Hunter valley

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  • Day35

    The Jack: Day 1

    December 19, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    So for those of you who don't know I'll give you a quick idea of what 'The Jack' is.
    My Uncle Jack is an ex pro golfer who was doing really well until he had a little accident with a plane propeller and lost his right arm and eye and other major damage was done to the rest of his body. In 1978 he set up The Jack Newton Celebrity Classic Pro Am which has now been bringing together pros, amateurs and celebrities for 38 years for 3 days of golf, fun and fundraising for junior golf in Australia and Diabetes. The whole family is involved in the organisation and presentation of the event and I was lucky enough to go to my first one while I'm here this year. It was just the most amazing experience, I've had to spread it out over 3 posts to get some of the best pictures in but it'll never really do it justice.
    So Day 1 was just a bit of a welcome day. Players are registered and introduced to their partners for the tournament. Groups are made up of 1 celebrity, 1 amateur, 1 sponsor and 1 pro, with the pros changing teams on the second day of play depending on how they are doing. A BBQ is held in the evening with fireworks by the Foti brothers who do the Sydney Harbour NYE fireworks every year and a great flyover show by a red bull trick pilot. The evening has a rugby league or "football" theme so everyone has to wear a jersey, I bent the rules slightly and wore my American football jersey in support of my beloved Eagles.
    Most of the pictures I've attached for this day are of my family, I'm hoping to get a bunch more up on Facebook soon and of course, the professional snaps will be out soon so I'll post them when I see them.
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  • Day36

    The Jack: Day 2

    December 20, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    So 6am the morning of day 2 and I'm hard at work serving champagne (it is Australia after all) on the 10th hole. On the same hole is a $15,000 massage bed that's yours if you can get a hole in one. So what do you get when you mix celebrities, champagne and a bed? A lot of unrepeatable jokes and pictures... but I've put the clean ones on here. Its a fancy dress golf day so I was visited in the next 8 hours by Donald Trump (Frankie Barratt), The Mad Hatter (James Tobin), Side-Show Bob (Richard Champion), Superman, Batman, Batgirl, Wonder Woman, a few Santas and a few questionable looking women. It was a great opportunity for me to get to know everyone and get over the star struck feeling when I met a few of the tv stars, home & away actors, comedians and big time sports people.
    That evening was a formal cabaret dinner including speeches from my Uncle Jack, some charities supported by the event and of course the charity auction. The stand out speech came from ex Prime Minister Bob Hawke who is about 1,000 years old but still managed to play a whole day of golf and get up on stage and get the whole room singing Walzing Matilda.
    There was also a visit from some of the Olympic Gold Winning Rugby 7's Girls (complete with Rio Gold Medals) and a shirt signed by the whole team for auction. Music from The Voice runner up Joe Moore rounded up the formal part of the evening before everyone moved onto the bar and got so blindingly drunk I was walking past some of them coming home on my way out to the course the next morning.
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  • Day37

    The Jack: Day 3

    December 21, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Most of this day was a blur of exhaustion, a slight hangover and goodbyes for me but I'll do my best to describe it.
    On the hole again, serving champagne to a very delicate looking bunch. Uncle Jack put everyone to shame with his one-armed game. Matt Stieger (pictured below with Jack) won the tournament with Jake Higginbottom (great name) coming in second. We had some great entertainment from comedian Tahir Bilgic, musicians Kram, Angry Anderson and Rowland Salley and there was more dancing and drinking into the wee hours of the morning.
    I'm pretty proud of my family for organising such a massive event and raising so much money for such a good cause. I'm just bummed it's over already!
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  • Day207

    Hunter Valley- Hope Winery

    March 22, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 26 °C

    Ein kleiner Stop vor dem Lunch (ganz schön übel 😊) und ein paar Weine durch probieren. Leider waren die Roten nicht so mein Geschmack, sehr sauer und wenig Geschmack. Auch mit ein paar extra Weinproben konnte der nette Herr nicht meinen Geschmack treffen. Also entschied ich mich für einen Weißwein.Read more

  • Day65

    Kitsch as Kitsch can

    November 24, 2015 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    😱😱😱 Weihnachtsplastikdeko im eigentlich sehr schlnen Landschaftsgarten. Bei 30 Grad im Schatten kommt bei uns auch nur begrenzte Weihnachtsstimmung auf

  • Day2

    Whinetour - Hunter Valley

    September 22, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Wir haben uns dafür entschieden, in der Nähe von Sydney eine Weintour mitzumachen. Wir besuchen 4 Weinereien, 1 Käseshop und einen Schokoladenshop in Hunter Valley. Unser Busfahrer Neil hat uns um 07:00 Uhr in der Nähe unseres Appartements abgeholt und wird uns dort so gegen 18:30 Uhr wieder absetzen. Wir, das sind die 3 F's, Julia und ich, sind ganz gespannt 😊Read more

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