January 9, 2014

Daring to Dream...

Intense and exciting discussion with my daughter yesterday. Wide-eyed, bushy-tailed and feeling renewed from her recent travels, she's in the job market.

I've noticed how much she says she enjoyed frequenting little teahouses in England and how often she said she thought of me over there when sipping tea from quaint enticing little cottages. Not to mention some beautiful china pieces she brought home. Hmmmm.

I came right out and asked her yesterday. Would you like to start a 'teahouse' with me in the valley? Her eyes lit up. She does. We spent hours chatting away with all the possibilities. She jumped right on the net and started looking for quaint Queenslander-style houses. They're around! They exist. We just need to find THE one.

We'd be open for the weekend only - I'd cook during the week. She'd be waitress, decorator, helper. Her boyfriend (also in the job market) can be barista and general maintenance guy. He used to make coffee at Max Brenner. We'd use one of the rooms as a gallery with Nicka's work. She can go ballistic with making greeting cards, postcards, calendars, framed pics......and so on. As for my menu - I won't even begin. Haha.

Inception stage at the moment.....we do need Hubby's approval.  When we're feeling slightly more armed with info - we'll pounce on him. Cross your fingers for us please...........x


  1. I got goose bumps reading this Mariana!!! Hubby won't have a hope of saying no will he :D How exciting!!! I too dream of opening something but its just not the right time, buy you my friend, it just sounds like the time in now!! Dream big xxx I wish you all the success in the world, Jan x

  2. How exciting!! Looking forward to seeing how it all goes..... Good luck!! Clarissa xo

  3. Early days sweetpeaandivy. I have a bit of a trust issue and so finding the right person to 'do' something with hasn't been easy. It's held me back a lot. I have total faith in my girl so it's very exciting that we can be partners. I've been waiting a loooong time for the right person and now here she is. It's going to be a very long haul....but it's a start.

  4. Oh Mariana. Run with it, you lucky thing. That's so wonderful! I can't tell you how long I've thought about doing something similar, if I'm ever up your way I'd be there in a heart beat. So looking forward to seeing how it all works out for you. xx

    1. Thanks dear Brydie - very early days - going to see our councillor tomorrow to discuss the proposal. There is going to be a lot to do with all kinds of approvals as it will be a Material Change of Use on the place. Means a longer haul - one step at a time. But I am committed.

      Of course - you must come!! Hopefully we'll be up and running this time next year - gulp.....shudders....xxx

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  7. I just discovered your blog through some comments you made, and reading this post gave me chills. How wonderful to start up a business like that with your daughter. Opening up a tea room has always been one of my dreams. I look forward to following along as your dreams turn into fruition.