Sunday, April 20, 2014

5 months later...

Perhaps I only used to be a blogger, the way I used to dye my hair blonde and live in Melbourne. My life has changed quite a lot over the course of the last five months, yet at the same time, here I am sitting on my parent's couch typing away with nothing better to do.

Moving to Brisbane has been amazing, as lame as it sounds, watching my niece grow up and making her smile adds so much value to my life. She's adorable and perfect, as all nieces are, and just at that age where she's starting to show her individual personality. I've taken more than a thousand photos of her since she joined the family (no seriously, I have, Picasa tells me I have 1,027 photos of her face...) but I'll share just the one with you.
My baby sister, MissC, has recently moved north for a new job, sort of a repeat of my shift three years ago. Very sad to see her go but I'm sure she'll do well. Maybe I should make her start a blog so I can keep track of what she's up to, at the very least she might make some great online friends like I have.

My own life has been moving forward, SJ has a job, though not technically a full time position (it's research and tutoring at the university) it's allowed us to save up a house deposit while living at my parent's place and we've recently bought a house. Well, we haven't technically bought it yet but we have an unconditional contract and approved finance and it settles at the end of the month, so yay, we bought a house!

This blog may become a bit of a renovation blog as there's a fair bit of work to be done on the place, but I guess posts about us re-sanding floorboards have to be better than no posts at all, right?

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Welcome to the world...

My gorgeous little niece arrived early morning on Sunday 17th November.

MissE called me as soon as her water broke (and I booked flights to visit) and then I was up most of the night getting text updates from Mum who was supporting MissE through her labour (her partner was there also of course).

I'm so proud of my sister, she doesn't like pain much and wanted Mum to kill her when she was only 2cm dilated. She made it all the way (with a little help from suction after 2 hours spent at 10cm) without an epidural. BabyS arrived at 5:23am QLD time, weighing 7lb9 and 53cm long.

MissE, her partner and BabyS are doing well. They went home on Monday afternoon to their new house (MissE only moved in on the previous Thursday) and are settling in to life as a family.

I took Wednesday off work and flew up to visit, I'm up again next weekend so it's only eight days until I'll be seeing her again but I miss BabyS so much already.

I'm also still waiting on something official from work, but I'll be leaving Melbourne on December 20th to move to Brisbane...I'm finally going home.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Captured in Europe #4 - Love in Verona

42 days, 9 countries, 8730 photographs...countless travel memories. I want to share with you some of my favourite moments from the trip, going beyond the photographs to tell you the stories behind them and give you a little taste of Europe...this could be a long series...
Date: Thursday July 25
Location:Verona, Italy

This is a wall of love locks near Juliet's balcony in Verona, very picturesque and I love the colours.

Verona was a quick stop in our itinerary, our main reason for staying there was so we could enjoy the train ride north to Innsbruck during daylight hours. As a result, we only stayed one night, had a brilliant dinner at Enocibus (amazing and sooo cheap, go if you're ever in Verona!) and wandered through town the next morning with the obligatory visit to Juliet's Balcony.

The balcony was exactly what I expected, very cliche, very fake (it wasn't originally attached to the building) and really not worth the visit. But since there's not a lot else to see in Verona and it doesn't cost anything to duck into the courtyard, still alright for a visit.
Crowds made it a little less enjoyable as well.
The wall of locks was definitely the highlight for me.

Love locks is a trend that started in Europe in the early 2000s, appearing mostly on bridges, couples personalised a lock and attached it as a symbol of their eternal devotion to each other. Personally, not my thing and I'm cynical enough to wonder if those who break up after attaching a lock together should be forced to return and remove it together to keep the symbolism going.

Anyway, I really liked these ones because of the colours. The locks are sold in the gift shop off the courtyard which funds the Club di Giulietta (Juliet Club) who really do answer all the Letters to Juliet that get written and left in the courtyard. The movie is a bit more fictional that the real life story, but in the 1950s the custodian of Juliet's symbolic tomb began responding to letters left behind by tourists  and in the 1980s the Juliet Club took over. They now run the square which includes the gift shop and an embroidery shop (where they embroider your name on paper for free). I guess buying a lock from the shop to attach to this wall is helping some broken hearted souls out there.

And also unlike the movie, you don't stick your letters in the wall anymore (council decided that was a problem) now there's a pretty little red post box.
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