A year in the life 2016 #357: doing a lot of nothing

Left over gravlax for breakfast.

G&t in the evening.

A whole lot of lazing about in between.

Doing Boxing Day right.

A year in the life 2016 #352: Christmas brunch

Work James and I still managed our Christmas celebration – breakfast with mimosas – before another long gruelling day in the office.

A year in the life 2016 #140: brunching in style


We cooked up a killer brunch after the boys’ hockey game. Mushrooms, bacon,  KI haloumi and lamb chorizo and brussel sprouts due to the boys’ current obsession with them. Served up with sour dough and avocado. Completely delicious – and completely devoured.


A year in the life 2016 #122: homemade breakfast and other thoughts


When I get back to work and people ask me what I did on my long service leave, I think the answer is I lived more slowly. Or possibly, that I let the interstitial become the central. It is nice to have the time to make your own breakfastafter being to the gym; to make it from foods you’ve taken the time to select at the market, where you walked; to eat and savour and think. Rather eating breakfast at my desk while checking email. I love my job and I enjoy what I do, but it is nice to have a break. So many parts of life get crammed around the busyness of life, it is lovely to have an opportunity to let them become the important things for a while. I don’t have to feel impatient, I can contemplate life while someone hand slices the free rangeham because, in that moment, there is nothing else I need to do.

I spend so much of my life doing stuff. This great gift of long service leave allowsme to not do. It allows me to enjoy, to read, to share more time with my family, to go to the gym, to not have to feel stressed.

On my long service leave I didn’t do – I was.

To swim with sea lions and other Eyre Peninsula adventures

2016-04-19 12.56.01On the road, this time for a journey up one peninsula and down another.

2016-04-19 11.38.47First rest stop was the infamous Snowtown. We didn’t stay long, and we didn’t go to the bank.

2016-04-19 13.36.28For lunch we stopped at the top of Spencer’s Gulf – Port Augusta.

Visiting this part of the state gave me the chance to recall all my primary school geography to understand the industry in the area. It was fascinating to see the landscape change as we got further north, and the soil go red as we reached the iron rich areas. And then, as we drove south, for it all to change in reverse again.

Afternoon tea icecreams were had in Cowell. We made it to Port Lincoln as dusk was falling, ready for dinner.

James’ usual magic of finding the most hipster place nearby worked again and it was fancy milkshakes and haloumi for breakfast.

We did a compulsory jetty walk and the boys were fascinated by the large cargo ship being filled with grain over at the port area.

2016-04-20 12.03.15Despite the fact that the weather was rather grey, we went and checked out Fishery Bay. The boys loved the sandhills – there was sliding down them galore, leading to some very sandy boys.

2016-04-20 13.14.30The boys also caught some waves.

It was a bit cold me for so I went for a walk and collected shells.

We also stopped by Coffin Bay to admire its picturesqueness and, of course, walk on a jetty.

Managed to try out some local delicacies at dinner – the kingfish and blue fin tuna sashimi was an absolute highlight. The staff weren’t entirely used to children who eat sashimi and mussels.

We went and said hi to Makybe Diva on our walk home.

2016-04-20 20.09.28Breakfast again. The serves of pancakes were large enough to feed a small army. Sebastian managed to eat most of them though.

We headed to the marina and checked out the fishing trawlers.

2016-04-21 12.38.04Then it was time to get on board our boat and head out to meet the sealions.

We got thick wetsuits and so I didn’t feel cold at all really during our hour or so in the water. The small boys wetsuits weren’t as thick, and they are a bit more susceptible to the cold. Nonetheless, it was lovely fun swimming around with the sea lions. One of them chose to dance with me – we swam around each other in a circle and looked one another in the eye. They would chase, then disappear. It was fun to watch them wrestle under water together. A lovely experience.


It was then back on the boat and the ride home.

There was a beautiful moon and we ate take away pizza outside at the house where we were staying.

2016-04-21 18.22.04The next day we headed home again.

2016-04-22 11.09.02Our one stop was to eat lunch on the foreshore at Whyalla. Rarely have I seen a sea so flat.

We arrived home with lots of ideas about our next car trip adventure, so stay tuned!


A year in the life 2016 #94: another day another breakfast


Another breakfast out with James. This whole long service leave lifestyle is hard to take.

A grown ups day out in Melbourne

2016-03-29 10.54.46A day in Melbourne should begin with breakfast. Breakfast in Fitzroy. And if you are with James, breakfast at Industry Beans.

2016-03-29 10.54.50It was delicious.

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We then wandered down through the city via a variety of bookshops and some clothes stores, making some purchases along the way.

We then headed to the National Gallery of Victoria for the Warhol-Wei Wei exhibition.

Afternoon drinks and snacks, then back to the hotel for a brief chill out, then a change of clothes and out to dinner in Southbank.

