December is usually hectic in this house so we set aside time in January to spend a longer visit & catch up with any family that happens to be around. We have done this for years & years. When the children were younger all of us arriving en mass became a little overwhelming as my parents aged & as children do mine competed for their grandparent's attention so as they grew older we allotted them each one of the holiday breaks so they got one on one time with mum & dad. The exception, naturally, was Cait. She always came with me. Nothing has changed.
Mum lives within driving distance of one of the most supremely beautiful places in Australia & over the years we have done most of the bush walks, visited most of the beaches, & enjoyed the touristy delights of Montville & Maleny. This time mum suggested we try a restaurant that had been recommended to her: Secrets on the Lake.
Baldwin Street in N.Z! but it is certainly a breath gasping experience.
Before we even got in the door we were impressed.
Lindsay Muir is one of the featured artists. Beautiful work.
We were seated beside the water feature. Mum and I are still considering ways & means to pack this up, lug it home & install it in the house!
Mum & I opted for a pumpkin frittata while Cait had a green Thai chicken curry.
Then to cap it off one of the owners arrived with a basket of roses & presented every female with a pristine rose. It was a wonderful gesture & the roses were the old fashioned sort with both thorns & scent.