I'm Not in Kansas Anymore

I have been trying desperately to clean up my photos folder on my hard drive as I have been taking load of photographs of the food I have been making. For the food blog.  That I am starting soon.  Really.  I mean it.

I have an excellent filing system (as one might imagine) that includes such folders as "Random Pics", "Random Sydney Pictures", "Random Food Photos" and "Random Nature".  Are you sensing a theme here?  Anyway, I've run across a whole bunch of Aussie themed photos that I had taken that I have been meaning to share here.

Please enjoy my "random" collection:

This is the Kookaburra couple that likes to sit on the rooftop of the building next to us.  It's close enough that, were the roof flat, I wouldn't be at all nervous to jump onto it from our window.  So, that means that they are very very very very loud!  This has also become their favourite place for "couple time" if you know what I mean.  It's quite violent and frenzied and a very good reason to close the curtains...

Also a favourite spot for this adorable Lorikeet couple.  These birds are just so gorgeous to watch, not only because of their plumage; but because they have really cute personalities.  This couple in particular seems to have a husband that is a bit of a loudmouth and a wife who just shakes her head at him.  I'm sure there are lots of us who can sympathize!!

This is an insane flower that Joe and saw on our way to breakfast one weekend.  It was just down the street from us.  I know it looks a little suggestive; but climb out of the gutter for a moment just to admire the absolute coolness of it.  I didn't feel that this picture adequately captured the size of the bloom, so.... 

I had Joe provide a sense of scale.  Every time I see a familiar plant here, I always notice that the one here looks like it must be taking steroids.  I'm sure it's mostly to do with the climate and I'm certainly not complaining.

This is some "street art" that is out at a place called Cockatoo Island.  It's in the middle of the harbour and it used to be a heavy industrial site.  It's been closed down for some time and, instead of tearing everything down, they've left it all as a canvas for very interesting art.  You can take a ferry out and tour around the island on your own for free.  Very often they have exhibitions there; but even when there isn't, there is some permanent stuff that is very cool.  They also have a bar there during the summer, complete with lawn chairs and astroturf.  It's an absolutely amazing place to go with friends to spend an afternoon drinking G&T's and watching the water.  I've never gone with the express purpose of wandering around the island - I'd like to do that next time to see all of the industrial art.

Autumn brings colder weather which really stinks; but it also brings incredible sunsets which doesn't.  This is one of my favourite ones from a few weeks ago.  Purple water yo!!

All by myself....

Well, not really...

And mostly by choice....

I know I haven't written much lately  - in my mind, I feel as though it has been a couple of months since I blogged regularly; but the sad truth is that it's been closer to six than two.  Anyway, lots of things have changed in that six months - most notably that Joe moved to a new job in a new company.  What that has meant for me has been the opportunity to stay home and be a "lady that lunches".

Most of my friends work though (how dare they right?) and so I find myself doing a lot of things "all by myself".  I waver between rather enjoying all the time and feeling a bit lonely.  I know that I am very lucky and I also know that this status may not be forever.  I may have to go back to work at some point or someday we may have children and this enviable status of stay at home wife could go right out the window.

Because I am aware of how lucky I truly am, I am not complaining even a little bit about those spots of loneliness - I am trying to embrace the opportunity to do things that I never had time for before.

I am starting a cooking blog.  No really.  I am.  Soon.  Seriously.  I promise.  Stop laughing.

Well, the whole point of this post is that I was on the bus the other week coming back from some shops when we happened to stop at a red light right in front of our local cinema.  I was looking at the posters and a sudden thought flashed into my head.  I realised that I have never seen a movie by myself in my whole life!  Ever!  So, I resolved then and there to rectify that situation as soon as possible.  It took me a couple of weeks to get around to it; but this afternoon I went to a movie by myself.

Just a quick word about our cinema.  It's called the Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace and I think it's grand!  It's a fully restored art deco theatre so the technology is new but the furnishings are still swank.

This is the largest theatre where the most popular movies play.  During prime time, there is an old Victrola Organ in the floor that gets raised up before the movie and you get a little concert.  Majorly cool!

How amazing is that?

Even the smaller theatres are cool.  This one is only about 60-70 seats and so lots of the smaller films play here.  This is actually the cinema I sat in today when I saw my movie.  Me and 4 other people!

I saw a movie called The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and I am recommending it highly if you have the opportunity to see it.