Hunter Valley trip – Oct 7, 2007

Hi all,

Happy Thanksgiving weekend to Canadians everywhere!

As you cut into your turkey and ham dinners, the spring weather is in full effect in Queensland. The sun shines brightly, and the daytime temps hit 27-29 degrees with consistency. There are no signs of many ‘spring showers’ and yesterday’s threatened thunderstorm failed to materialize.

My third semester of law school is going well, and I can tell you more than you’d ever want to know about the law relating to mortgages, a seller’s obligations to customers, and about questioning of suspects by police. It’s busy work, but I enjoy it. Anna’s work with the Queensland government keeps her busy too, alongside studying for her project management exam.

Anna and I were invited to attend Craig & Georgina’s wedding in the Hunter Valley. The Hunter is one of the major-producing wine regions in Australia (along with Barossa Valley, the Margaret River region and others) but it has a much longer history in coal mining. Last weekend we made the trip south for the wedding and some wine tasting. We flew to Newcastle, and then made the short drive inland to the Hunter Valley region.

The whole valley is spectacular whether you’re in the many towns, the hills, or the flatlands. Like most of Australia, the Hunter is drought-affected, yet the wineries have nice green grass. I found the Hunter to be friendly and comfortable, and far less crowded than Napa Valley in California. We sampled “a fair few” of the regions fruity whites and peppery shiraz wines during the weekend!

Craig and Georgina’s wedding was fun and friendly, with about 70 family and friends in attendance. Their grand entrance by helicopter was a real surprise! We enjoyed meeting Craig & Georgina’s parents and catching up with friends to whom we have been introduced. Georgina’s aunt Diane contributed the wedding cake decorations — You’ll see from the photo how well her life-like orchids turned out.

The set of photos we took during the trip … of the Hunter Valley and wineries, the town of Weston NSW (it looks nothing like Weston, Ont!), the wedding, and the city of Newcastle … should be seen on my Flickr page.

As a side-note, congratulations to Supreme Court of Canada Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella who was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences over the weekend. Justice Abella is a recent addition to the Supreme Court of Canada (2004), so law students and jurists will read many more of her judgments in the future. Abella J’s many achievements are highly noteworthy, yet the Globe article strangely failed to mention the particulars that had attracted the attention of the AAAS.

Abella inducted into American Academy of Arts and Sciences (Globe and Mail, 5 Oct 2007)

Enjoy your Thanksgiving weekend – and save some pumpkin pie for us!!