Long weekend + a quarter century birthday celebration

So last weekend was the Queen’s birthday long weekend. It was also the weekend I finished my time in the gorgeous town of Castlemaine. It was also the weekend I went to the Mornington Peninsula for a relaxing yet adventurous weekend away. It was also the weekend I celebrated my 25th birthday.

It was an eventful weekend to say the least.

The weekend started off with a big bowl of Goodness Superfoods Traditional Barley + Oats Porridge topped with cinnamon, brown sugar, walnuts and sultanas.

Next was to leave the city (thanks to the boy for his solid organisation skills). We hit up the peninsula for a lovely soak at the Peninsula Hot Springs. The sun was shining and the air wasn’t too chilly so it was a perfect day to absorb the views (and minerals).

Following our soak, we went to A Mini Kitchen in Rye for afternoon tea. I heard about this cafe from close friend Mardi – whenever I visit the peninsula I make sure to sit down for a tea and piece of cake at this dreamy cafe.

Hummingbird cake with an English Breakfast tea. And off to the side we have the pecan cinnamon sticky bun that luckily was shared.

Then it was off to check into our Bed & Breakfast – highly recommend Harmony B&B in Fingal for gorgeous views, a warm and comfy stay, a super comfortable bed and one of the cutest scruffy dogs to greet you. Our evening was spent walking, checking out Cape Schanck and enjoying dinner at the local Thai restaurant.

An apple a day keeps the Dr away (at Cape Schanck Lighthouse)

Day 2 on our weekend away was a little more adventurous than Day 1. Tree surfing was fun, scary, and a hell of an upper body workout. Enchanted Adventure Garden kept us busy for a few hours (tree surfing, zip lines, tubing, and finding our way through the hedge maze!). I definitely felt like a kid again – although it seemed my fear levels were higher than all the kids around us.

Cool wall art in Rye

Cool wall art in Rye

By Sunday evening we were back in Melbourne and ready for the Queen’s birthday public holiday celebrations.

Which leads me to my Quarter of a Century Queen’s Birthday Brunch…..

Set brunch menu for my birthday brunch thanks to the amazing folks at The Left-Handed Chef

Set brunch menu to celebrate my birthday thanks to the amazing folks at The Left-Handed Chef

Picture this: A warm and cozy cafe in South Melbourne with friends and French Toast. It was exactly how I wanted to celebrate my birthday. Selfie sticks were encouraged and a hashtag was formed with only the few eager instagrammers making proper use of it.

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What happens when you order French Toast with the sauce on the side!

What happens when you order French Toast with the sauce on the side!

Some of the boys enjoying a lunch option - pulled pork tacos

Some of the boys enjoying a lunch option – pulled pork tacos

Monday night saw more food – Vietnamese with my family.

I still remember my 7th birthday when my mum stuck 7 x $1 coins to a card in the shape of a number 7. Now at 25 I'm feeling slightly richer.

I still remember my 7th birthday when my mum stuck 7 x $1 coins to a card in the shape of a number 7. Now at 25 I’m feeling slightly richer.

On Tuesday 9th of June 2015 I woke up a 25 year old and just as excited with life as when I woke up on my 7th birthday in 1997 at 6am to no alarm (you see, 7 was my favourite number growing up and I got a Barbie magazine subscription that came with a fold-out Spice Girls poster in it!).

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Young Jenna. 20 years later hats still don’t suit my head.

But yes, in 2015 I also woke up excited with life. Again I woke up at 6am (although this time to an alarm). But this birthday I was excited for other reasons. This birthday was my first day in a new job at a Melbourne-based hospital – a job that I have been hoping to land for a while now. I’m currently feeling pretty lucky. I am also pretty lucky to be surrounded by absolutely amazing people. So thanks to anyone who is reading this who has contributed to my life in some way 🙂

It’s taken a quarter of a century, but I am now exactly where I want to be.

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– Jenna

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