This place is very close to our house.

Jemma, Jess and I ALL ordered the zucchini, corn and halloumi fritters… and then found out they were not available. Le sigh. So here are our second choices…

Smashed avo for me, which I guess is the reason we still don’t own a house. :P With a poached egg. The avocado mixture was like 50% feta. Yum. Very lemony. Good sourdough as well, and we appreciated them giving us decent knives to cut through it.

Jess had the big breakfast that came with a cheesy croquette and mushrooms and stuff.

Jem had hotcakes with bacon and pecan and ice cream. They were very light and fluffy.

All decent. Disappointing that we didn’t get to try the fritters though. Maybe don’t go on a Monday morning.

Axil Coffee Roasters Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Eau De Vie is a cocktail bar hidden down one of Melbourne’s many alleyways. We actually had a pretty hard time finding the entrance. Typical Melbs, tbh. They serve very creative and unique cocktails.

Sgt Pepper. Vodka with honey, lime, orange and bell pepper jelly. It was super citrusy, perfectly sour but not too sour, with a lingering heat that was spicy but not too spicy. It was also super cold, and came with a dark chocolate dipped candied lemon. I loved it all. Seriously perfect cocktail.

Scott had some house ginger beer. It was very gingery/spicy and not too sweet. Again, very nice.

I also had a Ocean Side #2 but don’t have a non-blurry picture (it was super dark inside!!). It was made from gin, lime, apple, cucumber, white chocolate and fennel, and was okay but not as awesome as the Sgt Pepper. It also came in a very boring tall glass, unlike some of the other drinks we saw being served in shells, beakers, whale figurines, etc etc.

Overall, very cool place. I wish I was rich so I could go there all the time and try everything.

Eau De Vie Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Grated Expectations Cross Stitch is coming along! I sold two patterns last week! I still have a big checklist of things to improve, and many more new pattern ideas to actually design/stitch/list, but I’m pleased with how it’s going so far.

Here’s what is in my shop at the moment.

What’s your favourite Aussie biccie? Australia has so many types of cookies! I decided to document them. My favourites? Kingston, mint slice, and choc ripples.

https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/500979754/aussie-biccies-cross-stitch-digital-pdf

Continuing on in the Aussie food theme… Australian ice creams. L-R: Golden Gaytime (actual slogan: “It’s hard to have a Gaytime on your own!”), Cornetto, Bubble O Bill (he has a gumball nose!), and Magnum.

https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/501130482/aussie-ice-cream-cross-stitch-digital

How fancy? For the fancy person in your life (maybe it’s you!).

https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/523213927/fancy-af-cross-stitch-digital-pdf

Hang this up on the door when you need some recharge time. Extroverts just don’t get it.

https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/509403860/introvert-recharging-cross-stitch

Something different. All your favourite Neko Atsume cats and cat toys on one very cute pair of shoes. Meow.

https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/508515464/neko-atsume-hand-drawn-shoes

Dad mailed me a really cool 3D paper project a few months ago and I finally put it together. It came with about 80 pieces of card that had numbered tabs and scored lines on them. I had to fold the pieces and then glue them together in sequence.

It was very confusing at first.

But then it started to come together and got very addictive. Just one more piece, then I’ll go to bed!! *does 12 more pieces*

It turned out HUGE!! I thought it was going to be about 1/4 the size!! It took me about 4 nights to put it together.

How cool does it look up on the wall! I love it!

Thanks dad! ♥

Natasha takes loans seriously. She came all the way to Australia to pay back the $5 we loaned her on the last day in Mexico. Good thing the interest rate was favourable.

We did A LOT of fun things together. It was great.

We went for a swim and a photo session at Brighton Beach.

Baby’s first snot block. (And by “baby” I mean Natasha! Cripes people ;))

Melbourne has the best alleys. We did a lot of walking.

Top notch Melbs graffiti.

Our favourite work at the National Gallery of Victoria (which is free, by the way).

I tried a macaron from Maccas. It was a confusing experience.

We went to an AFL game at the MCG. The crowd was lively and Collingwood lost so it was a good night.

The view from Arthur’s Seat, on the Mornington Peninsula. You can see the tiny gap in the otherwise enclosed Port Phillip Bay, and the actual ocean in the very back.

Playing on the rocks at Cape Schanck.

At Yering Station in the Yarra Valley. That was a very cheese, chocolate, wine and cider filled day. Thank you Scott for driving us around.

All that was in the first week! The second week I kinda had to get back to my normal routines, and Natasha explored on her own. And then she found a ride to Adelaide and continued on her lap around Australia. I hope she comes back to visit again, or we are able to meet up with her somewhere!