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Contentious Character Winery and Restaurant

With over thirty wineries located within a thirty minute drive of Canberra, we are positively spoilt for cellar doors to visit. However, if you want to have a nice meal with your wine… then the choices become rather limited – especially if you want a proper meal, rather than just pizza or cheese platters. But… Read more »

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Helm Winery

With over 140 vineyards and 30 cellar doors, Visit NSW states the Canberra Region is home to Australia’s most rapidly growing wine regions. The Yass Valley is fast becoming the region to visit for wine connoisseurs. However, Helm is not a new kid on the block. Established in 1973 it was one of the region’s first commercial… Read more »

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Grazing at Gundaroo

Grazing Restaurant resides in a refurbished 1865 country hotel. We’ve eaten here a few times and have had similar experiences each time and the most important thing to note for a restaurant, is that the food has always been excellent. As we walked in, we were offered a choice of two tables and the benefits… Read more »

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Yass Show and Rodeo 2015

A quick recap of our weekend at the Yass Show and Rodeo! [Show slideshow]

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On Friday I died and went to Foodie Heaven

Close your eyes and imagine for a moment, that all your favourite artists, food artisans and wineries got together. They forgot that they were supposed to be each other’s competition and instead formed a collective, supporting each others businesses and pooling their resources to drive really effective marketing campaigns, such as exclusive events where invited… Read more »

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Thyme to Taste

I love fine food – not necessarily expensive food. Expensive doesn’t always guarantee good quality. It’s often difficult to find a truly good cafe in country towns. Especially when you’ve been spoilt in Sydney. But Thyme to Taste in Yass the is a lovely surprise. Before children, I regularly sampled many fine eating establishments in… Read more »

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We Have Arrived!

It’s been a while. There is lots to tell but I thought I would start with a little insight into our new life in the Yass Valley. We had a few hiccups when we arrived. Not having rented before in Australia (I did when I lived in Japan), this has been a learning curve in… Read more »

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The Countdown

It’s getting a little serious and quite panicky in our house. This time next week I will be spending my first night in our rental in Yass. Of course there is some nervous excitement too! As the pictures come off the walls and the boxes fill our house, the reality of what we’re doing is undeniable.

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Our Tree Change (Am I old enough for a mid-life crisis?)

This is it. My family is going to pursue our dream of greener pastures, literally. When we bought our house, we thought our 900 plus square meter block was HUGE. We quickly set about major renovations, taking out asbestos walls, completely re-painting all of the interior and exterior, major landscaping – a blog entry all… Read more »