News and stories

There is never a dull moment here at Dayvinleigh, beyond the vineyard there is the daunting but hugely rewarding wetland project that needs tackling, the ongoing list of landscaping tasks, planning a new venture on the bottom terrace and growing the Johnston tribe of fur children.

The following is a collection of news, stories, articles and musings, enjoy...

Time to farewell this faithful friend as she heads out to pasture. She has been a big part of our lives for the last 13 years. Big Red arrived when we were 'camping' in the barn. She sat perched up on an old table found in the shed, always reminding us of her presence with a purr or a hiss. She was first into the house when we moved in and has been there every morning to greet us, she knew just what we needed.

But alas, she has officially popped her clogs, so out she goes. We can't live without her, so we have adopted another.

Farewell Big Red, you have caffeinated our lives for 13 years, you brought out the best in us and we will miss you... (until the courier arrives with your younger brother, already nicknamed - The Phantom).

Twas the week before Christmas, time to pimp up the house

and unwrap the balls, scored at half price from Warehouse

The 22 year old tree, still hanging in there

Tracy can’t bear to part with it, had it since their wedding year.

Stereo on, Adele blasting loud

Tracy singing badly, luckily there’s no crowd

Suddenly an idea springs into her head

Kevin heard the laugh, it filled him with dread.

Out she went running with Santa hat and stocking

Hugo took one look and just knew it would be shocking

Santa hat on and sock filled with straw

Hugo the donkey started to thaw.

He took it all with good grace

And even managed to keep a straight face

After all it is Christmas

and a donkey in a Santa hat is simply delicious.

So from the Johnston’s we say, Merry Christmas one and all

It’s holiday time, so if your passing give us a call

We can share a drink, while we sit on the deck

If you are busy, no worries, we’ll take a rain check