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
I am truly blessed with amazing guests at the B&B. Recent returning guests Jill & David took the time to post me a lovely letter outlining their ‘unforgettable stay’ and admiration of my achievements! They even enclosed a gorgeous photograph of my boys, the chihuahuas Chiche & Feliz. Thanks from the bottom of my appreciative heart, my cup runneth over.
You would have to wonder why after a big night before you find yourself once again at a winery, to recover no less. Well, the cafe food & live music is great!
New Years Eve was a fun affair at the Black & Gold All Saints Winery Ball. Lots of dancing!
What a wonderful group of fur-kids come to enjoy the B&B with their human parents in December & January.
And so, as certain as the sunrises in the east, Christmas is once again imminent.
It’s been a busy couple of weeks decorating the tree, drinking Andrew Buller Sparkling white, making shortbread, baking Christmas festive cake, drinking Andrew Buller Sparkling white....oops, said that (hic!).
Guests are enjoying the festive spirit at the B&B and some local sparkling to celebrate their Rutherglen visit.
Your host Kellie and her daughter road tested the new menu at Lake Moodemere Estate Vineyard. With full time chefs now in the kitchen at LMVE it is obviously paying off! The menu is in transition and new offerings chosen on the day did not disappoint. Well done LMVE, we will be back to dine again soon!
When the phone rings (or email pings) and it’s the VIP guests wishing to return I get mega excited! My mind races with new breakfast ideas, which new foodie places to recommend and activities, don’t get me started!
My most regular returning guests are Raia & Neil. Referring to them as guests isn’t quite apt any longer either, they’ve become firm friends as well.
Just prior my Camino in Spain they hiked The Kumano Kodo on the Kii Peninsula in Japan. They were a wonderful help when I was negotiating the mine field that is equipment to walk a 1000km pilgrimage!
Early December they visited and we hit the walking paths of Rutherglen. Weather was perfect, food amazing and the walking, glorious!
Starting in beautiful Bright on 24 November riders will take in the very best of Victoria's high country experiencing a taste of the Mountains, then the Murray region. From Bright riders winded their way through Beechworth, Tallangatta and up to Rutherglen for their rest day.
La Maison was lucky to host the stay of Marasol & Brett (and pit crew member Sonya) for 2 nights before seeing them off at 6.30am for the next stage to Yarrawonga Via Mulwala (NSW).
Their journey will conclude on 2 December in Benalla.The 2019 GVBR routing has been announced, and its a beauty! Robe (SA) to Torquay.Full details can be seen at bicyclenetwork.com.au
Rutherglen and NSW neighbour Corowa have an amazingly beautiful show of roses this year. My own garden here at the B&B is about to have a second flush but enjoy the pic here taken in Corowa this week.
Your host Kellie-Anne