Ah yes…I just wanted to use that word funicular…it’s actually the clever contraption that Mr Rosanna and I are in (below) that his builder Uncle Peter has made for his spectacular cliff house on the river near the city. This is us on Christmas night for the annual seafood dinner extravaganza which they hosted last year.I have been eating my way around the place these past few weeks. If you’re ever in the eastern suburbs, Town & Country on Whitehorse Road in Balwyn is well worth a visit. The cafe does great food and the nursery and retail shop next door sell some really beautiful homewares if you are looking to re-decorate or update your house this summer.As a family, we’ve also done a number of local cafes including Hunter Lane in Rosanna where we grabbed a booth table looking out onto the railway. It’s a really great addition to the area. Funky Brewster is still closed until next week but I am looking forward to paying it a visit once it re-opens.We also popped in for a quick lunch at East Ivy in East Ivanhoe – again grabbing a booth table near the kitchen. Both places do good food which needs a little bit of tweaking but I’m not complaining – the menus are much better than your average suburban fare and the service was excellent.I spent this morning out at Bundoora Homestead Art Centre with my friend ceramic artist Lene Kuhl Jakobsen having a look at the Verdant Garden exhibition and Victorian Quilters Inc. show Regeneration – needless to say I’m always drawn to the works that feature flowers and plants (see above quilt images). Unfortunately, upstairs was closed for maintenance due to storm damage but this should be fixed soon if you’re planning a visit. Lene and I had coffees and devonshire tea in the stunning cafe setting (the scones are enormous so you can share one between two) currently featuring artwork by local artists Siri Hayes and Kate Hudson. It was a beautiful way to spend the morning.For those of you lucky enough to still be away at the beach on holidays, I am jealous! I’m going to try to make the most of my last weekend before going back to work next week. Have a good one.