Today is the last day of summer – and it is raining. Glorious, soaking and much desired rain.
What a busy few weeks we’ve had – asides from the family playing “head cold ping pong” and taking Sophia to a fantastic horsemanship clinic run by Tanja Kraus.
The 20 big rounds of mulch hay have been delivered, and literally thrown off the truck and the 600kg of lime is sitting in the shed waiting to be spread when we can get the tractor onto the damp paddock – clay soil – rich and nutritious, but the slightest whiff of rain and they clog up wheels and boots and hooves.
This week Craig and I treated ourselves to a day out at the First Creek Winemakers Table Lunch.
In a small group we spent over an hour toddling around the grape presses and vats and bottling plants of First Creek Wines, sampling wine in its various stages of fermentation and having the entire grape to bottle process explained to us by Greg Silkman the vigneron and First Creek owner.
This was followed by a simply delicious six course, wine accompanied, lunch set amongst the barrels and hosted by Greg and his family. The meal was prepared on-site by the award winning Matt Dillow of Verandah Restaurant and lived up to his highly deserved reputation.
We thoroughly recommend the Winemakers Table event to anyone joining us in the Hunter Valley during the late summer harvest months … and with our bellies full we say au revoir to summer and look forward to those crackling days of winter soon to arrive.
Here’s to great wine, food and friends