Yesterday morning was one of the most difficult mornings I’ve ever had to deal with. I mean, I thought that last year’s post-Santorini holiday blues were bad. The endless blue skies and warm weather… but now, add to the endless blue skies and warm weather the most adorable, cuddly, chubby baby ever and you’ll see why I found it so hard to drag myself away and back to the 9-to-5 humdrum of life.

Sure I’m a city girl and I’d never live in a sleepy town like Townsville, but for a wind-down vacation, there is seriously nothing better than taking a stroll along the wide, sandy beaches (practically a private beach!)…

… and then napping on a wide verandah, cocooned in a hammock…

… or napping on the big cushy outdoor couch (with the dog).

This is the life.

(and doesn’t Panu just take the most flattering photos of me??)

And then there’s the baby. My precious, precious 5 month old niece, Jasmine. This was the first time I met her and you’d better believe that I didn’t sleep in at all the whole time I was there because I wanted to be up when she was up so I could max out my baby-time πŸ˜‰

Food-wise, we didn’t eat out all that much in the ‘Ville. I mean, come on, my parents were there! They cooked up a storm (steam boats, lamb curries, the works) and I ate up a storm and this week I’m on a self-imposed rabbit food diet and feeling rather sad.

The couple of times we did eat out, we ate in the style of typical Townsville. Once, we had lunch at Jamaica Joe’s, a restaurant overlooking the beach…

crispy battered soft shelled crab with rice & red curry sauce

chicken caesar salad

beer battered barramundi with fries & coleslaw

prawn salad with mango salsa

Jamaican style prawn skewers with spicy honey glaze

… and another time, I had a fresh barramundi fillet sandwich from a classy joint, Keg’s Fish Bar πŸ˜‰

Tasted awesome though!

And now I’m back in Sydney, which is marginally less painful because I’m still excited to come back to our new apartment. Which reminds me, I need to take some pics of this “blogger crib”. I will get around to it one day!

Jamaica Joe’s
Gregory Street Headland,Β The Strand
Towsville, QLD, 4810
(07) 4724 1234

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Keg’s Fish BarΒ 
Eyre Street
North Ward, QLD, 4810
(07) 4771 2554

14 Thoughts on “back from sunny Townsville (and loads of baby cuddling)

  1. Oh, the love of an Aunt – I’m totally feeling you!! Hope you’re not too glum as the week progresses and keep your eye on the prize – Christmas!! xo

  2. I know how in love you must feel Cat, I fell in love with Emma when I first met her and could not possibly wonder how I could love my own baby this much! It’s amazing isn’t it? And with your sleeping photos, at least your mouth isn’t wide open with drool down your chin πŸ˜‰

  3. Oh man! I have the worst baby fewer and your photos ain’t helping! Looks like a VERY relaxing holiday though! πŸ˜‰ Glad to have you back in town xx

  4. Mel C: yeah I’m all right πŸ™‚ the week is getting better already except for this damn rabbit food diet I’ve put myself on!!

    Di: Ahhhh and Celz would feel the same way about Josh! They are too cute as well… a little bit clucky over here hehehe..

    Maria: I know! Baby fever!! They’re coming in December, maybe you can meet her!

  5. What a lil cutie! And that pic of you in the hammock is brilliant! πŸ˜€

  6. Adorable baby!!!! And you look like an angel when you sleep.
    Those honey/prawn skewers and that sandwich has me hungry, girl.
    I know what you mean by living in a sleepy little town,..(like where I live). Cities are nice when you’re in the mood for night lights and shows and restaurants. I love the city lights!

  7. cutest babies ever! The beach looks stunning.. could die for a holiday like yours right now (I’m reading this post while I’m at work). Soft shell crab is my all time favourite, looks so nice! Drools.

  8. OOOOH your niece is TOO cute!

    And omg the views in Townsville are amazing! I would have napped a lot in that type of weather too. πŸ˜‰

  9. Looks like you had a very relaxing time πŸ™‚ lol at you sleeping everywhere. Thats totally me! Stud tells me I could fall asleep standing up. I do love a good nanna nap πŸ™‚

  10. Lorraine: isn’t she just?? And yeah the hammock was awesome πŸ˜€

    Linda: Angel? Hahahaha um no. Usually I would have my mouth open and drooling too!

    Paula: I love soft shelled crab too. My brother actually ordered that (I had the prawn skewers) and I had food envy big time!

    Su-yin: I napped every day. I would have liked to have napped more but was trying to max out baby time hehe πŸ™‚

    Nic: I know, I can sleep any where.. among my repertoire are.. falling asleep in the shower (no kidding) and um, on the drive way lol.

  11. Oh that looks like such an awesome holiday! And the baby is cute!!

  12. Julia Ooi on September 29, 2011 at 9:41 pm said:

    Jasmine is gorgeous!!!

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