Sunday, 31 January 2010


My youngest Michael had his 27th Birthday on Saturday and for the first time in his life we never got to see him on his birthday
He has joined the Army Reserve and is away at camp training for 28 days.
Looking forward to seeing him at March Out in a couple of weeks time

Thanks to Michael and his partner Chantelle, Max and I celebrated Michaels birthday with a night away at Morning Star Estate in Mt Eliza
They gave us a night away with accommodation, 3 course dinner and a full breakfast at Morning Star Estate as a thank you for letting them come home to live while their house was being built last year. Such a sweet thing to do
This photo shows the Private Residence there

The gardens are beautiful
Fabulous roses and box hedging

You can see Port Phillip Bay in the background

I wouldn't want to have to do the gardening here - so many roses to keep in shape

To the left is Mornington Golf Course - great views from that course
Click on the link to the golf course to check it out

Such a beautiful and shaded rose covered archway

We spent quite a bit of time wandering through the garden

The restaurant and accommodation is in the background of this photo

These steps lead up to the water feature

This was the beautiful view we had from our breakfast table this morning
We really ejoyed our overnight break away


Antique Rose Designs said...

Hi Alison that place is gorgeous and looks very relaxing. What a great present to you. Good to see that you are better now I know exactly how you felt I was pretty sick with the same thing too. Take care Carol

Jess @ Scrappy n Happy said...

What a lovely looking place. It must have almost been hard to go home again!

Connie said...

God bless your son for wanting to serve in the Army, sugar; he's a hero!! I love military men. He's also a hunk.

I'm sure that night away was wonderful for y'all.


Unknown said...

It looks lovely Alison, what a nice thought, and it wont be long and your son will be home.
I hope you are feeling better now,I think my hubby is starting to come down with it, hopefully not!

LiLi M. said...

Congrats on your son's birthday! Love the roses, our garden is looking very sad now, after the snow :-(

Paint Me White said...

Hi Alison that estate is divine, Oh how I miss the gardens in Victoria. I have relatives on the peninsula and its such a beautiful spot. Glad you had a lovely weekend away and happy birthday to Michael. Sandy x

The Pink Poodle said...

Dear Alison...
wow that place looks awesome...
I think I am in need of a weekend away myself so shall have to mention it to hubby!!

hope you are feeling better after that horrid flu you had...

Im with Connie...Your son looks a bit of a HUNK!!

xx andrea said...

what an absolutely gorgeous place to have a break away at! What a good boy your big boy is! Rachaelxo

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

Amazing gardens Alison - I bet you and Max had a ripper time relaxing there.
Hugs ~ Kerryanne

Gail McCormack said...

Hi Alison

That was so sweet of them to do that for you and Max, it's nice to now you're appreciated.
I've been there for lunch, but didn't get to walk around the gardens, it looks beautiful.

Happy birthday to Michael!
Can you imagine this time 22 or maybe 23? years ago we were nervously standing outside the class room door waiting for our two little prep boys to be let in!!

Gail xo

Susan @ Blackberry Creek said...

Very handsome son you have there, Alison. And your getaway looks wonderful.

Unknown said...

Alison, What a beautiful place!!
Happy belated Birthday to your Son. How you must miss him.
Blessings and take care!
~Mary~ :-}

Cindy@Cutepinkstuff said...

Hope you're feeling better by now. Haven't heard from you in awhile. Stop by when you get a chance to say hi!

Artifax said...

Those rose gardens are just stunning!! Love the look of them being bordered in the box hedges. What a lovely place to tarry a while!

Mélanie said...

Beautiful present , it looks like a fabulous place

Country Wishes said...

What a beautiful place !! And what a sweet thought, after all our kids birthdays are a very special day to us mums and dads too...

Ali said...

Oh how very spoilt. It looks abdolutely dreamy. I bet you had an amazing time their walking through those glorious gardens. What a very thoughtful son you have. Hope you aren't missing him too much. I would be, much love and thanks for your lovely visit, Ali xo