Saturday, 17 July 2010

Our Roadtrip.........

Over the school holidays we have had a lovely roadtrip.  4000 kilometres in total.  It was a full trip with lots of lovely places and things to do.  We headed south into New South Wales.  Our first two nights were at the very lovely Mantra at Salt Beach.  This was our wonderful prize from our Carnival Garden last year.  We would have never afforded to stay there, so it was certainly extra special.  We were right on the beach front and watched the whales migrating from the window.  Such special creatures.

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.


Being the scheming traveller that I am, Foxglove Spires was also on the list of places to visit (I was driving at that point, so they had no option but to stop because I had the keys!!).  I really don't know where to start.  It was the most enjoyable and beautiful place to visit.  I so want to go back in the Spring.  Even though it was in the height of winter, with all the trees bare, it was still stunning.  I am so glad Brendon agreed to go through the garden, because he enjoyed it too.  Such an inspiration.


The cafe looked beautiful and the little shops were just stunning.  I so wish I had a full wallet and an empty car at Foxglove Spires.  This is one place that I hope to to back to one day.  I have a feeling there will have to be another post about this beautiful garden.

So homeward bound and further north we headed into the Southern Highlands,  Berry with its beautiful shops, especially "Sew and Tell" - stunning (no website) and then onto Bowral - once again, no money and a full car (although I did manage a couple of little bits).  I will definately venture there again sometime as there is so much to see and do. 

A lovely trip all in all............



7 comments:

Farmyard Crafts said...

Looks like a wonderful trip!! Nundle is awesome... love it there. Glad that you all had a really great time away... !

Chookyblue...... said...
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Chookyblue...... said...

I heard you had been tripping around.........you sure did some km's.........and got to go to some wonderful shops along the way......sounds like fun

Lorraine said...

Thanks for sharing...sounds like a fun trip....with some great stop-overs.....a couple of the places are on my to-visit list...just need to save up some leave-time and dollars...!

Lesley said...

I can't believe you didn't call in and say hello!!!! You may only be saved by the fact that I was on a mission trip in Bali and may not have been here. Next time!

Rebecca Simon said...

Looks lovely Leisa! So glad you had a great holiday. We just got back from our QLD road trip. Such fun! Lovely to feast your eyes on beautiful things isn't it.

Farm Girl said...

Sounds like a wonderful family holiday....love your gorgeous photos!