After the Extravaganza that was the Festival of Kimba last year for my Big Four Oh My Gods, celebrating my 41st birthday has seemed a little quiet in comparison.
We kicked off the festivities with a fancy pants breakfast last weekend, I popped out to have a mid week lunch with the Welshman and I’ve been having celebratory coffees and cups of tea with the Gorgeous Girls all week. As you do.
I was served breakfast in bed, with a handwritten menu. Of course, I had to go with the Salmon Surprise, a special dish created by Boyo and cooked by the Welshman. Featuring a seabed of sauteed spinach and fresh parsley, a smoked salmon fish with three babies and an egg sun and clouds, it was delicious. And gluten free!
I had a few carefully chosen presents to unwrap. Lovely girly gifts like a fluffy towel, Alannah Hill and Mimco hair accessories, Country Road patterned socks to show off in my new brogues, yummy comestibles and handmade chocolates, DVD boxsets … plus some cash! The gift that keeps on giving.
We headed out for lunch to the Hyde Park Barracks Cafe, a lovely little spot that just happened to be our wedding reception venue. What a sweet choice! Such a gorgeous convict-era spot, next to the gorgeousness of Hyde Park, the Botanic Gardens and the Cathedral.
As we were arriving at lunch, an archbishop was being farewelled and there were rank upon rank upon rank of gorgeously attired men providing quite the visual spectacle. As we left the restaurant, the bells pealed again, for quite a different occasion, a huge Big Fat Wedding of some description.
The outfits were OTT with flashy accessories for both events.
I wore a Leona Edmiston Ruby dress, printed with elephants, teamed with black opaques, Ziera suede ballet flats and a navy boyfriend blazer from ASOS. Of course, I had to wear my new Alannah Hill hair pins.
After lunch, it was all about relaxing at home, reading a book, watching a DVD and Chocolate Cake par excellence from Mezzapica in Leichhardt for afternoon tea. As the birthday girl, I may have also eaten cake for dinner. As you do!
On Sunday morning, we headed to Taronga Zoo. I was very keen to see the new baby Tree Kangaroo. Unfortunately, it proved to be a wee bit camera shy.
We also got to hang out with the ringtailed lemurs in their new exhibit. Taronga Zoo offers free tickets, but only a few sessions of no more than 10 people per day.
The lemurs are a bachelor group, as Taronga Zoo is a little too noisy for optimal breeding conditions. The dude in the middle, hanging out on his heated rock, looks like he just needs a cold one and a remote to make his day, don’t you think?
Boyo has been grooming this elephant since he was a very wee chap. It is now our tradition to do this every time we visit Taronga. Apparently, the elephants like pink nail polish, so Boyo asked me to pop out and get 10 bottles. That’s how much it takes, he tells me!
For my Zoo Style, I teamed Windsor Smith wedge trainers with Volcom boyfriend jeans, a blue & black striped Country Road knit, Metalicus waterfall cropped jacket and the Forever New scarf the Blokefolk gave me for my birthday.
I’ve accessorised with the Usual Suspects jewellery, my new Alannah Hill hairpins and my Sterling & Hyde Jane bag. Perfectly prettily practical for a day out.
I’m also wearing my handmade Kimba charm necklace, worn as a bracelet. Thanks Boyo!
In the afternoon, we went for a Sunday drive. We parked in the back streets of Pyrmont, just behind Doltone House, which is just in front of The Star casino. Clear as mud? Thank goodness for GPS.
It’s a lovely walk around the Harbour, with a very interesting view of Barangaroo and all the developments. Lots of parking, some lovely green squares, scenery, flat surfaces for scooting races and tricks, plus Gelato Messina at The Star. What’s not to love?
What did you do this weekend? I hope it involved chocolate cake and a walk in the park!