Friendship. It is a funny thing.
I was in Melbourne on the weekend, visiting a friend I haven't seen nor spoken to for 7 years until a chance encounter late last year. It could've been awkward. But it wasn't at all. It was as if the 7 year gap didn't exist and we just picked up where we left off. (Phew.) We drove up to the Mornington Peninsula for a couple of days, explored the region and had a jolly good time.
Here are some of the things we did:
Lunching at Ten Minutes by Tractor. I had an entree of quail and duck for main. The food was amazingly good, but what's even more impressive was the wine list, which was so long it actually came in the form of a leather bound book. I had a glass of German sparkling white; bubbles are certainly my friend. If you're ever in the area, this is a place worth trying.Strawberry picking and eating. Instead of ordering desserts, we decided to head along to Sunny Ridge strawberry farm to pick our own sweet succulent strawberries. Such fun.Next up the beach. I am constantly reminded of how lucky I am to live in Australia. I could never tire of visiting the beautiful beaches this country has to offer. We drove up the coast and explored various beaches. The Mornington Peninsula stood out for me because of the colourful bathing boxes that dotted the beaches. This sight, I've never seen before in Sydney. How cute are they? I want one...in each colour please!
And finally, we hopped on to the Peninsula Hot Springs for a soak in the mineral hot spring pools. It was really crowded, I'm guessing, because the day had been hot and everyone, like us, was waiting for the air to sufficiently cool down (it would be absurd to have a warm soak when it's 30 degrees celsius out!).
There, we traded 7 years worth of gossip, watched a spectacular sunset while the thermal mineral waters worked its magic. I thought it was the perfect end to a perfect day. What bliss.