A Locals View On The Swan Valley’s New Hop On Hop Off Bus Service

Unfortunately I have heard (June 2019) that the Swan Valley Explorer buses are no longer running. Please contact the Swan Valley Tourist Centre for more information.

Nicola Heyes with Swan Valley Explorer BusToday we welcome back the lovely Nicola on the blog. Nicola is a Guildford local which means her and hubby, Ralph, were able to grab a Swan Valley Explorer Annual Pass each for $60. These special 12 month tickets for the bus are only available to City of Swan residents. I hope you enjoy reading about Nicola & Ralph’s Swan Valley Explorer day out as much as I did! Continue reading

Rosé and Rain in the South of France

Rose and Rain in the South of France by Nicola HeyesToday on the blog we welcome back the lovely Nicola Heyes who has recently got back from an amazing wine tasting tour of Provence in the South of France. It certainly brought back memories of my time backpacking and wine-ing my around the South of France back in 2011.

I wish I could jump on a plane right now (even if it is raining when I get there!), but alas I’ll have to enjoy the fruits of South of France rose from here and soak up all these delicious words and pictures. Enjoy guys! Continue reading

High Cup Wines – English Fruit Wine at Cumbria’s Only Winery


Today on the blog we have the wonderful wino Nicola Heyes joining us. She recently was back in her home country, the UK, and came across a hidden gem for wine lovers. Have you ever tried wine made from Raspberry, Elderflower or Elderberry? Well if not, you may want to after reading this and probably like me you’ll want to be on the next plane to visit High Cup Wines!

Whilst back in the UK recently I stumbled upon High Cup Winery. Now, when I say ‘stumbled upon’ I don’t quite mean ‘fell’ into Cumbria’s only winery and vineyard but I did happen to take a double glance at a poster which was advertising an art exhibition in a local winery. Cumbria – the county which is probably better known as the Lake District – is more renowned for its stunning scenery (rain, hail or shine), infamous walks and treks up glorious mountains, lakes (of course) and real ale, so that’s why I had to do a double take on the poster I saw. Yes, it definitely said ‘winery’. Continue reading

The Fantastic Ferguson Valley Wineries – a must visit!

Visiting the Ferguson Valley Wineries

Today on the blog we have the wonderful wino Nicola Heyes joining us. She recently ventured down to WA’s Ferguson Valley on a ‘wine weekend’ and boy did she uncover some hidden gems! A big thanks to Nicola for sharing your Ferguson Valley wineries adventure with us!

It’s been 6 years since my wine-loving hubby and I visited the Ferguson Valley – and that’s six years too long! Nestled in the heart of the Shire of Dardanup, the spectacular Ferguson Valley is only a hop, skip and a jump away from Perth. A short two-hour drive transports you to picturesque surroundings of rolling hills complete with wonderful wineries and sloping vineyards. Continue reading