As the last weekend in November came to a close, I couldn’t believe that we’re now in to the final month of 2014! Honestly, this year has been crazy! Now silly season is well and truly upon us, it is important to remember to slow down and enjoy it, or it will be over before we know it!
We were lucky enough to spend the weekend at my parents house in the Hunter Valley, and the weather was beautiful! We got out and about visiting a few vineyards and the new distillery that has opened as Dad kindly offered to drive us around for the afternoon! I’m not sure if he will offer again, as we like to try a few wines!
We stopped in at a few of our favourite Hunter Valley vineyards and it was nice to be there after visiting so many during our recent trip to Tasmania and South Australia. We picked up a few nice semillon and shiraz which the Hunter Valley are certainly known for, so we will pop those in the cellar to enjoy in a few years time!
Returning home, we spent some time out in my parents amazing garden, which was lovely. Dad is growing everything imaginable out there from spinach and corn right through to beetroot, lettuce and zucchini! It reminded me of being little and helping Dad out in the garden as he collected his latest harvest.
Mum is in charge of the flower side of things and being the clever cookie she is, she made this amazing chair! What a fabulous way of showing off your beautiful succulents with this gorgeous little chair garden. I told Mum she should start selling these as they are so cute!
The next morning we rose at 4am, as Ryan and I were off on an adventure! I had won a Red Balloon voucher last year, and my dream has always to go hot air ballooning so I knew straight away that was what I wanted to use the voucher for.
Words can’t really describe how incredible this experience was. There were 4 balloons that headed up that morning and it was wonderful following them all around the valley as the weather was perfect. We could even see all the way to the coastline and Port Stephens.
If you ever have the chance to ride in a hot air balloon I highly recommend it. It really is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience something amazing. Floating silently over the valley as the sun rose and everyone else slept was so serene and magical. Finished off with a Champagne breakfast at Peterson’s Champagne House, it was a dream come true for a Sunday!
Have you ever flown in a hot air balloon? What did you get up to on the weekend?
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