Before tackling the garden weeds and pruning we decided to take a short break. I think a little trip away in winter is perfect for beating winter blues and we don't have to venture far to be a few degrees warmer than at home. Royal Hotel Warren We've set up camp in Gilgandra and, ever on the lookout for a new Royal Hotel to add to my Royal Collection , yesterday we took a drive in the rain to visit Warren. It was so lovely to be back out in big sky country and even better to see the crops nice and green and canola getting ready to flower. Such a contrast to how things looked in the central west this time last year (see below).