Welcome to my weekly Monday Musings – a summary of things going on in my world and the world at large.
Last week I mentioned Cyclone Debbie (quite a bit), well I’m pleased to say she is now an ex-tropical cyclone. I’ll stop taking it personally now that I’m an ex!
A few funfilled days:
I had a fantastic visit to Melbourne during the week and packed a huge amount of fun into a few short days. Way back in the early days of my forced early retirement (Redundancy) in January, my sister messaged me about a few up and coming events I might like to do. These were promptly added to the calendar and looked forward to with anticipation. I have already been to Melbourne for a few days to one of these planned events and this week saw me on the way south for the next adventure.
I drove the 6 hours to Melbourne and our first stop, once I’d collected my sister from work, was a funky cafe/bar in Fitzroy (see photo above). The place was full of interesting chairs, banquettes, murals, plants hanging from the ceiling and it had a great vibe. We didn’t indulge in the happy hour cocktails or eats but instead enjoyed a catch-up chat over a cleansing soda and lime.
Our next scheduled event was The Waifs 25th anniversary concert in Hammer Hall in Melbourne on Thursday night. I managed to fill in my day with walks around the city taking in the many buskers, shops and people. I love people watching! I took a great shot of a city building with the sky reflected in the windows and wrote a 52 word story, called The Break, as part of a writing challenge, highlighting the differences in my city break to my usual rural setting.
We met up after work and indulged in a spot of Afternoon Tea (with capitals) in a delightful Tea Salon. I had an orange and date scone with house-made orange marmalade and cream(!). Unfortunately I’d scoffed it down before I thought to take a photo. I did get a lovely photo of my sister drinking tea.
We had a delicious dinner at the aptly name Hairy Little Sista before heading to the concert. I must admit to not knowing all that many songs by The Waifs but my favourite song is London Still – one reason is it reminds me of my daughter who lives in UK and the lyrics seem to fit us. The Waifs are a folksy-rock band and have a beautiful raw sound. They have just released a 25th anniversary album called Ironbark which they performed on the night along with their favourites from their time together. The band is made up of sisters Donna and Vicky and Josh Cunningham. It was a fantastic night of Aussie entertainment.
I wonder if you can pick up my accent on the phone
When I call across the country, when I call across the world
I see you in my kitchen, I picture you now
As you toast to your small town and you drink the happy hourI’m in London still
I’m in London still
I’m in London still
Movies, Japanese, Church, Greek cafe and a Comedy act
Friday morning we set off for a local suburban movie theatre for the 10.30am session of Hidden Figures. We had heard good reports on this movie but didn’t really know what to expect. It was amazingly good, probably one of the best movies I’ve seen in ages and on par with Lion which I recently raved about. It did seem a bit decadent to be going to the movies at 10.30am on a Friday morning, but hey, we had a big day planned! We had Japanese for lunch then back into the city for some window shopping and a photographic session. In a church no less! The afternoon light was amazing. These are just some samples from my iPhone but you get the idea!
After walking the streets of Melbourne and with some time to kill we went to a Greek bakery and refueled ourselves with pistachio baklava and Turkish Delight. Yum!! I also had the unpleasant experience of overhearing a couple on their first Tinder date. They were in the booth behind me and were talking quite loudly so it wasn’t as if I was eavesdropping….ugh!!!! If there is anyway you can un-hear things one you’ve heard them, I’d like to know. O.M.G it was awful, excruciating and embarrassing 😦
I’m happy to say that the comedy show was a real hoot though with many laughs and cringe-worthy moments as the comedian Luke McGregor is well known for his nervous, anxious, almost embarrassed to be there delivery style. Phew what a day!
The best adventure was to happen the next day but I will leave that for a separate post!
I’ve had a busy week with blogging, having joined a few Facebook groups and getting to know the rules and expectations. Are you involved in anything like this? It’s all new for me and I generally enjoy interaction but life takes precedence. I enjoyed participating in the weekly Share Your World post and submitted some photos of Uluru for the weekly photo challenge topic of Dense.
Our clocks have gone back an hour now with the end of Daylight Saving so the days are lighter in the mornings and darkness descends that little bit earlier in the evenings. So far the weather is holding at a pleasant daytime temperature but the chill in the air is evident.
I’m still maintaining my daily activity with running, walking or cycling on the agenda. I’m feeling good! Today I caught up with my work colleagues for lunch and we all enjoyed hearing everyone’s updates. It’s the one thing I miss about going to work every day, seeing my friends and chatting, discussing things and staying on top of the news. We are trying to have regular lunches to stay in touch. We were a close knit team for many years, more friends than work colleagues, and these friendships are vital to me.
I’m now home for a few days then off on my next adventure to see my youngest daughter and my parents while my husband walks the Kokoda Track for the 7th time! That’s a subject for a whole new post too 🙂 Life is never dull!
Mondays are for musing and mulling over the week so feel free to join me. What have you been up to?