10 on 10 Project – January 2017

10 on 10 photography circle January 17

It’s a new year and a new annual 10 on 10 project. I’m excited! Are you? This month, I’m sharing a sneak peek  behind the scenes into what I’ve been doing (or by the looks of things what I’ve been eating,) while I haven’t been blogging. I’ve also been binge watching Netflix, which isn’t pictured! Don’t forget, when you’ve finished checking out my pics, start with Steph and follow the photos and the photographers around the circle. I promise you,  you’re in for a treat.

Christmas and New Year are a very jolly affair. Good times, good food and good people. There is certainly a lot to cheers to and be cheerful about. Here’s to a 2017 full of bubbles not troubles.


It is so hot over the holidays, we almost melt. Almost, but not quite. Praise be to the people who invented air conditioning and gelato, that’s all I can say. The opening of a new gelato bar in our hood could not be better timed. I can not resist the Smurf, it’s cool, blue and infused with Smarties!

c9 Smurf gelato Crows Nest

We could do with a case of that gelato when we take a road trip to the Hunter Valley… In the middle of a heatwave. We are cool as cucumbers in the car but bake alive in the great and very hot outdoors. Still, we aren’t going to let some hot weather come between us and a day of big things and wine tasting. If you know about my penchant for spotting Australian big things, you’ll have some idea of how excited I am to see the Big Frilled Neck Lizard! You can find him atop the entrance of the Australian Reptile Par on the Central Coast and he is big by name and big by nature!

Big Frilled Neck Lizard

We continue on our big adventure to the Hunter Valley where we find the Big Wine Bottle, you can find it too at the entrance to the Hunter Valley Gardens. Check out the colour of that sky!

The Big Wine Bottle

It turns out big thing spotting is thirsty work so we head off to the vineyards to do some wine tasting. The last time I was at Tullochs I was on a wine tour with all my friends celebrating my 40th birthday! So much has changed since then, but I’m pleased to report that the quality of the wine here isn’t one of them! Put it this way, we don’t leave empty handed.

Tullochs wine tasting

Next stop is Audrey Wilkinson’s where the views like the wine, are mighty fine. I am  too busy tasting to take any pictures inside, but the views of the vineyard are just too good to resist.

Audrey Wilkinson vineyard view

New Year’s Eve is quiet, just the way I like it. We spend the afternoon watching Star Wars Rogue One in Gold Class (which makes watching Star Wars almost bearable.) Then we head home, grab a curry at Malabarour favourite Indian in the whole wide world, watch the 9pm fireworks on the telly and then take a one way ticket to Sleepy Town. It’s the perfect way to farewell 2016.

Gold Class NYE

The good times continue to roll well into 2017. There’s so much to look forward to this year and I am especially excited about the arrival of Jane’s baby, who is due to arrive on our 10th wedding anniversary. It’s a sign, no?! The baby shower is a delightful and delicious affair and is hosted at the Acre EateryThe girls did good with the table decorations, don’t you think?

Jane's baby shower

The food is ah-mazing. It is two courses but with a hundred dishes, or at least that’s how it seems. Everything is so fresh and flavoursome. I become instantly addicted to the fat chips, some of the best I’ve ever had (and I should know because I have eaten a lot of chips in my time.)

chips - Acre eatery

The cocktails are fabulous too, and as pretty as they are delicious.

Cocktails - acre eatery

So tell me, what have you been up to since I’ve been gone? Have you seen any big things? Been to the movies lately? What did you get up to on NYE? Tell me all the things!

Now remember friends, the fun of the photography circle doesn’t stop here. Do bob on over and say g’day to Stephbe sure to check out her splendid snaps, and enjoy the photo fun!

Linking up with Kylie for IBOT

  • My, you’ve been busy! And I have gotten food and drink envy reading this 🙂

  • Now that right there is a great commercial! Makes me want to pack my bags …

  • Those fat chips look amazing!!! We had a very quiet New Years eve as well. The perfect way to start the new year xx

    • I think I ate almost all of the fat chips by myself. They really were too good to resist. I think the older I get the quieter I like my NYE! Wishing you all the happy in 2017 x

  • merilyn

    you’ve had a great time sammie!
    loving those roasted veg and gelato
    and what a lovely table scape for the mother to be
    we had a quiet nye, but have had 3 extra males in the house!
    escape is needed soon!
    they leave tomorrow!
    I need all things female!
    lol m:)XX

    • I hope the mother to be had a wonderful time because she’s pretty wonderful herself. 3 extra males? I hope you’re enjoying your reclaimed space and getting in touch with your feminine side! xx

  • That frill neck lizard is the greatest!

