Ladies and Gentlemen, let me introduce to you one of Clare Valley’s finest labels from one of our highly celebrated wine producers, #Woodvale

I’m not a wine writer, not even close, but I enjoy sharing my experiences of our Region’s fine wine with my followers. I almost like it even more when i receive a message to tell me the names of people who have purchased at cellar door after my recommendations.

Recommending a wine is easy enough. Translating honestly what you experience is another.

Many would be forgiven for thinking all Rieslings are the same. They are not. And this 2015 #Watervale #Riesling from Woodvale is a perfect example.

I expected more citrus leaning on the lime side (my rookie bad). What I got was a hint of lime on the nose and delicious light, not too acidic, mineral on the palate. Leave it to sit in your glass a while and out comes granny smith to play and, as you raise your glass the beautiful light citrus is backed by the still present minerals on the palate.

Woodvale 2015 Watervale is a dry single vineyard Riesling and is a divine wine to treat yourself with and definitely one to take to a dinner party. With such a stylish label that is tactile and clever with its minimalist approach, your hosts or dinner guests will be suitably impressed.

I have to be honest and say I was at first disappointed by no story on the back but I now see where the wine maker is heading with this label. His wine doesn’t need to overload you with words. It speaks loud and clear for itself and will leave you talking about it, and the master craftsmanship of the wine maker, long after you have finished the bottle.

Woodvale Watervale Riesling is available by contacting:
08 8843 4047
RRP $30

I enjoyed a crumbly, not too sweet, blueberry cheese with this Riesling.


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The Armagh Kangaroos

I never grow tired of what nature presents us with in our neighbourhood. The same view every day but, it’s so very different every day. Different light. Different seasons. Different animals. New animals. New babies who grow and make their own families. And so on…

The Canon and I sat totally entranced yesterday morning as our resident ‘roos came delightfully and, inquisitively, close. It would seem they have become extremely comfortable with us and happy to sit and pose while the Canon clicks away.

I don’t add filters to my photos. Not even on Instagram. I don’t see the need when we are presented with such breath-taking beauty.


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My View #clarevalley

Picture this.

I stumble out of bed and raise the blinds to the sounds of our resident “Maggie” singing a tune from the courtyard fence not more than a few metres from the lounge window. It’s a familiar song but one I seem to hear more clearly on the weekend.

Singing Maggie

My toes are toasty warm as I stand bare foot on the tiles in front of the fire that has just had a big log thrown in.


The ever growing family of galahs is feeding hastily on the crumbs leftover from yesterday’s meal. Squabbling away and fluffing themselves against the icey winter’s gusty wind. On a purpose built hollow high in the gum near the drive-way is a rosella parrot calling out for his mate. She flies in and together they check out their home for the coming spring. This will be the second year they make good use of the nesting spot we put there just for them. I feel comforted knowing they feel safe in our yard to raise their young.


As I case my eye further afield in a south-westerly direction, I spot three familiar faces, the local kangaroos coming down from the top of the hill for their breakfast.

Bounce. Bounce. Pause. Bounce. Pause. Until they are right outside our driveway nibbling on the grass and the passerillage. Although, these grapes are well and truly past that stage. Dried currants, anyone? Oh well, the kangaroos don’t mind.

So I chuck on some thick track pants, a beanie and husband’s jacket that was draped over the kitchen chair. It’ll do. No time to go searching for mine. Despite the warmth from the combustion, I know full well it’s bitterly cold beyond the front door.

I do my best to sneak down to the fence to get a closer look at ‘our’ gorgeous ‘roos but alas, they are on to me and head back up to the top of the hill before i’d even had time to turn the Canon on. There are five in total but two of them, males I suspect from their size, seem to watch from a distance while the other, younger, three come closer to civilisation to graze.


They all head off, leaving me behind in the bitterly cold wind frantically zooming the lens for a decent shot. All i get is a view of  kangaroo backsides bouncing up through the overgrown vines. This land has recently sold so I am praying with all my heart the new owner keeps the vines and does their best to not disturb the wildlife.

I head back to the comfort of the fire and resume my Sunday morn. As I download and edit my catch, Maggie decides to get playful and sings to us through the window much to the frustration of our Bengal, Mosie. She knows well enough though, to not go outside and feather tackle Maggie and we wouldn’t let her anyway, but that doesn’t stop her talking back through the glass. It’s a sight and sound that amuses me no end.

Maggie at the windowfrustrated Mosie

Life is good.

#clarevalley #myview

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When you’re invited to a bbq on a Winter’s Sunday afternoon in the Clare Valley’s Hill River district, you don’t say no. We have so much to be grateful for in Australia and indeed, in the Clare Valley.

#clarevalley #iloveclare #hillriver #bonfires #creeks #kidsplaying #greentimenotscreentime #serenity

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When you find so much beauty in your own ‘hood, you know you are truly blessed. #iloveclare #clarevalley #naturalbeauty

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Our View – #iloveclare #armagh #clarevalley

Our Daily View - #iloveclare #blessings #clarevalley

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The Main North Road Kangaroos – #iloveclare #campaign #clarevalley

The Main North Road Kangaroos

The Main North Road Kangaroos

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I concur!

Gourmet food, wine, amazing views and great company…what more could you want?

Clare is a beautiful wine region in South Australia, 136km north of Adelaide and well worth the trip out there. It’s easily accessible in less than 2 hours  by bus, hired tour, coach or private vehicle and is a great place to enjoy solo, as a couple or with a group. You can even hire bicycles and ride the Riesling trail for a different take on this picturesque countryside.

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#CVGW16 – Jeanneret Wines & Clare Valley Brewing Co.

A big shout out to the lovely people from Jeanneret Wines & Clare Valley Brewing Co. for their hospitality on Gourmet Saturday. I had a great day and it was fun to get the camera out and put my ‘journo/photographer’ hat on again!

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#CVGW16 Clare Valley Cuisine Market – showcasing our amazing producers

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