Murrurundi, Upper Hunter Valley, NSW Australia ~ Runnymeade B&B – Garden Studio
Thursday the 25th January saw Karen Banton, Abbi (our border collie) and myself, drive 4 hours (300 odd kms/ 190 miles) north of Sydney to the historic Upper Hunter town of Murrurundi where Karen was to be the official Australian Day Ambassador the next day. Thankfully it wasn’t stinking hot, somewhere between 35 to 40 degrees celsius (95 to 104 F) – the day before it was 46 degrees!
Murrurundi is historic, 3 x historic pubs, 3 x historic churches, an historic hospital, an historic police station, 2 x historic cemeteries, an historic train station….
It is a town of around 800 odd residents, based on agriculture, cattle and horse studs and the coal industry.
One of the real things is the sense of community – it was so good to get back to the country, I guess you can take the boy out of the bush, but you can’t take the bush out of the boy! 🤔
The Australia Day Mururrundi Organising Committee booked us into the Runnymeade Garden Studio B&B, a converted horse stable (barn), on a horse property on the outskirts of town.
Fortunately, given the heat, the Garden Studio had it all, ambience, a comfortable bed, a fridge and air-conditioning (that worked well) – what more could we ask for!
The main thing was Abbi thought it was her home away from home and settled straight in.
Not being content with booking us into truly unique dog friendly accommodation, the Committee really spoilt us, and took the three of us (Abbi included) out for dinner.
What is Australia Day all about? For us, it is about community and the people who make that community. Next blog I will share a very special community experience, Australia Day 2018 – Murrurundi style.
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