Saturday, July 28, 2007
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Saturday, July 21, 2007
It was exciting to be able to walk up to Avoca St Randwick in the balmy, winter, early evening air and further celebrate our efforts with an Indonesian meal at our favourite "Jimbarin" restaurant. Our first night at the apartment was notable for the unaccustomed sound of traffic (for M&R in the front sunroom) and being woken just after 6.00am by the big jets coming into land at Sydney airport as the curfew finished!
Monday, July 16, 2007
It was a fine dining experience the whole weekend. Room 101 at Emerald Beach on Friday night (sashimi oysters and duck for me with a degustation dessert platter) and Saltwater on the beach (at Emerald Beach again) on Saturday night (bugtails and gnochi and spatchcock for me). Cafes at Sawtell (Barrel) and Woolgoolga also benefited by our custom - all serving great food in really interesting settings.
The house was very cold to return to on Monday evening; only 8oC. It took hours to crank the heating up to a bearable temperature. It had been the coldest day all year in Canberra, although we hadn't found the the Coff's Coast particularly warm either.
Sunday, July 8, 2007
Rob and I made time to see an advance screening of La Vie en Rose yesterday afternoon at Dendy. We were both crying buckets by the end, it was so gut wrenching and engaging. Back at home I got out my original Edith Piaf LP from the seventies and have been playing it ever since. "What a set of lungs, what a tragic life!" We spread out my map of Paris and tried to imagine early 20th century Belleville and made a vow to find the corner where Rue Toyon and Avenue McMahon meet, where Papa Louis Leplee (dear old Gerard Dipsy Do (Depardieu)) discovers her at age 20.
Claire and the boys spent the morning with us on Sunday. Olay was happy following the usual routines: guitar playing, train winding, car collecting, block building, bird feeding, boy time with Rob. Goosey spent the morning being especially cute and cuddly. We checked out the last 15 minutes of the Phillip fresh food market and found enough odds and ends to make an interesting light lunch.
Rob was full of Ella smile stories from his early morning Nellie walking visit. I was lucky enough to get my first beautiful smiles this afternoon when Ella graciously interrupted her late afternoon feed to socialise with me for a while. She has a beautiful wide smile which lights up her amazingly expressive face
Sunday, July 1, 2007
Ella was a picture in her killer red Oshkosh duds but I couldn't get her to smile for me like Rob was able to earlier in the day. Jody looks a million dollars in her sleek new haircut - a new style for her, with incredible WOW factor. Olay can't wait for his jungle party in 6 weeks time - he has the outfit, the tail, the movements, the sound effects. We hope the costume lasts the distance.
Claire, M & I saw the Bangarra Dance Theatre company perform last night at a packed Canberra Theatre Centre. Their performance was mesmerising, powerful and beautiful - the first piece drawing on traditional Torres St Island stories and the second piece about the impact of the Maralinga atomic testing.
J & E brought their new Subaru WRX along, which the boys were very interested in. It is fair to say the girls were more interested in the delicious Middle East inspired pastries which E had made for us. Thank you E!
Rob & I are continuing to pick up things for the Coogee apartment in the mid year sales. We now have 2 single beds, all the bedding and new towels - almost enough for our first night at 8/85. Makes it seem a lot closer to the time we will be able to move in!
My last week of term this week. Another huge one.
It has been great to keep in touch with Davey travelling north west over the planet through his wonderful blog. Our thoughts are with you Dayv!