A trip out to Gold Creek on New Year's Eve plunged me into the world of heritage nostalgia. There's the miniature village, the dinosaur museum, the walk-in aviary and the reptile zoo, none of which I visited.
More in my line are the galleries, cafes, restaurants and pubs. There are also boutiques selling fashion, home-wares, old-fashioned sweets, toys, and health and well-being products for those who prefer that sort of thing.
I don't know whom to credit for this fantastic sculpture of emaciated horses and riders, but I love their recycled pioneering spirit.
It was a very hot day, so I felt the need for an ice-cream. Fortunately, Stripey Sundae was there to assist. I combined the flavours of Christmas Pudding with Mojito Sorbet; surely that's the perfect combination for the end and the start of the year?
|Inside the Stripey Sundae|
We had a New Year's Eve party with cocktails. It was actually surprisingly civilised considering the sheer amount of booze on offer.
|Calamity Sue with Pimms|
|Purple Lady with Fluffy Duck|
|Him Outdoors taking a break from bar-tending duties with a Manhattan|
Serious discussions in the drawing room interrupted by a photo-bombing blanket boy.
And sensible cups of tea in a Winnie-the-Pooh mug.
|Morning after clean-up not too bad...|
An hour-long jog with Him Outdoors in Woodstock Nature Reserve.
Followed by a lovely afternoon at Four Winds Vineyard, Murrumbateman with friends.