Thursday, April 17, 2014

Internet back! I'm back!

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?
Any plans?

22 comments:

  1. Em and friends are coming home for Easter...should be fun. Welcome back to the world of the high tech.

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    1. Hope you have a great long weekend, T!

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  2. Welcome Ruth but we do need a selfie; the Macedon Range does sound inviting. Those alpacas must feel honored to be named after Dani's famous coat.

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    1. Selfie will come soon, dear GSL! just haven't had much time to pose!
      I'm sure the Alpacas were deeply honoured.

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  3. Welcome back, Ruth!! Victoria looks amazingly beautiful. We are planning to attend the local Easter parade, and relatives are coming over for brunch. Really looking forward to the long weekend!

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    1. Have a great time at the Easter parade and with your relatives. Hope your weather is improving too?

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  4. Looks like quite a good retreat then (rather than just pure work). Yum to the dinner. Enjoy Easter, and the internet again! We are home for Easter, after our 5 days in Sydney, and I've just spent 2 hours up a ladder cleaning the cornices and light fittings... the dust was incredible (thank you renovations...). So exciting! xx

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    1. Your outdoor area looks amazing. Had no idea you were in Sydney, would love to have met up, but I guess we didn't coincide and you were probably flat out. Next time!

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  5. Hello Ruth,
    What a contrast between the city and the countryside. Such short breaks can be so refreshing and really do make one appreciate the simple pleasures of life. And, what better simple pleasures than eating and drinking.

    Your Easter sounds to be a perfect combination of leisurely pursuits with the stimulation of great conversation with friends. Wonderful.

    Thank you so much for the comment left on our blog. We hope to welcome you back there again!

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    1. Thank you, Jane and Lance.
      I enjoy your blog immensely and will be visiting again.
      I hope you are enjoying a beautiful Easter too!

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  6. Great that you are back to life online!
    I would love to tey the lamb spitroast! We will have lamb on Easter too,but probably just the tenderloin,as it is faster to prepare.

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    1. It's good to have it back!
      You should try the spit roast, although it takes a long time and is best suited to a big gathering!!

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  7. so happy you have internet back Ruth! You created the original digital detox! I do love a llama!

    Happy Easter!

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    1. Happy Easter to you too! It is good to be back in 21st Century!

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  8. Welcome back and have a lovely Easter. We're going to an Easter egg hunt this morning... for dogs. It should be hilarious!
    I would love a rural holiday like that, so good for clearing the mind.

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    1. An easter egg hunt for dogs sounds very amusing! do they actually join in? What type of eggs? Surely not chocolate?
      We had our annual egg hunt here this morning as the easter chicken visits here!

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  9. Welcome back, Ruth! Have a lovely Easter, were having dinner out East with my sister and this year, in addition to the purple Peeps that I usually give her, I've gotten her a real present. She's a dear, but not a gracious receiver, so the suspense is building.

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    1. Thanks Fred. Hope your sis enjoys her present and manages some civility!
      Happy Easter!

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  10. Happy you got your internet back, ruth! :)

    Happy Easter to you too! I am celebrating with friends down in Seattle.

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    1. Hope you have a good time in Seattle, Rose!

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