retreat

I realise how fortunate I am to have such good loving friends.

This post isn’t about all of them but two of them in particular; The Jacksons.

I’ll have you know I’m one of those sickening couples; high school sweethearts with the same best friends since way back when.

I was friends with Ian before I knew my husband Jay. Our friendship bonded over teenage angst and rebellion; think Nirvana and life conversations. We’ve grown & matured since then but still have an incredible comfortableness within our friendship. He’s like my brother. And fortunately he happens to be my husband’s best friend.

Jay & Ian
Friday night shenanigans; Jay & Ian

As it so happens, Ian also married a high-school sweetheart, someone whom, even though we went to the same school, I wasn’t friends with until about 7 years ago. Janine is this incredible woman; happy, beautiful and smart with an abundance of positive & passionate energy that I just find absolutely joyful. I had an epiphany the other day that she’s one of my best friends (something which I find too childish to tell her!).

I’m gushing, I know, but after a wonderful weekend filled with deep & meaningful conversations, lots of laughs, swapping of intellectual ideas and just enjoying each other’s company with good food & wine, I’m thankful to count them as people who I love & cherish.

We started Friday night with drinks at Baxter Inn followed by dinner at Almond Bar.

Old Fashioneds @ Baxter
Old Fashioneds @ Baxter
the super sweet Jacksons
the super sweet Jacksons
doing what I do best...posing while I drink Old Fashioneds
doing what I do best…posing while I drink Old Fashions
my love Jay
my love Jay wondering where his drink is!
trio of dips @ Almond Bar
trio of dips @ Almond Bar
Mixed Platter to share @ Almond Bar
Mixed Platter to share @ Almond Bar

Ian & Neen stayed Friday night and we switched houses Saturday. Jay & I drove the 1 hour drive out west towards the Blue Mountains to their gorgeous mountain hideaway.

Casa de Jackson
Casa de Jackson
sunning ourselves on the porch
sunning ourselves on the porch
tall gum trees
tall gum trees
Harley
Harley
amidst the Aussie bush
amidst the Aussie bush

We lay in the unseasonably warm sun, drinking hot chocolate and reading. Later we drove 20 minutes up into the mountains to Wentworth to visit the German bakery (pretzels & pies!). Saturday night we ate suburban Chinese takeaway and watched the All Blacks vs Wallabies in front of the open fire.

cozy fireplace
cozy fireplace

Today (Sunday) we went for a long bush walk; perfectly rejuvenating for busy city dwellers.

man & beast; Jay & Harley overlooking the gully
man & beast; Jay & Harley overlooking the gully
the view; Blue Mountains
the view; Blue Mountains
Harley the cavoodle
Harley the cavoodle

Now we’re back at home readying ourselves for another busy work week.

I hope you all had a wonderful relaxing weekend.

signature - melly xox

Published by thisismelly

Mel @thisismelly lives a life of adventure, gets lost in farmer’s markets, regularly indulges in movies, loves to whip up gourmet meals in the kitchen, swears that one day she will learn to speak French properly, adores candles and fresh flowers, married her high school sweetheart, visited 19 countries and counting, fears an apocalyptic rage-virus, regularly spoils her cavoodle Harley, loves walking along the harbour, is decorated with ink, muddles her right & left, seasonally switches between blonde and brunette, has soul-mates, favours painted nails & dangly earrings, always orders the 'plateau de fromages', is obsessed with British or Scandinavian crime fiction, detests creepy-crawlies & people who take too long to order coffee, gives terrible directions, makes up crazy dances for her devilishly handsome husband, believes in good, would always be dressed in Saint Laurent, Gucci & Chloe if she could, adores Tex-Mex & Japanese, loves the smell of rain & evening jasmine, may be addicted to Instagram&Pinterest, is always on the hunt for a really good macchiato, is James Taylor’s biggest fan, gets rowdy with tequila, dreams every night, takes pickles, jalapeños & dried fruit for movie snacks, would hate a world without French champagne, adores Pantone 1765, almost always wishes she was lying on the sand in the sun, is an inconsistent Paleo convert and although she is a hopeless Francophile she will forever be smitten with Sydney.

7 thoughts on “retreat

  1. You’re so very lovely. Thanks for your sweet, sweet words.

    It’s funny how you say that Ian is like your brother. I’ve always thought that the way you two argue sometimes is very much like siblings! And when you boss him around it’s like you are his older sister 🙂

    Maybe since you both have really troubled siblings, you are like a substitute brother and sister to each other.

    We’re lucky to be able to call you two our best friends. We love you two A-LOT!

    End gush. Over and out.

  2. Sounds like a totally fabulous weekend! And what a rare and precious thing that you have with your friends. Have a great week! xx

  3. What a lovely weekend and a lovely post. I love that you are friends as couples and individuals. I’m still friends with a heap of my school friends, but only girls. Also that couple-camaraderie is something I’ve missed about never being part of a couple!

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