Sunday, October 12, 2014

Weekend

Are you having/did you have a good weekend? 
These days I find myself so grateful when Friday night comes around. I like my job, but the combination of work, life, renovations, family and other stuff leaves me feeling very tired by the end of the week. Not physically tired, but emotionally very drained.
I'm going to up the yoga and meditation to see if that will help.

This weekend was full of food and sun.

Friday work: Equipment blouse, Nudie jeans, APC sandals

On Saturday, we hosted an Indonesian dinner at our rental house.
Here's a visual of me fortifying myself with a glass of very un-Indonesian Prosecco:

Top Shop T shirt, Gary Bigeni skirt, APC sandals
We cooked a beef rendang, Ayam betutu (Chicken with spices), Kankung Belacan (delicious green hedge-like vegetable with fermented shrimp paste and chilli) and a number of other smaller dishes.
I forgot to take pics of the food before, but here's an 'after' pic:


On Sunday, J, M, D, I and my mother went to Bronte beach for a picnic. Bronte is a small beach along the coast from Bondi - there's a beautiful coastal walk you can do from Bondi to Bronte and beyond. 
We often go there in Spring and summer. Even though it gets very packed, it's a magical place.
This is the park at the back of the beach:

M, my mother and J and D in the distance
We walked along the beach to Tamarama (also known as 'Glamarama'), which is the next beach going towards Bondi. Tamarama is known for its beautiful young visitors, hence the nickname.
Yesterday it was heaving, and as Naomi noted on Instagram, with so few sunshades it's a wonder everyone doesn't get heatstroke or 3rd degree burns!


The water was beautiful, although I must admit that I did not venture in. The water temp was a very brrrr 18 degrees!!
I'm a total wimp and don't swim unless it's a bit warmer than that!


How was your weekend? Did you eat too much like me?

21 comments:

  1. The weather was horrible this week end so stayed in and watched college footbal Saturday. My sister arrived this morning. Yay! So Sunday was family day. Great Fun. I did eat a ton of Fig Newtons...they are my crack.

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    1. Sorry to hear weather was vile, but sounds as if you had a good time despite this. Fig Newtons! must try to hunt some down!

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  2. Ruth the top pic with that tomatoey coloured top is very nice and that colour suits you quite well. Also nice outfit with Topshop T and GB skirt with the unusual drape..is there a name for that style or type of skirt?
    Obviously the Indo vittles were a big hit as the serving plates have been picked clean. That is a gorgeous beach ! Well done !!

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    1. Thank you GSL. The skirt is a sort of drapey high-waisted pencil-ish skirt! I will take more pics of it, as it really deserves its own post. Gary Bigeni is an Australian designer whose clothes I love. He has a very quirky eye for drapery. I own a number of his pieces from back when he started out. I might do a bit of a feature of them.
      The food was a success, in fact so much so that we're going to repeat it in a couple of week's time, but with a few improvements, I hope.
      The beaches here are wonderful! shame the sun is so dangerous in extremes.... I love laying around in it!

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  3. It was a lovely weekend, wasn't it!

    Love your Gary Bigeni skirt.

    SSG xxx

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    1. It was utterly amazing - I love Sydney in the Spring!
      Gary makes a very wonderful skirt (and dress, and top!)

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  4. Love the photos of the beach and the park, so beautiful! You look beautiful in that blue skirt. Sorry to hear you are feeling so drained by the end of the week, but it sounds like you were able to recharge this weekend. I also spent this weekend recharging, and I didn't do as much work on school assignments as I should have. Hopefully I won't be paying for it later this week!!

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    1. Hi Louise, I'm sure you're feeling drained too - but I hope in a good and fulfilled way!
      It's really not so bad, just a few too many things to think about from time-to-time.

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  5. I also felt yelled apart during the Reno bc everyone just expected you to be as social and energetic as I was not working on site myself. In fact I don't think I have fully recuperated either! Honestly I can't get over that strong sun and how there are 4 shades on that whole beach!! Slip slap slop might have to add shade to the campaign...

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    1. It's draining, isn't it? I'm also quite overwhelmed with various admin tasks sorting out my father's stuff and other bureaucratic nonsense.
      The sun here is killer - I've got quite olive skin and wear factor 30+ every single day, but I've noticed how much sun damage I have recently. Terrifying really, but I love the sun so much!

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  6. Glad you had a good'un.
    I love a cook up/eat up / booze up! :)

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    1. It was great - well done on the run, too!

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  7. Glad you had a good weekend! You've got a lot on your plate right now, and considering are still working through grief, I can only imagine how draining it all is! On the plus, you look stunning! We ate having thanksgiving dinner here today so am up to my armpits in cooking!

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    1. Dear Wendy, it's true. Grief in itself is exhausting, and my mother and I are trying to support each other through it, which is also hard. She misses him very, very much.
      Still, there's a lot of good stuff going on, so things are looking brighter.

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  8. Sounds like you had a lovely weekend, Ruth. Love your pics...you look adorable as always! My husband and I attended a Dinner and Art Auction for one of the local organizations on Saturday night and Sunday was spent at home catching up on domestic chores. The weekends really just go by too fast, don't they? Hope you have a good week, and very glad to hear that you were able to take some time to relax a bit this past weekend. :)

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    1. Melissa, your weekend sounds great - dinner and art!
      Weekends need to be 3 days long at least, I reckon!

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  9. Ruth I can sympathize, I went into the weekend feeling totally drained and even though we had a holiday the added of stress of cooking a big meal amongst the packed up pre-reno boxes nearly sent me over the edge. I can't wait to see my kitchen gutted into a big pile of rubble!
    Your meal with friends looks so fun, and of course I love your outfits as usual. Also prosecco my favourite, we'd get ourselves into trouble sitting down to chat with access to that! Have a good week, I hope it's not as crazy.

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    1. Ah Prosecco! it would be so good to meet up and chat over a bottle or 2....
      Hang in there with the packing. It will soon be underway and you can enjoy watching the destruction!
      Our renovations have ground to a halt. Grrr.

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  10. Wow, I love that orangey colour of the top and the swoopy skirt on you. That meal sounds amazing, don't know how you can rally to cook such a fab feast after all you do in the week. You look brown - isn't end of winter there?

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    1. Thanks Jody! The meal wasn't hard - the chopping and grinding was quite therapeutic really! I like cooking at the weekend as long as it's for a special do. I am quite brown - it's been sunny here and I got some sun in Indo too. I'm one of those annoying Brits who goes brown very quickly and doesn't burn, although that does mean that I've got heaps of wrinkles and dark spots!

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  11. Man Pasand Shadi
    The Istikhara is an Islamic tradition which is strongly rooted in our culture of Iran, India and Pakistan. Amil Bangali Baba"

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