Hello Mumma, I’ve been everywhere

Well since my cooking class in Stirling I have been super busy, with work and with making new friends.
I went Cellar Door visiting in the McLaren Vale with a work colleague and his wife, pretty pleased to say that they are my new friends, pretty much didn’t give them a choice. Steph is the wife and she is hilarious, Duncan is my Business Intelligence man at work and is cray smart but also has a wicked sense of humour. Had a great time tripping around the Cellar Doors with them and finishing the day with a Cider at their new local, they’ve moved in 10 mins from me.
I’ve also been to Perth and visited Shane and his gorgeous Girlfriend. Absolutely love Catherine, I spent the afternoon with her while Shane built a fence with their neighbour. I had such a good time, she reminded me so much of Peanut. We laughed so hard my stomach was in so much pain. I got to meet her Mum as well, it’s the first time that they got to meet a family member and one that talked… ALOT!!! I’m going back over for work and will be seeing them again soon ūüôā
I’ve also been back to Brisbane for a surprise farewell for Mary Murphy which was awesome, I got to hang out with the cousins and the crazy Irish.

That was really great and we all had so much fun, drama free Girls night out.
Now this weekend I am heading out on a Girl’s night out with some work colleagues. Looking forward to some yummy food and wine followed by plenty of dancing. Stay tuned

MWAH
Love you lots
Xoxo

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Hello Mumma, I’ve been in Stirling

Well Mumma, since I am going to be on the move a little less… only a little, I thought I would start to blog about my new digs and how I intend to make friends in my new town. ¬†Am going to attend a few cooking classes, go back to language classes, and maybe a couple of ball room dancing classes, and maybe hijacking other friends friends ūüôā

So this afternoon I attended my first cooking class which was call Mastering Asian, with a focus on Korean.  The menu was :

Entre – Prawn & Taro Dumplings with Sweet Chilli Sauce

Main – Beef Massman Curry, Chilli Morton Bay Bug Stir Fry, Steam Chicken with Oyster Sauce, and rice.

The class was held up in the Adelaide Hills in a place call Stirling, really lovely area that has lots of funky little shops.

The cooking class took place at Sticky Rice, and normally has 18 people in the class but we only had 12 people so plenty to go around.

Most of the attendees were couples, a few strange ones, but there was a girl called Erin that was really nice (I wonder if all Erin’s are meant to be nice?). ¬†She is from the Clare Valley and works on luxury yacht’s around Europe and the Bahamas as either a Stewardess or a Galley Manager. ¬†She came to the class to learn new recipes before heading off on the next trip, bugger no new friend there.

So even though I didn’t get any new friends out of the class I did learn how to make some super yummy food, my favourite was the Prawn & Taro dumplings, they were sooooo yummy that I didn’t take any photo’s of them.

Can’t wait to cook something for you soon

 

Love you

MWAH

xoxoxo

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Hello Mumma, I’m in Bundaberg

Well I am back on the move this week, and looking down the barrel of a full on week. ¬†This week is our End Of Financial Year and we’re doing everything that we can in order to achieve our budgets, looking forward to this week being over so we can breathe about 5 minutes of clear air before the new financial starts next Monday with new targets and new budgets…. ah well that’s what I get for hanging up the teaching and taking on Sales ūüôā

We’ve had quite a few changes around the office as you know, Sim left last Friday to start her new role in our Sydney team, and we’ve had a new Office Temp start, her name is Mary Murphy and yep she is a true Irelander from Dublin. ¬†Last Friday night I had a couple of the girls over for Tapas and drinks before Mary and I headed out for some dancing and her first ride on the CityCat (mum you and I are going to be spending a bit of time using this service as I have turned into a bit of a CityCat snob, if I can’t get there via CityCat then I don’t want to go). ¬†Mary has been travelling around the world and after spending nearly 2 years in Aus this December she is going to head to NZ before heading home. ¬†Have told her that if she knocked on yours and Dads front door that you would make her feel more than welcome, and I am sure the family tree would more than likely get dragged out.Image¬†¬†

It was great having Erin and Timmy here, even if I only got to see them for a little bit.  We managed to fit in two dinners, one great Italian dinner and a home cooked meal, as well as a little site seeing.  Timmy managed to get his photo taken with some League legends so hopefully they will come back and experience a game at Suncorp.

