A Grand Day Out

I have had a very cultured weekend – and am very happy about that. It just goes to show that despite tiredness after a hard weeks work, it really is worth going out and / or mingle with friends and family.

Friday night, after my daughter’s basketball game (in which she scored quiet a few points 😻), I dropped her off home, gave her some money to order pizza and zoomed off to the Bondi Pavillion to see The Catholics. My husband decided we are not seeing enough life music, and he had booked tickets for us and a few friends. It was a grand jazz gig with a few familiar musicians and we will be back for more!

I did my shopping routine on Saturday morning. Now, I am a random person in many aspects, but one thing just NEVER changes, and that is the fact that I will be – no matter what – every Saturday at 8.30 am at our local shopping center in order to get a good car park. First I do my Aldi shopping, then the fruit shop, the butcher and fishmonger. Quick dash to the car to unload, then Coles. I am solid with that routine. I enjoy it. I write my shopping list on Thursday night if I have to. I love a teenager to help, but I am good on my own. This weekend Patrick came, and that was lovely.

So we made Guinness stew in the slow cooker and had family for dinner. And somehow I had some hours in the afternoon to do some serious knitting and for Sue to drop ’round and for us to catch up over a cup of tea and some awesome nut and honey muffins.

And then there was still the Sunday to enjoy! After a lovely breakfast with the young people in the house ( Patrick took himself to an all day band workshop), I took the pooches for a walk. On the off chance I rang my old boss Wendy, checking if she was walking and she was just that minute walking along my house on the golf course path! 😉. So I joined her and her friend and dog, we spotted a Powerful Owl in a nearby tree and had coffee at Wendy’s house. I then sprinted back to our house, suddenly being very conscious of the time, ordered my daughter to check the dogs for ticks, jumped into the shower myself and took myself off to a arty date with my fellow surfing buddy at the Art Gallery of NSW.

We joined a guided tour for the Olsen exhibition, which was just brilliant and also saw the Warhol before Pop. Now, I saw both exhibitions last weekend, and am so pleased I went back… they both are brilliant in their own right. Sadly I took no snaps of my favourite Olson works (the frogs….), but here is some amazing early Warhol for you…

As if all of this was not enough to be happy about! The heavens cleared after all these weeks of rain and we enjoyed a wonderful sunny stroll in the Botanical Gardens! 

When I finally returned home in the late afternoon, I threw together a meal that reminded us very much of our time in Nepal: cauliflower stir fry with paneer, tomato and peas. YUM!

And to finish off the weekend, those of us who do not have exams tomorrow went to the local cinema to see “Hidden Figures”. What an inspiring movie about some awesome and courageous women…

I am feeling truly blessed, and despite all this activity, very well rested… I hope you all had a good weekend! X



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