Sunday, 23 November 2014

A Ballarat Weekend With Family

Hope you all had a lovely weekend - mine was great!  I kicked it off by catching the train back to my home town of Ballarat for the weekend.  The train was about an hour and a half, and I just kicked back and read Gone Girl.  Nice and relaxing!  Mum met me, and we went out for dinner at a local place called Seymours.  I had a nice glass of pinot noir, and a lamb salad.  They were both delish!  I really liked that the salad wasn't dripping in dressing -  it was nice and light :)

Saturday ...

After going to bed early, I was up early-ish on Saturday morning to get ready to go to my sister's Not-Hen's Day.  First, we headed to a local cafe in Learmonth (about 20min outside Ballarat) called Cafe 321 Learmonth - my sister used to own the business and is still close to Tori, the owner. We love the place! Go check it out if you get the chance.

There was quite the spread!  Lots of share plates including fruit, corn fritters, gingerbread, cheese, bruschetta, and butterfly cakes (my sister's favourite!).  We also had coffee, and there was a juice van in the back, so I got my veggie quota for the day with a spinach, kale, apple, lemon, celery and mint juice - great way to kick off the day.

Here I am with my two favourite women - my Mum and my sister (don't you love my sister's headpiece!!) :)

Then a few of the girls headed to the Ballarat Cup!  The weather had been a bit cold and overcast, but as we arrived, the sun came out (I got a little bit sunburnt!), and although it was still pretty windy all day, it was just lovely to sit on the grass, have a couple of beverages, and nibble some food while checking out the fashions on the field and occasionally watching some horses run.

My sis got this hen for her Hen's Day - hehehe

By 5pm I was pretty happy to head home, and leave my sis and her friends to hit the town.  I hear they had a great night!  I had my own version of a great night at home with my parents.  We had an easy dinner of chicken and quinoa with veggies, a glass of wine, and watched The Hunger Games.

Sunday ...

Sunday morning I was up decently early and went for a run around Lake Wendouree.  It was a PERFECT morning for a run!  It was sunny but not yet hot, and the sky was blue.  I couldn't help taking a few photos as I ran.  There were lots of ducks and swans with their babies, some of the local schools were having a rowing competition, and it was great to see lots of people running, walking or just enjoying the morning at the lake.

In the end I did a leisurely 12km in about 75 minutes.  Slow but awesome.  It's my first 12km run in a long time, and I'm so happy to be slowly building up my distance again.

After I got home and changed, my sister and her fiance came around, so we all caught up and played with the dogs - we are a family of dog lovers!  And we watched the second Hunger Games movie - Catching Fire.

Maya - Mum and Dad's cavoodle

Willow (getting relaxed) - my sister and her fiance's Groodle

The other big news is that my husband bought a car!  We needed a second car now that Gareth has gone back to work, and he found one he liked for a good price!  It's a 2002 Subaru Imprezza. We get to pick it up on Tuesday, and I'm pretty excited to meet him.  Yes, my cars have genders and names.  I'm working on the name :)

I headed back to Melbourne on the train later in the afternoon, and then got to catch up with my boys.  It was a great weekend, but I always like to be at home with my little family :)

What was your favourite thing you did on the weekend?  

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