Weeks! #40: Big city, beautiful country

2014-09-29 09.00.02So on Monday morning Jude, Zac and I loaded up the car to head off to Melbourne. James and Sebastian were flying there from Adelaide, so we had the car.

The drive wasn’t too bad – half the time, with Zac and Jude watching movies or playing on the iPads, it felt like I had the car to myself and could sing along to my music as loud as I liked.

2014-09-29 12.56.02We stopped for the traditional lunch break at Holbrook and arrived in Melbourne before dinner to reunite with James and dine on Italian food in Lygon Street.

Tuesday morning it was breakfast at James’ favourite hipster Brunswick cafe, Industry Beans.

2014-09-30 11.10.19-1We then went to see Sebastian play in his hockey tournament. Sadly, the ACT team was significantly outclassed and the week involved a number of thumping losses. But the boys played as hard as they could.

2014-09-30 15.15.27-1Jude, Zac and I headed off to see The MazeRunner at Melbourne Central while James had to fly back to Canberra to give a speech.

Next morning we headed off to visit Annabelle – while she and I gossiped, the boys had a lot of fun bonding.

Then it was off to zoo.

We liked the butterflies…

…and lemur island where we could walk around with the lemurs was cool.

The gorillas managed to elicit many sounds of disgust from small children as one gorilla proceeded to eat its poo, straight out of its bum.

2014-10-01 14.30.48We spent quite a lot of time looking at the reptiles.

2014-10-01 15.28.31-1And I always love a good seahorse.

2014-10-01 15.33.15Penguins are always a big hit.

2014-10-01 16.22.55-1And who doesn’t love a giraffe….

2014-10-01 16.24.41-2…or a zebra bum?

2014-10-01 19.19.15-1Zac tried another Lygon Street restaurant’s lasagne for dinner.

2014-10-01 20.08.41And both boys were excited to try the churros.

2014-10-02 08.32.29I caught up with Melanie my former roller derby buddy who has been living in Melbourne for a year or so now for breakfast. Afterwards I didn’t feel well and ended up sleeping all morning while James took the boys to see Sebastian play.

And then it was Luna Park time.

The boys particularly liked the giant floating balls.

Jude came for a ride with me on the ferris wheel – here we are at the top.

2014-10-02 16.30.17We all had quite a few rides on the purple dragon.

2014-10-02 16.48.42-1Zac didn’t like the dodgem cars at all (but James did)..

2014-10-02 16.59.33…but he won the day by going on the scariest rides – including the ride that just drops you from heights, and the wheel thing that goes from the horizontal to the vertical. Jude and I were both like “No. Way.”

2014-10-02 17.14.04It was then off to see the filming of The Project – as Natasha’s guests we had front row seats, then the boys, along with Conrad, got to try out the desk for size. And be taught how to shoot baskets with paper balls by Rove and Peter Helliar.

It was also lovely to catch up Natasha and Conrad afterwards.

2014-10-02 19.39.48On Friday we watched Sebastian’s last hockey game…

2014-10-03 09.12.25-1…before heading back to Industry Beans.

The boys in Brunswick…

2014-10-03 12.03.05-1Once we collected Sebastian finally, we headed for the hills…stopping in Daylesford for refreshments.

2014-10-03 15.25.32It was then off to the farm of the Jonai and some wonderful farm times and excellent foods.

It was wonderful to finally get a chance to visit Tammi and her family at the farm. It is an absolutely beautiful spot, and wonderful to see the happy pigs and their beautiful surrounds. And to eat such fabulous fresh food and enjoy such lovely hospitality.

The boys absolutely loved the dam and spent many hours playing on it with Atticus. My job was to supervise which suited me fine.

2014-10-04 14.16.23-1James helped out with the moving of the old chook shed. Here is Tammi looking delighted by its absence.

2014-10-04 14.31.13

The boys were also pretty keen on the trampoline.

There was also the great installing of the dam jetty which involved much drilling and nailing and all hands.

And as evening comes, time for a gin and tonic and some beautiful sights.

2014-10-05 08.48.28Tammi made us some absolutely delicious baked eggs on Sunday – just a sample of the many wonderful foods we ate.

2014-10-05 12.23.58And we spent some more time visiting the pigs. It was a lovely couple of days – great friends, great spot, great food – and such a stress antidote!

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