24 April 2014

sydney royal easter show 2014

Earlier this week, D and I decided to brave the crowds and visit the Sydney Royal Easter Show, which has been held by the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW every year since 1823.  I was mostly excited about going to see the animals, although my enthusiasm was temporarily interrupted when a chicken managed to flick water onto my mouth while it was drinking in its cage.  Oh honestly, what are the odds?  Anyway, I made sure to tell D about it just in case I was subsequently struck down by a Mysterious Illness ("you must tell the doctor that a chicken flicked water onto my mouth"), but a number of days have passed without any adverse symptoms presenting, so I think this city girl escaped unscathed :)

Highlight of the day was most definitely Pat A Pig! during which small groups of people were let into a pen full of super cute piglets that surprisingly felt a little like my mum and dad's Jack Russell terrier when I patted them.  Go figure.  Sadly I didn't get any good photographs while I was in there as I was preoccupied with the patting and trying to get in amongst all the children, whose small stature placed them at a distinct advantage.  Also, piglets don't really stay still.  We also brought home some merino and alpaca wool for the Fur Kid to sniff, but she was largely uninterested, although she does refuse to sit in her shoebox when the wool is in there and looked suitably indignant when I placed the merino wool on top of her head in the manner of Mozart.

All in all, we had a great time but I will say that I needed a good lie down after five hours of insanity.  I must be getting old :)

All photographs © Natasha Calhoun

8 April 2014

mount tomah botanical garden

After the family apple picking escapade, we piled into our cars and headed up the Bells Line of Road to Mount Tomah Botanical Garden for a picnic lunch and a wander.  On our way to find a picnic spot, we dropped into the Tomah Gardens Restaurant for coffee, which turned into pre-lunch blueberry scones with honey butter and coffee, as the scones sounded too good to resist (and they were soo good.  And also, honey butter!).  And then, we had our picnic, and our wander, and it was lovely :)

All photographs © Natasha Calhoun

30 March 2014

more fruit than you can poke a stick at

This weekend, the family got together and headed out to Bilpin for some apple (and, as it turned out, persimmon and chestnut) picking.  It was the best day!  We visited Pine Crest and Bilpin Springs Orchards; D and I got a little carried away and left with a lot of apples (seriously, the amount of apples in our kitchen right now is actually kind of ridiculous!).  We also picked a few persimmons and chestnuts and then headed over to Mount Tomah Botanical Gardens for a picnic lunch.  It has been a rough couple of weeks for my family, so it was lovely to get out into the countryside and spend a fun and relaxing day together.  I think we might make it an annual venture :)

All photographs © Natasha Calhoun

Pine Crest Orchard
2549 Bells Line of Road, Bilpin NSW

Bilpin Springs Orchard
2550 Bells Line of Road, Bilpin NSW

Local Harvest
Corner Johnson's Road and Bells Line of Road, Bilpin NSW


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