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Winter is Upon Us

As the temperature drops we decide to try and get even colder!

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Since the last blog we have been settling into the typical Aussie lifestyle rather nicely... regularly eating our favourite kanga bangers, sampling the local Yarra vino, and popping next door to the Crown Casino for a spot of Black Jack. Yup, we're turning into obese, alcoholic gamblers! :) Not really mother, we have also been rather active and healthy aswell, I forced Andre into a long run round the nearby parks last week and in return he forced me to go diving in the freezing 11degree sea yesterday. Brrr! As you can see by the video below I am less than impressed. Diving in cold water is something we had never experienced before and considering I turned purple with the chill I don't think it will be a regular winter occurance. Visibility was pretty poor and although we saw lots of huge starfish, some puffer fish and a baby sting ray it didn't quite warrant the sheer numbing pain to our extremities. What wimps we are eh! In the last week the weather has turned rather nippy but we are reliably informed that this is about as bad as it gets, so it won't be long before we can get into our wet suits again. Maybe!

Despite our visit to the slot machines we have been clawing back our money with our employment earnings. I now have two..yes two...jobs on the go; I am still pleading for tips in the cafe by night and by day I am also smiling sweetly on reception in a law firm. The pay is a bit better and I get a great view of the city from the open plan office on the 36th floor. Andre also tried to supplement his income by doing a bit of grass cutting for a couple in the suburbs...or so he thought! He wasn't quite prepared to be asked to do a multitude of other heavy chores such as landscape gardening, ten tonne lifting, plumbing and electricity. Needless to say 'Handy Andy's' DIY business won't be starting up anytime soon.

While Andre has been swotting up on his home improvement skills I have been mingling with the stars at the Australian Good Food Show. Gordon Ramsay cooked up a bit of controversy with his usual crude comments as I am sure you have heard. He created such a stink that even the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, scorned him as a 'low life'. And we thought the Aussie's had a sense of humour! I also got to see the Master Chef boys in action and get tips from celebrity chef Matt Moran which was a real treat, but probably really boring for everyone else so i'll shut up about food now. I thankfully restrained myself from buying super-duper pans, a portable garden, and other 'essential' kitchen items, those sellers can be quite persuasive though, especially after sampling most of the Hardy's wine range.

As you can imagine our wine tasting knowlegde has been increasing as we recently took a trip out to the Yarra Valley to taste some of the locally produced liquor. Although the grapevines were not out in full force it was still beautiful out on the estates with the Autumnal colours covering the countryside. We stopped at Panton Hill winery for a quick look round and ended up with two bottles of red and a gorgeous aromatic fortefied wine... well, after all the tasting you feel guilty if you don't buy something, and the reds are an investment anyway!

Although we are living in the state of Victoria, which has been dubbed the Swine Flu Central of the Universe, we have not yet been struck down by the piggy sniffles. And please don't let that put you off a trip over here if you were considering it. We just said goodbye to our first visitor who departed unscathed, and we have two more arrivals this week. Bargain hunter Papa found a great flight deal on Trailfinders starting from £399.. 'Cracking Gromit!'.

Anyway, hope all is well at home, enjoy the gorgeous summer sunshine while it lasts...we're only slightly jealous. :)


Posted by AndyGem 04:02 Archived in Australia Tagged living_abroad

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Ahh not the old ten tonne lifting. I hate that.

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