Jumping onboard Nev’s bus, we met two other ladies who would be enjoying the day tour with us, a lovely mother and daughter from Cairns who were spending time together as the daughter had recently moved to the Sunshine Coast – this would be a great way to see some of your new hometown and show off to visiting relatives! Heading to Mooloolaba, we picked up the final two guests for the day’s tour, a couple of Kiwis – resplendent in short-sleeve shirts, shorts and thongs, whilst Peta and I and the two Cairns ladies were rugged up for a QLD Winter!
Nev is a font of information, and after a quick trip along the Bruce Highway, we stopped outside for the Landsborough Museum for a really interesting five-minute history lesson. I won’t tell you everything so that you can can experience it for yourself, but tales of pushing GIANT trees down the Range, and men holding hands and dancing at bush dances in the 1800’s had Peta and I astonished!
Our next stop was Mary Cairncross Park, which has to have one of the most incredible views I’ve ever seen! Nev had popped a bottle of sparkling by now (I love that he provides some bubbles to start the day in style!), and we’d all enjoyed a tipple on the way up the mountains. Standing in the very brisk wind and beautiful sunshine, Peta and I shivered our way through a few outfit shots, but the vista was worth it! Another history lesson here (lots of really interesting stuff about the local Gubbi-Gubbi people and early pioneers) and it was back to the bus for our first winery visit.
Maleny Mountain Wines was a great first stop; cosy and warm, the barrel-shaped cellar door was full of knick-knacks and stuff for wine lovers, and we took a seat to try a selection of their sparkling, white, red and dessert wines. (For those not in the know, Port can no longer be called Port. Apparently the snobs in Portugal have trademarked the name.)
Next, we were off to Maleny Cheese. CHEESE! I had never visited this cheese factory before, despite often venturing much further afield to Kenilworth to stock the fridge with cheese. No need anymore, I’m thrilled to report that Maleny Cheese has an excellent variety of really different and unusual cheeses and yogurts, friendly staff, and it’s only 40 mins away from home! There is a cafe and shop attached to the factory, a glass viewing window into the factory to watch the cheesemaking process, and the staff were more than happy to give me samples of any of their cheeses. (So I asked for a lot of samples.) I purchased a wedge of delicious bitey King Island Stormy (a washed rind cheese with a stronger taste than that of regular Camembert or Brie), as well as a great local feta which will be amazing in salads.
Lunch was at Montville Bar and Grill, a beautiful Tudor-style inn with generous and cosy seating indoors with a potbelly stove, and plenty of tables on the lawn and in the rotunda outside, which is where we settled as a group (obviously Peta and I snaffled the seats closest to the heater). I enjoyed a delicious duck main meal, but had some serious meal envy when Peta’s seafood linguine arrived.
Chocolate Country is a lovely little shop producing a lot of different types of chocolate barks and chocolate truffles, and stocking plenty of really unusual chocolate and candy. Trialing them all was a real drag. Could have stocked up big time there, but thank goodness I resisted. Right next door was Nutworks… and the scent of cinnamon candied almonds was floating up the street in a very enticing way.
After a very welcome
digestion walk stroll around the village of Montville, Peta and I snapped a few more outfit photos, then headed back to Chocolate Country for a very chocolatey takeaway hot-chocolate for the ride home.
We were a pretty quiet bunch on the drive back to the pick-up spots of Maroochydore and Mooloolaba, but I’m sure it was just that we were all blissed out, very full, and very relaxed – I know I was!
Peta and I experienced the Decadent Day Tour courtesy of Sunshine Wine Tours (thanks so much Nev), and had a fabulous day together. Sunshine Wine Tours also cater for those interested in local craft beer and microbreweries, so if enjoying a day out without the driving but with added fun is on the cards, give Nev a call.
Also, Peta wrote a fab post about our day out – you can read it HERE.
*These items were purchased with a discount voucher provided by Katies, with no obligation to feature product on the blog.
Am in LOVE with this amazing emerald chandelier from Eco Chic. In freaking LOVE.
Never mind that we don’t have a single raised ceiling in our home for a chandelier, or that I can’t imagine dusting the lights that we do have, let alone jumbo beaded ones that’ll just attract dust bunnies the size of cars… it’s just so fabulous!
Eco Chic are a lovely Australian company well-known for creating, finding and sharing homewares with a green element, and not just in colour. Both Paula and Cris run the company with passion and an eclectic stytle that showcases their interior design skills.
I know we’ve moved into what I call our ‘forever home’ (and that’s not just because I can’t bear the thought of moving again), but the next home we buy will have to have space for a way-out chandelier.
I really can’t get this emerald lighting situation out of my head now… here are a few more that I quite fancy.
Right now, I am so in love with Winter. This doesn’t happen often during the whole season. Usually I’ll get one or two good weeks out of Winter before getting really. REALLY. OVER. IT. I’ve told you all before, I’m not a cold-weather person.
One of the little things that is making the transition to cooler weather easier is the sweet, sweet scent of eucalyptus wool wash. Seriously.
I have always used wool wash on my, well… woollies; but when BB and I bought a bunch of beautiful new Sheridan bath towels during Myer’s massive sale late last year, the lovely salewoman recommended that we wash them in wool wash. And now I’m addicted. Anything that gives me comfort and cosiness (blankets, sheets, doona covers, sweaters, leggings and socks) now gets washed in wool wash. I’m loving this Earth Choice Wool and Delicates Wash right now, it smells clean and crisp and is usually available for around $2 at Woolworths.
