I was back in Castlemaine some time in July and August.
I attended my annual retreat and course there minus the kids.
It is one of those places you would want to go back to again and again and again…
It’s country living spoiled with great local shops, art galleries, historical buildings, and more…
Plus the joy of being alone with God is unimaginable.
Any walk around town is worthwhile.
Even the Old Castlemaine Gaol turned out to be a great find.
You have to try Governor’s Cafe located inside the old prison’s premises.
I brought my friends to Das Kaffeehaus just across the Botanical Garden.
Oh what a lovely time we had!
That was enough to hype them up!
I live for pleasure.
So on the last day of the Harkies’ Term 2, we decided to celebrate with a homemade cake at the school despite the rainy and cold weather.
Before having our afternoon tea, my homeschooled kids and I explored around Belgrave. I love this place. Everything is centrally located. The church is a step away from the library which is right next door to a nice cafe.
Now I know where to unwind next time we are in Belgrave.
I was definitely pleased.
It was a last minute decision to drive to Seaford that Anzac Day holiday. So off we drove past 3 pm after all our house cleaning were done. I just needed to get out of the house. You know me well.
I knew I had to stay up late that evening to finish ironing, feeding the kids, preparing lunch boxes and whatever is on that list.
But never mind.
I never regretted it.
I forgot how breathtaking you are.
I can stay by your side forever.
As Sasha pointed out “This is the best day ever!“.
The Captain got this weekend toll pass. That only meant we can go to the city upon my whim.
I was in the mood to go. I always get what I want from the Captain. So we drove.
Day off ni Inday.
First stop was Proud Mary. We had to taste those Ecuadorian coffee beans. Oh dear! It was like eating caramel without getting satiated with it.
Then we walked along Brunswick St. You can’t just pass by that street and not be enamored by it. Got some stationery from Zeta Florence.
Last stop was St Kilda. I just have to eat that Monarch’s Bakeshop kuggleholpf. It’s the best cake in the world.
Don’t want to end the day but I left some kids with Tatay at home. All good things come to an end. But then again, a long weekend is coming up. I can hardly count the days.
My father told me to enjoy my life. I thought I’ve always been having a good time. I may not be able to travel overseas or to other states of Australia but every weekend is an adventure on its own.
The Captain and I sneaked out of the house during quiet time last Saturday to check out the Food Truck Carnival at Akoonah Park.
Nice weather. Exciting dishes. Lots of people.
I felt like a typical adult again.
Most of the stalls had long lines of people dying to get a bite. We surveyed all around. There were Brazilian, Korean, Mexican, even Filipino food being offered.
We ended up eating Indian food. The line wasn’t too long and I know its hard to make these kinds of dishes.
Good food. Live music. No children to chase.
Just me and my hot date.
This is what I call total enjoyment.
One of the best secrets I’ve learned, albeit the hard way, when homeschooling is to pace yourself.
Rushing to finish the subject matter as soon as possible often left me burned out. Apart from raising 6 kids, managing a household, I have a homeschooling job under my CV. Plus, I have a baking obsession.
Tough act to balance.
So instead of spending the rest of the morning at home. I decided to bring Sasha, Pio and Anton with me to Lysterfield Lake.
Sasha is crazy about water.
Pio wanted to remake the Great Wall of China after reading history.
I just wanted to put my feet up.
No one’s around but us, some birds and a group of cheerful grandmas.
Nature is the subject of the day.
Tranquility is the moral lesson.