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.

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instaweek | my week in instagram

Happy Sunday peeps!

I had a really enjoyable week!
Eating right, exercising regularly, achieving at work, catching up with friends, spending quality time with Jay (the hubby) & Harley (the doggy).

coffee meeting with my cool colleague Mike at Peas Please in Alexandrai
coffee meeting with a colleague Mike at Peas Please in Alexandria
Monday sunset
arriving home in time to see this; Monday sunset
a good workout
a good workout
healthy lunches
healthy (paleo) lunches
healthy (paleo) dinners
healthy (paleo) dinners
Harley hanging his head in shame after eating all my buttons
Harley hanging his head in shame after eating all my buttons
Turkish for dinner club with the Jacksons
Turkish for dinner club with the Jacksons
what I wore
selfie – what I wore
drinks with the girls
drinks with the girls @ Baxter Inn
the girls; clockwise from the left; me, Mel, Mands & Amy
the girls; clockwise from the left; me, Mel, Mands & Amy
Friday flowers
blooms on my table – Friday flowers
fruit from the Grower's Markets; these apples were picked the day before!
fruit from the Grower’s Markets; these apples were picked the day before!
Sunday session in the park
Sunday session in the park

I hope you’re all having a great weekend!

signature2 - melly xox