Back to our holidays... from Dubbo we drove on to Singleton. It felt quite amazing to be driving past so many horse studs (including Coolmore when Makybe Diva had her foal) and then vineyards. The scenery is just stunning undulating plains covered in lush green grasses.
My grandmother lives at Singleton with her daughter. Narni is approaching 84 and has become really quite frail since I last saw her. But she is full of energy and not one to have a 'nana nap'...not while we were there anyway. She came everywhere with us and loved the company. The Hunter Valley Gardens are simply stunning and comparable to Floriade, although so different. We spent hours wandering the gardens and marvelling at the blooms. Nathan loved the Storybook Garden so much that we went through it twice. Narni had never been to that part of the gardens before and she loved it too. Sadly, that is the one day I did not have my camera with me!! :-(
We explored the Hunter Valley and had we been wine drinkers would
have been in seventh heaven. Martin went to Kevin Sobels Wines and bought a bottle of white port. Now he's keen for a taste but is waiting till he catches up with a mate.
Nathan loved the Infantry Museum, located at the army base at Singleton. A corporal enthusiastically showed him the 'heavy artillery' and allowed him to clim up onto the bren gun carrier even though there was a "Do Not Climb' sign. There were also dress up clothes for him to play with.
Each day we went for a drive around the surrounding districts and visited Cessnock, Kurri Kurri, Greta and Musswellbrook.
On our last eveing at Singleton, we got together with my cousins and there families and all went ten pin bowling. There was enough of us to take up 3 bowling alleys! Narni joined us and while she struggled with the weight with the bowling ball, was a force to be reckoned with. In fact, she won the first game!
Nathan had a fantastic time!!! He too struggled with the weight of the ball but shouted a "Yahoo!" after every ball he bowled. Now he gets very excited whenever he sees a bowling alley! I can see that something we'll be doing next time we go away....