Dec 22, 2014

A week of highs and lows

What a mixed week it's been this last week just gone. Such dreadful things happening from the Sydney seige to the terrible events in Pakistan to the awful tragedy that's just happened in Cairns. Rarely has there been a week of such tragic proportions.'s time for a little cheer methinks!

Despite everything, I had some real highs last week.

All my extended family flew to Sydney. It was such a beautiful day (hard to believe what was going on that day in the CBD) and we had lunch here -

This is Doyle's at Watson Bay on Sydney Harbour and I can tell you one thing for sure - I'm going back there next time we're in Sydney because you just can't beat that view!

My kids and all the cousins did this -


That's my daughter and my son and NO, I did not join them! But it was fun watching :-) If you click on the images you get a bigger view which is much better!

I found out that this novella is up for free currently!  So if you're a Bold fan then better get in lickety-split because I have NO idea how long it's going to last.

And the week ended yesterday with my birthday.  But just prior to that I did an early birthday lunch with the lovely Anna Cleary and Ally Blake. It was at Anna's house and she made this most AMAZING salmon salad thingy which she called Salade Nicoise! 

Yesterday, I scored a new iPad mini from my hubby, a new phone case from my son and a pedicure gift voucher from my daughter. Then I was served breakfast in bed where I stayed all morning reading until I finished the book I'd started a few days ago. Which was THE BEST birthday present of all! And then, when I finally got up, Google had a nice brithday surprise for me too when I logged on to the computer - a personalised birthday message! How cool is that? Clearly I'm easily pleased :-)

So, with three days til Christmas, I'd love to hear your birthday stories! Please leave a comment telling me who you are, where you're from, what month your birthday falls and if you have any special birthday rituals or one birthday in particular that stands out.


  1. Yee haa, that all looks damned good to me, Amy. And yes, it has been a horrible week in other ways.
    I'm a June girl, mid winter and hot soup time. But last year was special as I had one of those ones with a naught on the end and we celebrated it in Paris with our closest friends. Can't do better than that. And it was summer./

  2. Oooh la la, Sue! Paris in summer is definitely special :-)

  3. Sounds like the perfect birthday, Amy.

    As you know I live in Byron Bay and my birthday is in October.

    Probably my 21st birthday stands out. I'd finished uni, moved to London, just scored the job of my dreams and was having a ball being so fabulous independent and so grown up (or so I thought at the time). We had a pile of old and new friends around to our flat for a party. Such a great night!

  4. Hi Amy

    Sounds like a great time was had by all and Happy Birthday

    I live in Sydney and my birthday is in April and I also got married on my birthday so hubby never forgets LOL and yes I always get two presents lucky me we usually have a family dinner on any of our birthdays and I love it when the family is all together

    Have Fun

    1. Thanks Helen. Good plan to combine wedding day and birthday for those who tend to be forgetful :-) And what a wonderful birthday present that must have been!

  5. Happy birthday, Amy! It sounds as if you had a fab time -- so glad. :-) My birthday falls in August...which always seems like the perfect time of year for pizza and champagne. ;-)

    1. lol, Michelle - is there ever NOT a perfect time for champagne? :-)

  6. What a lovely post. Thanks for the good cheer during sad times. PS I love that view of Watson Bay. Happy holidays!

    1. It's amazing isn't it, Nicci! I commented to my brother that I felt it was the place I should be living :-)

  7. That was definitely a good and bad week. That is a great view from the Sydney restaurant. Your birthday lunch looks great. I've also picked up the book to be added to my already insane list of unread books on my ereader. Oh well, at least now being off work until Jan 5 will give me plenty of reading time.

    I'm another December birthday (17th). Can't think of a standout birthday but I do not ever work my birthday - I just flat out refuse to and take leave instead.

  8. Happy Birthday to you, Lyn and Isn't it a magnificent view? I could have sat and watched it all day.
    I've lost count of the number of brithdays I've worked - shift work doesn't discrimminate. I know I worked my last birthday so it was nice not to have to this year!

  9. I'm late, late, late to enjoy your pre-Xmas post, Amy! What a gorgeous week you had. And it is nice to read some happy news after the sad tragedies.

    Happy birthday for the 21st! As you know, I just pipped you at the post and sneaked mine in on the 20th!

    Oh, and your novella is still available on Amazon for so I've popped it up on my Facebook and whizzed over for a download. Fabulous and unexpected pressie! Thank you!