Sundays are designed to be taken as they come and the 16 November 2014 was certainly one of those Sundays. We woke to the wetest November day since 2009 and some road closure challenges, however the happy easy going spirit of the all guests made for the beginning of great day exploring the Yarra Valley. We settled into the much needed warmth of coffee and muffin from Mr Hobsons as we watched the rain come down outside.
The pooches were more interested in getting each other and exploring than worrying about the rain, it was very evident they were excited to be going on the bus. Diesel gave his usual active welcome to Rogue, Ruby, Henry, Tilly, Baron, Morph, Sassy, Odey, Juno, Pebbles, Tinkerbell, Maya, Fraggle and was eagerly awaiting catching up with Charlie at Lilydale Lake. As we arrived at Lilydale Lake, the rain kindly eased a little to allow us to explore the park and lake with our gorgeous and very damp pooches.
Dominque Portet was our first wine tasting stop and it was great to be able to enjoy the tasting outdoors with the rain being very kind and holding off as we settled into the amazing view and engaging guided tasting.
A gorgeous 2 course lunch inside the homestead at Domaine Chandon with the doors open to the veranda where the almost tired dogs lay chewing on their treats. Some great photos we snapped up but it was Rogue and Baron’s Dads who framed the best photo of the day! OK they asked us to actually take the shot! It was lovely to welcome Annie to the team as our newest dog carer and she certainly got some exercise over lunch with Henry and Charlie wanting extra special cuddles and walks.
A short drive to St Huberts Winery and some much needed off leash romping and wine tasting was a fitting finish to our day and not a drop of rain in sight now!. Thank you to Heather for conducting what was sadly her final day at St Huberts, from everyone at Gourmet Pawprints we will miss you running after us around the grass area.