Saturday, April 9, 2011

A Day (or two) visiting the tablelands

Tim spent a few days this week working at Uralla fire station so the girls and I decided to tag along. They are on school holidays so it was nice to have a little vacation without going too far from home. It was a bit difficult leaving home by 5am both mornings and we were all weary by the time we drove home in the evenings.The weather on Thursday was delightful. Typically autumn with lovely sunshine and just a hint of coolness. The trees in Uralla are just starting to turn and the parks and gardens were looking good even if a little on the dry side. We did the town heritage walk which had some interesting buildings and landmarks.

The girls made the most of the playgrounds in the town. This picture was taken in Alma Park which was lovely. The gardens were beautiful and the girls ruled this playground as the best in town.

My favourite place was Gostwyck Chapel. It is about 11km out of town and you drive up to it through an avenue of elms. It was peaceful and had a real Anne aura about it. I wish that my sister was there too because she is a kindred spirit and we could have had a lovely time enjoying the weather, the surrounds and cross stitching while the kids played.

Friday was damp and cold. We drove up to Armidale, window shopped and went to the Gold Fishbowl Cafe. The coffee was good and the woodfired sourdough bread was even better. The cafe has a very hipster air with its cushioned milk crate seating and mismatched decor. Like a little bit of the inner city in the country.

Tim and I will head back to Armidale and across to Inverell in a couple of months for our anniversary so I took the opportunity to secure some lovely accommodation.

Today however is back to my real life. Gardening, washing, housework, ironing, baking, sewing but not necessarily in that order. I love it.



Lisa said...

Oh, I love that chapel!! Everything looks beautiful and refreshing to the spirit.

Janice said...

What an idyllic couple of days. Uralla is always a beautiful spot and it would be at its best now. Isn't it nice to actually spend some time exploring the smaller towns rather than just rushing through on your way to somewhere else. I think we might have to find an excuse to visit up that way again.... and a visit to the Goldfish Bowl Cafe sounds a must.

Blore said...

I would have got takeaway coffee and bread and sat in front of that chapel happily crossing stitching with you!

Cherry Ripe said...

Oh, the Gostwyck chapel .. brings back memories of living in Tamworth for many years. I loved driving up over the back roads to Walcha, Armidale and Uralla in Autumn.