Alfies on BerryIn search of we are not sure what ?? 2014-06-18 It's called retirement, I think.
We checked into Alfies quite late, tired after the drive down south from Sydney and decided to make our own meal in our room. Quite a challenge - when there are no saucers. But 3 cheers for a leatherman, empty chips packet. So Fresh lettuce, tomatoes, cheese and bread and wine it was. Cheers!
Here we are at Alfies on Berry, a B&B, you’ll find them on the town’s official website. I quote from the town’s website: “The town of Berry is one of those rare finds. Set amongst the rolling green hills with the Cambewarra range providing a stunning backdrop, the landscape is unparalleled in NSW”
I quote because I agree with the tourist talk. We drove thru a stunning , stunning kangaroo valley, both the pass and the town to get here. We will certainly have to drive back this way , it was too dark and too fast to take pics.
“Berry is the first truly rural town south of Sydney, a mere 2 hour drive (it took us 4 and a ¼ hours) from Sydney CBD. The town is renown for its bucolic pastoral setting but now it is is the shopping and the cafes which set it apart. “ It reminds me a bit of Clarens in the eastern Free State back home. “ As soon as you cross the bridge and glimpse the glorious
We picked this up in a bottlestore in Kangaroo Valley
Perfect, enough left for a second evening somewhere down the line
rotunda set amongst trees in beautiful Apex park you know this is a special place.”
The drive down Kangaroo Valley was so stunning. No places to stop and take pics, I tried the video thing but I dunno how successful I was. We are seriously considering driving back up tomorrow morning to see it all over again.
Travelling gets a bit tedious. So does blogging. So does dutifully wading thru it. You have to be so careful of the dutiful trap of: And so we rose a Xh00 hours, did our various S’s; Shave; shower and all the other S’s and then we went here and then we went there and did this and that. What I really want to capture is feeling, growth and humanity, but I’m nervous about being so public about it. Wotif (there’s a very useful such website, check it out) I hurt someone’s feelings. So no offense meant, everyone in this and subsequent and for tha metter previous blogs. Love ya all, cos life is great. Thanks for all the comments. That has been amazing I thought I was just blowing off steam for myself. I don’t publish all
Feast ended, chillaxing with the last few drops
Our digs were really cosy and warm. I can recommend the Alfies, it's in the market. Sooo up my alley, a 5 acre lifestyle plot, but not what Mr G has in mind so onward tomorrow to seek something more suitable to retire in
the comments because I am sure that is not your intention.
We are here because we have not explored this section of Australia yet and because we wanna be fair to ourselves: Do we wanna settle in Bunbury and Busselton, WA, Australia or does NSW have a chance?
The last few days were admittedly a bit tedious: banking, admin, laundry. Coffee and shopping in Sydney however is always fun. I miss my folks back home sooooooooooo much.
Tonight was one of those impromptu doings nights. Too lazy to go out and search for a meal once we’d checked in here at Alfies, we decided to have our very own cheese and wine and salad supper. A sliced open chips packet served as the smorgasbord plate onto which we shred (with Jurie’s Swiss Army knife) inviting green and very fresh and crispy lettuce, sprinkled with egg mayonnaise, sliced tomatoes and cheese slices on multigrain bread and Mount Lawson Shiraz and Old Gold 70% chocolate for dessert. We’re tucked up in bed, it’s only 7h41 right now, feeling mellow and keen to watch some Aussie TV (just to get a feel for it)
Alfie on Berry
Our little rentacar too
read our new books, purchased after hours of browsing at Dymocks, that has got to be the best bookstore in the whole entire world, to say nothing of the coffee and carrot cake we had at Dymocks.
The ticks in our life after the last few days include banking, admin, books purchases, laundry, coupe of old for us; but ever new sights, sounds and smells of Sydney. I guess I’ll lie low for a few days and give a wrap up before we leave for Perth. Sala Gahle. (Had to slip in some of Africa, I am one at heart; in my soul; with all my strength J ) From Berry to Callala to Husskison to Mollymook and all the lovely places in between. 2014-06-19
This evening my mind is awash with names of towns and villages and beaches and bays as we made our way along south. It is truly beautiful. I have tried to label the photographs accurately.
I keep thinking of how Jax gets her kids to say what was the favourite part of their day and then to discuss what they needed help
Alfies on Berry
It's for sale too. Not at this stage of our lies. Sadly
with or the challenges they faced. I guess our highlight was a sunset walk along Mollymook beach and being able to talk to my kids back home while I did so just to alleviate the empty hole in my heart.
The main reason for this little trip is to see if we could live here should we so decide. I guess mission accomplished so far. Tomorrow we meander back north Sydneyward but a little more inland and have booked into the BongBong Motel (sounds like fun?) in Moss Vale for the night.
Return Journey 2014-06-20
We decided to return back along the coast again rather than turning inland, visiting the nooks and crannies we had missed out on way south. It meant we did not take up Rob's offer to sleep on his little farm, but it was rather important for us to do the task justice. Driving back thru Kangaroo Valley was and then walking thru the village of Kangaroo valley was amazing. I loved scrounging in the Nostalgic Factory, bought a magasine dated year of my birth, (no secrets told here. 😊 ; bought ancient railway book, stopped to buy fudge on pass.
Berry Sourdough Cafe
Waiting for the best Eggs Benedict and Eggs Florentine
See labels to pics below
I guess our main choices to live would be Sussex Inlet, Callala Bay and Carrera. It was a good exercise. Mr G did not realise how pretty it would be south of Sydney, I guess I had more time to do some reading up. Scroll down for the rest of the pics, I have tried to tell their story until my eyes started drooping.
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