2016-03-29 19.31.53We then had the excitement of anticipation as we waited for The Decemberists -the motivation for our trip to Melbourne.

2016-03-29 20.30.49-2And it was well worth it. Fantastic concert, wonderful evening.

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A year in the life 2016 #84: breakfast out

2016-03-26 09.08.41We were off to the zzo for the morning. But before that, delicious breakfast at the East Terrace Continental.

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2015 weeks! #44: other stuff then MEN IN PINK ON SKATES

2015-11-10 19.37.36Herbs and greenery ready for a Monday night dinner of rice paper rolls.

2015-11-11 09.14.39Luminous juice for a quick breakfast stop with James.

Hairdresser time out.

2015-11-11 12.13.33hairBeen feeling very borderline. With an incredibly busy weekend and week ahead, felt I needed to stock up on the drugs.

2015-11-11 20.48.54One of the boys stuck a toy-thing to the ceiling. This was an endless source of fascination for George.

2015-11-12 20.46.57Tired out the new version of Study in Emerald. Not entirely convinced…yet.

Time to fly – all the way to Hobart.

2015-11-13 09.47.34Finished this en route. Super fun read where I think the predictability was a deliberate part of the charm.

2015-11-13 16.15.12A trip to the Sandy Bay Coles allowed us to stock up on beverages for a weekend of roller derby – for us and for Copter who was arriving on a late flight.

2015-11-13 16.22.33Our first Air BnB experience was a delightful terrace in Sandy Bay. Extremely cute and a great location.

2015-11-14 07.28.58A fortifying breakfast is needed for the first day of the Australian Men’s Roller Derby Nationals.

Last year I was a spectator at Nationals as we came 7th in Australia. This year, after a lot of hard work by the team leading up to it, I was there as benchie and we were determined to come home 4th – or 5th at worst. we had a great first day – took it to last year’s champions, the Brawlers, and did all right; comprehensively beat the Tweed Valley Vikings and then took on BCR and beat them more effectively than we had expected. Coming second into the pool took us to the semi finals – and a minimum 4th! We all went home happy that night.

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There was time to smell the roses and eat burgers and feel good before day two.

2015-11-15 09.25.42And the upside of being in the semis was that we had time for a relaxed breakfast.

2015-11-15 11.14.58Our first game was against Vanguard – if we beat them we’d be in the grand final. They are an amazing team. Great discipline and teamwork and some brilliant individual players. We didn’t win, but we did ourselves proud – Vanguard were the only team in the country we hadn’t played at this point, so it was great to get the chance.  We had some great moments…maybe one day!

2015-11-15 12.50.40Cthulhu came out to watch HP Shovecraft play in the 5-6 play off versus Tweed. it was good to see BCR win that.

Then we played off versus the Brawlers for 3rd.  There were some moments during the game when I genuinely thought we could win – then a couple of jams let it slip away from us. But we didn’t expect to get third – fourth in the country was more than good enough for us. We’d achieved our team goal for the year, played well, improved and had fun and we were all super happy about it. The best thign too is that Carnage’s strength is its teamwork – that was what got us 4th.

Then it was all over except for the after party!

2015 weeks! #10: of drinks and dinner and fun

2015-03-16 08.32.26Another bike ride after dropping Zac off at choir was a beautiful start to the week, especially on such a glorious day.

2015-03-16 17.56.42Jude has made many advances in his viola playing and often accompanies the cooking of dinner.

2015-03-16 18.48.31Time for a nice red wine – we got a couple of bottles out of storage (and put a couple in) so have been able to liberate a few old wines.

2015-03-17 22.25.05After Tuesday night scrim, it is nice to come home to a beer and icecream.

2015-03-18 13.38.06-1Finally, after many weeks of contemplating doing so, I finally had time for a lunchtime pedicure.

Jude got an excellent award at school and so we decided it was good an excuse as any for dinner at the boys’ favourite – the Elk & Pea. Critical thinking for the win!

2015-03-18 21.02.40Time for some monster killing.

2015-03-19 22.22.19Derby shirt Friday featured the Scartel (I actually didn’t have any meetings I couldn’t turn up to a derby shirt in – finally).2015-03-20 10.59.41 HDR

And then backed it up with my first Friday night derby training for quite some time.

2015-03-20 21.33.51Saturday morning was off to the O’Connor Coop School fete where Zac and his choir were singing.

2015-03-21 11.27.06 HDRSaturday night was my (pre) birthday dinner with friends. We all got glamorous (well, most of us) and went and ate in the Cellar Room at Courgette (my favourite). The food was incredibly good as was the service and it was a lovely lovely night.

Nothing like a delicious Sunday morning breakfast.

And a Sunday walk to the shop requires a stop at the park.

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