A beautiful Christmas in the mountains

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We have spent a wonderful few days over Christmas in the mountainous Granite Belt. Our family own the old boulangerie in the French inspired village of Amiens near Stanthorpe. The lovely little village was developed in the years following  WW1 after servicemen were resettled in the area. It one of my favourite places to visit where I can find rest and think of the gentle reprieve and solace our forefathers would have found in this  beautiful place. With minimal passing traffic one is enveloped in the serenity of lush alpine pasteurs dappled with granite, grazing donkey and doe eyed cows that gently wake you up in the morning as they slowly amble past the bedroom window. Crisp mountain air cools everything down and it is easy to loose track of time lazing under the willow in the garden, reading, writing or just enjoying a snooze. The milder temperatures also lend to abundant birdlife – parrots, rosella, cockatoos, magpies, cheeky little willy wagtails and finches that flitter about.  We enjoyed a lovely dinner party with our French hostess and new friend Claudine, a neighbour from up the road. A stroll to say hello to the goats before dinner led us through an orchard of figs, olives and plum trees covered in ripe, ruby red fruit – yum and it didn’t take much encouragement to get the bush poetry, Irish ballads and song flowing freely after dinner. Christmas and Boxing Days were full of family, music, laughter and all the festive trimmings. I could not think of a more enjoyable way to spend Christmas and find myself refreshed and ready for a new year.

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