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.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Birthday drinks

One of the perks of my job is that I get to try some incredibly good whiskies, like this 25-year-old Laphroaig, for example.

I also really enjoyed this sweet mead made with Beechworth honey - nothing to do with my job, this one; just pure relaxation.

Passionfruit flower
It was 50th birthday time for Him Outdoors, so we had some friends round to drink beers and talk nonsense - strange how the two things are directly related...

One of the best beers in the world
A seriously stunning selection
One happy, sleepy Birthday Boy
Another happy sleepy boy
Big thanks to Howdy Neighbour for this brilliant gift of socks and sandals combined in one, to save time and effort in one's attempts to look like a complete plonker.

Socks AND sandals!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Cricket and morning runs

At the ODI between Australia and New Zealand at Manuka Oval, Australia won by 116 runs. It was never really close. The winners on the day were David Warner and the sunset; both of which were brilliant.

A morning run takes me past this letterbox where one can deliver post to Landsend. 

Monday, December 5, 2016

AKIBA! It makes me happy!

AKIBA restaurant received the Australian Financial Review Top Restaurant's People's Choice Award for 2016. I can see a few reasons for this: the delectable pork buns; the sensational gin list; the insanely good dumplings.

Prawn and chicken dumplings