all good things in august

My friend Neen does monthly summaries of her adventures & fun times so I thought I’d take a page from her book and do the same.

August has been a little hectic but my month has been sprinkled with happy highlights such as:

  • Jay & I had a wonderful date night last weekend to see the Sydney Symphony perform pieces from Debussy and Brahms. It was a magical evening; we started with a drink under the clear winter evening sky at the Opera Bar and then moved on to the Opera House main concert hall for the Symphony’s performance. I was looking forward to Debussy’s ‘Gigues’ & ‘Rondes de printemps’ but I actually enjoyed Brahms ‘Symphony No.2’ so much more! 
    view from the Opera Bar
    view of the stage from the nose bleed section
  • Neen & I attended the most awesome lunch (organised by my bestie) with guest speaker Michelle Bridges, who I met in person! You can read about that awesome adventure [here]. 
  • Catching up with a slew of friends; Jared & Pete for dinner & too many drinks, coffee & market food with Mands, weekend brekkie & a pizza party with Ian & Janine, Nath & his mildly preggers wife Mandy for a lazy Sunday brekkie, Mum & Col for stopover family dinner on their way from Melbourne to Newcastle 
  • Running into some famous people out & about….Tony Abbott, Luke Mangan, Mike Whitney and Corrine Grant.
  • I started seeing a therapist for some help managing my work stress levels & inability to sleep. Not something you usually talk about in public, but it’s a positive thing!
  • I made a few fabulous purchases including; some new jewellry (nothing fancy, just costume stuff), a floral jacket, a new clutch & a “Nanna-trolley” to wheel around my shopping when I’m walking around the village! 

    August purchases
  • Gracie stayed over for 3 nights! She was down for a work conference in the city. I rudely introduced her to 5.30am morning workouts but we also had dinner out, a trip to the markets, a spot of shopping and some much needed girly talk. 

  • I started on a 12 week intense fitness & nutrition program to get in shape for summer!
  • I entered Jay & I into the Blackmore’s Sydney Bridge Run which is in 2 weeks! 9kms here we come!
  • Harley made a new friend; his doppleganger Ralf. And I befriended Ralf’s mum Carolyn! 
    Ralf (L) & Harley (R)

    What were your August highlights???

    the first of September from my balcony…Spring has sprung!

Published by thisismelly

Mel @thisismelly lives a life of adventure, gets lost in farmer’s markets, regularly indulges in movies, loves to whip up gourmet meals in the kitchen, swears that one day she will learn to speak French properly, adores candles and fresh flowers, married her high school sweetheart, visited 19 countries and counting, fears an apocalyptic rage-virus, regularly spoils her cavoodle Harley, loves walking along the harbour, is decorated with ink, muddles her right & left, seasonally switches between blonde and brunette, has soul-mates, favours painted nails & dangly earrings, always orders the 'plateau de fromages', is obsessed with British or Scandinavian crime fiction, detests creepy-crawlies & people who take too long to order coffee, gives terrible directions, makes up crazy dances for her devilishly handsome husband, believes in good, would always be dressed in Saint Laurent, Gucci & Chloe if she could, adores Tex-Mex & Japanese, loves the smell of rain & evening jasmine, may be addicted to Instagram&Pinterest, is always on the hunt for a really good macchiato, is James Taylor’s biggest fan, gets rowdy with tequila, dreams every night, takes pickles, jalapeños & dried fruit for movie snacks, would hate a world without French champagne, adores Pantone 1765, almost always wishes she was lying on the sand in the sun, is an inconsistent Paleo convert and although she is a hopeless Francophile she will forever be smitten with Sydney.

13 thoughts on “all good things in august

  1. I have been to Sydney 5 times.
    I am from the middle US
    I will be coming again in November to visit my twin and her fam and your adventures make me miss it even more.
    Sydney is so great!
    I have never met an Aussie I didnt like 🙂

    1. a overseas trip, and to Sydney, how exciting! You’re picking a great time of year to come – hopefully you’ll get beautiful weather and fantastic times with your twin! Can’t wait to hear all about it 😉

  2. What a great round-up. It’s lovely to hear what you’re up to. I like that you mention seeking help to deal with work stress etc as it’s something that should be encouraged.

    It makes me realise that my highlights pale in comparison: a catch up with family, a catch up with friends, regular exercise etc… *sigh*

  3. hey i’ve been reading your blog for a few months now but the part where you said you have found Harley’s doppelganger made me send you a comment. my dog is the spitting image of both Harley AND Ralf. We also live in sydney (north-west). i wonder how many of them are out there…

    1. Wow, thats crazy!!! Firstly, thanks for reading! And secondly I would LOVE to see a picture of your doggy! (you could email it to me melly.williams[at] Maybe they’re all from the same set of parents??? Because there is another one in Glebe called Pixel and he is an older cavoodle with the same colouring & markings!!!

  4. What a fantastic greeting whilst looking out of the window on the Manly ferry to Sydney. Such a huge building but beautiful at the same time, and when you get up close you can see of the intricate detail that makes this landmark famous world over. It’s brilliant how there are three… sections, if you will… One for the concert hall, another for the opera house and a third which houses an apparently amazing restaurant.

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