That feeling that month by month, day by day and hour by hour you are slowly but surely being worn away.
I was feeling much this way on the weekend and had already been drooping about the the house like an unwatered plant for at least several hours, when I was packed up into the car by my husband and whisked off into the mountains.
As soon as we hit the lush greenery of the Dandenong Ranges National Park, I felt a sense of serene peace settle over me as the worries of the week rolled away into the thick green forest all around me.
As is often the case, as soon as that good clean mountain air was coursing through my lungs, my stomach began sending me urgent notifications that it was time for a feed.
But where to go?
A quick google alerted us to the close proximity of Piggery Cafe. If I'm honest I wasn't expecting much, for many country eateries tend to be quite the same, but as soon as we rolled up the driveway, I knew we were in for a treat.
Tall, vine covered silos greeted us with their round, pointed roofs and a green field with lawn bowls and enormous wooden chess set spread out before us. For a moment I thought we'd stumbled onto private property, or a venue for a wedding. But much to my delight, as we turned into the carpark I could set the many chairs and tables of a cafe, with waiters buzzing about and some cheerful smoke from a barbecue drifting into the air.
Finding a spot in the sun we looked to the menu only to be dazzled by the sensational selection.
Being class A grazers, we chose to order the "afternoon delight" so we could sample selections of it all.
The sizzle of the barbecue beside us made the wait a tortured bliss as the scent of caramelising meats and veg wafted across us.
With such a glorious smell drifting by, I felt almost ready to eat the two small piglets in a pen across the field.
I'm glad you liked it and stumbled upon it. Not sure if you're aware, but you stumbled on the masterpiece of Shannon Bennett of Vue De Monde, he and business partner bought this 22 hectare mansion, estate and gardens and will slowly convert it to foodies paradise with 6 star mansion hotel, brewery, steakhouse, trufflery, piggery, growers market, Japanese bathes and then some. Check it out