The Mother of all Maps

We’ve just spent 10 days in Byron Bay. It’s so much fun discovering new places and finding fresh shops in which to search for treasures! We found Heath’s Old Wares in a little inland town called Bangalow. Such a beautiful little place.

Anyway, Heath’s Old Wares is packed with goodies and i mean PACKED! he must have about a 100 old ladders! And lucky too, because we needed one to reach this gorgeous maps of the United States that was hanging on his back wall. From the moment Johno saw it i knew he wanted it. He wanted it BAD! 🙂

Steady she goes….i’m not sure about using a vintage ladder to reach a vintage map.

Like the cat that got the cream…

It needed a good wipe over before the rolling and wrapping.

Getting it home was interesting. It was almost the length of the inside of our car, a four wheel drive, not a small car. It was a ten hour drive with this mammoth map running down the drivers side of the car. We were pulled over for random breath testing at one point. I thought the cop would have have something to say about it, but after Johno cleared the breath test he wished us well and we were on our way. There was one point in the car where Johno turned to me, and after a dramatic pause said, “You know, this is the best map EVER”. 🙂

So, despite 10 hours in the car, being pulled over by the police, and a car full of people and luggage, i am pleased to say the map survived. We weren’t long unpacked before it was hung on the wall. Awesome.

Testing, testing…

The friends you make when you are a kid are very special. They feel like family to me and even when the time between catch ups can be a year or more, we fall right back into the friendship like no time has passed. I feel so very blessed to have three such friends. I remember a teacher at our graduation saying to us that we probably wouldn’t stay friends, we would have good intentions, but time and life sometimes tears friendships apart. I recall thinking that there was no way that would happen to us and i am pleased to say we are still close.

My gorgeous friends! Love you guys!

We try and catch up for a weekend away together every year. Some years it is harder to organise than others and unfortunately it’s not a matter of just throwing some clothes in a bag and heading out the door. Getting organised to go away without husbands and children can be a little tricky. Most years i arrive at these weekends feeling completely frazzled and drained….this year was no exception. BUT, i always go home feeling well rested even though the weekend always go too quickly.

I felt honoured and privileged this year to have my friends come and stay at Winterfell. I am not ready for ‘real’ guests yet, but i have most of the basics. We were lacking a fridge in the kitchen, but had an old one in the garage…..and really, who minds getting the milk in the morning when the temp is 3degrees! 🙂 ha!

A little goody bag on the side tables in each bedroom….

another little goody bag here….

and another one here…..

My goody bags looks pretty sad after i received this fantastic housewarming gift from one friend. It consisted of a wonderful stash of varied books and some games….perfect for the house!!

It was so lovely to lay by the fire and chat until 2.30am!! hmm…..sleep in required the next morning.

Bird life in the backyard.

I enjoyed some light reading.

And oh my goodness the food!! Thank you Tonic and the Old Mill! There are NO words to describe your food…..drool…this tart is from The Old Mill

Flourless Orange cake from The Old Mill….so pretty and delicious.

I am so glad these girls were my first guests! And the first to sign my guest book.  I am so sad it’s over already. Bring on the next one!!