Friday, July 8, 2016

Valley Girl

I hope you've had a good week.  It's been pretty cold and it can get depressing when it's the absolute depths of winter as we are in now.  I am determined to one day spend my birthday in the northern hemisphere and enjoy the summer!  Speaking of which, the boys took me out on the road to Healesville on Monday - one of my favourite places in the Yarra Valley, even in the winter.
Mr Rosanna had booked lunch for all of us in the beautiful dining room at the Healesville Hotel where we've had a number of anniversary celebrations, but never with the kids!  Given it was probably the first time they've been somewhere a bit more 'fine dining' they were pretty good and I'm glad they've reached an age where we can take them out with us, as much as it changes the dynamic.
We went a different route to Healesville this time around taking the Old Healesville Road past the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery and the very modern and stylish Denton View Hill vineyard right on the top of the hill, which would have magnificent views.  We were running late for lunch so had to go straight to the hotel where I enjoyed a pretty sensational meal, the slow cooked lamb, at the hotel itself with a table near the open fire place.  I really loved all the greenery in vases on display all around the dining room and even in the toilets!
Gallery image via Habitat 1
After lunch, we caught up with my Uncle Peter who is currently living in Healesville near the TarraWarra Museum of Art.  He has worked for hospitality group Innocent Bystander/Giant Steps since he's been there but has recently moved on to co-working space Habitat 1 with the cool looking Herd Bar downstairs, which can be hired out for functions.
Jessica Velaquez from Canvas + Co
It's been a busy week in that I also had my talk on Tuesday night with Jessica Velasquez from Canvas + Co, which went really well, given the awful weather and the fact that we'd been concerned we didn't have enough content.  The workshop was really interactive with people asking questions as we spoke so the time passed really quickly.  Both Jessica and I were really happy with how it went (thanks go to Caitlin Armstrong at Banyule Arts & Culture for asking us) and we may continue to collaborate in the future.  It was also great to see the many works up on show for the current Banyule Art Salon exhibition.  Thank you to those of you who came - it was great to meet you and you will be finding out about some of the audience on this very blog in the not too distant future.  Have a great weekend!

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