A note from Jim: We’ve spent the last eight years roaming the world yet this is the first time Jamie has ever uttered the words, “I’m going to write a blog item.” So without further delay please allow me to turn the digital soapbox over to my lovely wife.
As you know, Jim and I love the Barossa Valley. And since we’ve been coming here for so many years, I have had the opportunity to make some great girl friendships.
There’s Sue, Elizabeth, Polly, Lisa and Margaret. I have a special connection and relationship with each of them, but Margaret holds special place in my heart. She is an inspiration to me. She’s kind, caring, smart and strong. Margaret always has a smile on her face and warmth in her heart, even when she might not feel up to it. She’s a tough cookie.
Last night I had the privilege of attending the Barossa Valley Women’s Food & Wine Club dinner with her. It was held at the Barossa Valley Chocolate Factory, a new venue where they make their own chocolates, grow their own grapes and make their own wine, and create some amazing food.
Back in the day the local men had their own food and wine clubs, but they made it clear they didn’t want the wives to be involved. So Margaret and a few friends decided to start their own club.
That was some 35 years ago and it’s still going strong. Today it’s still an exclusive women’s club whose members gather quarterly to enjoy a three course wine-paired meal and chat about the local food and wine scene.
The only thing better than the meals are the friendships the women make when everyone comes together.
NOTE: Don’t think for a minute that I’m shortchanging Tina and Wendy, my Kalgoorlie girlfriends. I love them, too, and cherish our special connections and relationships. Oh, how I wish they’d move to the Barossa.