We are on holidays!
It's a funny sort of holiday. I did the maths and there is approximately one hour between 9:30am and 4pm when all our children are awake! With Will's morning and afternoon naps and Pippa's middle of the day nap there isn't much time for family activities. So we either split up, spend a lot of time at home, (lucky we are staying at my lovely sister-in-law, Katie B's gorgeous place) or all go out and manage overtired children.
Despite all that, we are having a fantastic time. Maybe it's actually a pretty good balance.
We've caught up with friends at the West African Children's Festival at the Immigration Museum. The kids loved the craft activities, face painting and drum workshop. They took their dancing lessons very seriously!
We went to Heronswood, the home of the Digger's Club, where they preserve and sell heirloom fruit and vegetable seeds and plants. If you ever need inspiration for your vegie patch, this is the place to go. We saw herb gardens dancing with butterflies, parterre gardens of vegies, passionfruit vines dripping with fruit and tomatoes, oh the tomatoes! I don't even like tomatoes and I wanted to plant all 40 varieties they sell in our back garden! It was the perfect place for a picnic, a walk and a delicious afternoon tea of scones, jam and cream.
We've also been enjoying the Children's Garden at The Royal Botanic Gardens. Nothing beats a fountain designed for children to play in on a hot summer's day!
We loved the Mirror Exhibition at the Melbourne Museum. It is an exhibition featuring collages from the recent book, Mirror, by author and artist Jeannie Baker. The book is amazing and the collages used to create the book are absolutely breathtaking. It was great to show the children the art behind the book.
Let's not forget Brunetti's. A truly amazing combination of cafe, gelateria and pasticceria. An absolute family favourite!
And that time at home? Well, it hasn't gone to waste:
So all in all a pretty good holiday - catching up with friends, eating well, lots of fun activities for the children and some time for sewing. Who could want for more?