Glorious day greeted us for the journey up to Liz and Rich's place in the back of beyond. A three hour drive heading North to a place called Bulahdelah. From there another 30k of an unmade road before we reached our destination, 30+ acres of dams, paddocks, and bush. Our other niece Jen and fiancé Eddie had already arrived and with the greetings all done and dusted and the teas and coffee drunk we had the tour of their estate.
Hot work walking around all that acreage so when a champagne spa was suggested we didn't need asking twice and a quick change into costumes and straight in.
The dogs all took the plunge too but not in the spa I might add, no the dam was much more inviting and even my brother's dog Neddie, slowing down a bit now that he has reached the grand old age of 13, decided to have a swim.
|That's Neddie at the bottom L. Other two are Liz's dog Colin and Jen's dog Hank. The two ponies are Shaker and Charlie|
The only downside to eating outside was the huge Bot flies buzzing around. Fly spray didn't deter the blighters and as soon as we finished the meal it was a dash into the screened patio.
That evening the presents were given out but not before those poor dogs were all made to dress up in Christmas outfits and even the cat, Sunday, was subjected. That didn't last long with Sunday deciding enough was enough and hid under the tree with the baubles, a much safer form of entertainment
Breakfast all done on the BBQ. Full English with the eggs coming from Liz and Rich's four hens. You can't get fresher than that!
After breakfast and with the boys trying to fix the quad bike us girls left them to it and headed for the paddock. The two ponies had been given to Liz and Rich by the previous owners and Liz wanted to see if they would lunge.
|Sally, Shaker, and Liz|
Not too bad with Shaker (gray) but Charlie had it on him that day and tried to play up. Several attempts to rear and get away and he may have been feisty but Sally had the firm hand and he soon understood what was needed.
All too soon it was time to leave. On the way back to Sydney we had another stop to do. A place called Newcastle and Jen's and Eddie's place. What a lovely place to live with the beach within walking distance. Didn't get to see the beach but we did get to see where they would be getting married in March. An outside ceremony overlooking the bay.
|Fish and Chips first before a walk to where the ceremony was to take place.|
|Doing the mannequin challenge|
|Lovely outlook during the ceremony.|
|Groom and father of the bride moment.|