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    It is so hot this year (it feels hotter, I’m not sure why) so we’re finally getting air conditioning although it’s proving quite a process! I’m sure it will be worth it in the end. We really enjoyed Acre Eatery too!

    • I promise you the air con will totally be worth it – I really could not live without it.

      I really loved Acre, I can’t wait to go back and take David 🙂

  • Smartie Smurf gelato sounds perfect!

  • Great summer so far Sammie. Love that blue icecream. I’ve had a good summer so far. Family, beach, relaxation, fun, food, and cool drinks. And this weekend we’re off to one of my favourite places in the country – Adelaide. Can’t wait.

  • Gorgeous pictures and it looks like you’ve been having a great time! And now I’m hungry!

  • Gorgeous pics. Food and drink look so good. We used to go to the Hunter often when we lived in Sydney. We spent NYE at a friend’s place and I swear it was hard work making it to midnight. I am not a big NYE celebrated so eating, drinking, swimming and playing games was perfect.

    • Your NYE sounds perfect apart from the bit about staying up until midnight. I’m such a nana, I just don’t have the stamina anymore! x

  • It’s been a while since I’ve been to the Hunter, but you sure had a stunning time there. Love the view from Audrey Wilkinsons! Catch up soon!

  • I loved the Star Wars movie and of course saw it in Gold Class. I went to the Hunter Valley when Esther was around 18 months old I think. It’s such a beautiful area.

    • How good is Gold Class? It’s the best way to watch a movie! And yes, the Hunter is so beautiful. I can’t wait to go back!

  • I just love the colour of that gelato! The Hunter sounds fab. I’m thinking of planning a trip there this year for my birthday. Undecided as yet 🙂

    • You should totally go to the Hunter for your birthday. I hired a minibus and went up for a wine tour with a whole heap of my friends for my 40th, it was the best day ever! Whatever you decide though, I ‘m sure it will be fabulous! And yes, that gelato totally hit the spot!

  • You had fun ! And sunshine ! You know Bertie is learning oenology ! And yesterday they talked about Aussie s wines! The best made by French in Australia haha ! Sorry but not sorry!
    I still haven’t watched Rogue 1!
    Xx Cathy

    • It was so much fun! How exciting that Bertie is studying oenology – I bet it’s so interesting. Let me know what you think about Rogue 1 when you see it. x

  • Ha I know a few people who would love that giant wine bottle! Glad to see you had a fabulous festive season xo

    • How good is the wine bottle? Definitely one of my favourite big things I’ve seen thus far! Hope you had a fab festive season too x

  • Sarah @sarahdipityblog

    Hello smartie infused blue icecream…your were made for me 😋

  • Sounds like you’ve had an excellent break! I am jealous of your wine tasting! I could certainly have done with some wine tasting to help deal with the post-Christmas cranky kids, lol! And those fat chips?! I want them soooooo bad!

    • Fat chips and wine tasting are good for the soul. Hope your break was magic too and that your 2017 has got off to the most wonderful start!

  • I thought that gelato had to be bubblegum flavour (as they always seem to make that blue… I don’t know why, haha) but smartie infused sounds SO MUCH BETTER!

    I’ve always seen the Australian Reptile Park when driving on road trips but I’ve never been! Perhaps Jesse and I will need to make a stop some time!

    I am kind of glad we didn’t see Rogue One in Gold Class… but only because I feel like it would have been a one way ticket to sleepy town as I wasn’t a fan 😛

    • I didn’t go inside the Reptile Park but I’ve heard great things about it. I think you two would love it!

      Gold Class kind of made Rogue One for me, give me wine and snacks and I’ll just about enjoy any movie!

  • Cheers to bubbles not troubles to you too Sam! You’re not a Star Wars fan? Oh I loved it! We all went Boxing Day – Brothers and cousins, it’s becoming a family tradition – although I was busting to ask my brother questions who’s who. It all made sense once it was finished and I asked him 20 questions. haha! You had me at winery! xx

    • David is the Star Wars fan in this house, I can take it or leave it (mostly leave it!) I love that you all go together – what a magic tradition! I was a bit confused in Rogue One and also had to go down the 20 questions route! Hope you had the happiest of holidays x

  • Pingback: 10 on 10 Photography Circle - A New Year – Pierced Wonderings()

  • NYE here was soggy and cold, which means that the goofy golf and bonfire didn’t happen, but we did enjoy bowling with the fam lol. My husband didn’t remember that we spend every NYE with his parents so he was a little peeved when they joined us. I just told him that we have to accept we’re not the fancy party folks 😉 Looks like you’re off to a great start for 2017!

    • Sorry the weather didn’t play nice but bowling is always a good trade off! Hope you’re 2017 is turning out to be mighty fine!