Given that both Friday and Monday of Easter weekend are public holidays, most people take advantage and hop on out of town (no pun intended). We had plans to do the same, but unfortunately “having plans” and actually making plans are two separate things. It worked out though because with all of the traveling and entertaining we had been doing in the past couple of weeks, a quiet weekend at home actually sounded much more appealing.
Good Friday was spent pretty lazily. When we finally got out of the house to look for a place to eat lunch, we realized that EVERYTHING was closed. Being that Australia is not a very religious country we were surprised to see that everything had pretty much shut down for the day and/or long weekend. Even the grocery store was closed. After over an hour of driving around we finally found a spot. The rest of the day we laid around and went to see a movie. Per usual, we were the only people in the theater. I will never understand what the deal is with Australians and the movie theaters. Is this normal or is it just our neighborhood?
But don’t worry I did make Travis take this adorable picture. Making people put their face through a cardboard cutout does not get old for me.
Saturday we decided to take advantage of being in town and explore our neck of the woods. We had been wanting to do this hike in nearby Mt. Tamborine (about an hour away) so we headed out there after breakfast.
We had absolutely no idea that there was MUCH more to do in Mt. Tamborine than just hike. There were cute little shops, nice restaurants, wineries galore and TONS of different activities. We went hiking, ate lunch and did some wine tasting. I will write more on Mt. Tamborine later and hopefully we will be making a trip back there soon.
Easter Sunday we got up extra early to go to church. We ran into one of Trav’s co-workers and his family that are all from my family’s hometown so we had our own little Texas aisle. Afterwards we hit up the farmer’s market to get lunch and some produce for the week. It was funny how everything was closed on Friday but then Easter Sunday it was business as usual. We spent the afternoon laying by the pool and cooking up an Easter feast for the two of us. It was definitely the first year Easter dinner was prepared in board shorts.
Our meal included this Jamie Oliver recipe for slow cooked lamb and mint sauce (delicious!), Trav’s mom’s recipe for cheesy potato squares, caramelized brussels sprouts and bacon, grilled halloumi and the Aussie staple of Hot Cross Buns (bought at the market).
And a bottle of wine from the winery we went to Saturday. Because Easter is about Jesus, and Jesus turned water into wine. It just makes sense.
Our verdict on the hot cross buns… chocolate is the best! So next year we will just be purchasing chocolate because raisins are gross and I am five.
Now back to real life- at least for Travis. I am now on school holidays for two weeks which is kind of a joke because I haven’t even worked two weeks consistently. Hopefully I will use my free time to get caught up on blog posts and Teachers Pay Teachers projects. Hopefully.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend full of kids in cute outfits with bunny ears on their head (my favorite) and lots of chocolate.