Hurtling Toward Christmas in the Barossa

8.35am Yalumba Clocktower, Angaston, Barossa Valley, South Australia

Carols by Candlelight

We’re just saying goodbye to one of Santa’s elves, who has been in the office this morning handing out little presents in our office (one of the lasses that works in our section – her 4 year old daughter complete with santa hat and bell on the end!) so everything is hurtling with Festive Season flavour toward the last working week of the year.

I’ve been off the air just trying to settle back in, and it’s the classic situation – once you stop (the travel) you drop. So it’s off to the relevant operators to get patched up ready to go back out there again. Yesterday it was a nice long session with the dentist, after splitting a piece of tooth off at the end of the USA job. Next it will be back to the Nuriootpa swimming pool to stretch out the back, and build up for what looks like a massive year working 2010 mostly in the USA arena.

But I was able to get along to Carols By Candlelight here at Yalumba on Wednesday night, a big turnout on a warm evening. Special mention to the troops from Heggies Vineyard who put on a magic sausage sizzle – and even had BBQ as well as tomato sauce! True gourmets, our folks. It’s a treat to see this sort of thing under way at the winery, because when you spend so much time offshore talking about this amazing region The Barossa, then this special spot in it – Yalumba – and then you see it on a night like that with hundreds of local folk doing the local get together thing – it is special. The Angaston Primary School Choir in full flight belting out “Celebrate …. good times … come on!” might be my lead line for working away next year.

Any rate, I’ll do a lap of the winery on Monday morning and let you know what everybody is up to, and if the weather is any indication, we might be in for an early vintage. So now that I’m officially back on the air, this will get Tony, the bloke who makes the blog look good, off my back and we’ll try and get some pictures up so that you can seewhat the Valley looks like pre vintage.

Oh – by the way! It’s our Christmas party this Sunday for all the folks at the winery, and seeing as it’s our 160th Birthday year, the chief has invited everyone who works for Yalumba, the vineyards – everybody from the golden oldies (the retired folk who used to work for Yalumba and still live in the region) and their families along to a picnic at the winery this Sunday. I know there’s strawberries and ice cream for dessert, but everything else is a mystery – so we’ll get some photos of that up as well. It will be a great day, and the last event in the Birthday year program – wouldn’t miss it for the world!

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