We ventured off the highway near Tamworth. When we saw the sign to Nundle I announced to all that there was a quilt shop there!!! Such a lovely spot to have such a lovely shop! Nundle is certainly very lovely and I would like to go there again and spend more time. Also in town is a sweet shop called Odgers & McClelland which sells the most delightful homewares. It had a wood stove burning in the middle of the store - so cosy on a very cold day.
Further south still and Bathurst was a morning tea stop over. It was freezing - 3 degrees at morning tea and I'd hate to think what the wind chill was. We were not brave enough to picnic in the park and use the public amenities so we headed to a shopping centre. Of course, Bathurst is home to the wonderful Hatched and Patched. What a treat that was. Alexandra and I had the most lovely time there while the boys went out to Mount Panorama and pretended to be race car drivers. I think everyone's idea of Bathurst was definately satisfied.
This was a holiday on a budget and my birthday money that I had saved all year was all but gone in Bathurst!
Further south still and into the State of Victoria is Beechworth, a wonderful historic town full of beautiful shops and cafes. We spent the whole weekend here and had a most lovely time.
We had Sunday lunch on the verandah of the Beechworth Bakery and enjoyed the live jazz band. Great fun!
From here we headed over the mountains and into the snow. The kids (big and little) had a wonderful time playing in the snow. We didn't have proper clothing, so when everyone's gloves were wet and they had snow in their ears and down the back of their clothes, they had, had enough!! It was fun though.
At that point we headed east to the coast and then turned for home.