Weekending in the Granite Beltย 

Last week was a doozy. Poor Leighton battled a double ear infection and we spent lots of time at home. When Saturday came around we were all ready to get out of the house. So at 8am when Travis suggested getting out of town and heading to the country, we were packed and on the road within an hour.

Ever since I visited the Granite Belt region back in 2015 with some girlfriends, it’s been one of my favourite places to escape to for the weekend. While we were on the way we called up the Peter Allen Motor Inn where we had stayed the last two visits and luckily they had a room available for the night. As we always do with car trips we made sure Leighton was in the car at nap time, and luckily she didn’t make a peep the entire three hour drive.

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A Day at the Races

A couple of weeks ago my friend Emily Anne asked if Travis and I wanted to attend the Food and Wine event at the Doomben Race Course with her and her husband. Clearly we have a very busy social calendar and had to re-work some things in order to fit it in ๐Ÿ˜‰ Just kidding, I jumped at the chance to go and especially to do something different than we would do on a typical Saturday in Houston.

After some last minute shopping and manicures the day before, we were ready for our first race day experience in Brisbane -actually Travis and my first horse race anywhere. Since I didn’t have any background knowledge on horse races, besides what I managed to scrounge up on google and pinterest, I really had no idea what to expect.

I was nervous about but dressing appropriately but when I got there I realized we fit in just fine. Most of the men were in slacks, ties etc. although I did see a couple rebels sporting some denim (not enough for Travis to get mad at me for making him dress up though) and the ladies were in a whole range of dresses and fun head wear.

Anyone recognize our outfits? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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My partner in crime and I

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Since I had never been to a horse race I really didn’t have much to compare it to. This particular event had different food and alcohol tents set up along the track so you could walk around and try different things. One thing that Emily Anne and Josh did point out was that nobody really seemed to concerned with the actual horse races. You could barely hear the announcer when the races began and everybody just carried on socializing. It did make it easier for us to get a good view as the horses wizzed by.

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I was surprised at how quick each race was. It was perfect for someone with a limited attention span (not that I know anyone like that…).

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They had other entertainment going on as well- including a grape stomping competition. The winner won a vacation package. It mostly just reminded me of I Love Lucy.

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One of the tents we hung out in

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As we headed out to find a cab my dogs were barking. It’s been a good while since I have worn heels for an extended period of time. Clearly I am not the only one with this problem because look what we spotted by the exit.

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Well played, Doomben, well played. Unfortunately my feet were not hurting $20 worth.

Overall we had a great time at the races, it was a fun way to spend a beautiful (almost) Spring Saturday. Thanks to Emily Anne for supplying the higher quality pictures in this post, you can read her post on the day here.