How about a handmade mini marquee light? Now THAT makes me happy. I don’t have one (yet), but these gorgeous little marquee lights are high on my list of fabulous things for the home!
The clever kids at Fromage La Rue were the first Aussie designers to create classic marquee letter and symbol lights, and they’ve now branched out into a smaller-size collection, called the Petite Vegas Boneyard range. Surely that cool name is all you need to put a smile on your dial!
These 30cm high statement pieces will be sure to sell out quickly, so the biggest problem might be choosing which one I want – I’ve been trying to decide for an hour now! I love the heart, it’s sweet and lovely; but the cloud… surely it’s the perfect nightlight?!
When Peta text me to say that she noticed that a field just down the road from my house had excellent photo light at 7 in the morning, my first thought was ‘You can enjoy that without me, love’. Then I realised it’d been yonks since we’d snapped each other’s outfit photos, and also it would be an excellent opportunity to snuggle Ned in his pyjamas one morning before work. So I said yes.
We arranged our rendezvous early one weekday morning, so Peta was wearing a cute work-appropriate outfit (you can see the pics here), but I figured that the internet has had just enough photos of me wearing Lorna Jane, so I would actually put on regular person clothes at 7am, then head home for a quick change into the lycra, then drive to work. Sensible, no?
I can see quite a few future outfit posts being shot at this location… it’s doing glowy wonders for my not-so-Wintery-glowy skin!
This is what we do when we have other things that we should be doing at 7am on weekdays. So yeah, you could say we’re committed to this blogging business.
Winter has arrived in South East Queensland. (Well, it’s Winter for us. And we happen to think that a high of 21°C is pretty darn chilly, ok?)
Whilst Winter has many benefits – hot chocolate, snuggling and my husband’s slow-cooked dinners, to name but a few – I really struggle to put together decent outfits in Winter. I love boots, but I don’t have many pairs. I love jeans, but I don’t love a lot of my jeans – they are never comfy enough for the whole day. And I have a mighty large collection of Winter hats, beanies and scarves, but I just can’t seem to put them together without looking like I’m headed to the ski slopes.
You see, it’s cold enough here right now for jeans and boots, but still gets warm enough during the day that I want to take jumpers and sweaters off. Annoying.
This outfit is pretty perfect for Queensland’s mild Winter days. A short sleeve Bonds sweater tee, and my new Uplifting Jeans from Katies*, paired with my all-time favourite ankle boots. Cosy enough, but I’m not going to need to add or strip layers through the day.
These jeans are my new go-to jeans, I swear. Light and stretchy denim, and the perfect mid-wash to go with everything. Plus, the way they’re darker down the inside and outside of the legs makes my legs look longer and slimmer. Optical illusion for the win!
I confess, I was slightly jealous when I returned from our cruise holiday and
totally stalked checked out what my friends have been up to my absence. It seems as though I missed the SnS Print Challenge set by the divine Vanessa of Style and Shenanigans, and oh what a shame! I would’ve had SO much fun with this challenge… I mean, take a look at the prompts! Wardrobe heaven!
I have long loved prints, in all shapes, sizes and forms, and have trawled my outfit photo archive (which is Instagram, right) to find some of my favourite print ensembles to share. Unfortunately, I don’t get the chance to wear most of my pretty prints these days, but I live in hope that I will score my dream education administration role one day and all my frocks and blazers will come out to play!
In other news, I was lucky enough to meet up with one of my favourite ladies yesterday morning for a good ol’ gossipy catch-up – the lovely Bev of Iris May Style. Oh boy, this woman makes me laugh. Having just returned from an, um, interesting cruise that we’re still unsure of (shall recap in future blog posts, if I can be bothered), and receiving devastating news on our last day at sea about the passing of a dear friend, I really needed a good hug, and the kind of laughter that only comes when you don’t care whether your companion thinks you look ugly while laughing and snorting. Thank goodness for friends like this.
The short version of what I’m trying to say is that a long while ago, when BB and I were just starting out, and getting to know each other (even though I knew the night that I met him that I wanted to marry the shizz outta him), we lived in a townhouse in Hawthorne, Brisbane.
A very close friend of BB’s came to stay with us for a while, and during this time I grew to love him as a giant teddybear-ish big brother and friend. He loved BB and brought out all his best qualities, in fact he made everyone better when he was around. He was hilarious, smart, and knew way before BB and I did that we’d end up happily ever after. In fact, it was him living with us that drew us even closer together! And… he gave me the nickname Katy Potaty. I’d never been called that before by anyone, and soon BB and everyone I knew was calling me by this kooky little rhyming name.
This gentle giant passed away unexpectedly last week, and while it will take a long time to feel ok about it, I’m really really pleased that in a tiny way, he’ll always live on in every single one of my social media handles. If I ever thought about changing my online profile before, that thought will not surface again.
Katy Potaty forever. xox
*Wondering who that little man is? Well, you obviously don’t follow me on Instagram, because I feature young Ned regularly. Meet the Nedster, the sweet son of my bff, Peta of Trainee Mama. Feel free to obsess over those chubby cheeks all you like. I do!
I’m not here right now… I know, you can express your disappointment in the comment section below.
I enjoyed a beautiful little holiday at the very southern tip of the Gold Coast with my husband last week to celebrate our second anniversary, and it was perfect. Very relaxing, very chilled, very little mobile phone or social media use. Perfect.