Trip Start May 27, 2010
97Trip End Aug 31, 2011
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Since my last post (which, I admit, was ages ago!) I have morphed into Martha Stewart and have found myself enjoying time at home, decorating and prettying the place I call home.
The weather has been unseasonaby good, and so Phil and I made a bit of effort to get the back garden up to scratch so that we can enjoy it come summer. We planted bulbs, painted the fence, and planted a weeping cherry tree which, thanks to the sun, has already blossomed. We bought some outdoor furniture and a barbecue and have fired it up a couple of times, despite everyone's assertions that a gas barbecue is cheating. My response to that is that we have so many barbies in Australia that gas is the only way to go! I've also been met with the excuse that Australians do barbies best, so it's been down to me to cook the meat. I'm pretty sure that's the lamest excuse in the book, Phil!
But the barbecue might need to be rolled away for a little while yet. The weathermen are warning of further snow and chilly weather further into this week. Low 20's one week, freezing temperatures the next. Gotta love England!
I decorated inside with a wall hanging and some birds. I've got a real thing for birds at the moment. Must be a spring time thing. I've been doing a lot of cooking as well, baking biscuits and attempting a pork belly dinner which turned out amazingly.
But after a few weekends spent at home "nesting" and generally improving our abode, it was time to feel normal again and do some serious drinking. It was Neil's birthday and he invited us out for drinks on Saturday night to celebrate. On Sunday morning I woke with a raging hangover and minimal memories from the night before. I couldn't work out why I felt so bad - I hadn't drunk that much had I? But evidently I had, and it wasn't until the day was nearly over that I started to feel normal again.
Mum's shop in Mooroopna has opened and I believe they're doing a comfortable trade and making contacts left, right and centre. The family seems to have traded up into the world of new technology, getting themselves iPhones (Mum, Jacci and Dave) and sending emails with photos attached from Queensland (Luke and Julie). I'm very impressed guys. Very impressed.
This weekend coming is Easter and we're heading down to Bournemouth and Weymouth for the long weekend. It should be good, but a beach holiday is never fun when it's cold and raining. So let's hope for something a bit more akin to what we've been spoilt with for the last couple of weeks.