Weekend Away

12 02 2010

We have started at a new church this year – Drummoyne Presbyterian. It’s a lot closer to home and a different to what we are used to. You are very much looking forward to serving there in whichever way God wishes to use us.

I’ve never really started at a “new” church before. I had been going to Carlo my whole life. I’m not used to being such a new face at church.

This weekend is the mother of all opportunities to make new friends though. We are heading off tonight on the churches annual weekend away.  No doubt it will be a great opportunity to meet some people and make some new friends. I’m excited and scared all at the same time.

Have a cracking weekend.





Long Weekend – Long Week

14 06 2009

As you know, I love a long weekend.

But the problem with a long weekend is that, by comparison, even a four-day week can seem endless. We have been trying to relax a bit this weekend to compensate for what was a fairly frustrating work week.

Last weekend was a cracker. We went up to Forster with my family and played a bit of golf, did a lot of reading and spent plenty of time sleeping.

We went for a drive north to a little town called Wingham. We checked out the thousands of grey-headed flying foxes they have living there. At the Anglican Op shop I managed to pick up six second-hand books for under five bucks! Some great titles and authors in there too: The Crucible, Tale of Two Cities, Joseph Conrad, GK Chesterton. What a bargain!

Ready for another 3-day weekend. Next one’s not til October… 😦





The Local Taphouse – Sydney Version

16 04 2009

I’ve blogged before about the Local Taphouse coming from Melbourne to Sydney.

I also promised more info once I had been.

Well I’ve now been (last Thursday night – how good are long weekends?) and I can say it was AWESOME!

They have decorated the place really well. Similar style to the Melbourne Taphouse. Tram seats along the walls, small tables, plenty of wood and leather-bound books (classy).

But clearly, it’s all about the beer.

The range is exceptional, certainly more than you could get through in a few visits. The also do a feature brewery each month and focus on that brewerys offerings. This month it is Bridge Road Brewers down in Victoria. I had their Aussie Ale and their “Bling” IPA. Adri had the Hargreaves hill ESB – which is especially tasty.

The food ain’t bad either. Adri had the mussells (all self-respecting beer venues must sell mussells these days) and I had a simple, tasty and reasonably priced pizza.

The location is a little awkward, parking wasn’t particularly easy. But I will definitely be going back for another round.





Brisbane – debrief

6 11 2008

I can’t sleep so I thought I would take the opportunity to catch up on some long overdue posting…

We had a FABULOUS time in Brisbane the weekend before last. It was a pleasure to catch up with the Lovells and get a peek at their new lives in a new town. It was also a pleasure to give Isaac plenty of cuddles!

We also got to check out some of the sights of Brissy and surrounds.

  • Saturday we headed up to Nooosa to hit the beach (a bit too chilly to swim).
  • Sunday we joined the Lovells at Creek Rd Presbyterian Church which was great. We then hit up Wet’n’Wild Water park which was embarassingly sensational! The highlight was definitely the “Tornado”!
  • Monday we stayed in Brisbane and wandered around Southbank and Fortitude Valley. We also managed to make it to the two cafes I had my eye on.

Enjoy photo-love below. (NB – My great birthday present with a photo of me on the front! Also, how sweet are our parenting skills? I was the pram-master by Monday)

More photos on fb.

Thanks for a Lovelly weekend guys!

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Brisbane

24 10 2008

Adri and I are off to Brisbane this weekend to enjoy a brief holiday visiting the Lovells.

The plan is to:

  • Go to their new church with them on Sunday morning
  • Give Isaac lots of cuddles
  • Drive up to Noosa for a day
  • Go to Wet’n’Wild!

We will be coming home on Monday night.

I always like to check out the coffee scene when I visit a city. I know of here and here. Any other recommendations?

We have a fairly tight schedule, but is there anything we absolutely must do whilst in Brisbane? Pubs, restaurants, shops, etc?

How about things we should avoid at all costs?

I’m super-excited!





Time is short

30 09 2008

Don’t you hate it when it feels like all your deadlines converge?

My exam is a mere 3 weeks away, but before I go on study leave I need to finish a big report at work which includes building a GLM on claim payments that we haven’t investigated before.

Ideally, the next few weeks would be spent winding down work and winding up study. Instead I think I have some late nights ahead of me.

Not going to worry about work this weekend though… Long weekend! Yay!

We’re heading up to Forster, hopefully for some warm weather/beach action (plus some study). Your plans?





Artificial long weekend

20 08 2008

I have already told you of my longing for the long weekend. So this weekend, I again extended the traditional two days to three in order to play a little bit of golf with some friends.

