Step outside, summertime's in bloom

After a relaxing day at the beach in Eden, my family and I spent the next day of our holiday in a nearby town called Merimbula. We browsed the strip of shops and had a good walk around.

It's a bit of a tradition for us to have lunch at the Merimbula RSL, so we made our way up the hill. We arrived too late (the kitchen closed at 2pm) so we tried eating somewhere else for a change.

My sister spotted Dulcie's Kitchen, a house made in 1925 that has now been turned into a hamburger place/pub. It originally had 10 people living in the home and the mother Dulcie loved cooking, so the place is named after her. Half of the walls have wooden paneling and it's decorated in old photos of the people and the town as well as mounted deers near the fireplace.
We all enjoyed the hamburgers and were glad to have tried a new place to eat.

My mum and I looked a bit like twins in our maxi dresses. This pink dress was fun to wear and quite different from what I usually wear. It was a day of trying …

Someone, somewhere in the summertime

Hello!  I've recently come back from a holiday. My family and I went to Eden, New South Wales after Christmas. It was an 8 hour drive from Melbourne and the road trip is always one of my favourite parts of going on holidays.

On our obligatory holiday stop at McDonalds for breakfast, I passed on my usual hash brown and had a toasted cheese and tomato sandwich instead. Who knew they sold toasties? I only go to McDonalds about once a year - can you tell?! I spent most of the car ride sleeping, the windy roads put me and my sister straight to sleep!

We spent the next day swimming at the beach. We're really lucky to have a beach about 20 metres away from the cabin, so we could eat outside by the waters and hear the waves crash at night.

For dinner, I made us a quick Mexican meal - nachos, tomato salsa and guacamole. We're still on a Mexican kick after a friends' Mexican themed party!

Aren't the leopard palazzo pants cute? My mum gave me them for Christmas - we both share a l…

It's a long way to the top

A couple of days before Christmas, it was my sister's 21st birthday. Instead of having a big party, she organised a trip for my family and I to go to Sydneyback in October. It was so fun, I wish I had've thought of that for my 21st!
On her actual birthday, we went off for a day trip to Hanging Rock. It's a large geological formation, basically a giant rock and you can walk to the top of it.

It was made famous by the Australian novel and later movie called Picnic at Hanging Rock. I've never read the book or watched the movie, but after learning a bit about the history of it, I'm intrigued. I wish I had've dressed up in something white and flowy, like the actresses did in the recent TV series:

I love dressing up, so wasn't too thrilled about dressing down for the day. My sister recommended wearing runners for the steep walk, but I'm much more of a boots girl, so I stuck on my trusty leopard fake Doc Martins, jeans and a bright t-shirt. I was going to wear my…

If he's in a hurry, tell him he can take the freeway down

2018 is almost finished - can you believe it?
I thought my family and I were having a quiet Christmas at home, but we got a few invites at the last minute!

On Christmas Eve, we went to my uncle's house for lunch, the lamb spit and my mum's stuffed peppers were delicious! The jokes in the Christmas crackers had us laughing this year.
What do elves learn at school? The elf-abet!
It's the silly season, alright!

We stopped off at my nonna's on the way home. I don't get to see her as often as I'd like, as I've been working full time this year, and I miss her. Now that I've got some time off, I'm happy to see her much more.
On Christmas day, my family and I had lunch with my best friend Renee and her family. There's nothing like a good ol' catch up. And they're a clever lot. They hired a hall and everyone brought a couple of plates of food, which saved one person the stress of cooking a huge feast and having a big clean up afterwards. 

I wore t…

And so this is Christmas, I hope you have fun

I finished work for the year on Thursday. We had a staff lunch at a cute Italian farm estate. The food was delicious and it was nice to celebrate the end of the year with all the lovely staff.

I can't believe I've finished my first year as a teacher! It's been such a challenge and steep learning curve, I'm glad I persevered. I'm hoping that next year is a whole lot easier now that I'm a bit more confident and familiar with everything.

Now that I'm on holidays, I get a chance to embrace the holiday spirit. I love how my mum decorates the house for Christmas. We've both been slowly collecting decorations over the years. A lot of them must be vintage by now, we've had them for that long!

My mum has always told my sister and I stories of how much she adored her grandmother's little gold Christmas tree when she visited her in Italy as a child. So my mum was thrilled to find her very own this year for $2.50, it's in the above photo. She's f…

Pressure pushing down on me, pressing down on you

I've had the strangest feeling all day. I've been feeling so moody, like I could burst into tears at any second. Little things have been bugging me and it's all a bit bewildering to me. 
Of course, you wouldn't be able to tell by these pictures I took last week. The red dress is so cheery, can you believe I found it at a market when it was still selling in an Australian store called Valleygirl?

I haven't been up to much this weekend, other than doing some work in preparation for parent teacher interviews and spending time with my family and cousins. 
This morning, my dad, Dedo and I went to visit the cemetery as my Baba's two year anniversary is coming up. Afterwards we hung out in my Dedo's garden, picked some of his homegrown cucumbers and were delighted by a bird nest that's in his grape plant - it has three small blue eggs inside!

 In the afternoon, I went with my mum and dad to the city to buy some Christmas presents for my mum. The Christmas win…

Some might say that we should never ponder

What a busy weekend it's been!  On Saturday night, my family and I went to a christening, which had some wild performances from Romanian belly dancers - it was like something straight out of the movies!

It was a late night, but my mum and I managed to pull ourselves out of bed five hours later to go to the Sunday market. It was last of the year and I found a few things:

These brand new sunglasses were $1 and the CD has Queen's greatest hits over 3 discs! A small haul, but that's how it goes when you're vintage or second hand shopping - you never know what you'll find.
Later in the day, my family and I spent the day in a country town called Daylesford, with my Dedo. We've been many times before (here, here and here) over the years but this was the first time with my grandpa. The first thing we did was stop off at the local honey stall. Once you taste this honey, it's hard to go back to supermarket honey.

We had lunch at a bakery, then had a quick look around the …