An impromptu visit from J’s cousin H made for an excellent excuse to head out to the Yarra Valley for a day of eating and drinking.

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Working all day digging ditches works up an appetite.

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The lady behind the name is no longer at the helm, but I was still very happy when J told me we were booked into Annie Smithers Bistrot on our night away in Kyneton.

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J, being a wise man, decided to book us a night away in the midst our bathroom renovation. We were tired of the dust and dirt, and a tad over having tradies in our house (especially on weekends).

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Spring sprung early this year in Melbourne, with slightly warmer and longer days arriving a good week before the official start date of September 1.

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If you have ever been to Daylesford you will know that it is a bit of a mecca for groups of woman on their girls’ weekend aways.

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J and I first discovered Ten Minutes by Tractor back in 2005, when we spent the weekend down the Mornington Peninsula with another friend and did a winery tour in a Rolls Royce!

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Kazuki’s at the Raglan is owned and operated by chef Kazuki Tsuya and his wife Saori Tsuya.

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You might not believe it, but during our three nights in Daylesford, we did eat somewhere that wasn’t the Lake House.

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Our last night in Daylesford was new year’s eve and we were dining  at the Lake House, taking part in their eight course with matching wine degustation dinner.

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Our three night package at the Lake House in Daylesford included breakfast each morning, an eight course degustation on new years’ eve and a three course dinner on one other night.

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After a busy Christmas to top off another busy year, J and I booked ourselves into the Lake House at Daylesford for some r’n'r before the madness started all over again in 2013.

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BrownKortes (named after business partners Gordon Brown and Martin De Korte) is located on the grounds of Evelyn County Estate around 35 minutes from Melbourne CBD.

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Miss SoCal and I recently day tripped to Bendigo to view the Grace Kelly: Style Icon exhibition. After admiring the gorgeous gowns we needed lunch and decided to wander away from the gallery area as all the nearby places were very busy.

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