Friday, September 26, 2008

Ag n Chat Trip

Here are a few snaps of our trip to Yackandandah and Beechworth. We all had a great time with lots of eating, drinking and laughing. There were 10 ladies in all with an age range from 21 to almost 60 years old. We all get along really well and have lots in common but we also found out quite a few new things about each other that we didn't know.

Our first stop was the Vienna Patisserie at Yackandandah where we had a lovely morning tea in a very cute Austrian timber chalet. It was then off to Schmidt's Strawberry Winery to taste some of their wine and liqueur and salivate over their nice, ripe strawberries in the field.

We then ventured off to Beechworth where we had a look at the Beechworth Honey Experience. It's a very informative and interactive shop all about where honey comes from. Our accommodation for the night was at The Old Priory which is a wonderful old rambling building that used to be a convent and boarding school. We had a great time investigating all the rooms.

Some were up bright and early Thursday morning for their morning walk while others lazed around in their nice warm beds! The famous Beechworth Bakery was next on our itinerary and we actually had a talk from Tom O'Toole the owner. He's a very positive and inspirational speaker and we all came away in a much more positive frame of mind.

The Beechworth Blackworm Farm was also very interesting and Mal, the owner was very informative and passionate about his worms. The very quaint Stanley Pub was our choice for a very yummy and relaxed lunch. The photo of the hessian potato bag is bit risque, but we were all jealous of her abs and jugs!

A peaceful walk was then had around the gardens and buildings of the old Mayday Hills Lunatic Asylum site. We were all in awe of the massive old trees. A quick final stop at the Beechworth Sweet Co. for some treats for the kids, big and small. On our way home through Albury, we stopped at Adamshurst to view some artworks painted by one of our members.

As you can see, we had a very busy couple of days. Now it's school holidays for 2 weeks, so we can all relax and unwind properly.

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