Thursday, January 29, 2009

Lovely weekend spent with friends.....

Our friends Kelvin & Lyn arrived Friday night from Melbourne. We enjoyed a night of catching up and a good steak dinner.

On Saturday of the long weekend, we took a drive to the Coonawarra wine region (50kms from us). We visited the Rymill cellar door and did some tasting. K17, B15 and her friend T15 were let loose with my camera. They took some good shots.
B15 about to jump......No!!!

This stunning photo was taken by K18 of grapevines at Rymill.
This statue of rearing horses is the logo of Rymill Coonawarra wines.
This was my dessert at Upstairs at Hollick restaurant, caramelised peaches and honey marscapone cream.
Lyn & Kelvin enjoying themselves.
B15 - the long drive drenched in dappled sunlight. At this time of year the vines are lovely and green and lush.
We returned home and 'Weber' pizzas were on the menu for dinner. 'A' has a pizza stone so we tried it out, baking the pizzas in his Weber kettle BBQ. I made the dough in my bread maker and we were pleased with the result. Very tasty pizza with a thin crunchy crust.
This is another pizza cooking away on the pizza stone in the Weber.
Oh dear! Lyn decided she needed a 'goldfish bowl' to drink her red wine out of. No more said!
On Sunday, we went 4 wheel driving through the sand dunes to our favourite spot, Number Two Rocks. It takes about 1 hour to get there. We arrived and were disappointed to find someone parked in our favourite spot. The cheek of them, really! Anyway, we set up our possy and got the barby all organised for lunch. Then the people in our spot packed up and left! We decided to stay where we were as it wasn't too windy.
I tested out my camera, trying to catch shots of the waves crashing on the reef. I took about 200 pics of the surf! The ocean was really pretty.
Our little barby with lamb chops, hamburgers and fresh trout fillets (in foil)
Salads to compliment to barbecue.
The Risoni salad (top left) is really easy - boil Risoni pasta until al dente, drain. Finely chop red capsicum, red onion, cucumber, celery, add to risoni. Add a small can of corn kernels. Pour in about 1/2 cup french dressing or balsalmic dressing, season with salt and cracked pepper. Chill then serve.
Aussie BBQ plate - lamb chop, hamburger and salad.
We spent the afternoon watching the waves roll in, there were other families playing beach cricket and kids fishing in the shallows (they caught lots of tiddlers!)
We played Petanque (not very well, I might add). Rather unorthodox action, "A".
Petanque boules.
We flew the Aussie flag in honour of this great land...
Kelvin and Lyn lapped up the sun and sand. Don't they look relaxed?
More blue sea and rolling waves.

We stayed until early evening then made our way home by 8pm.
A small meal of Chinese takeaway was on the menu when we got home.
Kelvin and Lyn left for Melbourne on Monday morning. We spent the rest of the day recovering from a busy weekend.
Lovely to catch up with our dear friends - we all had a great time.

Cheers - Joolz


  1. Hi Joolz, thanks for stopping by my blog, I love the look of yours and have bookmarked it. Cheers, Rose

  2. Hi Joolz looks like you had a fantastic weekend good company & scrummy food Yum!!

  3. What a great weekend it looks like you've had!!! Thanks for sharing all of your great pics... Can't beat a good old aussie barbie and that risoni salad looks delicious, thanks for sharing the recipe.

    Take Care
    Jodie :)

  4. great pics....great food.....looks like you had a fabulous weekend...very Australian!! We spent a weekend in the Coonawarra last year and went to Rymill winery....enjoyed our visit...can't believe the cheek of someone parking in your fave spot at the beach though...!

  5. I'm SO hungry, and everything looks SO yummy. I'm wondering if I have all the ingredients for the salad on hand. And the ocean looks incredible! I feel like I just had a mini vacation. :)

  6. Looks like a great weekend ! So much fun stuff happening !! Love that first picture. I'll have to try something like that with the kids !


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