I took a few days out to practice what I preach. It is okay to have a good time in business. In fact, I think it is essential to have time to think and be creative. I thought I would share the three experiences that I did this week.
I love the Australian Bush – and to have such a wilderness so close to Sydney is simply amazing.
Both my teenage daughter and I love to ride. It is something that we enjoy doing together. When we are holidays we always seek out a horse establishment. The Magalong Valley ride, however, is a delight because it is only 1.5 hours from Sydney – we no longer have to wait for holidays to have a wonderful ride.
We were particularly lucky because we went mid week and it was a bit drizzly so we got the ride to ourselves. The horses are clearly very well looked after – in fact I understand that 5 out of 7 days the horses roam on the 2000 hectare eating as much as they like.
Phil was our host and he loves what he does you can tell. Many experiences come down to the personality of the guides. Phil has a background in customer service and it shows. He was flexible about what we did, insightful about the area and had a few good stories to tell.
Our ride ended up being most of the morning – we went to a lookout – and saw clouds, though I understand the view of the escarpment would have been spectacular. We then rode on towards the river. The horses clearly enjoying themselves. There was plenty of trotting and cantering. In fact, Phil could see that we were experienced and at one point the horses decided to take us for a gallop.
It is absolutely exhilarating to be in the Australian bush (wind rushing through your hair) water on your face (it was drizzling). What an amazing sense of freedom.
We returned exhausted and damp – and our picnic lunch was very conveniently set up for us in front of the open fire.
If you love the Australian Bush, and horses, enjoy great food and being with someone special to share it all – this is an experience for you.