On Friday night Ian and I went to a team dinner. The dinner was amazing. Best steak I have had in years and the chef made sure to make a gluten-free dinner, dessert and appetizer for me. It was lovely night but we didn't get home until 2:30 am. Plus we had WAY too much to drink -- cocktails, wine with dinner, 2 rounds of shots, and a glass of celebratory champagne so we were feeling pretty bleary when the 7 am rooster known as Nik got us up on Saturday morning. Normally we would have camped out on the couch with a pot of coffee after so much debauchery... but we had to be at an office event at Collingwood Children's Farm at 10 am... so we dragged out butts out the door.
Similar to Muscoot Farm, Collingwood is a historic, working farm which aims to expose children to farm life and animals. Collingwood, like Muscoot, has a young farmer's program that, unfortunately, has a several year wait list.
The boys got to milk a cow:
Ride a horse:
And go on a hay ride:
It was wonderful. There was party food for the kids, sandwiches and wine for the grownups, and a beautiful day of farm fun just minutes from the city.
Afterwards we ran some errands and I got a third, much-needed cup of coffee. In Melbourne baristas pride themselves on the beauty of their presentation... so each cappuccino looks almost too pretty to drink. Almost.
Today the boys are at the Aquarium and I am running loads of laundry, cleaning the house, planning Thanksgiving, and running errands. My first day off in about 2 months and it feels great.