On occasion I am blessed with fun-loving guests who’re up for some larrikin time...such a time was yesterday. Two couples, unknown to each other but both B&B staying mid-week (best time to visit) joined forces and booked up Lil’ Tipsy wine tours for a sesh around the Rutherglen wine region. After their morning of cellar door visits I joined them all for lunch at Lake Moodemere Estate vineyard for lunch at Lakeside. Following a delicious meal and loads of laughter we headed to final cellar door of the day, Andrew Buller wines. A perfect finish and a return to the B&B to enjoy canapés and some further drinks.
Freshly broken out of Australian Quarantine was our handsome fur-guest Harry. Harry is from the UK, planning to call Australia home with his human-parents Gavin & Jeff. Good luck Harry, and welcome to Australia.
Within half hours drive of Rutherglen you can be heading out on over a hundred dedicated walking tracks in the Chiltern-Mt Pilot NP, the Warby’s, Beechworth Gorge and so it goes...last Saturday the weather was perfect for the gorge walk. Naturally it led me to afternoon tea at Billsons Brewery in Beechworth.
Benson was travelling home with her fur-parents Jess & Matt and decided the B&B was a great place to stopover.
The place was busy with Frenchies as my fur-grandchild Remi was still in residence too!
Tonight skylines around the world will go dark as millions of people celebrate Earth Hour to show their commitment to protecting the planet. This is everyone’s chance to do their little bit...so get out the tea lights, the battery driven LED strands, the playing cards and switch off!
...and so is some very special guests, Beryl & Michel. They’re wonderful repeat guests of the B&B so a little something special was whipped up in the kitchen today to welcome them back with their fur-kids. Madeleines...oh la la!
Guests of the B&B who book in for stays including Monday &/or Tuesday night/s can enhance their experience and add an in-house dining experience to their accommodation package.
There’s a choice of a 2 or 3 course seasonal menu, with multiple options per course to choose from. A 3 course menu could look a little like the photo included here.
Menu’s can be modified for special dietary requirements. Once you’ve booked your stay we can discuss your menu and I can provide a costing.
And so it goes...my last pick today at Scion Winery, the most beautiful of all grapes surely, the brown muscat. Pretty, and as you’d expect bunches to be, hanging like dainty chandeliers from the vine..superb.
A pinch of Norah Jones mixed with a fresh, zesty chenin blanc and a full moon! Enjoy over the conversation with a special someone at the B&B
Yes, a gorgeous risotto destined for one lucky corporate B&B guest. An In-house dining experience is available on Monday & Tuesday evenings for guests. Bookings in advance please!
Finally the temperatures in NE Victoria is moderating! Almost anyways...managed a hike to Mt Glenrowan recently. My Glenrowan was a favourite lookout for many of Australia’s infamous bush rangers. The views makeup for the lung buster first 700m.
Little Ember’s first visit to the B&B, and her mum Samantha’s second stay with us. Such a pleasure to host another stay for Sam and her friends Dawn & Catherine, and Embers first.
Nothing is more pleasing than an early morning stroll to the kitchen garden to harvest some goodies for the guests breakfast and dinner offerings. Cherry tomatoes are still giving and finally the eggplant is coming on!
Host and B&B guests alike enjoyed the progressive feast that is ToR. This event, famous for showing off the region's best produce and wine, saw us travel from winery to winery to sample, taste and sip on the incredible flavours of Rutherglen!
Between film 2 & 3 my friend and I attended an interior designer book launch at Designer Rug in Richmond (Vic). Surrounded by celebrity designers, great food and wine, I enjoyed meeting new and interesting people whilst learning about Greg Natale’s interior design style and viewing the launch of his book, The Patterned Interior. A great little break between FFF’19 films.
Day 1, evening screening, I enjoyed a hilarious tale of clashing worldviews and the journey to self-improvement in I Feel Good, which heads in several unexpected directions. With moments of outrageous comedy mixed with humanism this film has more than a hint of Preston Sturgess. It delivers on its title, in spades.
