Our Autumn Leaves Road Trip to the Hunter Valley is fast coming to an end. We leave for home on Saturday morning taking our time so we can take advantage of more autumn tones in the little town of Uralla where we will stay overnight. But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves here folks, as there are more adventures yet in store!
And don’t forget about the adventures of the last two days which I have not written about as yet. Where to begin? So much fun and activity! Combine that with brilliant weather that’s almost too good to be true. Yesterday we did manage to go to a Cheese Factory, where we watched some cheese being made and then proceeded to do lots of tasting of the cheese as well. And yes, we have bought some of it too.
Today however, was the best day of our trip so far. A visit to Hunter Valley Gardens sounds like nothing too special does it? Well, that’s what I thought too … that is until I read further and saw some pictures of the 60 acres which feature ten stunning gardens with different themes. Geoff and I loved this garden and stayed for over five hours!
One promotion we read really got us in. It said:
“Bask in the lavash array of colour and scent in the Rose Garden. Laze above the 10-metre waterfall and take in the superb views from the lookout or step back in time with all your favourite characters in the Storybook Garden.”
The Rose Garden had sculptures of a grandmother surrounded by her 13 grandchildren playing on the grass. It is actually the owner’s wife Imelda and her grandchildren! When we stopped for lunch (we needed sustenance to continue looking!) I wrote this in my Travel Journal:
Thursday 2nd May 2013
Sitting in the sun having lunch overlooking The Oriental Gardens. We’ve been here three hours and still haven’t seen everything. We have the Indian and Chinese Moongate Gardens left to see.
This garden deserves the use of the word MAGNIFICENT! We cannot get over the attention to detail which amazes us. It is the little things that one comes across that surprised us. For example, fresh roses are placed all around the gardens (remember there are 60 acres of them) in wide-brimmed containers of water (a bit like short bird baths).
In the Storybook Gardens, nursery rhymes can be heard being sung. They boom out from recordings in pretend rocks. Of course, all the nursery rhyme characters are there – larger than life – doing whatever it is they do best. Alice is having a tea party with The Mad Hatter. Jack and Jill are actually tumbling down a hill. Oh there are so many of them … what fun for adults let alone children!”
And with that, I will be off to recover from all the walking I’ve done today over that 60 acres of gardens!