Foxeys Hangout

‘We were not obvious candidates for a sea change. When we talked of moving to thecountry, friends pointed out that Tony and I were hardly back-to-nature types. ‘Doyou own a single pair of shoes without heels?' asked a friend. But at the end of ableak winter, we bought an old farmhouse on 10 daffodil-dotted acres at Red Hilland planted a vineyard.'Cathy Gowdie had a life plan: have two children in quick succession before theage of thirty, move her parents down to Melbourne for childcare duties, andwhip back into the office to resume a successful career. But life had other plans,and when it became clear that she would have to change tack, Cathy and herhusband Tony, an aspiring winemaker, packed up and moved to Red Hill, onVictoria's beautiful Mornington Peninsula. They knew it would never be easy. Living the dream is somewhat less deluxethan simply dreaming it. Like toddlers and Italian cars, the vineyards requiredconstant vigilance, and Tony and Cathy soon discovered the delights anddisasters of daily life on the land: scavenging birds, grape rot, objectingneighbours, late frost, dwindling bank balances, foxes at the window and weedsthat fly across the wind to settle in carefully tended vegie patches. Foxey'sHangout chronicles their journey from city dwellers to winery owners, as theyfamiliarise themselves with their new life and the murderous history behindtheir winery label. Illustrated throughout with lush photography and featuring a seasonal recipe foreach month, Foxey's Hangout reveals a year in the life of a winemaker, beyondthe fa?ade of the cellar door.

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Hardie Grant Books


01 April 2009


Cathy Gowdie