Apologies for being so quiet for the last couple of months; life has been a whirlwind of moving house, weekend project deployments, catching up with family that are moving overseas, friends birthday celebrations, weekend adventures, starting bootcamp, eating sugar & grains (and not feeling bad about it, well maybe a little bad!) and generally just falling into bed exhausted each night with no time for blogging.
I’ve spent this past couple of weeks with some of the people who matter to me most; including a trip to the beautiful Kangaroo Valley in the Southern Highlands, small-bar hopping around my new neighbourhood, celebrating Raya festival and venturing out into the freezing early morning on my reinvigorated fitness regime. It’s made me appreciate winter while still longing for the not-so-distant spring!
Here’s a few pics of my recent adventures (taken from my instagram page, so excuse the low quality). I hope you’ve all been well and your life has been filled with great company, good wine and truffle fries…
couch & artwork in the lounge room. plus Harley in a bowtie!
couch & dining room
new bed; concrete grey linen
Kangaroo Valley with Jay, Jared, Pete, Mish & Sue
My good friend Mish is leaving Sydney to move to London. <sob> So we organised a weekend away in luscious Kangaroo Valley in the Southern Highlands; about 2.5 hours south of Sydney. ‘Roo Valley is pure Australian landscape perfection, and the holiday house we rented had a heated pool, wood fireplace, chef’s kitchen and was set on 2 acres with cows, horses, deer & all sorts of other Australian wildlife!
We drank, listened to music, talked, laughed, cooked, danced and made rackets of noise with no neighbours to complain. It was just what a weekend away with friends is all about!
Beautiful Kangaroo Valley
the fields & resident cows
Jay & I
Our group; Pete & Jay in the back, me in the middle at the back, Michelle on the left, then Sue and Jared
Mish & I
Friday family dinner!
Saturday family dinner!
Pete’s flaming zombie cocktails
my old fashioned cocktails
Harley running the fields at dusk
making friends with the horses on the property
Celebrating the end of Raya with the Williamsons
My friend Syaz is Malay-Muslim and wanted to introduce the festival of Raya with her new Aussie ‘family’. Think American Thanksgiving, but for Muslims as a weekend ‘open house’ to celebrate the end of Ramadan. It was a beautiful excuse to learn a new cultural holiday and hang out with old friends and make some new ones!
just some of the food Syaz made for Raya
Erika, Syaz & me
Small Bar Hopping
Having just relocated OTB (over the bridge) I have been feeling dislocated from my beloved Pyrmont. Although Crows Nest has a more suburban feel than Pyrmont, it still has a village vibe with lots of cute cafes & small bars…so we’ve been making our way through the list!
My new fave place! Located in Kiribilli this is such a cute & trendy bar/restaurant with a fantastic vibe, good cocktails and share food. We’ve been twice in the last month; first with Jared & Pete and then with Syaz & Brendon.
When I first walked past Foxtrot I thought it was a brothel!!! I had to google it to find out it was a funky hipster bar. I am in love. And Jay feels right at home.
my hipster husband Jay
The Small Bar
Small Bar in Crows Nest is a sister bar to Small Bar in the City on Erskine St. It’s open late and has fairy lights and a good wine list. What more do you need?!
Farewelling my favourite Aunt
My Dad’s sister Lydia is my most favourite aunty. She’s only 10 years older than me and has been my aunty/big-sister/friend/mentor/partner-in-crime for as long as I can remember. We’ve never lived in the same city, but she’s always dropped everything anytime I’ve needed her (she once caught a bus all night, 7 months preggers, from Brisbane to Newcastle to be with me when I told my parents that I got suspended from school for doing something naughty!).
So her and her American molecular-biologist husband have decided to move to The States to be closer to his family for a while and so have been doing the farewell roadtrip to catchup with family and say their goodbyes.
They stayed one Friday night, we had predrinks at our place and then headed over to House of Crabs in Surry Hills. It was loud, it was messy & it was very very fun.
House of Crabs Boil Board
Girls Night! (“Christmas in July Sleepover” that had nothing to do with Christmas in July)
What happens when 10 grown women get together for a slumber party? Well, that’s for me to know and you to imagine!!!
lots of drinking & giggling
Getting my move on!
I started boot camp. It’s cold. So cold. And painful. I begin Whole30 on the 8th September (no alcohol, grains, processed food, dairy, sugar) for 30 days. My Melbourne friend Narelle is a Whole30 veteran and is going to do it with me to support me for the month!
boot camp starts here 6am
but at least I get this view of the city (harbour bridge & tips of the Opera House)!
Phew! That seems like an extremely busy couple of months! But now that I’m settled I promise to get my blog on more regularly!
peace! love melly