January 25, 2010

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Sitting by the sea, a bottle of Savenni√®res, Nicholas Joly 1997 Coul√©e de Serrant, oysters, snapper on the barby, and death by chocolate cake…

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January 18, 2010

it’s a lifestyle

Sunday morning, 7.30am sitting coffee in hand, 27 degrees, feet dangling in the sea – Michelle says to me “Why would we want to live anywhere else?”. And amazingly enough, I’m starting to agree.

We had a great day. From Clovelly beach we jumped in our convertible car, put the top down and drove up to the central coast to Gosford to an art exhibition that we missed in Sydney before we arrived. There was no traffic, the sun was out, the gallery was reasonably empty, and free, we had lunch in the cafe and home by 4pm for beer in the backyard, followed by thai outside at our local.

…. why would we want to live anywhere else?

filles at 11:54 pm

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January 11, 2010

the RED centre

It’s been a weird start to 2010. It feels like we’ve been busy, but I don’t think we’ve done much. Mum & Pete have been staying here, getting out and about more than us. Yesterday they left for a trip down the south coast while we cleaned out the fish pond(!)

We had a fun night out on Friday night after a harrowing day. My step-sister Ange came down from the central coast with 3 of her 4 kids for a picnic, but in our rush to get out and going one of the life size statues in our back garden (thai) that weighs about 300kg came tumbling down on 11 year old Jaydon pinning him to the ground. We were extremely lucky he escaped with some pretty scary bruising but no broken bones. It took Michelle, Pete, a towel and myself to get it back up against the wall on Saturday…

Once it all quietened down, Jay went to the doctor and Ange was heading back up north, we hopped on a train and went to the Moonlight Markets at the Rocks. What a disappointment. Same old junk as at most markets, and we were too early for any moonlight! We did have a great experience at the Wine Odyssey however. We each took a wine flight followed by entrees and another bottle of wine and left there around midnight full and happy.

Saturday morning we were at Bronte Beach by 7.30am. Michelle got a boogie board lesson from Pete and we dallied in the surf before having breakfast around 10am and hightail-ling it back to the fish markets before they got too busy. It felt like around 40 degrees that day, we laid about, trying to catch a breeze and then had a lovely Jew-fish cooked on the bbq for dinner.

Just a snippet, but a busy one.

In the background I’m busy planning our first big holiday since we’ve been here, for February with Michelle’s brother Alain and wife Sonia. We’re heading to Alice and renting a 4WD to make our way down to Uluru. Despite the captive market and subsequent exorbitant prices it looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun….

filles at 9:01 am

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January 5, 2010

Happy New Year

We’ve been busy doing lots of bits and pieces. Today we have an inspection on the house from the owner who is Australian but lives in Singapore. We’re a bit nervous. Right now we’re on a 12 month lease, but we’ve been assured by the real estate agent that the owner won’t be coming back anytime soon, and even if he did, he wouldn’t want to live in this house since he has other properties he could live in…

Anyway… inspection done now. He was very thorough and very nice and he’s going to fix all those niggling little things. And if we believe him, he won’t be kicking us out in the short term. He is returning to Australia but he’s planning to move into another house nearby which is good news on the housing front. Now if everything else falls into place…

filles at 12:48 pm

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