Then last night we saw our third French film in just over a week: De Vrais Mensonges (Beautiful Lies) a great showcase for the gorgeous Audrey Tautou and another sell out show for Greater Union, Manuka during the 2011 Alliance Francaise Film Festival. I enjoyed the very stylish French ads for Tefal and Peugeot in the opening film for the festival - but I am starting to grow weary of them now, although that dangerous looking man with the grey stubble in the Peugeot ad is always worth a second (third, fourth) look.Today we met up with extended family for a yum cha lunch at Noble Palace. There's 12 of us altogether so it takes quite a few steamed dumplings before everyone is satisfied - especially those growing, active boys. (I mean the young ones, not the grandpas in the picture below.) Life has got very hectic for everybody now so we are lucky to find opportunities like this for precious catching up (and delicious eating) time.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
For the last three weeks however she has found it increasingly difficult to keep up with everything. She's even had a few tears on the way to our house as we have driven away from her beloved Mummy on her work days.
Last week everything seemed to be back to normal: happy smiles, new red gumboots, a very successful session baking gingerbread biscuits and an equally successful outing into the city for a ride on Canberra's vintage Carousel.
We were congratulating ourselves on a very successful two days with Ella when we decided to finish off the week with a bout of kite flying in the park after lunch on Friday.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Wayne and Jenny could only stay for the afternoon - the grapes are ripening fast at Murrumbateman and they had to get back to do "bird patrol". Flocks of starlings can wreak a lot of havoc during vintage. They don't need this as crops are already under threat this year from the dreaded damp, cool weather fungi.
Our entree comprised a trio of Clyde River oysters - natural, pickled ginger and wakame and tomato and lemon grass granita. Luscious!
...and served with green papaya salad, sweet potato salad with ginger and tamarind dressing and peach and roasted macadamia nut salad. We are in foodie heaven!!
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
"Don Parties On" is about regret, remorse and includes lots of polemic. We know a lot of people like the characters in the play so some of it was a bit squirm making, but funny too. It was our first visit to Sydney Theatre, in the buzzy Walsh Bay arts precinct.
We enjoyed finding a Fratelli Fresh grocers and bistro/bar (what an inspired combination of services) near to the theatre, so we could indulge in a pre-theatre Pinot Grigio or two.
Walking back into the city centre we couldn't help but notice all the preparations in place for Saturday night's iconic Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade......lots of hairy (sometimes) men in tutus and body paint everywhere.
and other gorgeous outfits....
We mingled with the gorgeously attired ones in Hyde Park for a while (the parade assembly area), absolutely charmed by the positive, inclusive, supportive and celebratory party atmosphere. We were surprised by the hundreds of Indonesian young men all sporting the transgender look. This beautiful young man looked particularly arresting.
Although disappointed we drove over to Balmoral Beach to finish off a lovely few hours with J&I hearing all about their dramatic start to the year covering the Brisbane floods, cyclone Yasi and then the Christchurch earthquake for ABC news. We made plans to meet up next in London and swapped family news and holiday plans for our respective OS trips in April May.