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Can’t wait to see you when you get here

 

Love you

MWAH

xoxo

 

Hello Mumma, I’m in Angaston

Well in Australia this is Queen’s Jubilee Weekend, because Australia likes to do things their way. ¬†This weekend I have come down to the Barossa with a couple of friends to visit a few cellar doors and to catch up with some more friends. ¬†As you know I LOVE coming down here because it is such a beautiful place and the people are to friendly…. oh and the wines are AWESOME!! ¬†

We stayed at some fantastic apartments that both Rylie and Nixon would have loved. ¬†We arrived quite late at night and as we were driving into the back of the car park we realised that there was a giant Seahorse in front of us, we all had a little giggle, found our room and nothing more was thought of it. ¬†The next morning I decided to go for a short walk along the esplanade and down to the beach…..what a surprise I got. ¬†Not only was there a large Seahorse but also, a ship being manned by penguins and a questionable mannequin, there were wooden cut outs of a shark and mermaid, and a huge sharks head that you could have your photo taken in! AWESOME.

We then met with my friend Mandy and baby Alice, I think you might remember Alice from my photo’s last year. ¬†She is still as gorgeous as ever and so bubbly and alert. ¬†After I managed to get as many cuddles as I could’ve over brekky when then jumped in the car and made our way to the Barossa for a day of wine tasting.

It was a great day with lots, maybe too many, purchases made. ¬†Today with are off to Chateau Tanunda where Stuey is the winemaker. ¬†We are going to have our own personal tour and tasting before heading to the Clare Valley to have lunch with Stuey’s family, should be another great day.

Anyway Mumma I have added some photo’s for you to see, and I can’t wait to have you over here in September and the adventures we will have.

Love you

MWAH

xoxo

 

 

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Hello Mumma, I’m in Mackay… again

Well it has been a hectic few weeks, seems rather normal at the moment, but I thought I would update you a little on the Noosa Food & Wine Festival.

Now this festival is nothing like the Gizzy, Marlborough, or Devonport festivals.  The focus for this festival is definitely on the food.  Chefs come from all over Australia and the world to teach master classes and hold amazing cooking demonstrations. You get to sample some absolutely amazing dishes, have amazing degustation dinners (we attended one that was $300 per person but the next night there was one that was $700 per person.  The whole weekend was a sensory overload on your taste buds and stomach.  My favourite dish of the weekend was the dessert that was created by Ardriana Zumbo, his famous egg dessert that was featured on Master Chef.

At our stand we were serving a mixture of superb sparkling wine, made by Australia’s Dr Fizz Ed Carr Australian Gourmet Winemaker of the year 2011, and some yummy still wine all from Tasmania (you would love the Pinot Gris). ¬†It was so great to meet and work and learn from Ed over the 3 days and given the opportunity I would definitely love to be on the other side of the counter.

Anyway I have attached below some of the photo’s from the weekend

Love you

MWAH

xoxo

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Hello Mumma, I’m in Mackay

Well it has been a few hectic weeks, and as we near the end of our Financial Year (29 Selling days left) it doesn’t look like easing up anytime soon.

As you know I celebrated my birthday recently and it was perfect, even if it snuck up on me.  As you know I always have a plan, in fact I have been known to have a plan for the plan, but this year because work has been so hectic for the last few months, and with the trip home, I kind of forgot to plan something.  I was sitting on the couch one week out from my B Day when I suddenly realised I was 7 days away from turning 34 (Yep 34 and PROUD).  So a quick plan was formed, I would start my Saturday with some domestic chores, spend the afternoon relaxing at the hair dresses getting a trim and a tidy up, and for the evening I invited Shanel, Dixie and Courtney up for a night out dancing in Town (forgetting to mention that it was my birthday), then for Sunday I planned a very nice lunch sitting on my deck in the sunshine (if the weather played nice, which it did) with Uncle Archi, Japh, Shanel, Courtney (Dixie had to work), Jelena, Kobe, and Gabriel.

