Monday, 31 May 2010

Aussie Maria's Australia

First off -

Go RABBITOHS we beat them PANTHERS - YEAH!!!!!

This is a long running friendly feud between my almost-SIL and his favourite NRL team, the Penrith Panthers and my favourite team - South Sydney Rabbitohs.  And we beat them BIG time!!!!

Ok, now down to business

One of the most annoying things I find about the amazing digitial cameras - the fact that you usually don't print them to look at them!!!!.

For a couple of months now I have wanted to share some photos with you, but 3 home moves, 6 computers and 3 digital cameras later, I could not find where they were.  I was sure I saved them.  I know I never printed them.  But where were they?????

Finally found a disc over the weekend that I never look at - it is labelled photos, but nothing else, and yes there they were

So what am I going to show you????

Well it happened in the end of July 2004.  A surprise for a wedding anniversary.

A weekend away in one of our favourite areas of NSW - The Hunter Valley.  I did a post of one trip here

Yes we checked out our favourite wineries and yes the favourite food shops.  But this time hubby had organised something special.

Unfortunately it involved a extremely early start, can't remember exactly what time now, but I can tell you it was pitch black and would be for another 2 hours after we arrived at the destination.  Please remember that this is our winter time and while the Hunter Valley has beautiful spring, summers and autumns, the temperature can drop quite low (well for us anyway :-P) here.

So please don't be surprised at some of the photos and our faces - early hour remember.

We saw this .......

and we got views like this

yes that is sunrise

and a little of The Great Dividing Range

and just to prove it was us ☺

this was just prior to becoming airborne
A Bucket List moment

They like everyone to take part, so you are requested to help with the inflation of the ballon and the packing up at the end of the trip.  Lucky for me I was responsible for the camera, as the balloon looks very heavy.

Inflating the balloon

and packing it up

We then went back to their office/base and had a wonderful breakfast and a glass of champagne to celebrate.

Bye for now


  1. We did a similar thing out of Camden airport (several years ago) in summer but it was still cool pre-dawn! It was WM's Christmas present from me.

  2. So glad someone else struggles with keeping track of 'digital' photos!!!! The balloon flight looked lots of fun.

  3. OOh its so strange because I've always wanted to go up in a balloon, but I'm terrified of heights. Looks good fun Maria and I'm pleased you've shared with us!
    Hugs Suex

  4. Boo Hoo from the Panther supporters in Qld. Parramatta lost as well. Sad lot this household with Manly losing too....

    Now that balloon ride looks fantastic and fun; sounds like you had a very enjoyable day. Amazing that sometimes the label actually means what is on the disc. LOL

  5. Wow - how fantastic ! I love seeing how beautiful Australia is, I hope the tourist board sees you lovely photos
    louise x

  6. Wow how lovely Maria - and a nice picture of you!! without the sunglasses yay! We often have hot air balloons come over our house in the summer, I would like to go up in one, but I confess I am a little nervous - so glad you found the photos! Thank you for sharing. x

  7. TOTALLY, cool trip. I've always wanted to do this. I know, I know.... I want to do just about everything. You two are the cutest. Great pictures.

    Love the landscape.


  8. Wow! Very brave, you wouldn't get me up in one! :-) The photos are amazing and I am sure they don't due the view justice. Glad to hear I'm not the only one always looking for 'lost' photos.
    Have a lovely weekend.

  9. Thanks for your kind comments Maria on the blog.
    I hope you are well, and had a good weekend
    Love Suex