Down south… and lovely wines!

30 06 2006

We just couldn’t wait… well, I couldn’t anyway! Last Sunday we drove down to Bridgetown to check how the land development is coming along. We haven’t been down since December/January, and there’s at least two or so new houses up and others under construction, so it’s all happening! The roads and utilities are now in for the stage where the investment block is located, and the road and some of the utilities are in for the stage where the block we want to live on is located. It’s getting closer, though it’s still some years before our house will be built. A lot has to happen before it can even start!

Meantime, the drive south was lovely – as always. But it’s so DRY for this time of year. By now, all the paddocks should be lush and green, but they weren’t. We’ve had one of the driest winters on record so far and rain looks a long way off. The farmers are going to do it tough as they haven’t been able to plant their crops. Which means we all do it tough with rising prices, a flatter economy, etc.

One of the delights of the quick trip south (about a 7 hour drive all up there and back), was calling in to Wattle Ridge Wines and tasting some of the Two Tinsmiths range. Lovely wines… so much so that we purchased three cartons – two of cleanskins, and one of the 2002 Cab Sav. The Two Tinsmiths 2002 has some vivid memories for us – it was over a bottle of it that we made the decision last September to look for some acreage to move to in the next 5 years. The following day we put a deposit on the first block in Bridgetown (the one we want to live on) and two weeks later (after checking out our borrowing capacity first!) we put a deposit on the second block.


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