After a quick coffee & cake break between movies, we returned to cinema 5 to view ‘Place Publique’ – a riotous comedy about youth, cynicism and patriarchy in the post-truth age. The main character Castro is the cynical host of a gossip-fuelled TV show. Although he doesn’t realise it, moves are being made to replace him with younger talent. Castro is forced to confront his own pretentiousness and superficiality. Chaos reigns with much hilarity.
First film enjoyed just after lunch on Day 1 was ‘Sink or Swim’. A disparate group of 40-somethings – all in the throes of mid-life crises – form a local swimming pool’s inaugural, males-only synchronised swimming team. Staring down ongoing ridicule and contempt from all angles, they engage a fallen champion as their coach who in turn is supported by her tough-as-nails former swim partner. Unwittingly, the team members embark on an unlikely journey of redemption that sees each one of them rebuild some sense of their self-worth.
A thoroughly enjoyable tale. Funny with poignant moments and an ending to make your heart soar like an eagle.
The 30th Anniversary of the Alliance Française French Film Festival, the most remarkable French-Australian cultural event, kicked off with a comedy film ‘The Trouble with You’ which has been a resounding critical and box office success in France. The Trouble With You is a rollicking, outrageously funny ride with a bit of a wild side. Hilarious moments and witty comebacks overlapping a fun storyline assured a thoroughly enjoyable start to the FFF’19.
The Gala after party, held directly following the film in the Astor Theatre was fabulous! A wonderful spread of French cheese, pate, petit fours & plenty of vin hit the spot, whilst the live music keep us entertained.
30th anniversary of the French Film Festival...and I’m there, again. Since 2008 I’ve enjoyed this festival of film in Melbourne. From the gala opening night film and after party right through my 4 films in 2 days, I’m so there! Viva la France! Check back soon for festival highlights, film reviews and general frivolity.
Harvest around Rutherglen is in full swing. Between sunrise and noon you’ll see plenty of activity in the vineyards. Whilst behind shed doors the real magic is happening! Secret winemaker business!
Yesterday I enjoyed a wonderful day of cooking! If you like cooking like I do, then it is enjoyable!
Pickled Sisters Cafe Cooking School offers a wonderful array of cooking classes throughout the year. Here are their dates for the remainder of 2019.
Friday 3 May - Autumn Harvest
Wednesday 22 May - Pickles, Pies &Pastries
Friday 21 June - Winter Warmers
Wednesday 21 August - Terrines, Rillettes & Relishes
Friday 13 September - Perfect Picnic Fare
Wednesday 23 October - Celebrate Spring
Wednesday 27 November - Sugar & Spice
Time: 10am - 3pm
$135.00 per person, which includes coffee on arrival, sparkling wine refreshers, a multi course lunch with matching wine (depending on what you make) and behind the scenes winery tour. Aprons are provided and you get all recipes provided at end of day along with some of your prepared goodies to take home!
Bookings direct with Pickled Sisters Cafe on (02) 6033 2377 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cooking school, transport to and from and accommodation packaged is available. Please ring me to enquire M: 0413 896 560
Murray River Canoe Hire has been conducting canoe hire and tours for over 20 years – they will take you anywhere you want to go!
Earlier this week I was invited to experience their evening Murray River canoe trip from Shaws Flats to Corowa (including transport to and from the river). It was a fabulous experience at twilight. The local birdlife was prolific, and the cacophony of bird song teemed with plenty of visual delight was fully enjoyed whilst drifting along the mighty Murray River. I am 4th person from left if wondering!
Guests at the B&B can request I organise this tour with the operator, or request I package up the Canoe Experience with their accommodation to create a special rate.
Just call me M: 0413 896 560 or email email@example.com
Its at times like this I wish I had a hundred rooms for people!
Yes, its true! Sir Elton John is coming to Rutherglen, 29 January 2020!
Within moments of the concert announcement my two suites were booked out! Upside is for me and them, I am one of his biggest, longest and most loyal fans! Ask my parents, they will tell you how I nearly drove them mad over the years, since 1971 as it happens! Elt's music will be on high rotation that week!
Anyway, I apologise if you've missed out on accommodation at La Maison for this event. Please contact me if interested in securing accommodation as I work in with all other local and surrounding area accommodation businesses and may be able to guide you to possible vacancies and last minute cancellations.
M: 0413 896 560
Your host Kellie-Anne