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I'm a Melbourne boy, hailing from St Kilda with one ex, one current wife and four kids. Love the outdoors and making new discoveries. I cook a lot at home (cheers from wife) and do some preserving, mostly jams, pickles and fruit liqueurs. This is the diary of a cooking journey.

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Sunday, January 10, 2010
Wish You Were Here

Sunrise. A bit early to get up on a holiday, don't you think?

The view from some poor fellow's winery. Tough gig.

Wilson's Promontory. Kinda moody first thing in the morning.

Surf's up! The beach at Tidal River, Wilson's Promontory.

The view from the deck of the house we stayed at. As one winemaker told us, Gippsland is Victoria's great undiscovered secret.

Native grass at home on the granite, which stretches from the Prom to Freycinet, somewhere down Tasmania way. A lot of rock.

Some pretty in pink things.

Some pretty daisy things.

Some weird plant thing. I'm not a botanist, okay?

I can help here though. A garden bed in a park at Foster. See any flowers? They're all vegetables, including beetroot, basil, parsley, celery, silver beet (swiss chard) and lettuce.

You can keep the Mediterranean, we've got our own cool islands. Wouldn't mind a taverna on one though.

At My Table's super model posing by Tidal River. Apparently someone spilt a cup of tea in it. A very big one.
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At 11:25 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hiya Neil, thanks for the pics, had happy memories flooding back to me. As a kid my family would go down there every summer for I reckon over thirty years.
Had me some great times in that tannic spill of a mozzie infested river. Surfed in all of the bays & beaches, trekked up to see the sunrise & sundown & kissed a girl for the first time. Love the rosellas, the azure waters & the smell of it. Happy holidays!

At 3:35 pm, Blogger Joanie said...

This made me laugh out load! Someone spilled a cup of tea on the water! Only in OZ probably ;)
Nice one Neil!

At 11:09 pm, Anonymous Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Wish I were there, too. I feel relaxed just looking at the photos.

At 8:55 am, Blogger Gigi said...

A Very Belated Happy New Year, Neil! This place looks wonderful, and just the thing after a hectic holiday season. I haven't been around much online lately but am happy to come back in time to see you having so much fun ~ wine country, supermodels, tea-soaked rivers and all! Your blog always makes me smile. :)

At 10:36 pm, Blogger neil said...

Hi steve, happy memories indeed, the first kiss is a magic moment for sure. Sounds like you had some pretty great times there. Haven't realy explored this area to any great extent, but my appetite for it is well and truly whetted.

Hi joanie, I suppose in Oz, beer would be a more appropriate sentiment and more likely to be spilled! Don't know why I went with tea, probably because of the tannin link.

Hi lydia, you'd love it for sure, it was extremely relaxing. The whole area has such a calm vibe, if it remained undiscovered, perhaps it could stay that way.

Hi gigi, your christmas card made me smile, so fun. You're always welcome here, anytime!


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