Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Season's Greetings

Now we're both working, 'blog time' has been seriously reduced....hence the fact it's been a little while since the last post.....!
Anyway, all is still bonza, as they say over here. Dan's yoghurt shop is closed for most of Christmas so he's got a cushty week off.... in contrast, I'm working every waking hour with my only day off being actual Christmas Day. Someone's got to put bread on the table!

I'm still blagging the fact that I'm a 'barista' at the ice cream shop. I can cope with the simple coffees now but anything out of the ordinary still confuses me. Here's a pic of me practising at home....

Our landlady, Joanne, organised a Christmas get-together for the housemates here and the ones at another of her houses. We all went round to their house, because it's huge, and had a pizza night. We were eating pizza for the next week, as Joanne had ordered us a giant pizza each...I think she thought we needed feeding, as we're all living away from home!
Last week we headed over to Coogee beach, after Jen our housemate recommended it. It's about a 30 minute bus ride from here, which saves us going into the city. We had a really lovely day there, relaxing on the beach. It doesn't seem quite as manic as Bondi, which tends to get overrun with school kids (especially now it's the school holidays).
We liked Coogee so much that we decided to go back there at the weekend for their carol concert. We headed over early and spent a bit of time exploring the area. Someone at work had said that Clovelly (not the one in ND!) is really nice, so we took a walk along the coastal path to check it out. It was a lovely walk and I'm sure we'll revisit Clovelly with our swimming costumes again soon. It's a very narrow beach, and they've made the bay into a massive swimming pool, with places to climb in along the side. It wasn't the weather for it when we were there, but we'll definitely be back on a sunny day.

Dan and I got to the carol concert nice and early to get our pitch. It was a good job we did, because by the time it started every little space was taken by families and their picnic blankets. Dan bought a little candle and a booklet so we could sing along..... as you can see, he got well into it!!
 Newtown is full of lovely restaurants, so it is surprising that we have only just been out for our first meal. To celebrate our five and a half year anniversary (any excuse!!) we went to Thai Riffic, one of the most popular eateries. It's got a great reputation, and I can see why. The decor in the restaurant is so pretty and the food was amazing. A very enjoyable evening....
  All that's left for me to say is MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!


Nichola Feesey said...

Hi both,
What a lovely seasonal blog! I should imagine that a carol concert on the beach must have been quite an experience.
I'm looking forward to trying a few new types of coffee when you get back!
Hope Skype works so we can see you at the weekend.
Lots of love
Mum xx

Jean and Geoff said...

We enjoyed the tale of your 'doings'! It is nice that you are finding time to investigate the district. The beach looks lovely, and we envy your 'outsize / outside' swimming pool. We join with all of the rest in wishing you both a very Merry Christmas.
Love from Gron and Gramp

Tryna and John Feesey said...

Thoroughly enjoyed your latest blog and seasonal photos; no doubt pleased you're not in England at the moment with all the snow and ice; even our weather is cold and wet, so we are envious of your lovely sunshine!

We hope you have a wonderful Christmas and manage to speak to your parents via Skype over the festive season.

Love to you both
Tryna, John, Stephanie and Danielle xxxx

ps hope you received our Christmas e-card?

Sophia Harvey said...

Hi to you both,
Thank you for your Xmas Day Skype enjoyed every minute!Good to see you both looking so happy and well.
Lots of love
Mum xx
ps Loved your latest blog!