The demands of running a small inner city gallery in Melbourne well exceeded my expectations but it’s a workload I’ve slowly grown accustomed to. Like anything, you learn to work smarter and start to build professional relationships with a great community of local businesses.
The Australian wine industry has gone from strength to strength and the number of quality wine makers within a stones throw of Melbourne is ever growing. Many of these wineries are on beautiful estates and boast excellent food and of course, wine. A day out in the Yarra Valley or Mornington Peninsula is a great way to spend your time and there are plenty of great operators to help you make the most of your time.
I recently hosted my daughter’s engagement at my home in Camberwell and it was my first time planning an event on a larger scale in such a small time frame. They had their engagement party only two weeks after her fiancé proposed which gave me little time to plan and fewer options to choose from, for the evening.
I have been blessed with a delicate constitution and more dietary considerations than even I care to hear about. Apart from being a real pain to deal with, I find eating the right things ends up being super expensive as well. Sure, there are cheaper alternatives for just about everything I like but you can often taste the inferiority and I’m still an Aussie bloke, enjoying my food is important.
Even in our little B&B we know we can’t afford to serve guests an average coffee. We are very much of the opinion that the little things make the experience. We think long and hard about all these little decisions that we make, like the food and drink we serve, the toiletries we supply and all the rest. You may not always realise the care that has gone into every decision, but every once in a while you do recognize it and it’s always there, just beneath the surface.