A sudden change of weekend plans brought us to one of our happy places – Matt’s parents new home by the sea, flooded with Winter sun and full of our loved ones sheltering from the chilly winds blowing in off Bass Strait. This was a huge draw card to living back in Gippsland, being able to spend time with family so easily, when we lived in South Australia it was a 10 hour drive home, so a simple weekend wasn’t really an option. Now we live an easy 50 minute drive down to the sleepy beach hamlet of Inverloch – where Matt spent his childhood summers and his great-grandparents generation secured foreshore land that his parents, aunties and uncles now call home.
Our friends from Melbourne came down for the weekend too, calling for a walk along the foreshore to town for coffee on Sunday morning after Matt’s big breakfast efforts. Eleanor had the chance to meet her second cousin Avani – born 36 hours after her, but four weeks premature, hence the size difference! Our blossom baby growing like a mushroom, being showered with love from her big cousins, Mumma and Opa. Avani and Eleanor have so many memories to make at Inverloch, just like their parents did as cousins throughout their childhoods. This year in Matt’s family we have three babies born, as well as some toddlers running about, Christmas will be fun!
Matt’s mum is my cottage gardening hero – creating beautiful little pockets of bulbs, pansies, violas and salvias. I always come away with grand plans to do a bit more gardening this week to add to our bare garden beds. We reluctantly loaded up the car with the pram, the bassinet, all the baby stuff, oh and the baby (we didn’t have the dogs this time, but usually do!) We arrived home to a chilly farmhouse with the fire out, vowing that we should most definitely pencil in more Inverloch weekend escapes, and counting our blessings that we now live so close to family and happy places.