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Socialising in sunny Sydney

What a great weekend socially, but now I need some serious recovery time as I feel very very seedy after living it up large all weekend! 😉

We had friends from Melbourne come up to visit this weekend (two girls that I became close friends with on the Hotline at work) – it was so lovely to spend time with them and catch up after not seeing them for almost 5 months. 

They arrived Saturday lunchtime and we popped across the road to have a coffee and a chat, then picked up some deli nibbles such as turkish bread, dips, artichokes and olives, salamis, pate, etc etc – we then packed up some lovely chilled white wine and headed across the road to the beach with a couple of picnic blankets and blobbed out eating, drinking and chatting for a few hours … then returned back home to sit on the balcony with yet more wine, before the girls had a beer and I had a bourbon.  Eventually we got changed and walked up the road to the local pub where we had a lovely meal and a number of Capriosca cocktails …



I didn’t feel too bad this morning apart from tired and dehyrated, but by now my head is suffering a tiny bit haha.  Thankfully the clocks went back at 3am this morning so we got an extra hour in bed … considering we didn’t get home until 1am that was a true blessing!

diana a celebration

We had a leisurely start to the morning today by having a coffee and tea with toast and fruit out on the balcony – then we took the train into the city to the Powerhouse Museum.  We went specifically to see the Diana exhibit “Diana – a Celebration”, and we loved every bit of it!  There were items from Diana’s childhood, and from her personal belongings, as well as home movie footage.  Her wedding dress, shoes, etc were on display as well as footage of the royal wedding itself – and a number of her well-known outfits that she’s worn over the years.  I do have to admit to being very choked up when reading her brother’s speech from her funeral, and seeing the ‘edited’ version with his own notes added to the page – it was interesting to see the parts of the speech that didn’t eventually get read out, and it was very moving to watch the film footage of the funeral and film clips of her life while listening to the Candle in the Wind being sung … my throat was getting a bit tender not just from the touch of laryngitis I picked up from too much drinking last night, but more from the emotions of it all.  If anyone has an interest in Diana, it is well worth the visit, and I’m so glad we made the effort to go.  Diana was such as exceptional person who touched so many lives in such a short time – it was an honour to be able to share in the celebration of her life.

I remember growing up as a young adult having a heated discussion with a high school friend of mine who was getting into journalism (and now works for a radio station here in Oz) at the time – I was angry at the paparazzi in those days climbing up trees to take photos through the windows of the Royals … my friend was of the opinion that they were in the public eye and that was alright, and that it was basically all down to the fact that people like ourselves went out to buy the magazines that provided those candid shots of the Royals, so the paparazzi were just catering to demand.  I got angry then and vowed right then and there that to prove a point I would never give a red cent to those trashy mags again … and I haven’t!  All these years later, I’m not into those magazines and will not buy them and still remember feeling strongly about that issue … and my feelings have never changed – they’re as strong today as they ever were! 

Even 10 years on, you are remembered fondly by so many people Diana – your compassionate legacy continues in the charities still being supported.

diana promo photo

After seeing the exhibit, we finished off the day by walking into Darling Harbour where we sat and had lunch (although I chose to have brekkie again with Eggs Benedict yummo), before making ourselves sick at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe for coffee and cake (perhaps that also has something to do with my late afternoon seediness as well!!!).

I’ve just returned home after dropping them off at the airport terminal for their return flight home … although it was just a flying visit, it was a wonderful visit that I enjoyed immensely – mind you my liver would be grateful if it’s not repeated again for at least another next month LOL.  In fact, I hope there are NO more Melbourne work visitors for a month, ‘cos we always end up having a big session and my poor decrepid body isn’t used to it anymore 😉

I think I’ll be having a very very early night tonight … as it is, it’s only 5pm and I can barely keep my eyes open now!!  In fact, perhaps I should just succumb to the temptation, and take a couple of Nurofen and settle in for the night 😛

9 thoughts on “Socialising in sunny Sydney”

  1. I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more from you in the future.

    Stacey Derbinshire

  2. Oh Anne…we must be twins separated by birth! I agree with you totally on the Diana thing and the paparazzi. I need to get myself down to the Powerhouse to see that exhibition before it finishes. Oh & thanks for enabling me about that Lindt cafe!! Plus I also love eggs benedict and my three favourite words are “all day breakfast” LOL.

  3. What absolute fun! I would have loved seeing Diana’s things. How awesome and sad too. I remember getting up at 4 am to watch her funeral all those years ago and I always remember what I was doing when I first heard that she had been so gravely injured.

  4. I love what you wrote about Diana. She was a very remarkable woman and I truly believe that her work had a huge impact on the world. Through her actions, the ‘royals’ became much more popular.

  5. I was always a big Diana fan; we were the same age, so it was always nice to see her fashions etc.

    I remember when I went to London a couple of years ago – one of the “must do” things during that visit was to visit her fountain (? – not sure if it is a fountain, or a waterfall – anyway, I visited it in Hyde Park – it was such a peaceful afternoon).

  6. Sounds like you had a wonderful visit with your friends. I will have to see if that Diana exhibit is coming to the US as my sister is a big fan of hers.

  7. I would love to see the Diana exhibit. I loved her; she was so beautiful and so generous. A true hole still exists in this world with her absence. Anyway, it sounds like you had a rousing time. 😉 I hope that you have some time to recover before the next visit from friends!

  8. I saw the Diana exhibit in Houston a while back and really enjoyed it. After all this time, it is still hard to believe she is gone.

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