Friday, January 20, 2017

Our Bowral stay - January 2017

Simon and I decided to head down to the Southern Highlands the other day for a quick night away.
We escaped the scorching Sydney temperatures for a day and enjoyed the cooler breezes in Bowral.
After dropping the boys off at the grandparents we enjoyed the leisurely drive and made sure we got out and checked out any shops or stops that caught our eye.

Our first stop was the Robertson Cheese Factory for a browse through their antiques and we bought some old fashioned lollies (cobbers, chalks, bullets etc) We didn't get any cheese ;) 
We also found some great old records to play on the record player that Simon got for his birthday last year. Lots of fun going through all of the old records looking for some nostalgic tunes.


We then headed into Bowral for a bit of lunch and a browse around the shops before they closed.

The Press Shop is the newest face in town and it was bustling. The menu is quite limited but there is a display cabinet full of delicious muffins, pastries + quiches to go with your coffee. 
We managed to grab a table outside and enjoyed a jaffle for lunch. Very simple but yum. 




We couldn't resist having a scone after lunch after seeing another table order them.
It felt like a very Bowral thing to do - scones, jam + cream.



After lunch we wandered down to the other end of the cafe where Bespoke Press is set up.
It's a lovely stationery store with the most beautiful wrapping paper and ribbon, gorgeous pens and notebooks and they also have a printing press set up where you can watch them make invitations etc.



We continued down the street to Dirty Jane's antique store and wandered around it, popping into The Orangery, The Potting Shed and Suzie Anderson Home. I loved this little space and all of the shops together. It is really beautiful and so many treasures in the one spot.






We came home with a couple of new plants and a large jelly mold. Random I know!

It was really starting to get cool and mist over so we headed back to relax fro the rest of the afternoon at our hotel The Gibraltar.  The remainder of the afternoon was spent reading the papers and enjoying the breeze and the moody view from the balcony with a couple of gin + tonics. Perfect.


We had dinner at the hotel and enjoyed a sleep in before heading home the next morning.
It was only a quick break but left us feeling rested and refreshed. 

Simon and I are really making the time to get away for a day away here and there this year  as last year we felt we got too caught up in the day to day routine and not enough spontaneous moments and time for just us. It's only early days of 2017 but we are off to a good start :)

Have you been to Bowral lately?
Have you made any resolutions to get away a bit more this year?





All photos are my own except the exterior + interior shot of The Press Shop.
They were taken from @the_press_shop Instagram.
Photo of cards via @bespokepress Instagram.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Work space tour - Three Birds Renovations

I'm sure you have heard of the three stylish "birds" over at Three Birds Renovations. 

Not only can they renovate an old home into an amazing new space they've just revealed their gorgeous new work place.  Stunning! That bold wallpaper really is a feature and is a perfect backdrop to the rest of the beautiful pieces in the room.  Love it all!

Take a look........












 You can read all the details here and find out where to source the products to recreate this look.

What do you think? Could you see yourself working well here?
Definitely lots to inspire you!



All photos via Three Birds Renovations

Monday, January 9, 2017

STAYCATION - our city break - January 2017

We are in full on holiday mode here! 
The days are running into each other, the weather has been amazing and we are feeling very very relaxed. I don't know how we will go back to our usual routine at the end of the month!

Simon and I didn't give each other Christmas gifts as we knew that we wanted to do a hotel stay in January and that would be our gift to each other. We booked 2 nights at the Primus Hotel Sydney and decided to have a staycation and enjoy our own city. We decided to take the boys with us for one night as they love a hotel stay and then drop them at the grandparents for the 2nd night while we relaxed a little more on our own.

On Friday we headed over to EQ Moore Park where they had set up a temporary water park for the school holidays. The boys had a great time going down the slides and splashing around for a few hours. We grabbed some lunch and headed to the hotel to check in.



The Primus Hotel is located in Pitt St in Sydney and is so central to everything.
It was lovely and quiet when we stayed as the Christmas + New Year holidayers had left and the corporate guests hadn't started up yet. The hotel is a beautiful art deco style and the attention to detail around the place is amazing! As you walk into the lobby it is quite stunning.



There was a bottle of champagne and a cheese plate to welcome us which was lovely. 
I just love a hotel stay with their crisp linen, fluffy white towels and delish bath + shower products. 


We headed up to the roof top to check out the pool and the younger boys went for a dip.
Finn and I left them to it while we walked a couple of blocks to Pitt St Mall and Westfields to have a browse through the shops.







After a huge day the boys were tired so we decided to have room service for dinner and an early night. I think I might have had the best club sandwich ever! Simon had a delicious spanner crab risotto and the boys had pasta. The food everywhere in the hotel was amazing!

The next morning after a yummy buffet breakfast we headed to Balmoral Beach for a swim before dropping the boys at the grandparents for a sleepover. The boys loved jumping off into the water and we grabbed a coffee and an iceblock from The Boathouse before leaving.





After dropping the boys off we headed back into the city and drove through The Rocks stopping for some lunch and admiring that harbour view!


Back at the hotel we decided to take advantage of the fact that we had nowhere else to be and headed back up to the roof top bar to while away a few hours. It was bliss to just sit, just the two of us and chat and enjoy some snacks + cocktails. 



On Sunday we were booked in for lunch at Fort Denison. Simon had received a voucher for his 40th birthday and we had to use it before the end of January. I'm so glad we waited to use it as it was the perfect end to the weekend and you couldn't of asked for better weather.

We caught the "hop on, hop off" ferry at Circular Quay and sat down to lunch with a stunning view!




The ferry comes past every hour but as we weren't in any rush we stayed for 2 hours and enjoyed a leisurely meal and then had a little browse around the rest of the island. (it's only tiny)





It really was a wonderful weekend and we are so lucky to have so many beautiful places to visit so close to home.

How are your holidays going? Are you going away?


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