So this week’s episode is a couple of weeks late, due to holidays, and not being able to keep up!!
I can’t believe I get to start this week in a different state.
Monday – I slept in this morning till 9am. Today was a running errands day and I spent most of it at a huge shopping mall. But my sweet cousin and I got to try out a hot drink in a bowl, first time for both of us, from a beautiful bakery called French Twist. Over a dinner of roast chicken and veggies we watched Masterchef.
Tuesday – My sweet cousin and I stayed in PJs till 3pm. I made banana bread, while my cousin made lots of phone calls and I made lots of cups of tea. The rest of the day was spent doing washing and designing and printing order of service books. We ended up at office works at 8:50pm to staple books and buy cardboard. Then a hot drink before bed.
Wednesday- Today was a day just for me. I caught the train (two actually) into the city. I went into the State library and saw their skins exhibition showcasing indigenous painted possum skins. The skins had amazing patterns and were incredible. Then I visited GOMA, the Gallery of Modern Art. I spent a long time there and some of my favourites were: a video of an artist recycling floors and wall sections from buildings about to be demolished; Womanly one, over twenty tubes made out of the leaves of a plant, representing the various shapes of women; a portrait by a high school student of her dad looking at a computer screen, the perpetual learner; and Ticking clocks, representing the number of deaths from medical issues.
I had a carrot risotto for lunch and spent some time colouring in. Then I ventured into Book fest, and helping man on the street get an ambulance, too out of it to tell us where to get a taxi to. Then home, flower picking on the way and chicken stir fry for dinner. cousin made apple crumble, so delish. Then some planning phone calls before bed.
Thursday – This was the day my wonderful beloved arrived. My sweet cousin and I spent the morning doing more preparations and then met up with a friend of hers who is doing the flowers for the wedding. Her friend had just started working at a gorgeous little florist shop in Paddington. When we arrived she was super busy so while we waited, my sweet cousin and I made a few phone calls. Her friend then let us have coffee and cake on the house while we chatted with her about the plans and preparations so far. My sweet cousin got to share the joyful news with her friend that the chapel where the ceremony would take place was not going to charge them. Then we dropped in to see another friend who was lending us some A Frame wooden boards for us to put signs on. It took us almost twenty minutes to get these six boards in the back of the groom’s convertible that we were driving around. A bit of paper towel was used for protection and we were good to go. In the late afternoon my sweet cousin dropped me at a mall to meet up with my beloved. It was so great to see him, and we enjoyed catching up on the last five days apart. We had dinner with my mum and dad, who also flew in on the same flight, and my mum’s sister and her partner. Then my sweet cousins brother (here after referred to as cobro) had asked to meet up and have a one on one additive free supermarket tour. How could I say no? After we discovered we were both at two different shopping centres, slight miscommunication, my cobro and I chatted about his health and desire for healthy eating while he purchased a few things. Then we headed to his regular supermarket chain of choice, and walked the aisles discussing better choices for the products he normally eats. Cobro enjoyed seeing that some of his regular purchases were on my good/approved list, and appreciated the tips for food items for his expanding family. When we finished Cobro picked up my beloved and his suitcase from my parents hotel, and drove us both to my sweet cousins house.
Friday – The bride got waxed, and while my beloved and I waited at Chermside mall for her to finish we met up with my baby cousin and her hubby who had flown in from the USA, my Aunty and her partner, and my mum and dad who all ordered breakfast. Then my dad took me and my beloved to meet up with the bride and groom for a ‘who dunnit’ puzzle game. I really enjoyed it, even though we needed to use 3 hints and missed out on solving the puzzle within an hour, we were only ten seconds over.
Sustenance and coffee were required so we found a little cafe called The Rare Pear and my sweet cousin and I ordered these amazing veggie burgers. Sun dried tomato relish, beetroot chutney, roast pumpkin and eggplant, rocket and aioli were some great ingredients topped with grilled haloumi. We enjoyed a conversation covering The Iron Druid Series, Brexit, and our puzzle solving skills from the game before my dad took my beloved and I to the airport. He was going to collect my little sis who was arriving and we were picking up a hire car. After getting our red Camry we drove back to my sweet cousins house to collect her and all our luggage to take to a lavender farm where the girls would be staying for two nights before the wedding. That evening my beloved and my sweet cousin cooked Haystacks for dinner, a version of nachos, which was most wonderful. Then the young girls, my sweet cousin, my littlest sister and I headed to our separate accommodation that night while my baby cousin slept off her jetlag.
What an amazing week, now just a wedding rehearsal and wedding to finish it off. I’ll do a post for this just on it’s own.