I’ve been awful again with updating this blog, I keep putting it on my to-do list and not quite crossing it off! So I’ve just to updated you on the past month, Sydney for my birthday, Gold Coast hinterland (Mount Tambourine) and Gold Coast.
Outside of our gallivanting James and I are continuing to make friends and love life here.
I’m really lucky to be working in a really friendly restaurant and now have a group of close girlfriends (and Mitch – don’t want to leave out the lone guy in our social group!) The girls are from all over the world and each has hosted at least one lunch or dinner where they cook the most amazing food, usually from their home country. We sit and eat and drink and chat for hours – great fun! I’m actually the only one not to have hosted such an event so my turn will be soon – I promise! I really should have been taken photos to share, will try to start now!
It is winter now, around 20 degrees in the daytime but chillier in the morning and at night time. I think we must be totally acclimatised as it feels cold! We came straight from British summertime to Australian summertime so it’s weird to feel a chill. James and I want to take a 2/3 week trip in July, either up to North Queensland or down to Victoria and Tasmania. Everyone keeps warning us how cold it is down South though, and I’m not sure if I can handle it now!
Other than lots of yummy breakfasts/lunches/dinners with my work friends (food seems to be a bonding common ground for us!) I have actually had quite a quiet few weeks as I hurt my back and spend a week inside recovering. Turns out I have a problem with a disk in my lower back, it was really painful and I couldn’t really sit, walk or stand for 5 days. I’ve had problems since I was 17 and used to see an Osteopath but over here the doctor sent me straight for a CT and Xray – that would never happen in the UK! So at least I know what the problem is now. I spent hours lying on the living room floor watching TV, I got through a lot of Kardashians (started back at the beginning) and got bored of that so started on Hart of Dixie, which I love (as does James!) – thanks Steph and Wray for the hint! James took good care of me and even bought me a Netbook to cheer me up and keep me entertained! I haven’t been back to the gym yet but once the twinges go I’ll ease back into some Yoga and Body Balance, think I’ll have to lay off Pump and running.
I’ve booked to come home to the UK in September and I can’t wait to see my family and friends. I won’t have much time but have a lot to fit in! I’m going to have a vintage tea party and can’t want to see all my home girls. I also need to fit in lots of time with my godson Luca – who turns 1 this Friday! I am also very excited to go shopping – during my horizontal time I spent many hours on shopping sights planning my buys (Australian shopping is rubbish). I am also excited to drive my Ladybird and go for a pub roast. I will also be trying on my bridesmaid dress for my friend Nikki's wedding (fingers crossed it arrives) - so much to do, so little time!
Yesterday James bought a fishing rod and tackle box and I bought the 2nd and 3rd instalments of the ‘Fifty Shades’ trilogy. Today we went fishing (reading for me)! I only lasted a hour or so (it was early and cold) but James stayed out and persevered, eventually catching a fish, a bream I think. There is talk of another go tomorrow morning… This is James’ latest chapter in how to be an Australian male. Camping, BBQing, off road driving and surfing have all been conquered (attempted).
Be back soon (well I’ll try!)