Back in the air

Under Sydney Harbour Bridge here. This week I got back on a plane and did a quick three day, three city tour. 

My current job, unlike my usual one, doesn’t involve a lot of travel, so it was just under two months since I had been on a plane…and may be another two months (or more!) before I get on another.

I had to give presentations in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane about the application process for our new program. Two identical presentations in each city. Six identical presentations in three days. I was glad we had questions as it was the only time I got to make a joke.

There was lots of work in between presentations and I reverted back to my mobile office set up. Fizzy caffeinated beverages weren’t optimal.

We flew to Sydney and back Tuesday, then to Brisbane first thing Wednesday. From Brisbane we went directly to Melbourne where we got stuck in traffic at 9.30pm and didn’t make it to the hotel until after 10.30pm. I was very tired.

But it all went well – no major dramas, no questions too difficult, no people too belligerent. It was nice to get home again though.

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January foods

The boys have been expected to do something creative each day during the holidays. Quite often, especially for Sebastian, this has been cooking.

Above is his orange trifle – using a cake he made specially, left over orange custard from eclairs, jelly and meringues he also made. It was pretty delicious.

Sebastian also helped out with dinner, cooking collaboratively with James. For our fish, he whipped up a leek and cream sauce.

We did some late night cooking together. I was preparing pork for slow roasting in milk, he was testing out a hot cross bun recipe (it wasn’t the best).

I attempted to get in on the act and make chocolate pavlova – it didn’t really work well, but it tasted good anyway.

Zac decided he would get ambitious – after helping Sebastian with eclairs last week, he cooked his own from scratch, including the choux pastry and custard for filling. They were impressively good.

Sebastian also whipped up another delicious lemon tart. I could get used to all this cooking.

Small boys who cook

I must say it is rather nice to come home to dinner and dessert prepared by the small (well, not so small any more) ones.

Tonight Sebastian whipped up some Texan chilli beef for dinner.

It was pretty delicious.

He and Zac also worked together to make eclairs, filled with orange custard. Sebastian sis the paatry work and Zac helped him out with the rest.

Fabulous!

One week down in 2017

This year I am not going to keep myself to a daily or weekly blogging schedule – somethinged life just get away from me. So sometimes it will be daily and sometimes weekly and sometimes less often. If you really want to see an every day perspective check out fralafontaine on instagram.

It was a good first week of the year though – starting as uaual with Jasmin’s birthday celebrations, including seeing Lala Land.

Sebastian baked.

Zac busked.

Mum and Dad visited for a few days and hung out with the boys during the days while James and I worked. We played games, ate out and in, drank wine, exchanged presents and enjoyed being together.

Sebastian and James tried out new cooking methods and we got delicious tempura as a result.

I spent some quality time with George.

And we went to Ikea and tried to infuse dinner with a touch of the Scandinavian.

And there is always time for a sunset walk.

Happy 2017 everyone!

 

  

A year in the life #366 (apparent we missed some days through the year): the end of the year

Happy New Year to everyone!

2016 was a very different year for us – building a house, living in Adelaide, a long period of leave for me. Lots of it has been fun and interesting and has given us some new memories and friends and perspectives, but it was lovely to be able to end the year in our new house with most of our boxes unpacked with a few old friends.
Onward to 2017!

A year in the life 2016 #361: dramatic skies

Some spectacular skies on our lazy days.

A year in the life 2016 #360: D&D

Nachos, wine and battles againat demons make for a perfect afternoon and evening. This year we have played less D&D than since James and I met, what with being in Adelaide so long and most of our stuff being in storage. So a long session was ideal – though I definitely ate and drank too much by the end.