The warmth of feeling welcome. There is nothing quite like it. Approximately half an hour inland from Maroochydore on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, sits a quaint lodge. Tucked away in a picturesque part of the hinterland. Here, my brother, sister-in-law and their adorable family work for two months of the year. Running the business for my sister-in-law's brother, while he takes a much needed break from responsibilities. I couldn't think of two people more perfect for the caretaker role. They live and breathe hospitality, love a chat and know exactly how to enjoy life and all it has to offer. They are fabulous people to be around and for three nights of our holiday, we were blessed enough to stay with them.
Hot afternoon's spent by the pool. Beer and bubbly as the sun commenced it's descent in the sky. Cousins bonding and spending long overdue quality time, just being. The most divine dinners, eaten under the stars, lovingly prepared by my niece's partner, who happens to be a chef. Outdoor games at dusk, littlies in PJ's, adults settling in for good food, great conversation and terrific company. A birthday celebration for a very special 10 year old. Countless laughs, stories and reminiscing.
I think everyone was a little forlorn on the morning we had to say goodbye. But there is always next time and now we know where they are... they won't need to twist our arms too hard to go back for a visit.