June 2019
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    Bespoke Rural B & B

    June 22, 2019 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 9 °C

    Boopa had organised wonderful overnight accommodation with a bespoke rural retreat that was perched atop on of the hills and had a majestic view across the valleys below.
    Pity I didn’t get more photos of it.Read more

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    Tallis Wine

    June 22, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    Had a lovely wine tasting at Tallis Wines and purchased a dozen of their sparkling Shiraz. Also had a variety of platters featuring produce from the local area...
    Great little winery... Tallis Wine’s relaxed cellar door is perched above an ever-changing rural landscape. Experience warm hospitality, a guided wine tasting and share regional grazing platters surrounded by captivating natural beautyRead more

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    Flying High

    June 22, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

    What a magnificent day to glide and fly. It is quite snug in the cockpit once strapped in however foot pedals are adjustable which was a big relief.
    Going into the 360degree loop was fun and a couple of things I distinctly remember...it begins by pushing the nose down so that the glider gains speed which is a buzz in itself :)
    Then the pilot pulls back on the joystick and up, up and over you go, you lose your tummy a little which I expected.
    Overall the flight is very exhilarating as well as being relaxing which is an interesting combination of emotions.
    Oh yeah...the pilot was a guy called Kirk, so Captain Kirk seemed appropriate.
    Benalla is a great place to glide because it is very flat and gets hot in summer which creates lots of thermals.
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    Up, Up and Away

    June 22, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 8 °C

    Well here we are...strapped in and ready to go. Parachute fitted which also makes me wonder how well it would go because we only got to 3,000 feet and that doesn’t allow for much time to fill the canopy.
    Anyways, having the gang there always makes things fun!
    Some glider facts...
    1. Can range in cost from $4k to $400k
    2. On a hot day with plenty of thermals you can fly for 7 hours plus
    3. Eagles often point the way for the pilots to find the thermals
    4. Gliders are easy to steer with joystick and foot pedals
    5. Loop the loop is exhilarating
    6. When tow rope is released the glider drops quite suddenly
    7. Very peaceful when aloft just sound of air rushing past
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    Travelling to Benalla

    June 22, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 7 °C

    Dec took us to Benalla in his “shmick” Subaru car for the trip. Stopped at the local cafe staffed by a family that has ties to the region see one of the photos for the backstory.
    Really enjoy seeing how the cafe culture has reinvigorated regional towns.Read more