A year in the life 2016 #312: rosé

Some days you need one of these after work.

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A year in the life 2016 #284: a quiet drink

James and I found some time for a quiet evening drink together. After being away, nice to find some together tome.

A year in the life 2016 #238: Charles Melton dinner

A chance to drink a lot of Charlie Melton wines is not to be turned down. And this was an excellent opportunity as we got to drink three of Melton’s best wines at six or so year intervals. All delicious, but you really could taste the difference and those 01 wines are drinking really beautifully right now. 

One really can’t complain about a night on which one gets to drinking many glasses of Nine Popes, but we were a little disappointed in the food, which was a bit same-y and just not very inspiring. Sage seemes to go through these cycles – sometimes it is amazing and sometimes meh. I was particularly disappounted in my kangaroo which I had really trouble even cutting – maybe better knives?

Nonetheless, the wone was amazing and the company excellent, so worth it in the end.

A year in the life 2016 #229: best lunch of the year

As usual, there was a lot of lovely wine and excellent company. We were a bit disappointed with the food that didn’t make it up to the standard of previous years at the Boat House. But we didn’t let that stop us having a good time – and inevitably buying more wine than we should!

A year in the life 2016 #39: pink

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It is hard to go past a Turkey Flat rosé. Really has become the go-to rosé for us of late.

A day in the life 2016 #8: best friends

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One of the big bonuses of six months in Adelaide is that I will get to see my best friend a lot more. We had a great night of talking and drinking too much wine and just enjoying the chance to spend time together.

And we saw this sunset.

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2015 weeks! #35: this week had everything

Walking to school with funster Jude.

2015-09-07 11.56.08Up at Parliament House for appearances before Parliamentary committees in which I don’t have to say very much which makes the public servant in me happy.

2015-09-07 13.37.21Parliament House toilet selfie.

2015-09-07 13.40.14I love the reflecting pool at Parliament House. It is a great building.

2015-09-07 13.53.22#Yourtightsatwork walking edition.

2015-09-07 14.09.46It has been a bit tough at work recently, so this card from Tracy, one of my Directors, made me a tiny bit teary. I completely appreciated the sentiment though.

2015-09-07 22.00.23James and I had our Monday night post mental health first aid course time out together which was lovely. There is something so important about taking that time out together to be together without distractions.

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Tuesday morning and it is walking to school with the terrible twosome.

The Turner parklands are pretty magical in spring – a bit like a fairy forest.

Learning journey for Zachary. Great to see his art and read his work and see how much enthusiasm he has for school.

Jude, Zac and I went to a candlelight vigil for refugees and the Syrian refugees in particular. The boys articulately expressed their concerns about refugees and refugee policy articulately to a reporter and ended up in the Canberra Times the next day. Why would you send people back to somewhere that is being bombed?

Jude’s learning journey – equal enthusiasm for learning and showing us what he has been doing.

2015-09-09 15.16.17Cthulhu helped me out with some email management at work.

2015-09-09 18.19.28And then it was off to Tasmania. A flight attendant poured a glass of wine over me on the plane, so she made up for it by giving me a whole bottle.

Hobart is quite pretty at night.

2015-09-10 07.59.45View from the hotel room window.

2015-09-10 10.41.25Having some stocking troubles.

2015-09-10 13.15.12I did find my favourite fizzy caffeinated beverages within a five minute walk of the conference venue so that was a plus.

2015-09-10 15.14.53Conferencing. I gave two presentations, one at the Sino-Australia forum and one at the TAFE Directors conference, so kept me busy.

2015-09-10 17.46.43A lovely Tasmanian dusk.

2015-09-10 18.47.04-1Ready for the conference dinner….which was opened by Chinese dragons.

I had to take a photo of masts because those are compulsory.

2015-09-11 13.26.17It was then off home late Friday afternoon.

2015-09-11 17.11.04The wattle was out in force as more spring action in Canberra.

2015-09-12 10.40.00I was quite excited to be able to go to the hockey in a t-shirt.

2015-09-12 10.49.25And there was a lot of hockey, starting with Jude’s game.

2015-09-12 11.06.52We then went to see James’ semi final which they just lost.

Then we switched sports to derby – James was playing and I was benching for Carnage.

It was a great game against SMASH – the scores were tights and we even led at one point. Considering we were beaten by 100 points last time we played, a five point loss was super fantastic.

It was up early and out to the hockey to see Sebastian’s semi final which they won easily. Sebastian scored five goals and was quite delighted about it.

2015-09-13 09.55.37Zachary got in some beading time.

Meanwhile James and I got changed and then headed to Pod Foods for a lovely Pfeiffers wine lunch.

Food and wine were excellent, and even better was that I won a carton of wine for signing up to their mailing list!

We didn’t need much dinner that night – this was it for James and me.

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