Seaking of America, I met up with two lovely Americans on Thursday night for a bite to eat after work. They were Katherine, who works with Steve and Jordan who is married to Kevin, who also works with Steve. We three ladies enjoyed some tasty Italian food and some wine whilst chit chatting the night away. It was really fun to hear their tales of Thailand travels, another one for the to do list.
Recently I've been spending more time with people who are here in Australia for the long term and aim to make it home which has made me feel like I'm in the minority. These folk talk about going back home next year for a visit as home is now here. That feels weird to me. I can't imagine going home for a visit. Home is still UK and when we go to UK, it will be to go home I think. It just feels so strange to go home for a short visit. But who knows? If we stay here a little bit longer, maybe we will fit in a visit.
Anyway back to my point, so it was different to spend time with Jordan and Katherine because they are in a very similar situation to us in that, this is temporary so it will come to an end so we have to fit in as much travel and seeing this part of the World as possible as it's only a temporary opportunity. We're looking forward to our Whitsundays adventure in 3 weeks.
Friday night was spent with Ling and Noah who kindly invited us round to their cosy home for dinner. It was a miserable rainy day much like the rest of the week. Steve got caught up in the football traffic on his way back home and we got caught up in it again as we made our way to Doncaster. They cooked nachos and chicken fajitas which were very yummy and there was apple pie and ice cream for dessert.
Here you can see Emma and I. We're at the Terrace Café at the Botanical Gardens. In spite of Emma in sleeveless attire, let me tell you, it's definitely cold now. The boxes of jumpers and coats we decided not to unpack back in December thinking we'd never need them, have now been unpacked. In with the wool, sleeves and thick black tights and out with the little tops, flip flops (or thongs as they're called over here) and shorts!
We gorged and ate our fill and there was plenty to get through. Lucy has some lovely friends. I have to mention Stacy who is so creative and clever. She made these gorgeous fabric bags with a cute rosette on the front in this fun polka dot material and filled them with all sorts of goodies. The bags are so pretty. Emma has already said she's taking her's on holiday with her to Fiji! Lucky bag!
Madame Brussels in the chilly Autumn is almost as good as in the Summer. I don't think anything can beat sunshine on a roof terrace but they do try to make it as good and it is just as busy. They provide blankets and heaters and apparently hot water bottles although we didn't see those. So we sat and played some games including Bride Bingo with fleecy blankets over our knees granny style.
After cocktails, Charlotte, Emma, Claire and I bid the bride farewell. Charlotte went to see Nickas it was his birthday weekend. Emma had had a big night previously and was feeling the effects of two bottles of wine and a 02:45 finish. Steve came out to meet me for a bite to eat as I fancied trying a place nearby. Claire's husband Martyn was driving out to pick her up and as things turned out we ended up eating together. Claire and Martyn are from Manchester and are here on permanent residency. We met them last week at Emma's BBQ. Claire spent some time working for PWC in Manchester in audit (so many ex PWCers about) and Martyn is in IT.
Today is Sunday and Steve has gone to watch the Tigers play. Apparently they lost. I'm going to meet him shortly and figure out some dinner plans. Whilst he's been watching sport, I've been shopping and cleaned the apartment. A bit like life in UK really...Shopping was fun given it was pay day on Friday and I had a $100 Myer voucher to spend for winning a competition at work. Myer is like Debenhams - maybe a touch nicer. I bought some nice beauty products including a new moisturiser from Aesop which is an Australian organic brand. I'm using some of their other stuff and like it.
Oh look at the time, I best get changed and find Mr Barley and enjoy the what remains of the weekend!