For the past few years I have fantasized about donning my finest lady-clothes for a high tea afternoon. I like to blame my interest in Gossip Girl, T2 and miniature food for this new enthusiasm for such an old-school event, but have found that they are very popular here in Melbourne!
So when I found out that my gal-pal Shelley was planning a visit with her husband in January, I jumped at the chance for my high tea dreams to come true. After doing a bit of research, and getting some input from Shells, we settled on the Hotel Windsor, which is actually the oldest and most popular high tea venue in the city.
At lunchtime, after humming and hahing about what to wear on a hot and humid 35 degree Melbourne afternoon, we arrived at the hotel with anticipation and excitement. The men-folk left us to entertain themselves with manly activities while we settled in at our table for two hours of pink champagne, finger sandwiches, mini cakes, scones, blooming tea and girlie gossip.
Any worries about feeling or looking out-of-place were swiftly discouraged after spotting other young ladies at tables nearby getting out their cameras to take photos of the tables, venue and each other. The room we were seated in was stunning, with grand chandeliers, fine china and soft music playing.
Another year over, and what a doozy 2011 proved to be! It started off well, with a trip overseas – we hit Japan, Germany, Austria, Italy and Canada in the space of three weeks. I can hardly believe it was a year ago (we flew out from Christchurch on New Years Eve) as it seems like a dream now. Luckily we have plenty of photos to prove it!
Once we settled back into real life, things went a little pear-shaped, with our bunny breaking her third leg (she is all fixed now and back to her usual self) and the devastating earthquake/s in February. This was followed up with plenty of aftershocks and a general sense of unease.
In June we had reached the end of our tether, so packed up and moved to Melbourne. It was both the best and the hardest thing for us to do, but now that we are settled and quake-free, we cannot look back. All we need now is to bring our beautiful Baylee bunny over and we’ll be right.
Hopefully 2012 will bring us continued enjoyment and satisfaction in Melbourne, and the chance to have our fur-baby with us again. I am also hoping for some family visits; lots of concerts, shows and events; maybe some further study or learning experiences and for December 21st onwards to be smooth sailing rather than world ending!
Well, I thought I would kick this thing off with a look back at 2011, using questions borrowed from Picnic by The Motorway, which is one of the many blogs that I follow. So, here goes nothing….
1. What did you do in 2011 that you’d never done before?
Successfully moved to a new country! Yes, I say ‘successfully’ as some of you may remember the disaster that was the 2009 Gold Coast Attempt. We do not like to speak of this.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I’m actually not one for making resolutions, mainly because I can never keep them. My problem is that I think too big – so if I keep it simple and do-able, I may be able to come up with some for 2012….Maybe
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
A couple of friends I keep in touch with on Facebook had babies this year – Alana, Anna, Jess, Shannon and Michelle – 3 Girls and 2 Boys.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
Our family dog Annie passed away in January 😦
5. What countries did you visit?
Japan, Germany, Austria, Italy and Canada during the month of January. Was it really this year? Seems an age ago. And then we moved to Australia – It’s been a great year for travelling!!