Saturday, 19 March 2016

Healesville and Daylesford, Melbourne

We wanted to get away for a bit and spent the next few days catching up with friends and road tripping (and feasting of course, but more on that later....)

We went to Healesville Sanctuary, which every other person had in mind too, it seems.. no matter. We saw a few critters anyhoo.

After the sanctuary came the gin tour... we went to this gorgeous place called Four Pillars.

A gin distillery based in Yarra Valley. I've always been a fan of gin but these guys has made me appreciate a decent gin and tonic. (First of all, Fever Tree is a must, any other brands will pale in comparison. Make it Mediterranean as well. Much nicer and less bitter than normal Indian tonic).

After the gin, came the wine...

and then off for some cider. You can tell the booze got to us at this point, right?

Next up on the trip: Daylesford. C drove us to Daylesford and even though we were only there for 1 night, I wanted to make sure I had enough car entertainment...I went a bit overboard I think?!

(I went for the Melbourne colouring book I got for christmas and took the Laneways of Melbourne book!)

First pitstop when we arrived - pasta and pizza (they didn't have prosecco but had their own house sparkling wine which was just as good)

Went to the shops to get some lychees... I sent a pic to my dad who was suitably impressed. Enough to convince him to come over to Oz, perhaps!

Treated myself to a cola slushie...

Back at our hotel, we realised that we hadn't made any plans for dinner. Sometimes the best plans are unplanned... 

We ended up scoring a table at The Perfect Drop. My god, C didn't tell me Daylesford was full of amazing foodie places, and this place was deceivingly good.

Starting with an amuse bouche - quail egg with beef tartare, aioli and potato skin.

C had the lamb rack with spiced kofta and lentils, leeks and all the YUM.

I don't think this is on the menu anymore but what I can say is that it's beaut. Choc and saffron goes very very well...!

Afterwards we wanted to go for a drive to the botanical gardens for a spot of stargazing.

Can you see the star in the middle, beginning to create a star trial? (Maybe I should have left it for longer...?)

Incredible, right? Not a single soul in sight,  no lights,  just us and the stars.
I need to make a mental note to start making more trips and to up my star photography game.

Afterwards, we headed back and attempted to watch Tomb Raider (I know, old school) before we crashed.

The next morn, C entertained himself whilst I had an amazing body massage treatment at the hotel - 60 mins though... I should have gone for the 90 min option...

Afterwards we went to the The Convent for a spot of lunch.

The bees stopping by for a drink...

Yellow beetroot, houmous and lentils... the healthy choice. Surprising for me!

It was the most fantastic way to spend a couple of days just to have some us time, before heading back to the city...!

F x


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