Birthday Brunch and Spontaneous Saturdays

September 25, 2010

As I type this, Ben has proclaimed that his heart is racing. Mine is also, but for a decidedly different reason. You see, Ben is a Collingwood supporter. Not one of those Collingwood supporters, but a supporter nonetheless. There are three minutes left in the 4th quarter, and the score is super close. The fact that I am typing this post during these remaining few minutes shows just how excited I am about the grand final.

My heart is a flutter, as I sit here reminiscing all the glorious eats I have had today. It pleased me so very much that in my lovely birthday messages, my friends referenced the delicious food that they expected I would be indulging in…and they were right πŸ™‚

This morning I met friends for brunch at Las Chicas on Carlise Street. They were lovely enough to sit all eleven of us at one table. We were outside, which was really nice as we were graced with some welcome sunshine and blue skies.

I had pancakes with cinnamon sugar, lemon and mascarpone. Just lovely! Although as I am sick, my taste buds could not delight in them as much as I would have hoped.

Ben had the breakfast burrito, which he loved!

My friends and family spoiled me with some lovely gifts. They all have such good taste, lucky me!

One of my good friends, George, has a birthday three days earlier than mine. It is always nice to be able to celebrate together. My dad brought two candles, and stuck them on a coin so that we could sing happy birthday. That is so my dad – quirky and sweet πŸ™‚

As we left the cafΓ©, we were drawn to a nearby florist, the soft fragrance of double jonquils luring us in. We emerged with a bunch…

Then Ben came up with the wonderful idea of visiting the Rippon Lea Estate. I love spontaneous fun! I so cherish days like this, when you have the freedom and creativity to explore and frolick. That we did (well, I frolicked).

Our friendly and informative volunteer guide, Robert, took us around the beautiful Rippon Lea Mansion. As a history buff, I so love to be transported back in time and enter historical spaces like this. I felt like I was back at Versaille (although this was somewhat less grand and opulent). I love picturing how people lived in another time, seeing their trinkets and standing where they stood.

We saw inside the Mansion, including the children’s room.

Really old, well preserved little booties!

We also saw the old servants’ quarters, and the old kitchen.

An old crockpot!

Please excuse the poor quality of this photo (no flash allowed in a dark room), I simply had to share with you this ‘dinner gong’, which the servants used to announce dinner.

I wanted to steal these chairs…

Gorgeous old cars

which I also wanted to take as my own…

The gardens were lovely and lush.

After all this exploring, we headed to Batch Espresso (again on Carlisle Street) to fill our tummies. I love this place, it is so cozy and cool, with a Kiwi twist! These photos were taken on my iphone, as my camera’s battery decided it needed a sleep.

We shared a delicious roasted beetroot, goats curd and candied walnut salad, which was definitely of the Epic variety. This was incredibly delicious. We inquired as to what goats curd they used, and it was Calendar cheese.

Ben had an iced coffee

I enjoyed a latte

And we shared a slice of Lemon Polenta cake. So moist! With a superb, full lemon flavour. The grainy texture of polenta cakes always pleases me – something different and refreshing. I really enjoyed this.

Ben has just suggested we make our own pesto for dinner. Genius! Full creativity points for him today πŸ™‚ Last time we made pesto we were in Ortygia, Sicily, and gee it was fun. We are looking up old, classic movies to watch too. Ben is leaning towards “Double Indemnity” or “The Big Sleep”. Lots of basil and Bogart ahead of me.

I hope you’re all having a lovely Saturday! Go the pies! And by pies I mean apple pie…I love that you have come to expect nothing less from me πŸ™‚

Heidi xo

  • hollypop September 25, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    happy birthday!
    such cute pics.

  • Kath (Eating for Living) September 26, 2010 at 8:37 am

    Happy birthday! (Spetember 25th, I suppose?!)

    What's a Collingwood supporter? (I've looked it up on Google, and I found Collingwood was a small society in NZ. But this can't be it?! Is it something about sports?)

    The mansions looks so lovely, and the garden / park is just gorgeous! (Your pictures are so beautiful!) Looks very 19th century to me. I love to figure how people might have lived in past times, what they thought and dreamed of, and how they lived their lives. And I love the 19th century!

    All in all, this looks like you had a perfect day!

  • littleaspects September 26, 2010 at 9:43 am

    What a cool house! Love the rocking horse (and that salad looks amazing!)
    Happy Birthday xo

  • Heidi September 26, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Thanks for the birthday wishes girls! My birthday is on the 23rd, but as I was away we just celebrated it yesterday πŸ™‚

    Haha, sorry Kath, I forgot to explain! aA Collingwood supporter refers to AFL (Australian Football League) – Collingwood is a team. The are notorious for being…enthusiastic πŸ™‚ I go for Essendon, but honestly, I dont really follow or enjoy AFL. Very un-Australian of me πŸ™‚

    and yes, the house was gorgeous and it was a great day xo

  • Leah September 26, 2010 at 10:45 am


    What a perfect day you guys had!

    My hubby is a Collingwood supporter and we are both still in shock that we have to have another grand final!

    Looks like I'm on snack duty again next week….hehe can't wait!

  • Chanel11 September 26, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Happy Birthday!!

    Still can't believe the final has to be done all over again, absolutely nonsense, feel for all the players πŸ™

  • KittyCate September 26, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Happy birthday!
    Love the photos, looks like you had an awesome day – the food all looks so delicious! xx

  • Anna Johnston September 27, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Awwwhhh, Happy Birthday & thanks for sharing it with us all πŸ™‚ Loved your pics, especially the Rippon Lea Estate, I'm fascinated on how big houses like this operated, back in day when servants kept these places going too.

  • Carly Findlay September 27, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    Looks like the perfect day. Happy birthday! Lovely gifts πŸ™‚

  • Kelsey September 28, 2010 at 3:56 am

    WOW YESSSS <3 happy belated birthday!! mmm spiced cake WOOHOO


  • Iron Chef Shellie September 29, 2010 at 10:48 am

    awww Happy belated Birthday!!! Looks like you were spoilt πŸ™‚