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Yo ho, ho ho, a pirate’s party for Steve….!

Is started as a joint birthday party, and evolved into a dress-up party after Holly re-told the story of Dave’s childhood dream to have a pirate party (but his mum wouldnt let him!)   So for his 30th, and for the October/November birthdays of Steve, Holly, Sarah and Meghann, we got our pirate on!

(Mel, Claire and Casey)

(yep, thats 15+ 30somethinsg yos dressed as pirates…)

(Grace & Claire)

(S&C pirate crew)

It’s race week in Melbourne!

We went to Derby Day on Saturday with Barry and Sarah for an afternoon of picnicking and champagne, and maybe a few wayward bets… (I won $20 on Wall Street!)

The thing about the races is that you are at the mercy of the weather gods.  They must have heard my prayers for a few days of sunshine before we head back in to winter, because we ended up with an absolutely splendid day:  sunny, warm, light breeze.  It was Melbourne weather at its best, so we just sat back and soaked it in.  (‘Course all these pictures look overcast but it was sunny, I swear!  I’ve got the sunburn to prove it!!)

(the whites in white (and black…))

(What do yout think:  is this (A) a campaign ad for Heineken, (B) a print spread profile of a politician looking pensive or (C) a really tall Irishman??)

11.04.2012  

What I’m listening to this week:  A variety of songs that remind me of the great journey that awaits us, and our return back home…

Way back home, String Cheese Incident; American Girl, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers; Travelling Song, Passenger (feat. Gabrielle Huber & Cameron Potts); America, Simon & Garfunkel; On the Road Again, Willie Nelson.

Any suggestions for my mixed playlist?  I need a little variety – this playlist has to last me 6 weeks with many, many, many hours spent on trains, planes and in automobiles….

What a way to spend a halloween — at a murder mystery night at our favorite cocktail bar in Melbourne, 1806.  Sarah, winning best dressed for her stunning red flapper dress, even got a book with all their signature cocktails! 

It was surprisingly fun to dress up like 1920s Chicago gangsters, and surprisingly exhausting to stay in character all evening. At the end of the night, we all survived…

(Sam and Serena Siren, the well-connected Sicilians)

Our friends are the greatest. 

A Saturday evening out for burritos turned out to  be a ruse for a super sweet surprise party… All our friends were there, and Mel even made these awesome banners that were hung all over the bar!

(the organizing gang — Stuart, Matt (aka the Beard), Millie, Meaghan, Casey, Mel — and of course me and Steve)

Yep, we’ve been having fun with the color filter

(claire & kris at royal botanical gardens)

We’ve had a great time over the past few weeks exploring the city with Kristin and Dami, meeting up with Maud and Steve (friends of K&D made in Paris and now residing in Australia) and Paolo and his daughter, Annabelle (Dami’s 
cousin and niece) and Kelly & Adam in their (now former) ‘hood.

We wandered around the CBD, meandered through the royal botanical gardens, took in a footy game, and spent an afternoon strolling along the streets St. Kilda.  It’s nice to take time to appreciate the city you live in…

More pictures on the photos page.

Kristin’s camera has the coolest setting ever – sketch mode.

This is me, on the pier at St. Kilda beach.

(photo by kcma)

This new art installation was assembled at the Arts Centre over a couple of days by willing Melburnians and the artist – a garden of recycled art!

Art meets environmentalism meets community.  so cool!

We just bought a new camera (Sony HX20V), for a new, compact hiking and adventure version of the larger Sony we’ve owned and loved for the last few years.  The new camera is a pretty rad little handheld with 20x zoom and a ridiculous amount of options and features.

We spent Saturday afternoon walking around Melbourne with Kristin, Dami, Paolo and Annabelle and testing out the color filter features.

(yellow:  birds of paradise, Royal Botanical Gardens)

(blue:  random couple, Centre Place)

(red:  Centre Place alleyway)

(green:  Kristin & Damiano, Royal Botanical Gardens)