Sunday, January 17, 2010

Time away

Mark & I had a mini break in the city this weekend. Here we are looking pretty pleased with ourselves. We started off smiling, and just couldn't stop the whole weekend, it was just so lovely to spend some quality time together.

We took this little smiley sweetheart with us for a mega sleepover
with her best city girlfriend.


Melbourne was lively and bustling and colourful and exciting.



We walked alot which was great as I'm trying hard to exercise more. It was a good move leaving the car at home & getting the train as everything is so accessible in the city and you get to see more things. Such as people spinning on their heads!



And funny public transport advertisements!




And amazing chalk art.




I'm not that into art that copies art but you have to admire this guys talent and persistance. I did wonder what happens if there is a sudden downpour...





We wandered down the lanes of Melbourne, enjoying the european feel and ate delicious food at one of the little cafes. Later, on another coffee/cake mission, we bumped into a gorgeous friend from the Napier Hotel days...Trish!!! Wow!!! How amazing it was to see her after all these years and she is just, exactly the same. Lovely, funny, bubbly and totally Trish. I hope she comes to visit us sometime.


We had a fantastic time staying at the Grand Hyatt, (thanks to lastminute.com.au)
along with alot of the stars of the Australian Open! Mark was spotting them left, right and centre - Marco Baghdatis, Anna Huntchakova & lots of other fancy pants tennis players.


In the evening we went out to dinner at Becco in Crossley Lane. Delicious food (again), yummy wine. And actual uninteruppted conversation! Remember that?? One of the nicest things about our weekend was talking at our own pace, without doing five million other things at the same time, without making snacks, negotiating, soothing, etc. You know what I mean. It was lovely to have a break and slow down and be together. Not Mum and Dad, just Beck and Mark. Sleeping in till 10.30 was pretty ace too.

Looking glamourous in the lift. Those tennis players didn't know what hit them when we rocked into town.

And yes, of course it was great to get home. Charlotte did a wonderful job looking after Rosie. They went out for baby chinos, played games, did their nails and made cupcakes. The other kids had fun too and there were lots of cuddles and excited explanations of what they had been up to. It's always fun going away but I really love being at home. I missed the kids of course and I'm looking forward to lazy, possibly crafty, hopefullly fun days with them this week.
What are you up to? See you soon xo


25 comments:

Posie Patchwork said...

Oh how lovely!! Looks like you had a fantastic time.
Should be my turn in July with my husband - 2 weeks overseas, after 6 months apart, i'm already planning what to pack for the children.
I bet it was really special to see your children again, love Posie

Gypsy said...

Isn't it nice to just be people again, not parents??!! Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend away, glad you enjoyed it!

Pomona said...

Glad you had a good weekend - I stayed near Melbourne many years ago and thought it was a lovely town.

Pomona x

crzylady said...

What a fun and famous getaway!
You both look lovely and happy
and PS I hope you'll stop by my blog soon I have something for you!

French Knots said...

Melbourne looks super, time without the children is very special.

GardenofDaisies said...

LOoks like you had a great time in Melbourne!
Every summer they have chalk artists come to make pictures on the sidewalk near one of our historic monuments We love to go and watch the pictures in the making.

Little Ted Canvas said...

Sounds fantastic! We plan to do the same thing next month for our anniversary. Time away together is so wonderful but isn't it funny how much you miss the kids & look forward to catching up on thier adventures while you were away...

kitty said...

Sounds like a perfect weekend. I'm sure you both well deserved it.
Have a lovely week.

sue said...

It seems the weekend away was just what you both needed. Isnt it nice to have a lovely time and just relax. I used to work in the city and watch those chalk artists, they were amazing!

Gina said...

Looks marvellous, and very refreshing. I love the sound of the uninterupted conversation... great that you both chose to make the most of it and really enjoy yourselves. It makes coming home even sweeter.

Claire (ethel loves fred) said...

Nothing like a bit of adult time to re-charge the batteries!

Happydacks said...

Good on you guys...sounds like a lovely thing to do! I vaguely remember what it was like to have an uninterrupted conversation!?
Chele x

m.e (Cathie) said...

wow, that's what dating was like, no interruptions, no kids & lots of smiles & nice clothes without grubby fingers all over them :)

teddybearswednesday said...

How lovely for you two to just have some you grown up couple time, something I'm sure doesn't happen enough. Glad you had such a great weekend. x

A Country Girl said...

What a lovely break - lucky you! Am very jealous!

plushka said...

Wow! We just came from Melbourne a few weeks ago! It was my first trip and I just loved the city! It's really arty!
Glad you enjoyed it!

Tanya said...

That sounds delightful! I love the lanes too. I love Melbourne! Off on a train there on Thursday actually. Yey!

hester said...

Sounds like a lovely weekend and well deserved, I'm sure. Well done to Charlotte for doing a great job babysitting.

Isn't Melbourne lovely, especially those arcades and little lanes with the cafes and interesting shops.

PS Beck - we just had a week at Beachcomber on the Spit and thought of you!

messyfish said...

good on you two! Im neeeeed some time alone with mr messyfish. I cant wait for the day!

manda said...

Hi Beck :-)
I made gnocchi the other night- maybe the same night as you hehee... and i think i over mixed it. it was a little tough to chew..but not so bad for a first go. yours look, well..like real gnocchi.. mine looked like golf balls! i'll try again :-)
Your holidays sound dreamy also...a getaway to melbourne alone...bliss! and the crafternoon sounded like fun times..
manda x

Miss Prudence said...

Hi Dandy!

Hop this comment finds you well and happy!
Times look happy and fun with you all so nice nice to see and share.

love Prudence

Handmade said...

What a lovely post - it all looks so exciting - thanks for sharing!

Nikki Cardigan said...

What a great thing to do for you two. It is so easy to loose yourself and each other in the busy life of families... I hope you have the next weekend away penciled in. If off to pencil one in for us xxx

Jen Kershner said...

So great to have couple time! I can see from the picture that you enjoyed it!
By the way, my Sweet Hubby went to graduate school in Australia! Thanks for visiting me.

picciolo said...

wow that sounds like a wonderful weekend, a combination of exciting things and relaxing. We've started making gnocci at home too, ours had sundried tomato in and was just erved with a bit of olive oil. yours looked delicious!
: )