Earlier this week I was having one of those days, you know the ones I’m talking about, when you have a grumpy and clingy teething baby that screams the house down if you dare put him down for two minutes . In the mean time your washing and housework is pilling up, and the very sight of it is driving you insane. I desperately needed something, someone to save me. So I put bubs is the car, drove to Essendon, and it was there that I found my savour, it was St Rose.
This amazing café, situated on busy Rose Street opposite Essendon Station, provided the perfect environment for this tired mum to get some relief from what had been a crazy and frustrating day. I arrived at 1.30pm on a Tuesday and the place was packed full of people enjoying lunch. Not wanting to annoy them with the cranky child, I managed to score a table in the back corner, so that in the event that he cracked it, he wouldn’t bother too many people. Fortunately he was on his best behaviour and I got to enjoy a great meal.
Any hope of summer or a nice sunny day in Melbourne is very quickly fading away, so it’s time to embrace the cold weather again. That’s right ladies, pull out your winter coats, boots and scarves, it’s time to keep warm.
I really love this time of year, not because of the terrible weather (i’ll take a hot climate any day, says she who calls Melbourne home), but because winter fashion is all about comfort. I love nothing more than wearing boots, jeans, a cute knit, a bright scarf and a great coat to finish off the look.
However when it comes to winter work wear it can get pretty boring, so I’ve done a bit of late night online shopping and come across these great pieces that I can’t wait to add to my wardrobe.
As a born and bred westie, there is nothing I love more than a success story out my way, so naturally I’ve jumped right on the Ascot Food Store bandwagon. Everyone seems to be loving it at the moment and for good reason.
Situated on busy Ascot Vale Road in what was an old milk bar, the Ascot Food Store has brought the buzzing Melbourne brunch scene and some great coffee to the north western suburbs.
Over the years I’ve been to plenty of food and wine festivals at Werribee Mansion, all of which have been nothing short of brilliant – cue us in a rather drunken state singing along with Daryl Braithwaite. Yep I can’t remember what year it was, but it was a great day out, so naturally as soon as I caught wind of Fromage a Trois, I booked it into my calendar.
Fromage a Trois (cheese, cider and you), one of the many events running as part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, saw the beautiful front lawn of Werribee Mansion transformed into a country themed foodie heaven. We arrived mid afternoon and by that stage the festival was in full flight. There were people everywhere sitting down on picnic blankets with a cider in hand enjoying their cheese boards with friends.
Addict Food and Coffee
240-242 Johnson Street
Fitzroy Vic 3065
Located on Johnson street, in between Smith and Brunswick streets you’ll find the ever reliable and popular Addict Food and Coffee. Set out like so many others on the Melbourne brunch scene – a bit industrial, a bit retro and not too much colour, what differentiates Addict is it’s great menu and its layed back and friendly vibe.
We visited for a late Sunday brunch with the stroller in tow, to find a stack of people seated outside enjoying the great weather, and just as many inside getting into brunch. As we arrived a group of people were vacating the large communal table, so we were able to get a spot at the end and tuck the stroller under the table and out of everyones way.
I don’t know where the time has gone, but I’ve already been back at work for a month. Yep, how the hell did that happen? Before I went back I shared my thoughts about returning to work (read about it here), so now I’m looking at it from the other side, from the perspective of a working mum.
I’m new to this working mum business, but never did I think it would be this hard to juggle everything. I’m not by any means sooking, because that wouldn’t be fair to all of the women that do this every day and just get on with it, but it’s definitely a huge adjustment. The hardest thing is finding that balance between being a loving present mum and being fulfilled in my career. So many people have told me that I can’t have both, but I don’t want to listen to the naysayers, I desperately want to make it work for both of us.
Initially, I only planned to go back to work three days a week, but that didn’t go down all that well with my boss, so after some negotiation, we agreed that I’d go back to work four days a week, three in the office and one from home. My job has always been really demanding, so it was pretty normal for me to put in massive days in the office to stay on top of things, but I was ignorantly hoping that things would be different when I went back. What an idiot! One day back in the office and I was right back into my old routine pulling 10-12 hour days. I was so flat out that I didn’t even have time to check in, let alone even think about my little man. When I realised it was already 6pm and I hadn’t stopped to see how he was going, I felt so guilty. To make me feel even worse, by the time I got home, he was ready to go to bed, so I didn’t get to spend any time with him at all.
Cutler & Co
55-57 Gertrude Street
Fitzroy Vic 3065
If you’re after a truly memorable dinning experience then look no further than Cutler & Co. I’ve been fortunate enough to dine at some of the best restaurants in Melbourne and I have to say this is definitely up there with the best (I’ll actually go as far as calling it one of my favourites).
So what makes it so good? Everything! No really, everything. As soon as you walk into the beautifully fit out Gertrude Street restaurant you are welcomed by the incredibly friendly front of house staff. There wasn’t one staff member that didn’t greet us as we were lead to our table in the middle of the restaurant, which made us feel like we were right where we were supposed to be.
I have to admit, I’ve gone a little crazy overhauling my wardrobe over the last 6 months. I was heavily pregnant this time last year, so I didn’t really give my wardrobe any love. I usually love going shopping, but at that point in time it would depress me. I’d come across these amazing pieces that I absolutely loved but because of my pregnant state I couldn’t try anything on and I didn’t want to risk buying anything just incase my baby weight decided to hang around for longer than planned. Fast forward five months, baby was born, weight was gone and my wardrobe needed to be filled, so I more than made up for it over spring and summer.
But now autumn is rolling around and it’s come to my attention that I haven’t brought anything other than long cardie’s and stretch pants for the last two winters to accommodate my growing and post baby belly and well, to put it bluntly, I hate it all (warning to the salvo’s, I have a hell of a lot of stock coming your way)! Since I don’t want to go near stretch pants, I feel like I’ve been living in the same 3 pairs of jeans for months – you know, because summer decided to skip Melbourne this year, so I spent all of January in jeans, claps for Mother Nature!
As its name states, you’ll find The Firehouse in a beautifully renovated old firehouse on the insanely busy Maroondah Hwy. As soon as you walk inside, it’s like you’ve walked into another universe, it’s the polar opposite of what’s out on the street – welcoming, quiet and classy.