southern highlands getaway

Me and my 36-week pregnant belly in Bowral -
and, yes, it's the same dress as on the cover of the latest real living!

Beautiful old buildings in Bowral.

D checking out some wares at Barbara's Storehouse in Bowral,
where I found lots of great buys.

And even more enticing buys at Three Wise Monkeys in Bowral.

Love the lamp on the far left - gorgeous and colourful for a nursery.

Elephant Boy cafe where we ate both days.

The Berkelouw Book Barn near Berrima.

Autumn in full swing.

Inside the book barn - heaven!!!

The garden wing at the Peppers Manor House in the
Southern Highlands, where we stayed.

I'm not very good at relaxing. But this weekend was a type of self-imposed relaxation session. When in Sydney my calendar overflows with work functions and social events - always trying to catch up with friends and family. But when I occasionally block a weekend out from functions, I inevitably end up doing lots of chores in the flat. So this weekend was a time to forget about all that racing around and go stay in the country. Of course, I wasn't going to just stay in the hotel room - as spacious and comfy as it was - not when there were so many great shops and cafes to visit. My favourites: Elephant Boy Cafe in Bowral; Three Wise Monkeys homewares store in Bowral; and the Mittagong markets, where I picked up farm-fresh apples and honey.

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