Some weekends seem to disappear right before your eyes and you barely have enough time to finish half of the things you wanted to do. But then there are a handful of weekends so full of wonderful moments you’re left wondering how all of that happened in the space of just 48 hours!
The weekend just gone was one of those magical weekends and I am left feeling very lucky. My husband and I had a rare Saturday off together and got up early to see the Canberra Balloon Spectacular and then have breakfast at one of my favourite cafes, The Cupping Room.
The Balloon Spectacular is one of the most beautiful events I have ever been to and involves bunches of hot air balloons taking off together in majestic style from the lawns of Old Parliament House and drifting every which way over the city. Crowds of people gather together each morning of the nine-day festival to see the balloons inflate and then fly off.
It is a magical experience to witness and a fun challenge to try and photograph. We were lucky enough to get a sensational sunrise that threw all sorts of golden hues over the lake and the balloons, which made for some extremely photogenic moments.
One of the best was seeing some of the hot air balloons try and get as close to the lake as possible. One balloon hovered on the water for a few minutes attracting kayakers, paddle boarders and rowers, as well as the attention of plenty of keen photographers.
After dragging my poor husband out of bed early on a Saturday I decided to treat him to breakfast (and lots of coffee) at The Cupping Room. It was his first time at the popular cafe and the way he devoured his breakfast makes me feel certain it won’t be his last. Over breakfast he suggested we grab some takeaway coffees and visit our wedding florist for some flowers to brighten the home (swoon) so we stopped by Flowers from the Garden to ease my floral addiction.
That afternoon we played tour guide for my visiting in-laws and took them for a lovely dinner on the buzzing Kingston Foreshore before staking out a good vantage point for the annual fireworks display that is Skyfire.
The next morning we treated our guests to brunch in Braddon at Elk & Pea with a side of mimosas, before exploring Lonsdale Street a little. We spent the rest of the day talking, laughing and making plans for Easter before they left for home. I guess that means there are only a few more weeks to go until another magical weekend…