On a week that started in Eucumbene, had a pit-stop in the office in Sydney, a day at home on the Sunshine Coast and finished in Melbourne, it’s been tough to keep track of where I am and what I’m doing. Anyways, here goes with the (more than) 5 things that made me smile last week.
It was minus 3 when we left Eucumbene on Monday morning – which made for a frostily photogenic drive into Cooma.
I was in the office in Sydney on Tuesday and Wednesday, so that meant catch-ups with colleagues during the day, and with friends and family at night.
The new metro
I suppose that it’s only new-ish now, but it’s new to me. I found it ridiculously easy and on each morning there was a train to the city waiting at the platform at Chatswood when I had to change.
I flew home on Wednesday night from Sydney and, given that I was working on Thursday had just enough time to empty the contents of the suitcases into the washing machine so I could pack it again for Melbourne.
I did, however, pick a good day to be home – blue skies and 28C. Not bad for late winter…
Welcome to Melbourne
Packing for the weekend constituted a bit of a challenge… When I arrived in Melbourne it was to a temperature of about 6 deg, rain, wind and sleet.
It is, however, one of the (many) things I adore about this city – how you can have rain one minute and blue skies the next. I also like being able to wear proper layers and winter clothes.
I’ll tell you more about where we ate etc on Thursday…
The One Man Band
This dude was walking through South Melbourne Markets on Saturday morning as his own one man band. Sounding like a 78 gramophone record his version of The Kinks’ Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon brought a smile to our faces and had us tapping our toes and doing the shoulder dance thing. It was one of those pure joy moments.
Chef’s Hat in South Melbourne
This shop is a treasure trove for foodies and cooks. While other women might come back from Melbourne with shoes, I came back with an enamel tarte tatin pan.
The Hellenic Republic’s White Taramasalata
I could seriously have eaten this stuff by the bucketload!
The RWA Awards Night
The reason for the weekend in Melbourne – the Romance Writer’s of Australia awards night and my book, Happy Ever After, was up for a RUBY (that’s the romantic book of the year award) in the romantic elements category.
I didn’t win the gong, but I did come second and I was seriously stoked.
Thanks to everyone who sent me messages on Facebook and Instagram – I’m proud, but also overwhelmed at the support. A special thanks to my Kiwi bestie who battled through the hardship of a girl’s weekend in Melbourne with me and who came to the dinner with me. Given that she got a shout-out in the book it was very fitting that she was there.
Okay, that was my week…how was yours?