german settlement. It's full of german flavour with restaurants, cafes, galleries and plenty of things to see and do. We meandered down the main street and hubby bless his soul, visited every single clothing, craft and candle shop that I wished to visit, without a word of complaint.

We then visited the Hahndorf Inn where we chowed down on big bowls of homemade chicken and vegetable soup. Awesome food. This is one of the most attractive and comfortable pubs I've ever visited. Good food and great service.

Hahndorf Inn
In the afternoon we drove back into the McLaren Vale / McLaren Flat region and toured several of the wineries and did lots of olive tastings (and bought heaps too) I only wish that I liked wine, I feel a bit like I have two heads when we go into a winery and hubby will sample some but I decline. People look at you like your odd, strange, abnormal even..

I don't eat chocolate and I don't drink wine and of course roses make me sneeze - I'm probably not the easiest person to romance. Hubby looks after me all right though - bubble baths, scented candles and vodka have just as great an effect.

Today we went to Goolwa and went on a four hour cruise down the Murray River to where it joins the sea. We had lunch and afternoon tea on board and walked over the sand dunes and down to the beach. Despite it being cold, there was no wind and the sun was shining. A perfectly spectacular finish to our time away.
Spirit of the Coorong
So glad that we took the time to get away and even more impressed that our boys behaved themselves on their own. Fifteen and seventeen, home alone for two nights. I was a little nervous, but we were only 20 minutes away and I (we) had to trust them. They both fed themselves, got themselves up and took themselves to school and work.

Proves they don't need me to organise them, wake them up, cook for them, nag them.

Well tonight the house is still standing, it's clean even, the animals have all been fed (well they're alive and happy - so you assume they've been fed), the rubbish bins went out, dishes are all done.  Job well done guys. I think we should go away more often.

So there you go, just what was needed and as an added bonus it's another item off my challenges list.

Cheers, Fi


  1. I love that quote at the end. It is so true! I really need to take some time to relax.

    I'm with you on the wine and flowers. I can go for a drink mixed with vodka though! Daniel is planting me sunflowers in the back yard to make up for the flowers and me not getting along thing.

    I'm so glad you had a good time and the boys did well at home!

    1. Karen - sunflowers are good, they remind me of big. smiley faces. Hope you find some time to relax over the summer, I think you both need it.

    2. Unfortunately summer is Daniel's busy time at work. We'll find little ways to relax, though. We definitely need it!

  2. I was wondering where you had been. Looks/sounds like you had an AHHHmazing time. Olives! Love'em. Serifino Winery, beautiful. Kudos to your boys for taking care of everything while you guys were away. So glad you got some time to recharge. Have a wonderful rest of the week/weekend. Did you get my package yet?

    1. Jenn, we had a lovely break amid beautiful surroundings. No, I'm still waiting on your little 'package' to arrive. It's a long way between Adelaide and Portland I guess.

  3. How wonderful! And such relief to know -- they can take care of themselves and their enviornment and we don't need to nag.

    My eldest daughter phoned me today from Vancouver today to say -- "I apologize Mum for all those years of leaving towels on the floor, shoes in the hallway and clothes all over."

    Her boyfriend apparently reflects her former style of housekeeping.

    Tee hee -- It's payback I told her :)

  4. Looked like a great mini getaway!! So glad you and hubby had a chance to do so! It is amazing what our kids are capable of doing when we let them try it on their own! Glad the house was still standing upon your return :)



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