As much as I adore Melbourne, sometimes you just need to get out of the city, y'know? When I saw that the temperature would be soaring past 36 degrees on Saturday, I jumped at the chance to have a road trip with some friends (and take full advantage of their pool). And since we'd be going to a place I spent most of my school life, I thought it would be interesting to see how things had changed.
It's always a bit strange going back to a town you've grown up in. Things don't really look all that different on the surface, but a new shop here or there makes the image of your childhood not quite fit in with what you remembered. Nostalgia washes over you every time you see a familiar sight, not to mention the painful feeling in your chest when you see the house you grew up in occupied by strangers.
I found it much more comforting to spend my time enjoying the pool and beautiful garden at my friends house. It was so nice to spend the afternoon lazily chatting in the pool with a beer in hand, occasionally getting out to feed the three goats that keep the nearby paddocks grass from getting out of hand.
As the sun set we gathered eggs from the chicken coup, and would later have them for breakfast. For dinner we ordered a couple of pizzas, had more beers and walked around the garden until the mosquitos forced us inside.