I've just come back from the most brilliant weekend away with my boyfriend and another beautiful friend. We went up to Mount Buller which is an alpine village east of Melbourne. We stayed in a little cosy apartment with very thorough heating and a comfortable corner couch with mountains of cushions not unlike the mountains that surrounded our warm little sphere. We arrived on Saturday evening and went for a brief foggy stroll before settling in to eat dinner (I cooked something, guys! A zucchini, ricotta and halloumi tart!) and to drink some pinot. We got very comfortable and laughed ridiculously and I was ridiculously relaxed - more relaxed than I've been in like potentially months to a year eeep.
On Sunday we slept late and went for a bush walk to the summit of the mountain. It was - for lack of a less meaningless word - breathtaking. In two ways - one because I was puffed out from walking up hills in altitude and two because it was so overwhelmingly beautiful. And clear, quite and still. And I was with two inexplicably bright, exciting people who are exceptional company. The last part of the walk was the best, it was much less busy and the views more expansive. I loved looking at the little native wildflowers and keeping my eyes peeled for wombat or echidnas (We were disappointed we didn't see any!) Despite that, it was just brilliant. I really had such a refreshing time.
That afternoon we relaxed and read and wrote and generally had some quite time. Towards the evening we put on a couple of episodes of The Jinx which is mind-blowing - subsequently addictive and equally disturbing. Then we roused ourselves enough to cook dinner together and pour a couple more glasses of the exceptional wine we invested in for the weekend. That night, we played a board game called Settlers of Catan, which, okay - looks pretty daggy. But it's so so addictive and is actually really fun! I lost - and was very disappointed given my relatively competitive side - however I have some strategies up my sleeve for the next time we play...
We reluctantly left for home this morning and on the way back stopped off at Tarrawarra Museum of Art to look at the exhibitions there and to break up the trip a bit. Now I'm sitting on my bed surrounded by a ridiculous amount of Easter eggs that I don't even feel like eating (?!) because I think I overindulged over the weekend. That's what long weekends are for, though, right? And I've never spent one in that way before. I feel so happy and relaxed and at ease right now, I'm hoping the feeling will last when I start back at work and in the real world tomorrow. While we only went away for two nights, I just feel amazing after having that brief distance from rushed everyday life and deadlines.
Before I went away we had a family dinner at my Nanna's place on Good Friday. Everyone was there, and I set up an easter egg hunt for my two little cousins. The excitement was palpable! My two little cousins also decorated the table so well, with name cards, easter egg necklaces and little quotes they'd looked up on the internet. Very cute. Before THAT, I had a busy week - but now that I'm in holiday mode I can't even remember what I did... so here are some pictures pre-Easter to post-Easter!