Wednesday, 20 June 2007

Where even the Cellar Door is a little tipsy…

The Bunnyconnellen cellar door was officially opened a few weekends ago. Launched in style with an Art Preview Cocktail Party on Saturday evening followed by a Sunday Picnic and Gourmet BBQ open to the public.

Three minutes prior to the 10am opening on Sunday Mum asked me to ‘help’ behind the bar. That was the last thing I remember until I finally escaped, on dusk, to sit with friends.

Mica, Nic (who manages my NEIS program) and Shani

During the day I was filled with pride to see people enjoying our property; I’d look east to the dam and see happy couples wandering the vines; then west to see lines of people waiting for kebabs while listening to live jazz as kids dressed as pirates ran around tormenting picnic-ers who were sinking deeper into the lawn with every drink.

Ben (who designed the Bunnyconnellen brochures),

Nic, Shani, Me & of course Molly!

We ended the night with a Bomb Fire and only wished we’d thought to bring guitars and bongo drums – next time.

Tuesday, 5 June 2007

Crows Nest Shire

As most of you know I’ve settled down in the studio at Bunnyconnellen while I fulfil my new contract (creating a Carbon Footprint program) at the local Crows Nest Shire Council.

My little house on the prairie

I’m trying to make the most of every day on the property as I know in time I’ll inevitably end up in Brisbane. So I treasure waking up early each morning to the sound of birds squawking (unfortunately they don’t sing) and the sun rising over the olive trees where getting out of bed on foggy mornings is easy because I know there is a hungry horse and excitable dog waiting for me.

For those who haven't visited me yet 'down on the farm' I've included some photos of the local sites to give you a feel of the region - hopefully whet your appetite for a road trip to the country. (All the photos were finalists in the CNS Photo Competition).