I was completely spoiled yesterday. First, by Flynn who conveniently organised his morning feed to coincide with the most amazing Sunrise viewed from the comfort of my bed.
And then by the outpouring of love from the other 4 Kidlets as they climbed into bed for cuddles and to shower me with their handmade cards and gifts for Mother's Day.
I must have been a bit sadder than I thought about losing "Rose", one of my Indian Runner Ducks in the nasty events I wrote about in my last Post...
Because when I saw this wooden Indian Runner Duck I simply had to have her, as a gift to myself for Mother's Day. Isn't she sweet?
Remy has taken a fancy to her too. Or maybe his fetish for all things wooden is about to start up again.
Either way, I think "Rose" will be safer up on the mantle.
I was further spoiled because we had our dear friends from Sydney staying with us over the weekend. It was absolutely wonderful spending time with them again after almost 18 months. Their boys are the same age as our Kids and went to School together so they had the best weekend spending time with their old mates, picking up where they left off, just as us adults did.
We decided to spend Mother's Day in Richmond. The golden colours of Autumn put on spectacular display as we strolled along the river.
This is me and my lovely friend Alison.
And these are our offspring, minus baby Flynn who has not yet started to rock-climb.
The Kids enjoyed feeding the ducks, with one little boy unable to wait any longer for lunch so started feasting on stale duck bread.
It's tricky finding a nice spot to relax with 8 children but halfway between our home and Richmond, Puddleduck Vineyard ticks all of the boxes.
They have a "Reverse BYO" policy where you bring your own food but they supply the wine. They have a dedicated area specifically for Kids complete with toys and beanbags.
Our cheese platter was meticulously shared between 7 kids and 4 adults making it more of a Tasting Plate but it was delicious all the same.
As far as weekends go, this one was pure gold.