I must say, taking Monday off certainly gives you a whole new level of appreciation for Sunday. There is no rush to get the shopping done, less stress about finishing household chores before the week begins and a more relaxed Saturday-type vibe about the whole day.

Sunday morning, Bruce was back at the pulpit after some time away and he preached a cracker on Hebrews, especially the first four verses. He talked about the situation of the Ugandan church (where they have just been) and the situation with the worldwide Anglican Communion. He discussed the danger of drifting away from the authority of Christ both personally and congregationally.

Monday was golf at the crack of dawn. Dave Keun and Aidan Carleton joined me for 18 holes at Castle Hill GC. It was a pleasure to catch up with these guys, even though I chopped it up (I came third!). Highlight was Dave’s tap in birdie on the 4th.

Monday afternoon was spent relaxing and watching the Olympics, doing the shopping and just the smallest amount of study for good measure.

I really should take a day off more often! Or maybe we should push for the standard 3-day weekend?





Saturday

16 07 2008

Had a great day on Saturday… and I promised Hamm I’d blog about it.

Played golf on Saturday morning – always fun!

Then Adri and I hung out with Hamm at Glebe markets. I bought some cool Lego cufflinks. Then we went to Bertoni’s Casalinga in Balmain for coffee and gingerbread men. Thanks for a lovely afternoon Hamm!

Saturday night, Adri and I went to La Disfida in Haberfield. A GREAT Italian pizza place. We had to wait about 20mins for a table, but it was well worth it. Right up there with Rosso Pomodoro for the best pizzas in Sydney.

Speaking of Rosso – we are heading there for dinner tonight – yay!





Re: Melbourne

12 06 2008

As mentioned already, Adri and I spent the weekend in Melbourne. We had a fantastic time.

The highlight was either breakfast at St Ali’s coffee roasters or lunch at the Local Taphouse Pub. Line ball.

The lowlight was undoubtedly the 8 hour door to door trip home. Top work Qantas.

On Shopping…

We didn’t go absolutely mental, but we did pick up some good purchases. Adri was a little disappointed that I came home with more purchases than she did.

Chapel street was superb. We clocked up a lot of kms walking up and down it. You could easily spend a week on it as there are hundreds of shops.

Best shop was American Apparel where we picked up 3 items. Apparently there is one coming to Paddington soon.

On Coffee…

Our first Melbourne coffee experience was not a good one. The cafe across the road from our hotel got 4.5 beans in the Melbourne coffee guide and was packed with people on Saturday morning. However, when we got inside and ordered our 2 lattes, they promptly forgot about us! I had to reorder after a good 20 mins. When it did finally arrive, it wasn’t too bad.

St Ali was another story altogether. Almost the ideal cafe in my opinion. The roasters were pumping out the delicious when we arrived at the converted warehouse. Our 2 lattes were perfectly made with a very well defined rosetta. Tap water was served in old VB bottles and tthe breakfast was he most delicious cafe food I’ve had in a long time. Labna, poached pears, muesli and mixed nuts/seeds and bacon and eggs on hashbrowns. Yum!

We bought 250g of the St Ali’s Espresso blend home. I haven’t quite mastered the grind yet, but it was pretty tasty this morning.

On Beer…

I don’t think the Victorians fully realise how good they have it in the beer stakes. It seems Victoria has far more boutique breweries than NSW. In the pubs we visited, I didn’t see VB or New on tap once – how good is that!

The beer highlight was the Local Taphouse on Chapel St, St Kilda. They boasted 40 beers on tap and had a beer menu that stretched to dozens of pages. I had the Otway Estate Otway Ale which was a tasty, full-bodies, subtly hoppy ale. Adri had the Hargreaves Hill ESB which I would say surpassed, or at least equalled, the Knappstein in the tasty lager department.

We also had le Coq Blond at the Lucky Coq in Prahran. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t as good as their $4 pizzas!

All in all, we had a great time. I can’t wait to go back and see more of Melbourne. It really is a great town.’

PS – Thanks for everyones tips! Photos to come





Melbourne

5 06 2008

The artificial long weekend up in Forster seems a long time ago now. I long for another….

Thankfully, we have one! This weekend, to celebrate the birth of a Queen of some description, Adri and I will be heading off for a long weekend in Melbourne!

We are planning on enjoying:

  1. Shopping
  2. Coffee
  3. Boutique Victorian Beers

We fly out on Saturday morning and come back Monday lunchtime. We are staying in a little hotel in St Kilda.

Should be fantastic!

Any tips, tricks, suggestions or warnings for where to go, what to drink, etc in Melbourne? I am thinking especially of coffee and beer!