When I’m not photographing or working, I like to travel and explore. I think it’s important to go away for a while and gather your thoughts.
We’d been thinking for months of taking a weekend break in the countryside. Work and life just got in the way. That’s Ok though because it meant our journey happened in one of the most beautiful seasons of all - late Winter early Spring.
We ended up in Lovedale, the heart of Hunter Valley.
For someone who lives near the CBD of Sydney, I welcome the challenge of photographing the countryside in stormy-rainy Spring weather.
The place we stayed at was called Tonic Hotel - we got sold by the cute fluffy furniture creature featured on their website. The whole place is a quirky modern concept. Not only that, we woke up to kangaroos grazing right in front of our patio on a Sunday rainy morning.
We did a lot of eating and greeting with the vineyard locals - and I generally mean non-humans.
And I loved visiting the vineyard at night - reminds me of the X-files.
We took the scenic route on the way back despite it being grey with rain - and I mean sheets of it!
Here’s my take of Lovedale and Wollombi.