27 May 2009

Griffith 24-27 May

We arrived in Griffith mid afternoon on Sunday and went to the Griffith Caravan Village just out of town, very nice park, grassy sites, nice amenities. The 0ther site in Griffith is in town and near the industrial area so we are glad we picked this one.

This is a dark park at night, the lighting is in pockets with the power inlets. Very peaceful and quiet. Monday was washing day and it had blown dry by noon. In the afternoon we visited wineries. Beelgara first, tasted some nice white and red and bought 1 Doz, then onto de Bortoli and tried some more and bought them of course. Last one Yarran, the guy there was very informative and told us they had left the grapes on the vines now to see if they could get a botrytis this year. Bought another dozen.

It rained all night and showers most of the morning. So what do you do when you cant stay outside - visit another winery of course. This tme it was Westend wineries, 1 dozen later we left. Not buying any more wines. Into town for lunch then drove around looking for houses built on drug money and think we found some on way to Lake Wynagan. Nice Lake numerous facilities for picnickers and very well kept.

Our next stop off was the Pioneer Park, Italian culture centre also included in park. Great stuff, they even had a school room with the old desks. They have rebuilt a village out of donated buildings from the past eras and incorporated the italian heritage in the displays.

In the evening we went to La Scala for dinner on Mathew’s recommendation. It was excellent; we had 3 courses and a local wine - 3 Bridges Cab sav. The place was very busy even for a Tuesday night.

On Wednesday we woke to a thick fog. Later in the morning we had an early lunch then visited Catania fruit salad farm. Wonderful place, Sharon took us on a tour of their farm in a small bus, with a short video in the shed, full of lots of information about farming their property, how it started, all about the different fruit. Then back to their house for jam, mustard (all hand made by Sharon) and wine tasting. Sharon and Joe are an interesting couple and have a great sense of humour. We bought some jams and mustards, including Ian's favourite - quince jelly.

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