Last Weekend

Happy Engagement Michael and Trish!!

On Friday night Emma and I travelled down to Canberra for our Michael and Trish’s engagement. What with Sydney traffic and having to leave after Emma finished work, we didn’t make it to Canberra until around 10:30pm – just as the party was winding up.
We got to hear the speeches, which were by far the best I’ve ever heard at an Engagement. Well, they didn’t really have speeches – it was more like a press conference. All the guests were allowed to ask questions of the happy couple. I’m sure if they’d thought about this more it probably wouldn’t have happened. Some of the questions were hilarious. I particularly liked the reenactment of Michael’s proposal.
Anyway, they are special friends, it’s beautiful to see them building lives together.

This trip to Canberra was the first time we’d returned since the move to Sydney. I hadn’t realised how much I miss the people and the place. It was so strange to be able to walk into a group of people and know a good number and to see people that you love and who love you. I had some great chats with old friends.
I’d also forgotten how beautiful Canberra is. The extravagant spaces and endless trees. The pace of life is more human, less dictated by money and need to pay a Sydney mortage.
We stayed with Summer and James Sinclair, some other very special friends, and had brunch with them in a great cafe in Yarralumla that used to be a Sunday afternoon resort for us. A Canberra Saturday morning seems to involve people out at cafes, or walking, cycling. It’s all stuff we took for granted.
The whole Saturday was dominated by food. Emma went off for lunch with some old work friends, I went into Civic for lunch with Anthea, an all time favourite luncheon partner of mine. Considering that I’d just come from a late breakfast, we started with a beer at the pub, before moving on to lunch at Cafe della Piazza (aside: I have never ever been disappointed with that cafe…) and then a round of coffees.
And then we rolled back to Sydney…
… and guess what…
we went out for dinner with my sister and her husband, to Pancakes at the Rocks. uargh, I was really starting to fade by the end of the evening…

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