Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009 - a recap

I realised today that 2009 could possibly have been my best year ever.
So before we kick the year to the kerb I thought it deserved a quick

I kick started the year with a trip; Alice Springs, Uluru, the Olgas,
Kings Canyon, Coober Pedy and Adelaide, the Barossa, Grampians, Great
Ocean Road and Melbourne.

The V festival, cocktails with pals, sunny days in Bondi. Brunches.

I met two great friends at a chocolate making class just as 2008 ended
and spent 2009 getting to know them even better (while auditioning the
chocolate cafes of Sydney).

My first Australia Day celebrations saw me kitted out in full Aussie
flag and wash-off tattoos.

Then I got into gym-going. My personal trainer Daniel got me fit and
lythe and in March I bought proper running shoes. I felt healthier
than I can remember ever feeling before.

I got into feminism.

Professionally I learnt how to network, created a PR networking group
in Sydney and really began to use Twitter socially (making some of my
best friends through Twitter networking and even my boyfriend!)

Fell in love. First with luke, then his family.

Did the soppy things you do when in love, like driving for an hour to
have breakfast by a beach... When you live 10 mins walk away from
breakfast places by Bondi beach. Also went to Canberra. Less soppy.

I went a month without drinking (kinda) for my mate's charity
fundraiser Dry July which frankly spelt the beginning of the end for
my excessive boozing.

I took a holiday to magnetic island off the coast of Queensland -
stunning and empty.

I learnt to knit.

Got a fab new job back in the uk.

Went to an old friend's wedding on Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays.

Headed out for my big travel adventure; Perth, the west coast
including Karajini and the Ningaloo reef, Broome, the Kimberley,
Darwin, Lichfield and Kakadu, Fraser Island and all over Tassie.

'Emigrated' home to the UK with boy in tow. Bought new car, rented
cute house, started great job...

... Slowly began to catch up with friends, old and new.

And here we are at the end of the year. My weekends involve trips
around the UK and next year Venice and Paris are to come (Luke and I
think alike for Xmas pressies!).

Gosh I lived this year.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Kate Miller-Heidke sings Tim Minchin

Last night Luke and I went to see Kate Miller-Heidke at Borderline and along with her own songs, she sang Tim Minchin's Christmas song; White Wine In The Sun. I loved every moment and Luke, standing next to me, listening to his favourite singer singing a song by his favourite comedian, looked like he might die of joy.

I did cry (as I tend to with his song) because it reminds me of what Luke and I left behind in Australia. Here it is for you. I filmed it on my iPhone but found someone else's upload before mine got up.

Monday, December 21, 2009

The haunting

On Saturday morning I went downstairs and then decided to take a christmas tree chocolate back upstairs for Luke. So I started the Christmas tree chocolate (CTC) hunt - you know the one... where you scan the branches in a systematic manner, helped by landmarks such as the red angel, or blown fairy light bulb, to locate the precious chocolate decorations.

But a short scan later (its not a massive tree) it became apparent that there were no xmas chocolates left. Just seven little gold strings hanging over seven branches.

I went upstairs, ready to accuse; "Did you eat all the Christmas tree chocolates? I have had two and there are at least seven missing from the tree..."

But Luke denied pinching any.

We both headed downstairs to look and there were indeed no CTCs left on the tree. We counted; Luke had had one, and I had had two. We looked under the tree in case they had fallen, leaving their strings hanging. Nothing.

We looked all around the room. Nothing. Thoughts of chocolate stealing burglars occured to me. Even this story came to mind.

We even got to the point of considering the possibility that our old cottage might be haunted by the ghost of a chocolate lover... then Luke found a wrapper.

Hiding behind the curtain, this wrapper was remarkably undamaged. Until you looked closer. And then you could see lots of pinprick holes. Luke still looked confused but I needed no help from Jonathan Creek at this point.

A quick peer down the radiator pipe hole in the floor showed bits of foil glinting back at me, and I knew I was right.

We have no other signs of mice, but I have no doubts that one or more have been sneaking into our lounge, climbing our tree, tugging the chocolates down and taking them home for tea.

I feel quite inspired to write a children's Christmas book. But have also dispatched Luke to buy traps....

Friday, December 18, 2009

A week in Sydney

No no, dear reader, I haven't just spent a week in Sydney. That title is rather misleading isn't it? Well a colleague of mine is heading to Sydney over xmas and I put together my top 10 'must do' list for him, and then thought I would share it with you too. If you ever find yourself in Sydney, make sure you tick off as many as these as possible and then you may find you love the city as much as I do :)

Sneaky number 11 is whale watching, but its out of season at the moment, hence not being included in the full list.

1) Sushi Train in Bondi Junction. PERFECTION. Don't go to the Town Hall or Bondi Beach ones, its just not as good.

2) Cocktails/meal at Orbit/Summit

3) The Hyde Park Barracks Museum

4) Take a ferry to Watson's Bay and walk up to the South Head for a view back into the harbour and out through the harbour heads

5) Glebe markets. You can also do Bondi markets or Paddington markets (not to be confused with Paddy's market), but my fav is Glebe and its the biggest.

6) $7 steak on a Wednesday night at the North Bondi RSL. Just sign yourself in and indulge in the best steak in the world. Get a balcony table and watch the sunset behind Bondi. Kitchen closes at 9pm and it gets mad busy in summer. (its the upstairs floor of the building in the pic, door down the side).

7) Thai and BYO (bring your own booze) in Newtown (wander down King St and take your pick of a million places)

8) Cocktail at Opera Bar as the sun sets behind the bridge

9) Sydney Opera House tour (and if poss, see something there)

10) Blue Mountains for a day

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Because that's the point of getting married...

Courtesy of FailBlog and one very rude and shallow lady on Facebook.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009


I just took a look through some of my travel snaps on Facebook and gosh I had the best time. Here are just a few randoms I love.... because I never did upload any for you... I may do this every month or so just to keep me smiling :)

They are (out of chronological order):

Karijini National Park
The Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Farm in Broome
Shark Bay and Ningaloo Reef

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