After all the activity of the last 3 weeks, a relaxing weekend was what we needed. Plus I was beginning to feel very run down; stressed about work, mouthful of ulcers, headachey and sore throat. We'd booked 3 nights at a B&B called Balconies in Daylesford which is a bout a 90 minute drive North of Melbourne and it's renowned for being a spa town.
The B&B was gorgeous run by a British couple. Our room had a huge bed with crisp white linen, DVD player and big TV, mini bar with complimentary chocolates and bubbly and there was also a pool and jacuzzi on site.
We arrived in the afternoon of the Friday and decided to do nothing except catch up on sleep and rest before dinner at the two hatted Lake House. Saturday we went for a walk around the lake, picked up the car we'd left behind at the restaurant and explored the town before settling down for the afternoon in a local bar / cafe / bistro called Breakfast and Beer.
Daylesford is a cute market town that is by a lake. People say it is like England and I guess it is similar to a small town in the Lake District. The weather had cooled down and it felt autumnal although the skies were blue. We received a few comments from friendly shopkeepers and locals regarding our attire as Steve is still in his shorts and flip flops and I am going out without a coat or jacket. Temperatures are around 20, a few degrees less in the morning and at night but we're certainly no cold yet the Australians we see are all in coats, hats and scarves!
There are also some good restaurants in the town and although we'd booked the Lake House in advance, we were very lucky to get into the other ones as the town's population tripled during this long weekend.
Sunday was not much more strenuous as we started off with a spa session in the morning; 4 hours of massage and scrub and facial and the rest of the day was spent doing very little. I think we watched a DVD or maybe we napped some more...
We had planned to go to Ballarat and the gold mining museum (like Beamish) on the Monday but after another great Balconies breakfast, Steve suggested we head home as he wanted to watch the ANZAC Day football game and we'd become so used to doing nothing that a day out would have just been too exertig for us!
So this Easter break, we pretty much ate and slept but it was very restoring for us and we now feel re energised. Well I still have a sore throat that is turning into a cough but we no longer feel physically tired.