Monday, 18 June 2007

An interesting weekend

The weekend just past was very different - Lynda had left and it was strange and quiet. However, we did have some adventures and it was a great weekend.

Friday night I had a meeting at Burwood and afterwards came back to our friends' place where Diane joined us for coffee and then Diane and I drove to the airport to pick up Barbara who visited for the weekend. A very wet trip and we were glad to use the M5 because it was not raining in the tunnel.

Saturday was wet and Barbara had a wedding to attend and so Diane and I worked around the home. Then mid afternoon, Erika rang to invite us for dinner. Wow! what a surprise and what a lovely time spent enjoying the food and wine and catching up with dear friends Erika and Dave.

On Sunday, Barbara suggested we go to the Good Food and Wine show at Darling Harbour. There were more than 300 exhibitors with over 500 products and five venues of presentations running at selected times on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Again, a great time to sample food and wine and to mingle with a host of Sydney-siders out to have a great time on a wet Sunday afternoon. We were able to collect a range of free or very cheap samples. However, I think the dogs scored better than the humans from the sample bags. We just enjoyed our freebies at the show instead of bringing them home.

We again went to the airport today to say farewell to Barbara as she travelled back to Melbourne.

Thursday, 14 June 2007

Farewell to Lynda

This afternoon, we said farewell to Lynda who is off to Canada to work at Teen Ranch for nine months.

There was a small gathering of friends at the airport, including Kristina, Emma, Lucas, Johnny, Paul, Kevin, Michael, Diane and me.

Check-in took an hour and a half with only four desks open so there was not a long while before Lynda had to board her flight to Auckland and then on to Los Angeles and Calgary where she will spend a few days with Julie. Then she is heading to Toronto to spend time with friends before going to the Ranch next weekend.

Friday, 1 June 2007

John's Graduation

Today John graduated from the University of Sydney with a Master of Business with Merit with majors in Business Information Systems and Small Business Management.

Diane and Lynda were able to be present at the ceremony which commenced at 2 PM in the Great Hall.

This was followed by refreshments in the main Quadrangle.

Afterwards, we all went and had afternoon tea at the Lindt Cafe in Martin Place in the city.

In the evening, Diane and John went to Summer Salt at Eloura, just north of Cronulla for dinner.

Diane had Potato & asparagus gnocchi with fresh sage & nut butter sauce for an entree and Baked brie with prosciutto, shallot & wrapped in puff pastry with red wine caramel and Leaf salad with palm sugar dressing for a main followed by tea and chocolates.

John had Baked brie with prosciutto, shallot & wrapped in puff pastry with red wine caramel for an entree and Pork belly with scallop & spinach colcannon for a main followed by Latte coffee and chocolates.

A very enjoyable meal and a good finish to a memorable day.