Friday, February 27, 2015

A long time between posts!

Last weekend, it was off to Melbourne for a company dinner. I had my hair cut and coloured at a salon in Clarendon Street, South Melbourne. Quite a good experience!

When you are used to your country town hairdresser it can be a bit daunting but the girl who did my hair was lovely.

As I was leaving I asked where I might get a pedicure and shellac toe nails done. Right over the road, as it turned out, at Pearls Nails. Half an hour of pampering!

A quick trot down the street and I came upon taco joint called Mad Mex. Seriously good crunchy chicken tacos with black beans and guacamole. Lunch done!

Gus had a meeting in the morning then he went off to do his helicopter flight that I gave him for his 50th (18 months ago!). This was his third attempt at having a steer of a helicopter.

No dice! It was too smoggy and because the horizon wasn't clear, he wasn't allowed to fly. Can you believe it!? It looked like a beautiful day for flying! Anyway, he did the tuition, now he just needs to reschedule. Bah!

We went to a lovely awards dinner that evening, at Aerial at South Wharf...









On Saturday, after doing some business, we headed for Daylesford. I was keen to see the area so we can go back for a longer weekend stay.

We stayed at the Mills Spa Suites which was quite quirky and arsty but very comfortable. I love a self contained unit where you can eat in if you want and make your own brekky. We got take-away from the Taj Mahal Indian restaurant which was a 3 minute walk away. Nice and simple - Mango chicken , saffron rice, raita and naan bread. $37 for two of us. Then we settled in to watch The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - how apt!

Sunday morning we visited the local markets but we didn't buy anything. I would have loved to buy some fresh produce but we cannot take fruit and vegetables over the border from Victoria into South Australia. There were strawberries, blackberries and freashly dug potatoes. Yum!

We toured around looking at the different spa places so next time we come over we'll have a spa day planned.

Lunch was at Captains Creek Organic Wines. A lovely lunch - mine looks a bit weird but it was delicious! It was slices of meat loaf over cold, lovely roasted root vegetables, a red wine reduction and baby spinach leaves.

We bought a bottle of cider for our girls to try...

Once home on Sunday night, we had these (favourite) tacos for dinner. I love the salsa!

I managed to find a Kikki.K store on Clarendon Street too so I bought a little note pad and envelopes for my letter writing. Better get on to that!

Monday when I went shopping, Woolies had black plums for $5/kilo so I bought two kilos.

10 bottles of jam for about $13 ($3 for sugar) is pretty good. I now know of someone who has plums so next year they will be for free!

I also bought some washi tape on line so I pimped some jars of jam to give to my 4 sisters.

Bit speccy, eh?

Tuesday night we had a zucchini slice (my own throw together recipe), a few lamb chops and a green salad.

My back garden has done well with a bit of watering (amazing!)...



these were taken late afternoon...

My juice this morning...

And finally I made Choc Chip Cookie Bars for Brianna this morning - we are off to the Clipsal 500 V8 Supercars this weekend! Life is not dull around these parts! Good to catch up with the girls again, though!

Cheers - Joolz xx



  1. super photos of everything and the weather looks wonderful. You had some amazing meals by the look of it. Good to catch up with you.

  2. Food photos look SO good, but that first photo is my absolute favorite! Your foils and the mirror (mirror, mirror, mirror, mirror...). When could you ever get another like it? :) Glad you had fun. Too bad about the helicopter session failing again. My husband used to have to be in them almost daily, and he never wants to get in another. Happy to see the catch up post!

  3. The gair pic was a complete fluke! Haha!

  4. Hi Joolz...I just wrote a whole big comment and then something happened and some sign in business...anyway, not sure where it went....long story short - loved every single thing about this post, how amazing, such gorgeous food and photos, what fun. So jealous that you went to the hairdresser, I am off to give myself an "outback make over" because I haven't been to the hair dressers since the beginning of December 2014 and I look like a 10 dollar off to dye it myself. Drastic times I tell you. ha ha ha. Have a great weekend Joolz. :)


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