There have been treats over here. A birthday is my compensation for the fully fledged winter freeze that is June.
Amy and I dropped into the Sister's Market after swim class and had morning tea muffins and a quick shiatsu. Amy scored a present from Justine on the Mixtape stand and was pretty impressed with herself.
My very generous sister and mum made me a lovely afternoon tea, complete with child mandated cake with candles.
D and I headed out for a lovely meal without said kidlets, at the ever delightful Court House Hotel. You gotta love a bar meal that comes out of the same kitchen that serves the uber flash restaurant out back.
Amy and the kids from the 'hood put on a show after a neighbours pizza night. We're going to miss our neighbours a heck of a lot when we go up North. I can't imagine we'll come even close to such a convivial gang.
I got nice pressies too. D demonstrated his usual flair in choosing gifts for me and trotted off to Tessuti for some lux fabric - already made up into a simple paper crane jacket for elegant outdoor dining in Darwin. Lucky for me he has such excellent taste.
And I got a long lusted after extra special treat - a digital SLR. If you've noticed a certain improvement in the quality of my pics in the last week or two, now you know why. I sought advice from a range of mates and experts, but took particular notice of the advice from my photographic idol and paid special attention to the lens part of the purchase. For those keen to know I got a Canon 450D with a Sigma 50mm 1.4 lens and so far I am thrilled with the purchase. While the fixed length lens does have its down sides, I just love how well it shoots in low light and how crisp and alive the pictures are. My kids have never looked so angelic, nor our food so enticing. And really I can't ask for more.