Monthly Archives: February 2013

Just a minute in … February

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Loving having a new house mate (who also happens to be my fiancé).  Fiancés make the best house mates. 

Dreaming … of the Easter long weekend, and all of the sleep-ins, warm lazy days and chocolate bunnies.

Enjoying … spending time with this little one, my newest niece, baby Emmy.

Getting … used to 5:30 am wake-up calls and super early starts at work.  Moving my day forward a little means an earlier finish and a lot more productivity.  I should have thought of this years ago.

Eating … prawn bruschetta and merry berry smoothie at the Naked Fig while watching the waves roll in with my lovely friend Janie.  We are so lucky to live where we live, Perth is beautiful.

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Melbourne

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I flew over to Melbourne last week for an appeal hearing, and took the opportunity to have a quick catch-up with my good friend Verity, who has called Melbourne home for three and a half years. Verity is always so thoughtful and organised when it comes to planning activities in her home city. Just after I arrived, we visited the night markets at Queen Victoria Markets and ate our bodyweight in different foods (including salted caramel macarons, mini cupcakes and fudge for dessert).  We spent Thursday night as audience members for The Project screening, followed by a little dinner at Fonda near where Verity lives.  With all the Valentines Day red roses around Melbourne that day, it was nice to see a couple having dinner near us with a bunch of yellow gerberas wrapped in brown paper on their table. The following day we walked from Richmond into the city, where we came across this amazing structure (below) made of tree branches and twigs, and walked up and down Melbourne city’s lane ways and back streets. Thanks Verity (and Melbourne) for an awesome few days.

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Over the weekend

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After a jam-packed weekend, by Sunday night I felt a little bit like I needed another weekend to recover. For someone who sells time for a living (and bills in six-minute intervals), I have developed an unfortunately keen sense of minutes passing by all too quickly. No matter how many promises I make to myself about keeping weekends largely free for relaxation, Mike and I have agreed that “plans seem to find us”. I can’t complain though, it means I get to catch up with people I love.

Here are a few snaps from a couple of weekend outings, from the top: LUMINOUSnight, commemorating the centenary of my old uni, UWA, and the opening of the Perth International Arts Festival. We stopped by late on Friday night to see it all lit up and full of life. Angove St, North Perth where Mum and I went for fresh juices at Metrio & Co in between wedding dress appointments. Dessert date at Wild Fig Cafe, which incidentally made the papers the following morning over the Paul Tonich review incident – a reminder to think twice before posting a review online, and before responding to a bad review by making fun of the reviewer. Eeeek.

Summerset Arts Festival

Gemma kindly reminded this morning that the Summerset Arts Festival 2013 is here!  The Summerset Festival is an initiative of the shire that I live in and incorporates fun and sometimes cultural events held all around my area.  Last year, Gem and I went to the Summerset edition of the Polka Dot Vintage Market, held right on Scarborough Beach not far from my home (I picked up a tweed blazer with velvet lapels).  We also try to go to Polka Dot at its usual residence, the Claremont Showgrounds, a couple of times a year.

This year the line up for the Festival looks really fun, including Cinema By The Sea, which is free and where you can see a few classic films as well as some local shorts.  I for one am looking forward to this year’s Polka Dot Vintage Market in two weeks’ time, which promises to be bigger and better than last year.

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Rituals

Soon, Mike will move in and we expect there will be a few big shifts in our lifestyles and the way we spend our days.  I have a weekday routine that might be one of the things to undergo a change.  I usually leave myself enough time in the morning to get into the city a bit early, pick up a coffee on the way and (barring any work-related emergencies or early meetings) sit down at my desk to flick through a favourite site or two before getting into my emails.  A long-time favourite of mine is Design*Sponge.  This Sydney apartment from Design*Sponge is one I often come back to, and these images are saved to a folder on my desktop along with hundreds of other images of beautiful homes that inspire. 

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