With thanks to her majesty, the Queen (Part one)

A lovely birthday, Food stuff

My birthday generally falls on, or near, the Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend. This is a good thing. The long weekend aspect, rather than the Queen’s birthday.

Of course, the Queen’s birthday is actually in April (I think) and Australia should be a republic. They don’t get a long weekend for her birthday in England, or at least they didn’t when I used to live there. Anyway, I think it’s pretty great to always have a long weekend for one’s birthday each year and so I give thanks to her majesty (or more accurately, I give thanks to the Victorian Public Servants who long ago enacted a public holiday in the King’s honour). I have digressed…

Here follows a short overview of ‘Kate’s birthday long weekend’ (as we call it in our house).

SATURDAY (my actual birthday)

We didn’t have anything particular planned, mainly due to the stressful work-week I’d had. Lots of just hanging about and feeling loved (birthday phone calls, coffee in bed, pottering about).

We had lunch at one of our favourite cafes in Melbourne – the Famous Blue Raincoat in South Kingsville. We hadn’t been for ages as it is actually nearer to where we used to live in Newport. It was as good as I remembered, and is a really friendly establishment. They have a lot of live music, a great courtyard (although we sat inside on this chilly day), artwork on the walls and good food. I guess you might describe the decor as ‘shabby chic’ but I note that James and Kaz (the owners) describe it as “An eclectic mix of Parisian bohemia, contemporary flavours and New Orleans grooves” on their website.

We did some further pottering about in the afternoon (getting caught in a massive downpour at one stage making my blowdried hair decidedly frizzy). This included an op shop and the wonderful furniture shop in Northcote Grandfather’s Axe. I fell in love with many items without any purchase and Greg was very patient (knowing I have a bit of a thing for a beautiful chair).

We made scones with home-made clotted cream (I will do a separate post about this experiment) before rushing off to the movies in Yarraville to see Maleficent at the beautiful Sun Theatre. We were lucky to get the last two seats, but one seat was in front of the other. I then proceeded to be extremely uncoordinated (uncoordinatedness being a particular skill of mine) by spilling our bottle of wine all over my seat (before I’d sat down, in the juggle of coat and bag). This was most inconvenient as the theatre was full! However, it turned out that there were two ‘house seats’ not taken and the ushers let us sit there, together. Phew! After the film we had a browse at the Sun Bookshop (this is a post-film tradition) – it is a very fine bookshop – and returned home with a few items… The film was fun, and made me a remember a time when Sammy D and I dressed up for a party – actually as the wicked witch from Snow White rather than Sleeping Beauty  and I fished out this photo when we got home.

I also got to unwrap a beautiful present from my family (both sides together). Yay!

Part two to follow…








It’s still my birthday in England – cake from afar

A lovely birthday

My brother, sister-in-law and their kids live in England. We Skyped last night (for me) before they went for their Saturday morning swimming lessons. The time difference extended my birthday for nine hours!

As they couldn’t be here in person, they made me a birthday cake and had a tea party in my honour in the backyard. Lovely!

Here are some photos that my sister-in-law sent through… It looks like it was a great party and I wish I had been able to attend!

Cake decorating is taken very seriously in my family.

Cake decorating is taken very seriously in my family.

An English masterpiece - looks yum!

An English masterpiece – looks yum!

A perfect day for a tea party.

A perfect day for a tea party.

Still wearing our bathers from swimming in the morning

Still wearing our bathers from swimming in the morning (it’s summer over there…)

She’s super cool

A lovely birthday, Cool stuff, Interesting people

My family is quite talented and creative. Of course, I am biased, I recognise that.

My sister sent me a clip last night that she had made for my birthday with my other sister, my brother-in-law, and my four year old niece Juliette. Juliette answers a series of questions about me. She thinks I dress well, have a cool house, and that I do fun stuff with her. She thinks I’m cool, super cool!

I love the clip and the fact that they went to an effort to make it.

My sister noted that she ripped the photos in the clip off my Facebook page, a fact she noted, which may in fact be considered creepy. I don’t believe I have posted any creepy photos of myself, so all good on that front. A fun reminder of the sorts of photos I post though (I wonder what the selection says about me?)

My sisters – Liz and Sarah – and my brother-in-law Andrew are all very musical as well and can be seen about town playing as The Taylor Project. Here is a link to their website. They are way-cooler than me!

Last year Liz made me a list of things she thinks I am good at that was the same number as my age. That was an interesting list to receive because you don’t often say such things to people that you know. Good for the ego too, of course.

So there is a song in the clip that they have made me – a song with lyrics by Juliette. Juliette is also the vocalist. She is really cool!

The lyrics are fantastic. Conveniently the lyrics are provided so that one can sing along. I’m ‘super cool!’ And my ‘darkness isn’t mean’.

My parents will be relieved to hear the line about my ‘proper teeth’ as they paid the orthodontic fees for them when I was a teenager. Ha!

I just texted them all to say thank you for the birthday clip and to check if it’s okay to share the clip on social media (it is okay, by the way). Sarah said that Juliette ‘looks a bit mystified by the clip itself – presumably too grown up – but liked that you said you liked it’.

On that note, here it is: