This was the view from the veranda just outside the french doors where we sat most of the day. Breathtaking.
We arrived mid morning after a very good drive out East. We weren't too far up into the hills before I quickly could feel myself winding down and relaxing as we breathed in the fresh air and took in the gorgeous views of forest, orchards and green pastures. I'm really a country girl at heart. I think sometimes I was born in the wrong place - should have been born in the country not the city! Gotta be those farming Wood genes in me I think!
We also had the special bonus of Steph's girlfriend Tracy who had flown in from Queensland for a visit this weekend. It was wonderful being able to spend such quality time her, even just for a day! The morning weather was gorgeous and after three days of severe storm weather, the warm sunshine was a welcomed change. So we decided to take the dogs for a walk to the dam and explore the surrounding property.
Buddy always ready to chase anything that moves.
Good old tyre swing, always good fun!
The neighbours kindly let us have a wander down into their property as well. Such a gorgeous place!
After all the walking, rock skimming and throwing, flower finding and dog chasing, it was time for lunch! A delicious smorgasbord of food. We certainly did not go hungry!
My Gluten free, Dairy free and Egg free Pecan Pie. It was an experiment that definitely paid off. Just quietly, it was DELICIOUS! I also managed to make a Dairy free Caramel sauce which was to die for. Unfortunately there is no photo evidence of the sauce... you have to take my word for it when I say Jonathan just about asked me to marry him again when he tried it!
While Gracie was a bit nervous around the dogs, Ollie was absolutely fascinated and even obsessed by them!
Of course Dad brought the old girl out for a drive. Doesn't she look pretty sitting under the trees?
It was a day full of quality family time enjoying the beautiful landscape we are so richly blessed with in this state. Steph thankyou for having us and you can be expecting us much more often out at your place I think!