With a tremendous financial outlay upcoming over these next 12 months, we've had to carefully pick and choose as to how we spend our allocated budgetary allowances.
Subsequently, we'd decided to dine out on rare occasions while in both Penguin and the Huon Valley. After all, we'll be on another cruise in 19 days which consists of "dining out" three times a day (if one so chooses) with generally great meals, all of which are specially prepared for my specific diet.
|Our kindly landlords have encourages us to visit the garden anytime we'd like to pick the organic produce. What a treat this has been!|
Instead of spending a fortune on dining out while in Tasmania, we'd chosen to take advantage of fabulous, readily available grass fed meat, organic vegetables, free range chicken and eggs and fresh caught fish for our home cooked meals.
|Sliced cucumber, broccolini and green beans fresh from the garden added so much to our meal as shown below.|
Since the onset of our travels we've celebrate each occasion separately dining at two distinct locations. This year with our attempt at cutting back, we'll only celebrate dining in one restaurant, having chosen Willie Smith's after a recent visit. Please click here if you missed our story and photos.
|What was I thinking when I took this lopsided photo of our hard boiled egg stuffed, bacon wrapped low carb meatloaf (made with grass fed beef)?|
Had we not been cutting back to this degree (my idea, not Tom's. I'm the budget police) with the upcoming final payment due in November for the pricey Antarctic cruise (see the cost and details of this outrageously expensive expedition at this link), we may have chosen to dine out more frequently.
|By-the-bottle, wine to go menu.|
|Wine barrel display.|
Adding the fact that we'll be living in a hotel for six weeks in Minnesota, dining out for all meals, we expect a much higher monthly expenditure than our usual cost of living in vacation home in various parts of the world.
|Locally made dinnerware and glassware.|
|Many alpaca wool items are for sale at the winery's gift shop.|
Instead, we wandered through the winery taking photos at our leisure, reveling in the pretty scenery and their herd of alpacas, generally having our usual pleasant experience.
|Diners can watch the chefs at work from the shown rear wall.|
|Dining outdoors on a sunny day is appealing at the lovely home Hill winery.|
The Huon Valley sits on the same degree of latitude as Bordeaux in France (albeit forty-three degrees south of the equator rather than north). These regions share a similar climate, with winters featuring fog, frost and snow, and an abundance of spring rain. This allows for the slow ripening of fruit during warm months and the perfect conditions for cool climate wine to be produced."
|Indoor dining area at Home Hill Winery in Ranalagh, Tasmania.|
|There's an option to dine outdoors away from other diners.|
|It was ironic to be up close with alpacas when it was a year ago we were living among them in New Zealand, an experience we'll always treasure.|
May your day quiet day be special as well.
Photo from one year ago today, February 12, 2016:
|One year ago we responded to a request from readers as to our favorite places to visit thus far in our world travels. We posted this photo of the Treasury in Petra, Jordan after a very long, hot walk. Click here for one of two posts. This sight made us gasp with our hearts pounding wildly, less from the walk, more from sheer joy! For that post with more favorite location's photos, please click here.|