I am quite fond of the saying “I need another day between Saturday and Sunday” because honestly that is how I feel every single weekend! I am sure I’m not alone there. It is funny how fast the days fly by on the weekend. Working full time means you not only have to squeeze in chores over the weekend, but also allow for social activities AND relaxation. It can be a hard juggling act every single weekend, because although you want to make the most of the 2 days you also don’t want to wake on Monday morning feeling like a zombie!
I think I had a nice balance of this over the past few days, which meant for an enjoyable weekend. Friday night and Saturday morning were filled with some chores, which then meant for most of the weekend after this we were free to do as we pleased! First stop was lunch with some friends at The Bank Hotel in Newtown. Although the weather was cold, it wasn’t raining so we took the chance to sit outside in the courtyard while we enjoyed our delicious meals. Simone and Ryan both ordered the cheeseburger, which certainly looked delicious but I couldn’t go past the special of the day. Pulled Pork with lettuce cups and condiments. It was divine! The pork was so soft and tender, and filling up my lettuce cups with the many choices of sides was fun. I almost opted for a pulled pork burger, but am glad I went with my original instinct of the lettuce cup version! Not too filling, but very tasty!
Saturday afternoon and evening, Ryan and I set about starting to plan our upcoming holiday. We are lucky enough to be taking 4 weeks off, and visiting Tasmania and South Australia. I have family that live in Tasmania, and Ryan has never visited so I am very much looking forward to showing him some of the beautiful sights it has to offer. I haven’t been since I was 13 years old, so am sure a lot has changed! While we are there we will be celebrating our 3 year wedding anniversary and our 10 year anniversary of being together. Any recommendations of places to go, restaurants/cafes to eat in or accommodation would be most welcome! For us, the Tasmanian leg of the holiday will be all about the beautiful countryside and landscapes that the state has to offer. Fresh produce and Tasmanian wines will also be on the agenda too!
During our trip to South Australia, we will base ourselves in Adelaide most likely so we can then spend as much time as possible visiting all the wine regions of the state. We are planning a trip to Kangaroo Island as well, but if you have any tips or tricks for South Australia let me know!
Sunday morning was a slow and sleepy start as the rain tumbled down outside our window. We recorded Aladdin on TV from the night before, so watched that curled up on the couch with some breakfast. I am glad that we had a chance to watch this again, it really has stood the test of time and goes to show what a true comedic genius Robin Williams was. Most of his scenes were ad-libbed during the movie, and having watched it again now as an adult you can appreciate how clever he really was.
Once the rain cleared we escaped the cabin fever feelings and headed up to The Pie Tin in Newtown for some delicious lunchtime treats! It was the perfect winter afternoon location, and we both opted for the Roast Lamb pie with a side of sweet potato fries! If you haven’t visited before, make sure you do. The offerings of sweet pies are also a stand out, but sadly we had no room to fit any in!
Wandering home through the back streets of Newtown and Erskineville as the sun peered through the clouds was lovely. The weekend rain had given everything a new lease of life after not having rained in the city for so long. We are lucky to live in such an eceltic area with so much to see and offer all of the time. Most people seemed to have a similar idea to us and escaped the house while they could with the weather taking a turn for the better.
Sunday night we headed to our friends house for another in our tradition we have started called “Family Dinner”
Every few weeks we take turns to host a dinner party at someone’s house. It is a wonderful tradition we have started between 5 of our friends, and one that sees us having a chance to catch up every few weeks over good food and wine. One of the things I love most is the fact we start the dinners very early at 5pm. Perfect for a Sunday family dinner!
We were very lucky to have some delicious cheese and sparkling to start off the evening, followed by a 6 hour slow cooked lamb with smashed potatoes and green beans. For dessert we always keep it simple and small and opt for Magnum or Connoisseur Mini Ice Creams!
This is only the second of our “Family Dinners” but I know this will be tradition that will continue on for many years to come. We have already booked in our third! Do you and your friends have a similar tradition?
As August flies by, and another weekend down it is easy to forget that Spring will be upon us very soon! Something to remember as the rain pours down outside!
What did you get up to on the weekend?
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This week I am sharing a gorgeous photo taken by Renae from Colour and Dust
She took this beautiful picture of Freshwater/Curl Curl Headland while out on a walk while the rain had stopped over the weekend. I love the atmosphere she has captured! Thank you so much Renae, make sure you head over and follow her on Instagram and keep the photos coming!