Another successful Mums weekend! It was back to Alzburg Resort in Mansfield which is really the perfect venue for our group. Comfortable and well appointed rooms, fabulous facilities, great communal areas and friendly accommodating (and tolerant!) staff.

The weekend started with dinner at the pub on Friday night followed by an impressive fireworks display (part of the High Country Festival which runs annually over the Melbourne Cup weekend). Saturday most ladies strolled into town for a coffee and op shop browse or to the huge festival weekend bush market. A few brave souls took a quick dip in the pool while others preferred the warm bubbles of the indoor spa. Our dinner and games night was, as usual, chaotic and had Melbourne Cup as its theme – the hats were impressive, especially Nat’s gutter guard and chopstick concoction! – dinner was followed by a disco until midnight. It was great to see the ladies getting right into the dancing with some not leaving the floor for the entire 3 hours.

Sunday drew a few back into town – the opportunity to shop without children was too good to ignore – while others relaxed around the pool, taking advantage of the beautiful weather. Then, after our traditional gourmet BBQ lunch, it was reluctantly time to head home.

Special thanks must go to our amazing therapy team who have been joining us at Alzburg for a number of years now. Working flat out all weekend they managed to fit in 57 sessions of massages and pedicures, greatly adding to the ladies general relaxation. Niki, Jayne and Tanya thank you, thank you and thank you again.

Welcome also to the ‘new faces’ who joined us for the first time. We certainly hope to see you all again on more Mums group activities.

Old friendships were renewed, new ones made and lots of fun was had over the weekend, highlighting the true value and importance of IOE’s Family Support programs.