It was just before Easter this year that I decided I needed an extended break. I had been going flat out for 4 1/2 years with Hughsli, 3 years before that as a Chef, and 3 years before that as professional sailor. I realised I needed to get away from everything, be completely free and clear my head, get re-energised, and work out how I wanted to proceed with life. It was a huge decision and it meant putting everything on hold, closing production, letting my staff go, and running away.
In the last six weeks I wrapped our Market Stalls up with two spectacular half price days, I’ve been out to see all my wholesale customers and topped their supplies up, caught up with lots of old friends and cemented as many relationships as possible. I have been madly tidying up the kitchen (which happens to be in my fathers house,) eating lots of good food and drinking far too much wine.
Finally today everything was done and all that was left to do was pack my life into my van and get out of town. It ended up being quite the excessive array of paraphernalia that got packed. A few dozen jars of chutneys and jams for a pop-up stall here and there were thrown in along with a large collection of cookbooks, a portable kitchen including an extensive larder, camp stove, magi-mix, mortar and pestle and knife collection, the mountain bike, skateboard, tent, marquee and of course my beautiful ‘Giotto’ espresso machine. The espresso machine actually hooks up to a 2000W inverter connected to a set of golf cart batteries, that can be charged from my Vans 12V outlet, which means I can brew a perfect latte whenever and wherever I feel like. Its the Hughsli way.
So finally at just after 6pm today I headed off into the unknown for an adventure of a life time. I only made it as far as Reynella before stopping in at a Hotel for the night, the St Francis Winery. The food and wine were of no distinction at dinner time but the spa made up for any short comings. Its going to be an early night tonight and then its off to Wangolina Winery and the South East tomorrow.