sunshine & shiraz

we've been so busy with all of our visitors lately its hard to narrow things down to a single post. this weeks most notable adventure was to the Yarra Valley and it's 70+ wineries- beating out sangria-filled night markets and boating in the port phillip bay for its place on the blog. We visited a few heavy-hitters including the prestigious Domaine Chandon and De Bortoli, and the equally impressive boutique cellars Millers Dixons Creek Estate and Mandala. no one left empty handed (greg wins 'tourist of the day' award for the case of chandon and the handmade cheese tray he took home). we're planning on writing a thank you card for the massive hangover that followed us back to the city, but we will absolutely be heading back soon. possibly weekly. now it's off to the kitchen to watch jeanne hyde attempt to prepare thanksgiving dinner with an oven thats measured in celsius. pure gold. let the holiday season begin!


off to the races

we celebrated the 150th running of the Melbourne Cup with 100,000 other revelers and a case of champagne for breakfast. it's no surprise that one of us didnt see 'Americain' win it all (she was being helped to a cab by a very nice security guard), but found the winning ticket in her bag some 6 hours later. the rest of us cashed in on our winnings and miraculously made it home from flemington racecourse in time for fish and chips and a late afternoon nap. there also might have been a few USA chants and the singing of the national anthem while waiting for the train. i really have no idea why people find americans abroad so obnoxious?