Another visit to the city, enjoying excellent food, and strolling Melbourne's laneways and arcades. An overnight stay, a special treat from my parents. A whole evening of uninterrupted conversation, ah the simple pleasures!
The less simple pleasures. Unfortunately we didn't try any of these delights, there was a hefty queue and we had already had eaten a buffet breakfast that left us full until 4pm.
After a little inner city time without children (thankyou Nanna and Pa) where do I want to go? The children's garden at the Royal Botanical Gardens of course. I can't even go a day with out a little vegie patch appreciation! It didn't disappoint, every bit as bright and joyful as the Royal Arcade, and a whole lot more soothing.
We got home and I had to prepare the house and food for a family gathering - about 25 of us, to celebrate Mr Bowerbird's never-ending 40th. Not quite where my head was at after lolling about in a spa, but a beautiful day that even gave us sunshine for the kids to run and play (thankyou heavens - smiling right back at you). Of course no photos, really need to remember to pass that job onto someone else when hosting a party. Even missed out on capturing the beautiful ice sun catchers we strung everywhere. There is talk of a larger party later in the year, when the weather is warmer and we can gather outside. Nothing like marking the day! Then we get to revisit it all again next year when I turn 40.