Several wines, a few beers, one or two meals and a lot of work... all have contributed to the sorry state of my cycling. The thought of jumping on the bike for a half hour ride to 'The Park' an hour and a half getting smashed around the Eastern Suburbs, then another 30 mins home, seems so far from my reality right now it's appalling. The climb back into the saddle seems almost insurmountable... then along comes the Newcrest Challenge.
Australia has now been shown by genetic analysis to be the home of many of the worlds birds, especially the most colourful and musical birds - so called 'songbirds'. NSW alone has as many parrots as Africa and Asia combined. So it's easy to think we need to travel the world to see beautiful birds... in fact we have them right here at home.
We are humbled by how many people say “Thank you for allowing us to stay…” – it’s testament to the fact that we have, in some small way, managed to achieve what we set out to do. Have ‘The Sampson’ feel like a home away from home, somewhere to just arrive, relax and unwind – in preparation for some serious and much deserved pampering!
A visitors' book is a little old school, perhaps you could say a relic of elderly relatives who wanted every person who crossed the threshold to be noted and leave comments... even if it was just for a cuppa.
On the other hand there is something committed and permanent about writing something down. The act of putting pen to paper is a considered and deliberate act. The fact that you generally don't want to have your words full of crossing-out and corrections, requires you to give thought to what you're writing, or about to write. There's no ability to randomly mind dump and correct later.
Orange Region Tourism is no more, at least in name, with the launch of Orange360. The name Orange360 represented the region’s role as a year-round destination and was chosen in consultation with a brand reference group, representing business, wine, retail, food, arts, and Indigenous sectors.
Part of that launch is the Orange360 video. Take a look. We'd love to hear your thoughts.
Growing up, the mantra most often heard was… “If it’s worth doing – it’s worth doing well”. Uncle Les would always say, “A job not finished is a job not done” and “I don’t care what language you speak… near enough is just not good enough”.
He was an old ‘Bankie’ who could add pounds, shillings and pence while running his fingers down the three columns- at pace. Accuracy was not negotiable for him. After all his job required it. His workshop looked like a new pin – “a place for everything and everything in its place”. He could find a chisel in the dark.
Every summer, a least early summer, the Robinia in the backyard bursts into leaf... followed shortly thereafter by an amazing cover of bunches of white/pink flowers. Kind of like the Jacaranda, only back to front. Leaves first then flowers
Our renovation is now complete and we're now seeing the fruits of our efforts, with some forthcoming guest activity building nicely. Our first ever guests have come twice in the space of 3 weekends and they're now looking at buying a place here! Orange has that affect on some people.