Under colder skies

We’re in Melbourne. And it’s bloody freezing!

We arrived late-ish last night, slightly delayed, after a long day spent either on planes or at airports. It was good to finally bend my back in a different direction and relax in the company of much-missed friends.

We have eaten delicious curry, slept in comfortable beds, shown our handwork to each other, and caught up on reminiscences and gossip. It was wonderful.

And today we made a trip down to Torquay, on Victoria’s Surf Coast. It’s a two hour drive, but pleasant.

The purpose was to have a delightful rootle on the shelves of Amitié Textiles, which had relocated there. Oh, and have lunch.

And rootle we did, after a brief unscheduled stop for a really excellent farmers’ market, where the party purchased locally distilled gin stuffed with Australian botanicals, a very authentic boerewors sausage, a bag of locally grown apples and some extremely luxurious baked cheesecake.

My friend Chippy and I both came away with fabric loot which I’m sure will be featuring on our blogs in the not too distant future. And then there was lunch, which was epic and awesome and warming and filling, and eaten overlooking a dark and blustery Bass Strait. But later, while we were checking out the surf at Bell’s Beach, there was a rainbow, so that was alright.

And then we came home and ate more curry. And tomorrow, there’s going to be a bigger gathering: friends, and family, and a lovely brunch at the Terrace Café at Melbourne Botanic Gardens.

So more on that later.

22 thoughts on “Under colder skies

  1. nanacathy2 says:

    What a wonderful day, you deserve it, plus you look great.

    • katechiconi says:

      Awww, thank you! And it was a lovely day – cold and windy and occasionally wet, but such a blessing to be with friends and have such a good time together.

  2. Sharon says:

    Sounds absolutley heavenly!

  3. Dayphoto says:

    A Trip that is a Blessing!!!

  4. Simon says:

    Hehe great story thanks xxx Simon

  5. Emmely says:

    It already sounds like a successful trip!

    • katechiconi says:

      I think so! The cold was quite a shock to the system as my blood has grown thin in the tropics, but it was quite manageable as we were properly dressed for the weather.

  6. It’s been a long three years in waiting to meet up again with so many cancelled trips in between cos of the VWord ….. but we got there at last.
    Friends are family we choose & from the first time we met we have been kindred spirits 🥰
    It’s so so good to have you hear with us and May our friendship always be blessed 🙏😍

  7. You all look marvellously and happy. Your warm hearts will make up for the cold hands… plus you appear to be sensibly rugged up.

    • katechiconi says:

      We missed you in the group. Another time. It was pretty cold, but not unbearable if you kept moving, and the autumn colour in the city is lovely.

  8. Going Batty in Wales says:

    Lovely Happy pictures. I think we all better appreciate the chance to meet up with friends and travel adround after having been restricted for so long. Enjoy the rest of your trip.

  9. magpiesue says:

    It looks and sounds like you’ve had a wonderful time. What a blessing to be able to make that trip and spend time with friends again!

    • katechiconi says:

      It felt rather strange to travel that way again, I’ll admit. Even masked and sanitised, I felt a little uneasy being so close to so many for so long! But the payoff was definitely worth it. More fun for the next couple of days, and then we’re home again.

  10. It looks like everyone had a good time and you and hubby look so happy together. Moments to cherish. Glad you finally got to reconnect.

  11. Debbierose says:

    Your in my neck of the woods. Geelong, 29 k8n from Torquay. Amitie is a lovely store, and Nerida Hansen fabrics Australia is just around the corner

    • katechiconi says:

      We passed through Geelong, which is rather nice these days, isn’t it? We had a lovely lunch in Torquay and checked out the Big Surf at Bell’s Beach, but it was really cold, really windy and the Queenslanders among us were feeling the weather!

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