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It was such a relaxing (apart from your brother setting of the fire alarm with my cake) afternoon enjoying the sunshine and taking the kids down to run around by the river and play in the park. ¬†My work friend Jo came along for the afternoon which was great also, she has been having a tough time at the moment and I think the kids made her day, holding her hand, giving her cuddles, and asking…. maybe demanding that she pushed them on the swings. ¬†It was so great for everyone to come and see my little place,and I can’t wait for them to come back for another visit.

Work….. well since March I have had 1 vacant territory in my care, so I have had to cover that territory (as well as doing my job) until we managed to recruit to replace that role. ¬†My new team member finally started last Wednesday, three months later (no grey hair yet but it can’t be far away). ¬†Also the week before I came home one of my new team members (in amongst everything else that happened I went form 4 team members to 8) was head hunted by another company and resigned her last day being the week after I got back! ¬†(still no grey hair…YET). ¬†I finally filled both roles and both new team members started last Wednesday, great on one hand, bugger on the other hand. ¬†We would normally not have two new people starting at the same time which would mean that I would be able to spend the necessary time with each of them to train them up, however because they started at the same time I am having to juggle my time between them, whilst unfortunately neglecting the rest of my team. ¬†On top of all of this I am working this weekend¬†at the Good Food & Wine Festival at Noosa and next weekend I am working at the Airlie Beach Hotel Staff and Consumer tasting, what is it they say about “No Rest For The Wicked”, I must have been extremely wicked in a former life.

So work is quite full on at the moment, not bad, but I am looking forward to my trip to the Barossa at the beginning of June. ¬†A couple of friends and I are travelling down after work on the Friday, the 8th of June, and staying down for the Queen’s Jubilee long weekend. ¬†I can’t wait to catch up with all of my friends in the Barossa Valley and in Adelaide, I always feel so relax and refreshed after I have been in the Barossa.

That is all I have planned for now as I am hoping I survive the next 29 selling days before I start planning my life again.

Love you

xxoo

MWAH

 

Hello Mumma, I’m at home in Brisbane

Well I attended my first Brisbane based dawn service today, and although it was different to the one that I normally attend at the War Memorial in Auckland it was still a beautiful service.

I went out to a Northern suburb of Brisbane, called Redcliffe, with a local Brisbane friend of mine, Iain. ¬†It was Iain’s first EVER dawn service as he usually uses ANZAC day as a day to spend hungover, I managed to guilt him into taking me along to Redcliffe. ¬†I will point out that the guilt trip only worked so far, his South African flatmate that I have also become friends with, could not be convinced to join us. ¬†I have a feeling that unless there was a promise of a consistent supply of rum through out the service we were pushing sh#t up hill.

Having attended a few ANZAC day services in NZ I pointed out to Iain the night before that we might like to head along early, his proposed early 4.30am. ¬†Now I know Rai can attest to the fact that I have been at her house at 3.30am to pick up both her & Kate so that we could be there nice and early with a great standing/viewing position, 4.30am …… hmmmmm. ¬†Iain was able to be negotiated to 4.15am, however showed up at 4.30am!! Hehehe ah well I managed to get in a few “I told you so” looks when we arrived to a sea of around 2,000 people already gathered around ANZAC place out a Redcliffe and had to be happy with a distant viewing spot. ¬†Redcliffe is a beautiful seaside town and where we were we had an amazing back drop of the sun rising up over the water, so Iain was saved from even more “I told you so” looks when the sun came up. ¬†The service was different to the ones I have been to because although it had the ceremony and process it did not have the same feeling to it. ¬†I remember standing at the Centotaph at the Auckland service and the sea of people around you were whispering quietly and respectfully, then when the service began the crowd was absolutely still and quiet. ¬†Today did not quite have the same effect but when the one lone trumpet played and the sun started to rise the crowd fell silent and there was absolute silence, with a view like this who wouldn’t.

xxoo

MWAH

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