Paul and I recently escaped from the kids for a few days to celebrate a BIG anniversary and both our birthdays together in Melbourne. We had an excellent time, the highlight being a very special night out at Momo, Greg Malouf's restaurant. Mmmmmm. We spent lots of time browsing exhibitions, shopping at little specialty shops and just hanging out, it was the best. How good is it just to get a breakfast in peace once in a while? We don't have any relatives around to help with childcare, so this was really the first time we've been away on our own in nine years, wow!
We packed a lot of things into a short time, as you can see, these are just a few of them.
When we got back, our lovely friend who had been looking after the kids had made me a birthday cake! Yay for good pals!
Of course, I couldn't go away without doing a bit of shopping. I bought a huge amount of spotty cupcake cases for my collection (ahem), and our family's favourite chocolate frogs from Haigh's.
I finally made it into Cottage Industry and had a long chat with Pen. You must go to her store next time you are in Melbourne, it is one of the best I have ever visited, every single thing here makes me smile and the quality of her handmade wares is super-good. I bought this re-made vintage patchwork cushion and some lovely light denim trousers with a sweet trim, I have put these away until the weather is warmer. Brrrr.
In another shop I bought this lovely red wicker case, which contains a mini tea set. The tiny dotty china pieces are going into the Lark play kitchen, because it is the basket that I was actually after, I am going to use it as a pretty sewing basket, hee hee!
This exhibition at the State Library was right up my street, go and see it if you're in Melbourne, it's all about the history of shopping, department stores and the rise of shopping centres, it is really interesting.
And here is the lucky boy whose mum and dad went on holiday and brought him back (amongst other things) a potato gun, yee-hah!