Family trips are–well, I won’t say easier, but definitely more flexible–to organise when you work for yourself. There’s always the stress of the possibilities of what could go wrong with our other baby (the cafe) while we’re away, but if you’ve got a great team behind you (which we do), then those worries are minimised for you.
This family trip, we decided to stay a little bit closer to home simply because we didn’t really want to do a long drive with Noah now apt to get out of his car seat when he’s bored, and since we were also bringing our dogs along…well, you can imagine what a long drive would have been like.
It was also a chance to prolong the cold season a little more. Unlike my sun-loving hubby, I love the cold weather and would rather be rugged up with the cold wind lightly tapping on my cheeks, than to have the hot sun prickling at my skin. I thoroughly enjoyed the crisp, cool air of the mountains during our day trips outside, and staying warm by the fireplace while listening to the howling of the wind at night, cold rain lashing at the windows of our rental cottage.
My favourite spot definitely had to be the Chocolate Company in Katoomba. With it’s cute little cottage-like appearance on the outside, you certainly wouldn’t be able to tell that it was some kind of shop had it not been for the little sign outside (which we almost missed on the drive!)
Here, I managed to grab some lovely looking spreads (blackberry Jam & Hazelnut Honey) to try out at home–plus a couple of packets of on-premises made chocolate bark. Yum!
And this pretty much summed up our entire trip–food and sightseeing, all crammed in just a couple of days.
One of the best coffees I had during our trip–and with soy, too, which I usually don’t have.
The Gingerbread House turned out to be a converted church (LOVE!) with a whole Christmas theme happening inside, complete with a large Christmas tree at the front centre of the room, large armchairs and a whole heap of gingerbread men for sale. We gorged on scones, brownies and hot chocolate until our stomachs could take no more.
My mum and dad with Noah during our trek through Echo Point
It was a wonderful, relaxing time away and, while it’s always sad to say goodbye to these wonderful rental places we occupy during our stay, I was thoroughly happy to skip the long drive home and just be able to get back to my own bed and my own surroundings in a little over an hour.