Closer and closer to the end of the countdown… I’m now down to two. I’ll admit I’ve struggled with this post because I couldn’t think of just two things I could write about. Finally I realised I should tell you two things I’ve done over the past week.
1. I went to the Good Food and Wine Show. No surprises there, right? It was part of the countdown, after all. My friend and I had an absolute blast. We’ve been going for the past five years and have it down to a fine art. This year there were a couple of spanners thrown in the works. The first was that our favourite label’s distributor didn’t send them part of their consignment and there was none of our favourite sparkling to drink. Well, actually, if we went to a class in the wine theatre then we could have had a sample of it. The wonderful Sue, from our favourite label, managed to go see the guys in the wine theatre and brought us back a bottle of the sparkling – my friend and I are yet to set a date but we’ll enjoy sitting back and drinking that bottle! Turns out that Sue was the envy of a couple of other labels as they were chatting to her when we arrived (just a few minutes after the doors were open) and we rocked up to the stall and asked for our order forms and then promptly handed over some money. *lol*
The other spanner in the works? Well, it wasn’t anything bad, that’s for sure. This year we decided to go for tickets above the standard general entry and discovered the joys of the VIP room. Can anyone say “free flowing drinks” and not just alcohol but water, juice and other things? Pair that with incredibly comfortable seats (the Vago from Ikea – $40 and they were amazing) and also food. Oh, the food! We got to sit and watch all the chef theatre shows being live streamed AND we got tasting plates of the food! I don’t think I’ve ever eaten so much in my life… and it’s certainly the first time we’ve eaten more than we’ve drunk at the GFWS. The staff in the room were fabulous.
2. I went shopping. I bought orange things and blue things, black things and grey things. It’s all stuff I haven’t bought in years (years and years and years) but it was heaps of fun. Can’t wait to show you!
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My poor neglected blog… it’s been languishing here for a couple of days while we finished off the school holidays and then I sent the kids back to school and still didn’t get in here. Sorry about that, MIP.
So, where were we? Wow, what a lot of w’s! *lol* That’s right, I’d made one of my favourite salads and we went and spent a few hours with friends and had a fantastic time. They’re on a nice little bit of land with space for the kids to race around and have fun without bothering anyone. Miss8 had fun with their piano and the other kids, Mr7 had a blast on their tree swing and just randomly exploring and Master2 was shadowed by a dog everywhere he went – smart dog knew he would be a good sharer. Just as well Domino (the dog!) seems immune to chocolate as there was a fair bit of sharing a cupcake or three between Master2 and the dog.
We did a final round of visiting people and running errands on the public holiday on Monday and managed to avoid getting stuck in any public holiday/end of school holiday traffic which is a small miracle in itself. It was great catching up with people and chatting about what they’ve been doing recently, term time is pretty packed with kids and their activities so we made the most of the rare treat.
Then yesterday it was time to pack all the lunchboxes again (six between three children, slightly ridiculous in itself!) and send them all off to school (or kindy!) and try not to grin too hard as I said goodbye. I think I managed it but wouldn’t like to put it in writing. Oh, wait…
And now for the fun job of getting caught up on everything. I’ve got work deadlines all over the place, school meetings, a massive to do list and a really fun volunteer thing I’m doing at the moment that has got me humming Christmas music with not a stray piece of tinsel in sight. It’s a lot of “head down, get it done” stuff for the next week or so, I think. And then next Friday I get to really enjoy myself with the Good Food and Wine Show which I’m looking forward to.
May your day be merry and bright…
Not that I’m counting or anything, right? It’s one month til one of my favourite days of the year. Yep, better than Easter, Christmas and maybe even my birthday… it’s one month until the opening day of the Brisbane Good Food and Wine Show!
For the past few years this has been a day to not only try (and buy!) lots of wines and drool over amazing food but also a day to spend with my best friend as we do the things we do best – eat, drink, laugh, find bargains, drink, catch up, chat to people… and have a wine or two. We lead such busy lives and, sadly, no longer live as close as we used to but this day is something we both look forward to. We catch up and laugh and thoroughly enjoy ourselves!
This year we’re going bigger and better with VIP tickets. I’m celebrating a, ahem, significant birthday and I’m not a big “party in my honour” kind of chick. Instead we’ll have the VIP tix and a (wine) barrel load of laughs. We get to see Maggie Beer and eat canapés made by Matt Moran (or at least inspired by him… puh-leeze, birthday gods, let them involve lamb!) and drink wine with whoever is game enough to join our raucous laughter.
Oh! And we get to order our yearly case (can I be greedy and order two?) of our favourite O’Leary Walker wines. Drat, now I’ve told you all the secret of Hurtle I’d better hope they have some set aside for us…