Tuesday, 31 January 2012

The grandest return of Marian Keyes

If you know me well you will know I am quite obsessed with Marian Keyes. If you've only known me for a very short period of time you might not know this because for the last 2 and a bit years she's been a little bit out of action.

This morning I was overjoyed to see her newsletter notification in my inbox. She writes the most hilarious newsletters.

This one was as hilarous as ever, but mostly heart warming.

She's been having a bit of a rough time but seems to be emerging out of the end of it. She writes:

A shy and tentative hello, my amigos. I’m mortified I’ve been off the air for so long – nearly 2 years – and if you’ve all lost interest, don’t worry at all, I don’t blame you. I really had no expectation that I’d be out of action for so long, It’s been a very strange time, I hardly know where to start, except that I kept waiting to get back to normal and I’m having to accept that the old normal is gone forever and that I’d better start liking the new one!
As if we've lost interest, Marian!

She's written a book, 'Saved by Cake' (by Marian Keyes), due for release soon. And the new Helen Walsh novel has also been written! So keep an eye out for both books! I cannot recommend her highly enough.

Click here for her newletter.

Welcome back Marian - we love you!!!

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Open Air Cinema, St Kilda: on the roof top of the Sea Baths

Last night a friend and I went to the Open Air Cinema, atop the roof of the Sea Baths in St Kilda, to see the Ides of March (George Clooney and Ryan Gosling).

What a lovely night out!!

The blue deck chairs were neatly lined up in rows facing the movie screen. There were fish and chips, cold drinks, and Ben & Jerry's icecream.

The views of the city were splendid. There were windsurfers floating around the bay. We enjoyed the sun setting over the ocean while we waited for it to get dark enough for the movie to start.

Though it was a relatively warm night, up in the air just next to the ocean the wind blew a freezing wind. Blankets were hired out for $4 each, but they did little to keep out the wind. I recommend rugging up - even if it's warm when you leave your house!

I love our city.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Packing for India

I'm travelling to India in April with my cousin J, and my bestie C. I'm very, very excited. So excited, in fact, that I have already started packing (no joke).

My boyfriend got me a fabulously small backpack for Christmas - with which I can pack very light, but have enough to get by for journey. I am carefully selecting clothing that is: a. comfortable, b. respectful, and c. slightly fabulous in a holiday-harem pants type of way.

I am taking one book, Arundhati Roy "The God of Small Things", something to write in, a pencil, my camera (of course), and a deck of cards.

It's going to be amazing.

Really hot summer days

Really hot days in Melbourne are only scattered across the summer. You know it before it even hits. Really hot days sound different to regular days. You wake up in the morning and there's a different noise in the air. A buzzing, maybe.

Monday, 2 January 2012

Happy new year - 2012!!!

A 38.5 degree day (Celsius)...it's scalding hot in the harsh Victorian sun. The water is the only place to be on a day like today, and thanks to some friends we have a lovely pool to enjoy.

3 sunscreen smearing sessions, some fruit punch and barbecued snags for lunch. The boys are throwing a ball in the pool, my fingers are all pruny and I just can't wipe the contented smile off my face.

What a fabulous start to 2012.