Last weekend was my birthday, and (shamelessly stealing the idea from my friend Pat) I decided it wasn't just my 29th birthday, it was also the start of my year of turning 30! It therefore needed to be a proper Opening Weekend for this very important celebration.
We spent the weekend up at our new house at Lake Macquarie - cooking, eating, crocheting... it was wonderful :) Here are lots of photos, taken by my amazing friend Emily Sandrussi, who is a multi-award winning photographer! Her new exhibition opens tomorrow in Sydney, and you should at least go check out the website for the exhibition!
But onto the photos!
We had handsome men at work in the kitchen ...
... dragons and Captain Poprocks helping themselves to some home made meringues ...
... the food was pretty impressive, if I do say so myself - all home made (except the bread and corn chips) ...
|French onion dip and tzatziki|
|Raspberry Citrus Gravlax with Lemon Cream Cheese|
|Lomo (L) and Bresaola|
|Slow roasted pork belly with crispy crackling ...|
|... and bacon-y cabbage, and spiced apple jelly ...|
|... and roast potatoes and carrots, with steamed broccoli.|
... the company was excellent ...
... someone else did the cleaning up ...
... and then there was dessert.
|Eton Mess Mouthfuls|
|Chocolate Fudge Cake|
On Sunday, we lazed about the place, painting and crocheting and sewing and building websites and playing video games...
... and some of the boys even learned how to crochet!
Overall it was a wonderful weekend, and a good test of the new house, which now has all its furniture!
We're all ready for Christmas at the lake now :)
Many thanks to everyone who came, ate, cooked, cleaned, laughed and enjoyed!