On saturday DH had to do a site inspection in Blackheath. Normally he would get up really early and go by himself and then wake us ladies of the house with coffee(for me) and hotcakes for the little misses, (who had by then taken over his side of the bed and some of mine too!) This site inspection however was different...
When DH told me he needed to go to Blackheath, I could barely contain myself...you see when I was just a young fresh faced 17 year old I was lucky enough to work at the Victory Theatre Cafe on weekends. Now most people wouldnt get so excited about visiting their old workplace, but for me, the VTC and Blackheath itself is a place that gave me some of the best experiences, you know the type that you look back on and can vividly remember the sights, sounds and the tastes (omg, the tastes) and whenever you hear the name or something related to it your mind just automatically goes into nostalgic mode? Well this is one of my special places(you'll find I have a few).
Why is Blackheath so special? well to start, the train ride to Blackheath is a gorgeous one and something that I actually enjoyed about working so far away from home. Secondly and even though I am miss suburbia these days I am a Mountains girl born and bred. Thirdly Blackheath is the first and only time I can remember seeing snow (even though I had lived in the Mountains for 17 years) and for me snow is magic, it makes eveything look cleaner, you have an excuse to stay in and sit in front of a fire and read all day long if you want to and lets not forget the hot chocolate and marshmallows to keep your insides warm and well I just look cuter in a beanie than I do in a bikini :P
One of my other fave experiences is my first taste of the VTC BLT....honestly there is nothing tastier than this BLT. I have tried for the last 11 years to find a decent replacement BLT but none have even come close to being as good...So we went to Blackheath, I didnt see snow but I did get my BLT and even though the staff has changed and quite possibly the management as well, the VTC BLT still tasted exactly the same!
Anyway enough about the food and nostalgia - we did do other things while we were up there :) After lunch we went into the VTC antique store, and let me tell you this place is huge! Word to the wise though, trying to look at antiques is really difficult with two little misses that just want to touch EVERYTHING!! so we didnt stay long there (although dh who would normally scoff at the practice of antiquing has promised that we will go another day soon - sans the princesses)
After that we ducked into a quaint little toy/gift shop to check out if they had any cutesy little pressies would could get miss g for her birthday - they did, but that will come in another post :)
We then headed off to the site inspection which ended up being really close to the little duck reserve and playground area. The girls were in their element here, 3 different playground areas, pretty ducks to look at and lots of feathers or fellas according to miss g to collect. Although it felt bizarre to say 'come on miss g lets go find you a fella'! As they say a picture paints a thousand words so check out the fun we had!
If you are going to Blackheath or even if youre looking for something to do I recommend you check out:
Victory Theatre Cafe
Victory Theatre Antiques
Iris and Mays toy and gift shop