Adelaide Diaries : Day 2

Wines, wineries, green cape and amazing food – that about sums up this day!

But….the blog doesn’t work with a one line description! Sigh! So here I go, detailing everything

Drive : 1 hour from CBD to Barossa Valley region. This was Boxing Day (26-December) remember? So we knew that only 2 wineries were open in the area. Both of them held considerable interest for us.

Sights seen : Jacob’s Creek & Wolf Blass wineries

Wolf Blass – was our first stop. Has a spectacular wine display wall that I ogled at. None of us actually drink, but the place might make you want to taste some 🙂 The aroma of wines hung in the air and it was heady. My pictures may not do full justice.

This rotunda spans 180 degrees and is lovely to look at PS : that's my husband's arm, sorry!

This rotunda spans 180 degrees and is lovely to look at
PS : that’s my husband’s arm, sorry!

Christmas Tree (again) *cheap Joke alert* Wonder what's in those presents? More wine, what else?

Christmas Tree (again)
*cheap Joke alert* Wonder what’s in those presents? More wine, what else?

The really friendly lady who helped us choose

The really friendly lady who helped us choose

We had to select something from here, but one thing Really? How exactly do you select when everything is the same??

We had to select something from here, but one thing
Really? How exactly do you select when everything is the same??

Rapt attention! and selecting, of course!

Rapt attention! and choosing, selecting, of course!

That's a nice one. Wonder if this is 'the one'?

That’s a nice one. Wonder if this is ‘the one’?

More tempting goodies!

More tempting goodies!

Selected! and happy!  Very verrrryyyy hhhaaappppyyyy *effects of fine wine*

Selected! and happy!
Very verrrryyyy hhhaaappppyyyy *effects of fine wine*

Jacob’s Creek : we couldn’t go into the stores or the winery. But the wonderful restaurant was open and we had a cheese platter. It was yummy, but gone so fast. My companions weren’t exactly blog/Instagram friendly! So, well, that apart, the place was beautiful and you can see that for yourself in the pictures. I won’t explain and bore ya!

Nicey nice! Most of my favourite places :)

Nicey nice! Most of my favourite places 🙂

Panoramic shot - just couldn't resist

Panoramic shot – just couldn’t resist

The menu - its yumm food

The menu – its yumm food

Samples!

Samples!

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Found some cute decor ideas

Bycycles to tour the winery - cute!

Bicycles to tour the winery – cute!

Us!

Us!

2014 – the year’s ending

Source : Google

Source : Google

8 days to go for 2015! Gosh! Where did the year go? Isn’t that what we always think?

Not I, not in this instance. I know how it whizzed by, I have lived every moment of it with hope and anticipation. To me the end of the years heralds nostalgia and hope for the new year. It has always been bitter sweet. Its a time for introspection, for some quiet me time and for rehashing some of my fondest memories.

  1. My mother and Aunt’s visit to Melbourne – I was desperate for a face from home. It bought me immense joy during the stay and equal pain when they returned
  2. Travel – loved travelling with my husband. Visited different sights in Melbourne, Dandenong, Ballarat, Geelong, Great Ocean Road, Wilson’s Promontary, Squeaky beach. Waiting for the road trip to Adelaide. It was an eventful year. Looking forward to exploring more
  3. My first drive to the nearby market – oh! the joy and freedom of driving had eluded me till now. No longer, my friend, no longer 🙂
  4. My first return to Bangalore after the wedding – I was overjoyed about going back to Bangalore but I was positive about a sense of homecoming. I wasn’t prepared for the things that happened. This trip itself changed me like no other, bought about a change that changed me. From daughter to wife. More on that in a post of its own 🙂
  5. Starting this blog – my outlet to express what I am going through. My outlet to vent my feelings. My space on the world wide web. My own personal utopia. Thank you dear blog, you are a blessing!
  6. Boxing day sale – technically that was last year, but the excitement I saw there is still with me. I can’t wait for the next Boxing day sale – 4 days to go! Yayyyy!
  7. Being a housewife – you all read about it, I am certainly thankful for this phase. But then, now I am ready for the work phase. Give me a job already!
  8. Cooking – loving it so far! More to come 🙂 More to explore
  9. Christmas – oh! I have seen Christmas in India, but Melbourne celebrates it with an enthusiasm that I hadn’t seen before. It’s a summer Christmas rather than the white Christmas I always visualized. The sales, the decorations, the happiness and the frenzy is something to be experienced. You must see it to believe it.

I am overwhelmed. I can’t wait for my end of the year trip to Adelaide, 2 days to go! Yayyy! And for the new year. Double yayyyy!