I saw a photo online and couldn't resist. I think my little wooden house is adorable.
Purchased on Etsy from 20f2.
For our weekend away we stayed at Tewskbury Lodge in Porepunkah, just down the road from Bright. A traditional log cabin with fire, spa bath and a complimentary bottle of good wine, it was a little different and a lot of fun.
The cabin is in a lovely spot, right on Owens River and the Rail Trail. This area, Bright and surrounds, is beautiful and definitely somewhere we want to come back to. As Boyf said, we barely scratched the surface of all there is to see and do here.
But, on Sunday morning after a breakfast, petrol and Christmas store stop in Bright we started for home. The long way.
We drove the Great Alpine Road - up to the top of Mount Hotham, alone to Dinner Plain then down to Bairnsdale and finally back to Melbourne. It was a long way - over 6 hours driving - but the scenery was lovely.
We saw a little snow up the top of Mount Hotham but the landscape was so different from our last visit back in July.
After one last stop for dinner, we arrived home about 7pm.
The end of an awesome weekend.
Boyf and I went away to the Victorian high country for the weekend and it was awesome. We chanced upon some great combination of leisurely and purposeful, planned and relaxed - that wonderful feeling when the weekend just lasts and lasts.
I left work early on Friday (that alone is pretty great!) and we arrived in Bright in time for dinner at Thirteen Steps. An odd, very enthusiastic host; small, quirky venue underground and great food.
For breakfast on Saturday we headed down the road to Myrtleford and the Murtleford Butter Factory. It was a beautiful autumn day, crisp but sunny, and the colour in the trees was amazing. This area is known for its autumn foliage and we were there at the right time - so many reds and oranges and yellows.
There was a market in the centre of town, part of the La Fiera Italian festival, and we wandered the stalls trying pomegrantes and crostoli.
Next we headed up Mount Buffalo, driving to the very end of the road. The views over the valley were incredible. We saw a few groups of climbers with all their gear too. Mike says seeing them prepare for their adventure made him jealous. Me, not so much.
Back in Bright, after a few more stops for photos, we ended the day at the Bright Brewery. The Hellfire Amber Ale got Boyf's tick of approval and the garlic pizza was perfect.
Back in our log cabin for the evening - a real, true log cabin! I'll post photos in a part 2 tomorrow - we relaxed in front of the fire, toasting mashmallows and drinking a local wine.
A pretty great end to a pretty great day.
There's more details and photos still to share, but for now I'm officially ticking off another 30 While 30 goal:
27. Have a weekend away, just the two of us.
The laundry is the only room in Red House that hasn't been renovated or updated. Fake wood panelling, vinyl floor, green tiles, hints of floral wallpaper and holes in the wall from when Boyf hung the TV in another room... Yeah, it really wasn't pretty.
It's almost hard to believe that it's gotten significantly worse since.
At least we now have date for those...interesting decorating choices - November 1979. And for the record, Hyperno did end up winning the Melbourne Cup that week. I googled. :)
Last weekend I pulled out a hammer and hung a collection of things up in Blue Room. I think I need to straighten a few of them though. :)
Some certificates earnt by Boyf, a painted mirror from Morocco, a metal D bought in San Francisco, a whiteboard, kid art, a little ceramic plate and a framed list of my 30 While 30 goals. Love that it's a combination that represents both of us.
I don't think I've shown you this framed list before. To help keep my 30 While 30 goals in mind, I decided to print and hang them. As an added bonus, this make them available for Boyf and he's suggested activities, like kayaking, because of it. There is no glass in the frame, from memory I just put it at the back, so I can cross off items as I complete them.
Still a lot of tasks on my Red House To Do list, but this collection makes me happy.
Day 24: Carols by Candlelight.
This page was inspired by an Ann-Marie Morris layout for Basic Grey. Love the blocky design with a few curves to break it up.
I love this photo. I printed it out big, about 12 x 8 inches, and spread it across the two pages.
And this is still Day 24. No need to wonder why it takes me so long to finish my December Daily! ;)
For a little bit of visual calm I added a vellum insert, with a strip of washi tape on the edge and a matching banner sticker on each side.
Day 25: Christmas morning.
And the spread.
More Christmas morning, left.
And a little 3 pocket insert on the right, so I could include lots of photos.
Here's that spread.
The back of the pocket insert includes a layered chipboard piece.
On the right I used an Ali Edward's overlay to hold a family photo, as well as a small outtake photo. This is the third year I've taken a family photo in the lounge room, surrounded by the aftermath of opening present. Definitely a tradition I want to continue. :)
And the spread.
A Kelly Goree layout was the inspiration of this page.
On the left will be a page of journaling, with a simple embellishment or two. There are a couple of stories from Christmas Day that I don't want to forget. :)
Still Christmas Day, but at least we've progressed as far as lunch! I used another Ali Edward's template to hold these two photos.
On the right I sewed a pocket to hold some cards and labels from Christmas Day. The smallest of them, which I thought might get lost down the bottom, I stapled to the front.
So another two days of my December Daily are (almost) complete! I don't want to count just how many pages they took up. :) But, with only Days 26, 27 and 29 to go (I think), I am so close to done.
There will be celebrating.
1. After much consideration, we decided on Captain Melville for Mother's Day lunch. Located in the oldest pub in the city, it used to be our post-climbing pizza venue before it got a swish revamp last year. It was the end of eating vegetarian for a week for me (a 30 While 30 goal) and I finished with vengeance. Soft shell crab roll, crispy fried chicken, beef short rib - the food was delicious!
2. On Tuesday Mum finally got to redeem her birthday present when we saw True Minds at the Melbourne Theatre Company. A comedy about a girl meeting her fiancee's mother for the first time when her ex-boyfriend turns up, it was a lot of fun. With an early pre-show dinner too, it was a great night.
3. We found out that Boyf will be heading over to Germany on a work trip, leaving in less than two weeks and away for about the same. He's already debating what to get me for a souvenir. ;) These trips tend to come in pairs so he'll scout out the potential for me joining him on the next trip.
4. I had a climbing success on Thursday when I made it almost half way up a Grade 16 climb. Until I got stuck on one particular move, I'd been climbing up the wall fairly easily. This is a lovely confidence boost for me, and the first time that ticking of the 30 While 30 goal of completing a Grade 16 climb seems achievable.
5. I splurged and bought some new scrapbooking supplies. After working on December Daily albums for so long (I finally finished 2011's album just days before I started 2012) I can't wait to be working with different patterns and colour palettes.
8 different colours of buttercream. Piping bags and parchment bags and couplers and tip numbers 4, 6 and 21. So much piping that my hand protested, loudly.
I feel pretty proud of Noah's Ark.
And we unceremoniously cut into him and had some for dessert the other night. Doesn't taste half bad either. ;)