Sunday, September 8, 2013

The weekend

Despite the appalling election result on Saturday night, we managed to have an enjoyable weekend down South.
In fact, we anaesthetised ourselves very effectively on Saturday night with plenty of booze, so by the time the awful, but tragically inevitable results were announced, we were blissfully non compos mentis. 

Anyway, I don't want to bring you all down by banging on by how depressing the results are, so let's leave that and look at some pics:


J Crew shorts and top,  hat from Austria
The weather was warm, but not quite warm enough to lose the layers.

We all went to the beach, but only the young and brave went swimming:


M made the most delicious Victoria Sandwich cake All By Herself! She decorated it with fresh cream and strawberries. It was demolished very swiftly. 


Yum!

A very civilised breakfast:


Pyromaniac's delight:


As mentioned above, we allowed ourselves a number of drinks on Saturday night, and cooked a Greek feast of Souvlaki, Stuffed Peppers and Salads. There are no pictures of the feast, unfortunately, as I had drifted into the land of the inebriated by then. 


Instead, here's a rather blurry pic of the living room, which will give you an idea of the general atmosphere



The following day, in order to 'blow the cobwebs away' (so to speak) we went on a walk along the coast.

Australia takes its civic duties very seriously. 
As you can see, almost everything is either forbidden or very dangerous and not advised!!


Don't worry. We managed to survive the weekend despite the terrible dangers awaiting us at every corner.


I hope you had a wonderful weekend.
If you're Australian, I hope you're not too utterly horrified by the thought of our new Prime Minister....

21 comments:

  1. Frankly, all PM's go on the nose to me very quickly, so the fact there's a new one to get annoyed about doesn't bother me so much.
    That beach place looks very flash - lucky you to have access to it!
    Love the outfits, and you're having a bit of a Cobalt Blue moment I see! Your daughter is v. clever to whip up a sponge by herself, another year or two and I'm sure you'll be able to get her to cook dinner for you every night.
    It is a wonder any of us survive here in Oz. Danger lurks all around...that sign has made me laugh. xxx

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    1. You're right about annoying politicians. I'm feeling much better already. Plus, there's a really funny article in the Guardian that made me chortle:
      http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/sep/08/10-ways-to-survive-abbott

      The beach house is amazing. Our friends designed and built it themselves - it is a beautiful place to go and we're so lucky to be invited so often!

      I'm planning to get the children doing all the domestic tasks by the time they're 15. Child labour is much underrated I reckon ;-)

      The sign made me laugh too - basically everything is discouraged!!

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  2. You're so lucky to be able to escape to a place like that! It looks very restful.

    No yoga for me yet ;) But I have been doing a lot of joint mobility exercises and I'm amazed by the results. Not equivalent to yoga in terms of mindfulness, though.

    I'm impressed by your daughter's cake! I was just thinking and wondering, do your kids speak German?

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    1. Glad to hear that you're doing joint mobility stuff. I do a Clinical Pilates class in addition to yoga as part of my ankle rehab. It's great - very different from yoga, when I tend to cheat! I can't cheat in the Pilates class as there are only 3 of us in the class.

      Sadly, my children only speak pidgin German. We are a monolingual household, and it's very hard to encourage them to speak it when we live in such an Anglo centric place.

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  3. That sign is sooo funny! Love the Aussie weekends. So chilled.
    I can only tell by the facebook statuses that a lot are upset but the coverage here of the election wasn't highlighted much so I had no emotion going on but I hope he does ok!

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    1. I'm sure he'll make a fool of himself regularly, but we will grin and bear it!

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  4. Well, if it makes you feel better, we have survived a few years with a really regressive individuals in our Canadian PM - all things can be endured!

    Love the pics and yay for the cake! I meant to make one yesterday, but ran out of time!

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    1. It seems that most countries go through cycles of regressive politics.... I'm sure we will cope. Who knows, perhaps something good will come of him!

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  5. I'm with you Ruth. When horrified by an election result, I find it very calming to tell myself that Australians get the government they deserve. Alcohol helps too.

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    1. Alcohol does help!
      It does seem strange that they got in. I don't know a single soul who would admit to voting Liberal, but the I guess I live in a very abnormal area!!

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  6. My daughter has turned into quite the baker. She makes these fabulous chocolate chip cookies with Milky Way simply caramel bars and sea salt in the middle. You seemed to have had a good time despite the politics. Love the hat and blue blue shorts.

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    1. Yum! Those sound lethally delicious!

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  7. Good muscle tone on those pins! I really like the style of your living room and the cake is lush!

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    1. Thanks Tabitha! My legs are not my best point ( short and stocky), but they're tortured into shape by decades of regular yoga and lots of walking. I have noticed some knee sinkage, though :-(

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  8. I live in the US now, but have been horrified for years at the results in my native country (and even in the US sometimes, we had a close one this last election). Rather cynically, I can tell yu almost all politicians take a nosedive sooner or later so please hang in there. with those baking skills, your family is welcome to move in with us anytime though!

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    1. Tanks Anthro Blogger. Where are you from originally?
      I'm sure we will survive the next three years....

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  9. Looks like you had a really good time on the weekend:)

    I am missing greek food here,as we ate at a tiny grrek restaurant at least once a month in germany.
    LOve the striped shirt\shorts outfit and will recreate it when i get my tee!

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    1. Is there no good Greek food in Atlanta?
      Hope you get your top soon. I'm STILL waiting for Andie Chinos!!

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    2. I found a greek restaurant:)
      The order for the top was cancelled,but i found one at one of the many stores here.It is pretty flimsy dont you think?
      I love the color of it though!

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  10. I don't know much about Australian politics, but I'm sorry to hear you are upset by the election result. You sound as upset as I do sitting here with the central heating on, whilst admiring the thought of walking down the beach. It looks lovely, it sounds like you had a wonderful weekend.

    and yes the Rag Market is still here in the Bullring, and has also had a makeover thank goodness!

    Have a great week, Colleen

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    1. Oh sorry to hear that you're needing the central heating!
      I loved your pics of Brum. Must visit when I'm next back. Would love to check out the library!

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