One of my resolutions for 2013 is to explore the suburbs close to where I live. I have noticed that my husband and I tend to frequent the same shops and cafes and travel the same routes, so we have decided to venture a little further this year. And hopefully we can apply this not only to our surrounding suburbs but also to the state we now call home. For Christmas we made a last minute decision to load the dogs into the car and escape from the city. Brilliant idea! We spent a relaxing couple of days near Berrima and Bowral in the Southern Highlands. We didn't get to explore as much as we would have liked as it rained for the majority of the time that we were there and most places were closing up for Christmas but we were quite content curled up in the cosy cottage we had rented. I am looking forward to future trips and enjoying what this region has to offer. So time and funds permitting, we will be seeing a lot more of this lovely state.