A chilled country experience

Have you been to Tenterfield, Warwick, Stanthorpe and Spring Creek? Certainly most Queenslanders do know of these places, except the last one belongs to a dear school friend of mine whose husband had a dream to run a cattle station. Their property is where we stayed for 2 nights. But first, I will begin with Tenterfield.

My husband Bill loves the country experience. I mean real outdoor bushwalking, camping in tents and gazing up into the stars. However, rather than freeze ourselves silly, I decided to stay in a fire lit cosy elegant bed and brekky guesthouse called Winton.

Wow! were we in for a treat and some winter indulgence.


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This fireplace kept us very toasty each afternoon from about 3pm. A library of books, delicious home made scones and tea, and Kerrie’s impeccable styling of interior made for a beautiful short stay.


Even real roses in vases on the bedside tables in our room brought a heavenly feeling.

Winton treats its guests lavishly. We were impressed. Kerrie introduced us to her furry companion Mr Darcy and allowed us a peek through the back door into their private abode. Everything I love. A bit classic, electric with vintage wares, gardening finds, wicker furniture, gorgeous art, another fire place, eye catching bric a brac and more.

One of the shops I enjoyed in Tenterfield was the Potting Shed. It was just opening when we were leaving. I walked in to be greeted by a lovely lady who posed for this photo.

Naturally with my project at home going on ( my potting shed) I bought the broom home.

A few words about this shop – rustic, wood, earthy, well designed and welcoming.


brick wall and rust go well together


a contemporary art print


Love the chair! I might copy this idea. Terra cotta pots, climbing ivy, a bath tub of herbs and veggies, pumpkins adorned the shelves.



Far from the chilled country air ( I wore my trusty green knitted scarf and woollen socks), hospitality in the country is warm. We said goodbye and travelled on to Stanthorpe ( a lunch only) then to Spring Creek.

Margot and Chris have lived here for 10 years and are currently selling off one of the 5000 plots of land. Their homestead has been slowly and lovingly worked on by Chris over different stages of renovation and the big wrap around verandah captured my attention with its open spaces. I have known Margot since school days. Life’s circumstances have separated us but it’s an amazing thing to be reunited after many years.


Margot and me

Throw in some Angus cross, 12 kilometres of new fencing, several dams, old shearer’s shed, bull dozer, antique tractor, quad bikes, skulls, jumping roos and perfect crimson sunsets plus a few night time board games and you have a rich and invigorating stay.

Margot is a writer, author, blogger, computer whizz, rural podcast listener, grandma, handyman, quilter, kefir expert, questioner, dedicated grazier, reader and marathon runner.

Chris her husband keeps up with her and wears many hats. While playing Boggle, I discovered also that Margot can win 24 words to my 13.




Chris and his proud strong fence


Bill standing near the rusty tractor


The prickly pear is a pest. Kangaroos are everywhere, especially dead on the roadside.

The drought is hurting everyone.

Where is Spring Creek?  Head towards Texas from Stanthorpe, about 40 ks out of town you will come to a fork in the road. Take the Inglewood fork. About 6 ks along this road you will come to Inverary Road. This is a dirt road. Follow it for another 7ks and you will come to a grid and see the sign “Spring Creek”. It’s another 7ks down to the house.

Bill and I truly loved the chilled country experience in July. We left Margot and Chris with some hearty lamb to cook up and unforgettable memories that I will cherish.

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Judy M
July 8, 2018 at 10:59 pm

Marg…….what a lovely time away for you and Bill. Haven’t been to Spring Creek before. The perfect time of the year to visit this area, making the most of cosy firesides. Love Tenterfield. Did you venture to one of my favourite places to visit….. White Cottage? The garden, cottage nursery, vintage wares and seed shed are just fabulous. I recently planted (from seed) hollyhocks (pink and yellow), poppies (double and single varieties), tall mauve scabiosa and aquilega. All collected and packaged by Mandy. Her passion for gardening is infectious….so hard to leave her cottage without purchases. Must catch up again soon. xx

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July 8, 2018 at 11:02 pm

YES! Judy I loved White Cottage and came away with a peony print. Mandy said for me to come back in November when she will have all her flowers to pick. It was extremely cold that morning when I visited her at 10am. It was a fabulous place.

July 11, 2018 at 5:23 am

Aw gee …that’s nice. Some great shots. Love the one of Bill behind the old tractor and the one of you in front of the weaners. Hope you come again before too long! You are always welcome. You have to come to practise up you boggle.

Much Love.

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July 11, 2018 at 7:40 am

Yes even Bill wins over me in Boggle. Thanks again for your kind hospitality Margot.

July 21, 2018 at 6:13 pm

Margaret, what a lovely get away. Your photos enrich your words. There is so much to delve into in this post with your beautiful images capturing moments from your experience. Sumptuous.

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    July 23, 2018 at 3:02 am

    Thanks Shannyn for those kind words. Waiting patiently for another get away.

July 29, 2018 at 7:56 am

Lovely to read of all your happy adventures together. Being from a country family and the childhood years spent in country towns with relatives, your trip away sounds divine and brings back happy country-time memories. I remember how cold Warwick can be. I can always feel your enthusiasm, delight and happiness when you picture your visits to all the places in your heart.

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