How was your day dear?: August 2008 Archives

Yesterday...

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all my troubles seemed so far away..

oh wait.. that was Frankie.. in Fruitylicious.. yesterday .... get it.... hheehe

ok so nothing to report here .. other than we (mostly) had a lovely day ... photos tomorrow...

Urghh... tiring weekend....

Saturday morning had to go shopping and clean the house.

Found this recycling bin at the markets in Gungahlin which cracked me up..

Sutherland Shire Council recycling bin

So then the parents arrived. Stu made a delicious vegan-friendly fried rice for lunch, and then we looked at honeymoon photos. Pretty much all afternoon. :/

Around 6pm we headed off to Della Rocca for dinner (our birthday dinner, the parents' shout). I had a veal dish (allan pana I think) which was pretty good. But we still had room for dessert, so had some.. heh. Even managed to convince mum to drink a little of the sparkling cabernet we took along (!)

Veal at Della Rocca

So came back and finished going through the honeymoon photos. Mum liked the Legoland and Alps pics the most. Dad didn't really care for all the "city" photos.. but as that was about 95% of the trip, he got a little bored.. hrmm..

This morning we sat around wondering what to do when Potty called up and said they were heading out to Casuarina Sands for a picnic, so we tagged along.

The ducks came to be fed..

Duck

Walked down to the weir which was very pretty..

Reflections on the Murrumbidgee River

Scott made Jake a raft, so they brought it down to launch it..

Jake and his raft

The boys scrambled out to the middle..

Boys on the river

It took a couple of relaunches to get it to finally go..

Raft re-launch

Having done that, we wandered home again.

The parents left, and just after that, Annie and the kids arrived. We all went for a little walk.

This galah watched us..

Galah

It was very bright in the sun..

Bright Light!

And then home again.

I slow cooked a roast pork for dinner. We considered inviting people over, but we were a bit peopled out by this point. The pork turned out really well, and really cheaply too - the bone was very small, so mostly meat at $4.45/kilo.

And that was our weekend. I could use another one...

Tired

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I'd have a yokult but I really don't think it'd mix with all the orange juice...

Sunday a day late

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Urghh.  Sunday was tiring.

So we were out the door at 7:20 to be in town by 8 to pick up Rully for breakfast.  We toddled off to My Cafe in Manuka which was one of only a couple of places open so early.  Stu had French toast, and I had the mushrooms and capsicum on toast..

My Cafe

My Cafe

After breakfast we headed for the hills .. Red Hill in fact. Nice view, but looking into the sun..

View from Red Hill

Stu wanted to be friends with kangaroos..

Kangaroos on Red Hill

I don't think they wanted to be friends..

Kangaroos on Red Hill

There was even snow on the Brindabellas over Woden..

Snow on the Brindabellas

So by now it was mid morning, so we dropped Rully off and headed out to Yass for lunch. Which was very pleasant, and had a delicious lunch and Little Squishy was being very cute..

Little Squishy

And took a walk in the sun and photographed the flowers..

Wattle tree in bloom

Early cherry blossoms

Daffodil

So that was all very nice, but we didn't get home til after 5pm .. and so after having been out *all* day we were pretty exhausted. Felt like crawling into bed when we got home. But after *stopping* for a bit felt a bit better.

Late

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Had a photo-filled day today.. but it's too late to decide which ones to blog, resize and ©-ify.. so I'm going to bed and will do it tomorrow some time :)

35

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Thanks to everyone who sent birthday wishes today .. yes I am an old fart now at 35... :)
Celebrated with many drinks at work, and dinner (of rabbit) at Bella Vista and more drinks afterward.. :)

Update:
Was a little fizzled last night... heh..
I told CH quietly it was my birthday, and he mostly kept it a secret.. until I was about to leave, when he told PK, who promptly led all the guys to sing happy birthday to me!  It was somewhat embarrassing, but awfully sweet to hear all these slightly drunk guys singing for me :)

The dinner we had was quite nice, although I got a bit of a shock with the rabbit.  I don't think I've ever had rabbit before, so wasn't really sure what to expect.  I think I must have got some liver or kidney or something to start with, because it was very odd, and that very icky texture of offal.  But after that, the meat was white and stringy, kinda like chicken I guess :)

Snowy Sunday

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This morning we meandered down to the lake to see Stu's favourite family of swans.  We took along some old bread, which they rather enjoyed.  Entirely too cute...!

Swans

Swans

One of them got a bit agro at a crow..
Swans

Swans

The grown ups were happy to eat out of Stu's hand
Swans

Swans

Next we went for a bit of a wander around the lake.

Fed some seagulls..
Sea gulls

And kept walking around to find the cormorant we passed on the way in.

Cormorant

Stu wanted to be its friend..
Cormorant

Stretch...
Cormorant

Up close..
Cormorant

Cormorant

Coming back, Black Mountain tower had emerged from the clouds and the weeping willows are budding..
Willow buds

For lunch we went to Satis *again* (third time in three weeks?) .. but this time met up with Sean and Mel. Stu had scrambled tofu and Mel had banana bread...

Satis again - scrambled tofu

Satis again - banana bread

And then finally headed home. And it snowed!!! Well it was probably more sleet than snow, but it was still pretty cool...

Snow!

There was even a little bit on the ground when we got home..
Snow!

Looking forward to a potato bake for dinner tonight..

Colour

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Purple

First up, some silly putty... this stuff is hypercolour, so when you play with it, it turns from purple to blue.  I didn't realise the blue stuff shines..

Silly putty

Silly putty

Yellow

Canberra's colours were really intense today.  Dazzlingly so.  I especially liked this bug..

Yellow bug

Green

Lunch time's colour was green.  There was the tree sitting atop the new building in civic...

Roof tree

and lunch at Banana Leaf, which is a very green place.

Red

The colour of the evening was red.  A whole pig brought out in a red wooden tray.  I'd post a photo, but it's actually really gruesome.  This was all at 2 yummy.  We had the banquet of a whole pig in about seven dishes.  Was a great feed, my favourite dish being the "peking pork" at the beginning with all the crackling.

Sunday carries on

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Didn't get a whole lot done this morning.

Eventually we headed out.  The jonquils were begging to have their photos taken again, so I obliged them..

Jonquils

We went for a bit of a drive to have a look at some houses for sale, to get an idea of the neighbourhoods.  There's definitely bogans all over Canberra.. :/

Then we went back to Satis for lunch.  Now they do their breakfast menu til noon most days, and all day Sundays.  Except on Sundays it seems you can't get anything *but* the breakfast menu.  Even if you did happen to come at the right time, the "mains" menu only has about three items on it.  The food is good and all, but there's not a lot of variety.  But Stu loves the coffee so I guess we'll be going there semi-regularly.

Today they had these dudes outside entertaining everyone..

Musicians

We also drove past the Gungahlin Starbucks on the way to do our shopping.. it was a bit sad-making.. even though Stu thinks the coffee is just ok, we do like the atmosphere there and the staff are always so friendly..... not anymore....

Starbucks gone!

Did a roast chicken for dinner tonight (for me anyway).  Except didn't really get to enjoy it cause had to deal with a crisis at work.. doh!

Secretary

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Played secretary today, filing piles of crud in various intrays into my filing cabinet. 

Then we watched Secretary.  Very strange sort of movie. 

And also watched Breakfast at Tiffany's which I'd never seen before.  Can't believe they got away with some of the things they did... heh

Generally pleased with how much stuff I got done today.

Should probably clean the house a bit tomorrow though..

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