A day in the valley

May 20, 2013


This glorious sunday my husband and I ventured off to the Swan Valley here in WA. A wine region only 30 min away and full of natural beauty…and wine…and chocolate! What’s not to love hey ;) We set off with no plan, driving with the idea of enjoying a slow brunch and letting the day naturally unfold.

First we stumbled upon a brewery we’d heard about before. We sat down for brunch. It was a tad cold, and uncomfortable. The waitress was not unfriendly, just straight to the point. No breakfast food, only lunch. We were so in the mood for breakfast but thought ok we’ll be flexible. It’s all good. We were just happy to be out and have a much needed break. I tried to order chai. No chai. I ordered some english breakfast tea. No soy. They just don’t do it. I stopped for one moment, totally ok with what they had to offer and where I was. I took a deep breath before I went on to order something else…and just before I spoke, the waitress turned to us and said, if you want brunch food and chai, there is a gorgeous local cafe only 2 minutes from here with a garden and the best vego food ever! It didn’t even take a moment before we were up and driving there, grateful to this woman for sharing and her honesty. And seriously WOW. It didn’t look like much from the outside, but this cafe was the BOMB! We entered into this garden of eden, greeted by the kindest wait staff, served the most spectacular healthy fresh natural food, with every option you could ask for….even almond milk, raw cakes and real chai! I was soooo beyond happy. As we sat and enjoyed our brunch we couldn’t have even envisioned it would be this good. Just then as our smiles were beaming and the sun was filtering through the red autumn leaves, a guitarist started playing some soft soulful tunes and humming in the most beautiful serene way. Induced into a meditative state we enjoyed one of our longest and best brunches ever. One that will definitely go down in history for us. Everything was so magical about this place, truly out of this world. And I think it was just perfect to experience the first place in order to truly appreicate the unique and special qualities of the second. And to really honour what suits us. We would never have found this slice of heaven if it weren’t for stopping at the brewery. Total gratitude for it all.

After brunch we mosied on to Sandalford winery, tasted mouth watering wines and snapped pics as we frolicked in the vines and autumn leaves. Such a glorious autumn day full of sunshine and vibrant colour. Before we knew it 5 hours had passed and it was time to head home and relieve the babysitter. We seriously must have been at brunch for well over 3 hours! It was just the most relaxing, timeless respite us busy parents needed to recharge.

Much love and gratitude,

Helen xx

Outfit Details

Wild and Free Dress ~ All that Remains from Gypsy Stone Email either to go on the wait list or preorder this dress

Faux fur go scarf (natural beige) ~ Unreal Fur

Little Hippie Hat (Beige) ~ Fallen Broken Street from Unplugged Byron Bay 

Mabel fringe bag ~ Witchery (from last season)

Boots ~ La Herlen from Hobbs 

Rings ~ Luv AJ from The Trend Boutique, Cleopatra’s Bling Quartz Cluster ring, Half turn Open ring from The 2 Bandits 


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