The weekend before last was spent with a special girlfriend of mine – call ourselves Thelma & Louise – just for one weekend away from the usual hum-drum!
Gosh it was good not having to plan a meal – we ate what we wanted - whenever we wanted.
In the evenings we stayed in the cabin we rented and ate take-out pizza while sitting in bed with the electric blankets on, drinking wine and watching the Olympics. We flicked through craft magazines and inspired each other with all the projects we plan to make or design in the future… and did I mention there was chocolate?
We rented budget accommodation (so we had more spending money) but it was so nice and clean. The only ‘luxury’ we went without was our very own bathroom. We’d make a mad dash for it to the toilet block at night and I can tell you – it was FREEZING!!! But it all added to the fun of doing something different… and the electric blankets more than made up for the brief arctic-like chills.
Check it out – Castlemaine even grows trees straight out of Dr Seuss story books!!!
See the resemblance?? I digress… now where was I? Oh yes – weekend away…
Narelle (aka Thelma) and I left Castlemaine for the day to travel through to Maryborough, just an hour up the road. The landscape was different to our Eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Very flat and sparse. The buildings were quaint, mainly Victorian cottages… single storey with picket fences and tin roofs. We stopped at a gorgeous little charity shop in Carisbrook – the lady volunteering there was so old and so very sweet! I picked up a flannelette nightdress – my subliminal mind was telling me to keep warm! It was colder in the shop than it was outside!!
The houses were sparse in Carisbrook and set back from the road. There was this gorgeous little church set in the centre of the community. I love this next photo!
I love how this church looks like its been taken straight out of the English countryside and yet it is neighboured by a palm tree, corrugated fences and some kind of wind turbine “thingy”. I just love the shape of that thingy-thing!!
Maryborough train station was built in 1890 and its glorious solid architecture is such a wonderful striking feature in the otherwise flat landscape.
This lovely old porcelain lady was in the foyer to meet us… she wasn’t much of a talker!
The stained glass windows were beautiful both inside:
… and out…
There is an antique store inside the station as well as a gorgeous restaurant serving yummy food… like the scones I showed you in one of my first photos.
I’m building to something here… the whole purpose in choosing Castlemaine and Maryborough as a weekend destination to visit was because of THIS place…
Just WAIT until you see what’s inside this glorious old building!!! Lots of photos – so I won’t leave it too long until the next post to show you! And then of course there’s the Artists market and the Farmers market…
Till then – catch you round like a sweet potato!
Hugs! Vikki xo