Wine O’Clock

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One of the many surprise discoveries we’ve had in our South Coast adventures, is the amount of amazing wineries there are just a stones throw away. With Autumn now upon us, it seems like the perfect time to be sitting in front of a roaring fire sipping on a freshly acquired glass of red from one of the local Cellar Doors. It’s not a bad way to get out of the wet weather either, as we did a few weeks ago having lunch & enjoying the view at Crooked River Wines

Wineries are located everywhere from Gerringong to Kangaroo Valley and Shoalhaven Heads to Bawley Point, and you can sample many of them at the 12th Annual Shoalhaven Coast Winter Wine Festival which is held over the June Long Weekend.

Cheers!

Alexander (Michael) The Great

I never forgot a house I saw featured in Vogue Living Australia about 8 years ago … it was a weekender perched on the very picturesque escarpment in Kangaroo Valley, NSW.  Of course, I didn’t still have the original issue but scanned my memory for enough info to feed into Google and lucky for me I found the details of architect Alexander Michael.  Looking at his magnificent past work and knowing my house building budget (meagre!!) it was with trepidation I called Alexander for a chat about the possibilities of working together….
After a 30 minute chat I knew we had found our guy … the Kangaroo Valley house was designed by Alexander for himself and his partner as a weekend escape and completed in 2005.  Alexander’s extensive use of concrete, steel, glass and wood plus his obsession with adapting commercial and industrial items for use in a domestic setting meant a result would never be “suburban” (Alex’s favoured term).  A weekender with a difference …simple, light and robust!

Here are some picture taken from Alexander Michael’s website siloboy.com and here is the full article on his Kangaroo Valley Retreat.

Kangaroo Valley Escape by Alexander Michael Architect

Kangaroo Valley Escape by Alexander Michael Architect

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Exterior - tanks

Exterior – tanks

Kitchen view

Kitchen view

Dining

Dining

Ironbark and gal steel columns

Ironbark and gal steel columns

Bedroom Pods

Bedroom Pods

Cast Iron Basin

Cast Iron Basin

Kangaroo Valley evenings

Kangaroo Valley evenings