It's the middle of winter, which would normally see me staying home with the heating turned up and not venturing out for anything. I'm a bit of a winter hibernator... My life had other ideas for this particular July, though, and the month has flown past in a blur.
There's been a spurt of quite ridiculous work activity, which has not helped my mental health one little bit - but the less said about that, the better.
Here's some of the more fun stuff I've been up to:
Bike Boy scored free tickets to the premier performance of a stage show: Grievous Angel, which is on now at the Atheneum. It's based around the life and music of Gram Parsons, of whom I had never actually heard - although it turns out, I did know some of his songs.
So we changed our usual Friday night routine of relaxing at home with a movie and instead headed into the city for an evening out. We popped into MoVida Next Door for tapas and a couple of these:
Admired the street art in Hosier Lane:
And stopped at Brunetti in the city square for coffee and dessert:
The show was great - Jordy Lane is a talented performer, and I enjoyed it way more than I expected to.
We had a Saturday night out the following weekend to help a young lady, to whom I happen to be godmother, celebrate her 21st birthday. A chance to dress up and a catch-up with old friends is always fun. And look how well she turned out - that's all down to my influence, of course. ;)
I managed to score an invite to a lovely morning tea at Crown Towers, hosted by Twinings. It was on a weekday, but I did not let that get between me and a free high tea. No way, Jose.
The instant I stepped off the train at Flinders St, I regretted not bringing my camera. *sigh* The phone would have to do. So I snapped a few shots of the cityscape...
...and of course, the obligatory food shots:
I have to say, this was a very well-run product launch. No hard-sell, boring lecture about the product - just the very personable Mr Stephen Twining himself, sharing his passion for tea and offering some interesting facts about tea and tea-making. The food was fabulous (as was the tea, of course) and we got to take home a goodie bag stuffed with a range of Twining's teas.
Best of all, we got to mix up our very own personal blend of teas and take it home in a pretty glass jar. Of which I completely forgot to take a photo, and now it's sitting on my desk at work. Oh well.
I have managed to get outdoors and do a little photography. I've developed an interest in the local birds, and have grabbed a few reasonable shots of some, like this Little Black Cormorant, parked on a log in the billabong:
There's been some sunshine amongst the cloudy and rainy conditions too:
And sunsets can still look pretty on grey days, especially over water:
Tonight I'm off to a ball, so I'm hoping for a fairy godmother to appear and do a Cinderella on me this afternoon. Of course it's more likely that that I'll just have to dash from nail salon to hairdresser to the shops for some last minute "thing" I've forgotten, then home to do my own makeup, throw on my frock and be in a complete tizz by the time our driver arrives to pick us up.
Depending on how well my fairy godmother performs, there may be photos....
There. Blogging just about all caught up. You're welcome.