I've been away to a conference for the past 4 days. It was held in a vineyard in country Victoria, in the Macedon Ranges.
It was a particularly salubrious and amusing place to hold a Tertiary Education conference!
The accommodation was not posh, but very comfortable and peaceful. The highlight of the venue for me was not the wine or the food (for once!) but the beautiful surroundings.
The landscape is very different from NSW, where we live. I rarely seem to see proper countryside these days, as our lives are very much centred around city life.
This vineyard was very rural, and had Alpacas, Highland Cows, ducks, sheep, goats and geese galore.
Not to mention a beautiful lake. It was a lot colder than Sydney, too. Approx 4 degrees overnight, up to 20 degrees during the day.
I went for plenty of brisk walks and had a very refreshing time.
I also presented a paper which went well.
On my return to the city I was overjoyed to find out that we have Internet again after over 3 weeks of nothingness.
No sooner had I stepped off the plane and cabbed it to the city than it was time for a big pre-Easter feast.
One of our favourite restaurants (Berta), was holding a lamb spit-roast in the back laneway.
We had 6 delicious courses, and far too much wine.
All in all a great welcome home.
We are spending the Easter long weekend at home with various friends and family, doing what we do best: eating and drinking.
How about you?