Tuesday, March 24, 2015

March-Week 13-Happy St Patrick's Day

Tuesday was St Patrick's Day so where did we go??
The Cock and Bull of-course...
A Scottish Pipe Band, playing in an English Pub on an Irish day...
only in Tassie!!
Thursday was my little sisters 40th birthday.
We had a meal at The Newstead Hotel and shared a bottle of Janz, as only we can...
Georgia and Grandma were there.
And Ruby with her favourite uncle.
Ok, Kath and Kel jokes aside....Saturday was Relay for Life.
Andrew and I spent the weekend at the event in The Haggis Muncher's team.
And The Haggis Munchers....the band opened the event.
Fiona bought the girls out and they walked with me for a while.
Great bucket hats. I love this pic....
And the reason behind me taking part this year!
I had decided I wanted to walk the length of a marathon in honour of my Dad who lost his battle to lung cancer 3 years ago. I walked the 105 laps or 42km and spent much of that time thinking of Dad and the life we had shared. I miss the cranky old buggar and am so pleased that I walked that distance for him. The funny thing is, if he was here he would tell me I was bloody crazy, but I know he would be proud of my efforts and would tell everyone about it, over and over and over and over.....

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

March-Week 12-Very Quiet

This week has been very quiet. Report and Unit writing at work has keep me busy. Morning gym sessions, Park Run on Saturday, where I set a new PB and a bike ride along the Tail-race on Sunday with Andrew. 

Feeling very end of Termish and looking forward to two weeks at home. 

Monday, March 9, 2015

March-Week 11-A St Andrew's Pipe Band Wedding

A very quiet end to the week after our few days in Sydney.
On Saturday we headed off to Bikefit at Hobbler's Bridge. 
It was Andrew's first time and he is planning to go again so it can't have been too bad.
Saturday afternoon we went to John and Sally-Anne's wedding in the City Park.
It was a lovely ceremony and the wedding party looked gorgeous!
While the bridal party were having photos taken we went to Julie and Peters for drinks and nibbles. Three hours of bubbles and you can imagine we were feeling very relaxed!

A lot of very old and dear friends were at the wedding reception. Gaye and Margaret and lots of dancers. It was a great night filled with lovely food, drinks, bubbles, laughter, bag pipes,  The Gay Gordon's and Strip the Willow....

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Sydney Weekend

For Christmas and Andrew's birthday in January I surprised him with a weekend in Sydney and tickets to see The Eagles, a band he has always been keen to see live.
We left Saturday and returned Tuesday staying at a hotel in Darling Harbour.
On Saturday we spent much of the day wondering around the Darling Harbour area, watching the dragon-boat races and just soaking up the atmosphere.  
Later Saturday afternoon we caught a ferry to Circular Quay and then over to Manly where we had a relax on the beach and the mandatory Ben and Jerry's ice cream.
After a long walk and breakfast at The Rocks on Sunday morning we caught a bus to Bondi.  A great atmosphere, but way too many "beautiful" people; not my idea of a relaxing beach area. The weather was extremely warm and we wished we had taken our bathers!
On our way back from Bondi the weather changed radically and the predicted storm arrived. It was one of the most freakiest things we have ever seen. The storm clouds rolled right over our ferry on the harbour like waves, it was very surreal!
The rain arrived as we were docking and there was a major downpour for quite sometime. I think the temperature dropped some 15 degrees in 5 minutes.

On Monday we caught a train to The Crewel Gobelin in Killarra. I came away with two new cross-stitch samplers I have been eyeing off for a while and I cannot wait to get started on one of them. Killarra was a very elite suburb with tree lined streets, large Tudor style homes and the majority of cars being BMW or Mercedes.
After our morning in Killarra we went shopping at Birkenhead Point and then headed back to the city.
Andrew went and visited one of his favourite pubs and had a beer while waiting for me.

Once we were tarted up for dinner and The Eagles we went to Margaritaville for a cocktail and then The Meat Co for one of the best steaks ever!  
Our lovely weekend in Sydney was made all the more wonderful by The Eagles. They sang All Night Long for almost 3 hours and it was definitely One of Those Nights and Life was In the Fast Lane.
Andrew loved the eagles and I Cant Tell You Why but he sure portrayed A Peaceful Easy Feeling, no Desperado that night!
A great mid-term break! Now back to reality!!

Week 10-Push bikes, student visits and wine

Andrew and I are progressing nicely in our Mid-life crisis fun! This week we bought push bikes and all the accessories! SOme cheeky buggars have started calling us Barbie and Ken, while others have named us Kath and Kim....We are going to take part in Bikefit on Saturday mornings.
Monday and Tuesday I went with other colleagues to the north-east coast to visit students. Lauchy lives at Waratah and has been my student since Prep.
He is now in Grade 4 and this will be our last year working together..
Its always fun to visit students in their own homes and we get to see much of Tassie.
On Friday night the Pipe band played at The Seaport so Alex and I went with Andrew
and had a leisurely glass of bubbles while waiting for him.
A nice way to spend a Friday evening!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

February-Week 9

I can't believe its Week 9 already. Life is very busy and I am having lots of fun exercising and doing things with my lovely high school friends, The Ravo Chicks!
On Saturday I went to Bikefit for the very first time.  We cycled about 30km and while it hurt I loved every minute of it. It felt so good to be outside and speeding on my bike!  I have convinced Andrew to start coming with me so I'm really happy we can do this and spend more time together.

Saturday night we went to a "Cruise" themed birthday party for Narelle's 50th. It was lots of fun although Deb was unable to come. 

I love these ladies, they are such wonderful friends! I am the only one left in our group in my 40's but that will change in a couple of months. Fiona and I are busily planning our party....

Monday, February 16, 2015

February-Week 9-Happy Valentine's Day

A busy week at work and going to the  gym ended with a relaxing evening on Friday night.
Andrew and I had a drink at the Cock and Bulll and then a meal at one of our favourite restaurants, Buddah Thai.
Saturday morning Lisa and I headed to Hobart for the nights. We had a relaxing afternoon and then went to see the controversial "Fifty Shades of Grey" movie. It was nice to meet up with Lib at the movies too. The movie was good, I'd watch it again....

Saturday morning we had an early start and caught the shuttle bus to the start line of the B&E Run the Bridge 5km Challenge. The atmosphere was amazing and I finished in 39 minutes. Not my best time, but a good run. 

The weekend was busy and enjoyable. He's to another fun filled week...