Monday, January 23, 2017

Melbourne weekend

We had a fabulous weekend in Melbourne catching up with friends, but first I got in a quick bike ride around Lake Burley Griffin.

So here we are in Melbourne, and the graffiti on our street is full of good advice. 

We were meeting The Mischievous Minx and the Great Galah who were there for her significant birthday present which was tickets to the Australian Open. Naturally, we met in a pub: Young & Jackson's to be precise. 

Recreating an old photo (it was with milk when she was a kid)
Hard to believe from the GG's face, but this was early in the evening
We took them to the BBL at the MCG to see the Melbourne Stars take on the Sydney Sixers. It was a beautiful evening and an enjoyable game. They soon got into the swing of it,with boundary drinks and smiles all round.

BBL at the MCG
The next morning we walked and tram-ed around the city, taking in the sights.

The Great Galah wanted us to take a photo of this street name - I can't imagine why...
Great Galah was also rather taken with this window display
There was a giant screen set up in Federation Square on which the tennis games were being shown. We sat in deck chairs and watched them for a bit. With doughnuts.

Flinders Street Station and Federation Square

Such a beautiful couple.
While they went back to the tennis, we headed to Moon Dog Brewery, where we escaped the heat (and it was very hot) and watched Andy Murray lose his final. It was tough, but we had beer to dull the pain.

Moon Dog in a shaft of light
A final breakfast next morning  by the Yarra before we had to drive home. It was a lovely weekend, and I will really miss these guys. Good friends are the best thing ever.


Monday, January 16, 2017

Lazy Summer Days

I found this graffiti out on a bike ride while cycling through an underpass around Umbagong Park. Henceforth, this ride shall be known as Bubblegum Shrimp.

Bubblegum Shrimp
Rolling out the pitch
Sunday Lunch at The Durham

Monday, January 9, 2017

A Busy Week...

Bicycle Repair Man
Flat out cat on the tiles

Monday, January 2, 2017

Biking through the New Year

We rounded off the year with a few mountain bike rides and some drinks with friends.

Breakfast with the Reid Sisters
Chester 'helping' with the laundry
25 years ago to the day we met
New Year's Eve bike ride
Apparently the Burnley Miner's Club is the world's biggest consumer of Benedictine, and Burnley FC is the only club in England to serve the drink on match days. We toasted Him Outdoor's hometown with a round of Christmas Martinez (4 parts Four Pillars Christmas Gin; 2 parts Rouge vermouth; 1 part DOM Benedictine; and a dash of Angostura Bitters). Cheers. And Cheese. Lots of cheese.

Calamity Sue; still life with cheese
New Year's Day bike ride

It's hot and thirsty work!

Cheers; Happy New Year!

Monday, December 26, 2016

Hanging out at Christmas

When you work in a bottle shop, it is inevitable that your Christmas 'do' will involve booze, kicking off at The Durham Castle Arms.

Next stop was the BentSpoke brewing and canning facility at Mitchell, where Richard Watkins and Tracey Margrain showed us around their shiny bling factory while we drank a couple of cans.

Richard pouring out crankshaft fresh from the tank
A view from the bridge
We continued to dinner at The Old Canberra Inn

For Him Outdoors' real birthday, he went out with some friends. I met them after work and it looked like they had been having a good time.

Friends celebrating Him Outdoors' birthday
Despite a massive hailstorm (with hailstones so large they cracked my windscreen as I drove home from work), the weather cleared to be bright and beautiful on Christmas Day.

We were very kindly invited round to friends' for Christmas dinner.

Dinner with The Luminosity and family
This is the Big Tiger fighting the Fire Dragon, apparently
Christmas Day visitors
Back at home in the evening we bothered the cat and read our Christmas books.