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Friday, 1 February 2013

Respite.

On Monday the school holidays will finally be over and I will have three children at full time school.....and only three years to wait until all four are ensconced. Last weekend,
when my husband had totally lost sight of me under the deluge of children and activities we took matters into our own hands and unceremoniously ditched all of the children with my mum (thanks mum) and escaped for 24 hours.

Our ultimate destination was Quamby Estate, in the countryside 20 minutes outside Launceston:


Of course we had to have lunch en route.....I dressed up in this Collette Dinnigan number which I bought in Melbourne almost two years ago and accessorised it with every pink bead that I have in my wardrobe.....some of which had to be restrung by my daughter in the car on the long drive up north:


At the Joseph Chromy Restaurant we had lunch overlooking the vines:


Which on closer inspection looked remarkably like the paddocks which made up the long and arduous cross country course from my schooldays.....this was momentarily off-putting as I was a notoriously bad runner back then.....so bad that people who knew me at school have difficulty reconciling how two of my children could possibly have represented their schools.....in cross country.

The food was quite good though:




And it was buzzing with people....coincidentally there were old school friends having lunch at another table.....and they may have almost consumed a bottle of bubbly each by the time we finished up.

Look how nice Quamby Estate was:




Oh the utter luxury of having people bring you food and drinks when you ask for them from the comfort of a sofa.....usually it's me who has to get up and go and rustle something up. I loved every minute of our stay at Quamby and momentarily fantasised about what it would be like to live there. Then it was time to drop back down through the portal into everyday reality and rescue mum from the children.

The effects of this relaxing 24 hour respite may have been somewhat negated when my husband promptly left me at a friend's farm for two days......with our combined seven children to look after.

Not long until Monday now.

Rx

17 comments:

  1. It looks so gorgeous - the food, the paddocks, the sofa, the beads, everything!

    Hope you enjoyed your mass kid wrangling at Js.....! Would need a bottle of bubbly by the end.

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    1. It was special! Needed bubbly during and at the end! Rx

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  2. Have heard lots of lovely things about this place from architect and interior design friends. And that frock is fab, Miss Romy! xx

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    1. If you are ever in Tassie.....Rx

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  3. Love your getaway. You have extremely long holidays in Tas, I would be going completely crazy by now. This past Wednesday was bliss - all three out of the house for the whole day!! It stayed tidy!! and clean!! and no one asked me for snacks!!

    I can't say enough how much I love the brief escapes every now and again. They are especially nice when you get to play dressups and have others wait on you somewhere beautiful, and you can have an uninterrupted conversation with your spouse. Love your gorgeous Collette dress. Bet you can't wait until Monday.....! xx

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    1. Extremely long.....and they've been cut by 10 days this year as we are finally starting four terms! Can't wait until Monday and already daydreaming of next escape.....Rx

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  4. That looks like a wonderful getaway!
    The estate is beyond picturesque!
    And I love your frock!

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    1. It was a wonderful getaway....not quite long enough though as the last few days have been a blur of books, uniforms and shoes.....Rx

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  5. Oh, your post has me dreaming of a getaway of my own... possibly without the husband as well! Of gorgeous blue skies and lovely summer dresses! Of champagne! Thanks for a momentary escape from the January doldrums!

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    1. Stop daydreaming and book it in and have a wonderful time! Rx

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  6. I still can't believe we haven't been to Tassie, we have to get there.
    Love the frock and glad you survived the school holidays.
    Kx

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    1. Not been to Tassie...what have you been doing?! It may not all be quite like Quamby Estate and MONA.....yet it's definitely worth a look see! Holidays aren't quite over yet.....Rx

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  7. nice red phoenix necklace Romy!!!! Will reply to your email very soon xx

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  8. Thanks! It was a Christmas pressie yet worried it may come to grief at the hands of the 2 year old who can't resist going the grope! Rx

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  9. Beautiful photos, Romy, it's nice to get away from it all from time to time !x

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  10. Gorgeous frock, what a lovely place to stay.x

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  11. What a lovely getaway and well deserved too. Love your frock as well. xx

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