Sunday, June 21, 2009

Weekend with Wheels

What a lovely weekend it's been! My friend and workmate Clare flew to Melbourne for the weekend and she asked if I'd like to borrow her car in return for delivering her to and from the airport. So we've had wheels for four days and have taken the opportunity to do about a million and one things that otherwise would be very difficult to do, namely, eating out at restaurants across town and shopping for big and bulky things.

Here's what I've managed to do this weekend. Thursday evening we had a really nice dinner at a place called Rock Salt in the Hawker shops and Friday evening we ate at a great little place called the Green Herring, where you dine in a wooden slab hut originally built in NSW in 1860. The food was terrific and the experience very cozy - crackling fires roar in the fireplaces and we were very toasty with one of the best seats in the house, just in front of the rear fireplace.

On Saturday morning there was a Baby and Kid Market held at Exhibition Park, selling second hand gear and clothes. Brian had to do a bit of work at home on Saturday but he decided to come with me to look at baby stuff and we managed to acquire quite a few things at great prices including a three wheeled jogging stroller/pram for $35, a cushioned glider for rocking baby, an Ergo Baby sling, and some maternity clothes for me (most pieces were $2). We had planned to do our veggie shopping at the farmer's market just next door but we didn't realise we'd spent nearly two hours browsing baby goods and the farmer's market would probably be finished. We decided to pop over anyway and see if we could get some last minute deals and the only things we managed to get were freshly squeezed apple juice and a cherry cheesecake! Good enough!

On Saturday afternoon I drove to Narrabundah and spent a couple hours with my friend Felicity who just had a new baby girl about three weeks ago, Lilah Mae. We had lots of fun catching up on gossip and talking about feeding babies, getting them to sleep, etc. Saturday evening we caught up with our next door neighbors who were making hot spiced apple cider and warm mulled wine.

Sunday morning we slept in and then drove to Gold Creek for breakfast at Injoy and a wander through the quilt shop and local gift shops. Then we did a major grocery shopping trip before heading out of town to a great little place called Poacher's Pantry which specializes in gourmet smoked meats and veggies and local wines. Had an amazing lunch and then went for a little walk around the rural property to see the sheep and lambs. On the way back into Canberra we stopped at another secondhand place, Aussie Junk, and got two small sets of drawers that I plan to keep baby's things in. We must be nesting :) Very pleased though, to have acquired so many useful things!

Now, off to pick up Clare and return her car :(

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