Friday, April 23, 2010

Our trip to the Snowy Mountains.

As promised, here are some photos from our holiday. We stayed in a cabin in a township called Jindabyne, with a population of about 3500. It is a small town, nestled at the foothills of the Alpine Region. There is a huge lake in Jindabyne, which you can often catch trout from. Unfortunately, even though we fished every day, we were unsuccessful in hooking a fish... of any kind! The weather was beautiful, clear blue skies every day. But the temperature was quite chilly, only reaching 10C in the day and dropping to zero at night. Hence the campfire on the edge of the lake...

Trying to keep warm whilst waiting to catch a trout.

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A 40 minute drive from Jindabyne takes you into the national park and to a place called Thredbo, one of Australia's best ski destinations during the snow season. Actually, the Snowy Mountains are the only place in Australia where you get the level of snow you need for skiing. The highest mountain in Australia can be found here - Mount Kosciuszko - and it sits 2000kilometers above sea level (the highest point in Australia).

Jamie and I sitting on the rock where Jamie proposed two years ago!

A the lookout to Mount Kosciuszko (the blip in the middle of the horizon).

There is a beautiful rose garden in the Jindabyne township.

It is quite spectacular to see Autumn changing the trees in Jindabyne. You see, all of Australia's native flora are evergreen plants, meaning they keep their leaves all year round. That is why it is exciting to see trees like this one...

This photo sums up our holiday - picture perfect.

Sam xox

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Home again.

We are back from our holiday in Jindabyne! Unfortunately Jamie's computer is having trouble charging, so I cannot access any of our holiday photos just yet. Instead I thought I would let you know what we have done since we got back ("got back" being arrived at my parent-in-laws place 5 hours ago!).

My father-in-law is an Agricultural Teacher at a local High School. He is an avid gardener and has a vegetable garden that would be the envy of people with the greenest of thumbs. I always get excited when he says "Sam do you want to pick some..." or "Sam did you want to come out to the school". The later was said today. So Jamie, Jamie's parents, and I jumped in the car and went to the school Ag plot. We picked purple, yellow, and green beans from the veggie patch. I collected 2 dozen eggs from the chicken coop. And to top it off, he gave me some herbs and a lavender plant he has grown from a cutting. Here is my box of goodies!

He also grows some of the most beautiful roses, and Jamie's mum was able to bring home a lovely collection. Their perfume is incredible!

Jamie's Mum also showed us a book our wedding photographers are using to show potential customers. It's of our wedding! It is amazing.

Jamie's parents were kind enough to look after Prada while we were away. I think she has had such a great time she won't want to come home!

I will hopefully have holiday photos to show you in my next blog entry!

Sam xox