Something else that has seen to much time pass since is my trip to The Mansion Hotel and Spa in Weribee, where we were chuffed to be guests. It was such a beautiful getaway and I cannot believe it's been so long since my first installment! How did that even happen?! I look at the photos and remember just how hot it was, and now because it's actually pretty cold today it feels even nicer. And Friday's are just possibly the perfect time for a bit of a break! The view from our room was so nice, all lush green and old buildings. I had a good look out the (sash! I never see those here ad I miss them!) window and got a good idea of the weather. It was really warm already, and very humid – which explains the lushness, and also my hair! Look at that! You can't fight that kind of heat so I went with it instead. Hair was big and hair went up! And I'd forgotten my mascara..! Probably not such a bad thing on these kind of steamy days! Speaking of views, the view from our breakfast table was pretty special. There was a buffet style breakfast and I always feel like I'm going to take too much and end up being really cautious – silly, right?! – but I did enjoy a croissant as well as my muesli and loads of fresh fruit. And a coffee. Of course. Always a coffee. We popped our bags in the car and so we didn't have to rush later. I love the impressive path up to the building. It was so beautiful and dewy. We walked across the immaculate lawn – before I forget, I must share something: there is no such thing as "please keep off the grass" in Australia. We are encouraged to stroll on the lawns. It's still novel but much appreciated! Especially when you can see how much care goes into them. I had a good layer of sunscreen (obviously) and my parasol. We were on our way to the famous Rose Garden – and decided this path looked like a good one! There are so many different trees, and it reminds me a lot of home. John is a gentleman and insisted on carrying my bag. What a trooper. It was wonderful, like another world! John told me a spider lives in here. He knows about these things, nature and such. And he takes great pictures of nature too, like this one. He should totally start his own blog! It was so nice to see things growing so abundantly at the end of a scorching summer. Then, finally, we walked quietly under a roof of softly glowing green leaves. You can actually see the steam in the air. Just looking at this I can feel the heat! We'd found the Rose Garden! It was absolutely beautiful. Roses of every colour you can think of, on paths leading off from a central point in every direction. Layers and layers of them! I couldn't decide if the lilac, the pale yellow, or the hot coral were my favourites. Then we headed back to the hotel, preparing to go home. I was so excited to see the pond. The lilies, closed in the evening when I'd seen them last, were now shyly stretching their petals upwards and turning their faces to the warm sun. So lovely! I was enjoying the warmth too, and that feeling you get from being relaxed and happy. You know, that feeling that you're beautiful even though you forgot your mascara and your hair is going nuts, because you are having a wonderful time with someone you love and it's that kind of special beautiful. Back at the hotel, we used the free wifi in reception (my phone is on a really limited plan, boo) and I got a snap of the lead lighting – known as stained glass, where I come from. I love that they have kept all the amazing historic details. We were then told of the grotto, and that it was really worth a visit. I wasn't so keen, as my feet were sore and I knew we had to get on the road soon, but we couldn't NOT go to a Victorian grotto! I took my shoes off for the walk on the bouncy grass. I said I would! And I did and I loved it. After a few minutes this came into view..! The grotto was on its own island! So we headed over the little wooden bridge and up the winding path to the top, looking at all the exotic plants. And, yes, it's ok, I put my shoes back on at this point! And got to the grotto door. Sadly it's not open to visitors, but you can see in. Imagine a get together in here? Otherworldly.
Friday, 3 May 2013
islands, victorian grottos, and roses as far as the eye can see
Happy Friday! What have you got on this weekend? I am working tomorrow (something exciting, I'll post about it!) and then hope to catch up with some friends I haven't seen for far too long. It's horribly easy to let weeks go by and suddenly realise you haven't seen people that really matter to you even once. I am going to make this winter a time to make sure I see my loved ones!