Yesterday, I had the most wonderful day with my sister, Jo-Anne...we discovered a beautiful winery with a gorgeous restaurant overlooking a valley not 20 minutes from home. You could see the city of Melbourne in the distance. We happened upon this place quite by accident, but decided it would be an adventure...and it certainly was. From the delicious meal and lovely wine from the region, to the amazing views and tranquil music that was playing. I can only imagine this place at night - the waiter told us the sunsets are amazing, with the lights of the city twinkling in the distance...we will definitely be returning...maybe take the boys if they are lucky! (Photo above is of Jo-Anne, mum and me at my 40th birthday party).
It has been quite some time since we have done this together...Jo-Anne is intensely private so I don't want to disrespect her here except to say that the past few years we fell out of touch and these times were immensely difficult for me...it was like a death really, because we have always been extremely close - some have said like twins, even though there is 7 years between us. I once had a clairvoyant tell me that the energy she was getting was a twin energy...that we know what the other is thinking, and this has proven true on so many occassions. Often we have gone to call each other on the phone at the exact same moment, or turned up somewhere dressed exactly the same. We always pick up on things that are unsaid...
She is extremely wise and is someone I have always looked up to. And in fact, would have been lost without her when I had my babies...even now, she is very close to my girls and they know they can always go to her for anything. She is Godmother to both of them. I was pregnant with Georgia when she was pregnant with her third child, Brittany, so it was lovely to have our babies together...they have grown up together, and are very, very close friends.
After our delicious lunch, we drove to the nearby cemetary. It is such a beautiful, peaceful space and our sweet baby nephew is buried here. We wandered amongst the gravestones, reading about those who call this their final resting place...not morbid at all, we both felt at peace.
I am so grateful to have my sister in my life...my smile went away for a while there, but it's back now, and sharing a day like we did yesterday was like the best medicine ever...my sister, my forever friend xxx