So it would seem I have been super slack on my blogging… again. But as always, I have good reason. Our teachers performance team has been in full swing as of late (no pun intended ) and I have had practices all over the place to try to nail a few aerials my dance partner and I will be doing in this particular routine. AVcon has just come and gone (posts on that to follow shortly, what a weekend!) and since I had a space to sell my jewelry I was madly crafting most nights during the lead up to the con so I would have enough ready in time. Then the actual convention happened and we were constantly go go go the whole weekend. But the most exciting part around why I have been so busy? Well, this happened…
We totally just bought a house you guys! *SQUEE!* We have been looking since we got back from the states, Mr Tardo had found this particular house online and sent me to go check it out whilst he was away for work. I fell in love with it about ten minutes after walking through the door, and made an appointment for Mr Tardo to go and have a look the second he got back from site (He is a Geologist that does fly in fly out work in case I have never mention it previously) and he just loved the place as well. So the very next day we put in an offer on the place, they accepted it almost straight away and the very next day we signed the contracts! Eeek! That was on Friday just gone, it is now Tuesday and I am sitting here looking at my clock. The cooling off period finishes at midnight (which is in 41 minutes!) and then that is it. Its ours. We have a 30 day settlement and then we are moving in. It’s all happened so fast, but I can’t wait!
Yes I know, ANOTHER shoot with Fashion Fever Networking! I just can’t help myself, they are way to fun, and the theme for this one was right up my alley. Circus burlesque! I got to wear all my colourful wigs and wear all sorts of brightly coloured out their clothing. It was definitely worth doing. I wasn’t sure whether I should at first, but decided that since I missed out on half of the last burlesque shoot thanks to my own poor planning, that I should give it another go. I’m super glad that I did, and I can’t wait to see the outcome. I think these are going to be some of my best yet!
I’ll apologize in advance, this one is super catchy and will get stuck in your head. I know this, because my brother and his girlfriend are in a swing troupe together and this is the song for their most recent routine. They have been playing it outside my bedroom every day over and over for a week, and now I cant get the damn thing out of my head! It’s lucky its a likable song So without further ado, I give you Whatcha Know Joe?
Last Saturday was my dear friend Raifes birthday, and in true Raife style he didn’t organize anything until the night before. He called me Friday night and said he was organizing a trip up to the Barossa Valley to do some wine tasting, and would I like to go. Naturally I said yes, because well, wine! Considering I live about an hours drive from one of the best wine countries in the world, I don’t get out there nearly as often as I would like.
So Friday morning they came and picked me up from my place at about 9.30am and off we went. Our first stop was at Kalleske wines, which were all pretty damn good. I left with a bottle of their fortified Shiraz and off to the next winery we went.
Next it was off to Tscharke’s wines for some tasting. Might I add, that day was damn cold, but that turned out to be a rather wonderful thing, as most of the cellar doors had lovely big open fires. It was really quite pleasant once you survived the short walk from bus to cellar door. I walked out of this one with a lovely bottle of plonk aptly named “Shiraz Shiraz Shiraz” as it was a blend of three of their different vintages. It was quite lovely.
The next cellar door we arrived I was quite excited for as it makes one of my favourite wines : Rockfords! We had our own special tasting room when we got to this one as we had called ahead and told them we had a group of ten-ish coming along. We stayed here for a bit as their wine as a favourite of a lot of us and the fire-place was a bit to lovely to leave. They also had home mad jams there that was made by one of the ladies that lives there. So I left Rockfords with three bottles of their Alicante rose, and a jar of Strawberry and Grande Marnier jam. Delicious!
Then finally it was time for lunch, we went to this lovely little kitchen in the middle of some vinyards, I can’t actually remember the name of it, but I had a delicious pear and hazel nut salad and a meat platter. So good!
To be honest it all starts getting a little hazy on the details as we had all had a fair bit of wine by this point. But it pretty much all went down hill from here. Our bus trip home went down some what like this…
Yes, that is the birthday boy drinking out a 5 L bottle of port. Happy birthday Raife