Hello lovelies! I hope your week is going well so far. I’m currently in the middle of a big working week, and I’m finding myself wishing it was still the weekend!
It was our anniversary this Saturday just passed… 5 years, can you believe it?! Half a decade, and I haven’t killed him… yet. (There’s still time though, right?). We didn’t want to do anything big for it, we’re cracking down on our budget at the moment with the holiday period fast approaching, so we decided to just spend the weekend down the South Coast to celebrate. I love the South Coast, and I managed to find a really reasonably priced place in Culburra Beach called Bindaree. The link is HERE
if you’d like to check it out! The place is pet friendly too, which was great for us as we wanted to bring Severus.
On Friday, I had a bit of work I needed to get through before we could go, so I headed into the office and worked until up about midday. Jared picked me up afterwards and to got ready. We’d actually been out the night before catching up with my cousin who flew in for a visit from the U.S. We hadn’t seen him in years, so there was plenty of wine and catching up that night. Because of that, we’d only had a few hours sleep so we were both exhausted. I let Jared have a nap while I packed for us. He was going to be doing the driving for the 2.5 hour trip so I wanted him to be well rested for it.
We were finally off mid afternoon, and only needed to stop twice. Once to get some snacks and food from Aldi for the trip, and another in Wollongong to have something to eat. I got some roast chicken and chips from Red Rooster. It was a terrible decision but I was tired, slightly hungover and craving chips. I only got through about half of it as it was so salty. Lesson learned!
Also, a few people have asked me how Severus handles car trips, and he’s actually quite good! We have had him in the car quite a few times now since we’ve had him, and he handles it well. He usually fidgets for the first 15 minutes or so, then he adjusts after a while and more often than not falls asleep for the rest of the journey. We also make sure we stop every hour and we let him crawl around the car, give him a chance to use his kitty litter kennel if he needs it and have a break from the motion of the car moving. Every cat is different though, some hate it and others don’t mind it. I think the fact that we got him used to it at a young age (his first trip home with us was a 1.5 hour drive!) helped him adjust easier to it.
We finally got to the place at about 6:30 or so. It was really cute, and we both loved it! From the outside, it looked like a simple fibro beach house. It was painted black on the outside and had nothing but a lifebuoy hanging on the wall. But inside it was really cozy and beautifully decorated with wicker furniture and macrame hangings and had a real retro beach vibe. It was really nice to walk into!
I put some frozen lasagna and veggie pizza in the oven (both from Aldi and one of our favourite trashy treat meals) and we relaxed on the couch while it was in the oven. It was nice to have to worry about cooking and just enjoy our trashy frozen meals!
We were both still so tired and we retired to bed quite early. The bedroom looked so cozy and inviting, the bed was filled with cushions and the lamp gave a nice soft light. It felt like heaven after such a long week!
Because Saturday was our actual anniversary, we were up nice and early to make the most of it. I was so happy to see that we were blessed with beautiful weather as well, the sunlight was pouring through the kitchen window and it was such a nice sight to wake up to!
I absolutely loved the Moroccan tiles in the kitchen too, how great would it be to cook in a kitchen like this?
For breakfast, I cooked up some eggs, onion, mushrooms and spinach that we brought from home and reheated the last of the lasagna from the night (because why not, right?). We ate our breakfast on the back deck and enjoyed the view and the sunshine.
After breakfast, we got ready for the day. We drove 5 minutes into town and walked around in search of coffee. We found some at Ritual Habitual, which was a renovated caravan surrounded by up cycled wooden crates used as tables and stools. It was really cute, and their coffee was pretty good too. I had an almond milk latte and it was delicious!
We went down to Culburra Beach after that and spent some time soaking up the sunshine and salty air.
After we had our fun at the beach, we made our way back home and spent the rest of the day relaxing. We raided the cupboards for kids games and played our way through Guess Who, UNO and Zingo, we drank wine and coffee, munched on snacks, laid about and I even managed to sneak out at one point to read Little Paris Kitchen in the afternoon sun on the deck.
Oh and I almost forgot to tell you – Severus made a friend! There was a pug that kept coming to our back and front door (we didn’t have fences) that belonged to someone in the street. She was really friendly and just wanted to play. Severus did not like her at all to begin with. He’d sit and hiss at her until she left. But she was persistent and patient and eventually Severus warmed up to her and stopped hissing, and actually started to sit by the door and wait for her to come back.
The sunset that afternoon was beautiful on the deck. The backyard is huge which I think would be great for kids and pets. It does lead to water though and has no fencing, so it’s probably best to be careful if you’ve got kiddies running around!
To top off our day, Jared cooked us up a delicious anniversary dinner. He grilled some grass fed eye fillets, and made a summery stir fry with fresh pineapple, capsicum, onion and mushroom. It was delicious enjoyed with glasses of red!
The next morning we went into town nice and early and snuck in a breakfast date before we had to pack and head home. We went to Seasalt and marvelled at the size and price of our coffees. We’re so used to Sydney’s $4 small coffees, and laughed at our giant mugs of coffee for the same price.
I had a long black with a bit of milk on the side – such a cute little jar it came in too! I ordered poached eggs with thick cut toast, with a side of chorizo and haloumi. So delicious and so filling!
After breakfast we came back home and packed up and got ready to leave. I have to say, it was pretty hard saying goodbye to this view.
It’s a place I’d definitely like to come back to one day! I’d be back there again this weekend if I could!