Thursday, January 30, 2014

ST GEORGE OPENAIR CINEMA


Hey everyone! I haven't been on the blog so much these days - I can't seem to find the motivation to put a post together. I've got loads of pictures on memory cards but then when I click "new post" in blogger, I feel like it's the last thing I can be bothered doing and I simply shut the computer down. This isn't really a bad thing; it gives me more time to focus on the people around me, for one. My routine has had a little shake up too: I took up tennis after a long time away from the game. I'm no hotshot, not at all, but I get a massive thrill out of playing and enjoy seeing myself improve. I've played three times in the past week and even have a court hired for late tonight. If you're after a full body workout that's incredibly fun, tennis is just the thing - though my right forearm could do with a massage today!

I thought I'd share with you a brilliant night James and I shared recently. I had never been to the OpenAir Cinema before but had heard only good things about it. I tried to get tickets in the past but they had sold out way ahead of time, and you'll understand why once you go there. You turn up a couple of hours early, before the sun sets, and are greeted with one of the best views Sydney has to offer. The place is bustling with people but, contrary to what I had imagined, getting a drink (I had a few lovely cocktails) and a delicious meal from the vast menu doesn't take long at all. Don't you just love when you get your money's worth? Quality and efficiency at an event that attracts a lot of people is such an awesome surprise! As the sun sets and you're suitably stuffed, up comes the screen and the feature begins. We watched The Railway Man, which was rather good, but you could put the evening news up on that screen and I'd still think it was the most marvellous thing in the world. Taking in a film and every so often being able to glance beside the screen and see the shimmering harbour, city lights and the incredible structures that are the Opera and Harbour Bridge is something quite special indeed. I hope you manage to get there someday - you might find tickets have sold out online but I hear if you get in early enough you can snag some at the door. Here's the link.

Friday, January 17, 2014

AN EXQUISITE COUNTRY PROPERTY


I was looking at real estate online last night and came across this beauty. The property is situated in Main Ridge, Victoria - inland from Rosebud on the Mornington Peninsula - and I am obsessed with it. The person who gets to call this home (or likely holiday home) is one lucky duck. 

Monday, January 13, 2014

WATTAMOLLA BEACH


Though we live close to the stunning bays and beaches of the east, this weekend we were feeling a little more adventurous, packing our things and heading out in the early morning to secure ourselves a spot at Wattamolla Beach, south of Sydney in the Royal National Park. You can take your pick of open beach or lagoon - the latter is favoured, with many daring young folk leaping into it from the cliff face above. We set up a spot in the shade and read the weekend newspapers but by lunchtime, we reluctantly left - we hadn't brought anything to sustain us. All around us, people were cooking on portable BBQ's, enough food and drink to last the day. I'll be taking their lead next time. If you want to see this place for yourself, be sure to turn up early, before 11 if you can (bring food, books, a deck of cards, whatever). Any time after that and you'll be fighting a losing battle for a car space, if they haven't closed off entry, that is.

Friday, January 10, 2014

LOUNGE/DINING/KITCHEN UPDATE

Yesterday marked two months since James and I tied the knot. Give us a pat on the back! He came home bearing my favourite flowers, which he says were actually a coincidence and not because of the "milestone". Either way, it was really sweet. I had told myself I'd do an update of the common areas in the house when it was sufficiently tidy and once I'd bought some flowers for visual effect. Tick and tick. We haven't done a whole lot to this part of the house, just some patching/ painting and some new downlights, but it made a lot of difference - fresh, bright and airy is how I'd describe the transformed area. Take a look...

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

BEDROOM UPDATE

I've always loved wood flooring but I don't really like it in my bedroom. Not that it doesn't look nice, it's just that dust and hair and whatever else seems to show up more than on carpet. And if I'm not vacuuming every second day, I'm winding up with stuff all over the bottom of my feet, which I don't particularly love. Now that our bedroom is carpeted, the space feels a lot more luxurious and it's so nice to wake up and step onto its soft and bouncy surface. The room looks completely transformed. Somehow, the carpet makes everything a whole lot more harmonious where before I felt the furniture pieces clashed against the stained flooring and each other.
We've still got the old wallpaper on the wardrobe door, which we'll be saying goodbye to once we find an appropriate replacement. I haven't hung any pictures either, so the room is still somewhat of a blank canvas. You'll also notice that we have no curtains. This drives me mad for only one reason: Every day this summer, I have woken up drenched in my own sweat hours before I intended on rising for the day. It seems our windows are actually gigantic magnifying glasses for the sun's rays (and we are the little ants that get fried). I accept that this is my own fault because I insisted on tearing down and disposing of the old curtains as soon as we moved in. Here's a before (from when we first moved in) and after the paint and carpet: