Tuesday 2 December 2014

Mich's Year of 30th - Opening Weekend

Hello and welcome to all our new readers and hugs for old friends :) 

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! 


  1. Well then, happy birthday from me, though I'm a bit late! : ) Glad to read you enjoyed this special weekend, sounds like fun!

  2. Yummy post !
    Thanks for your visit !

  3. Looks like you had a wonderful time - happy birthday! :)
    Cathy x

  4. Start of turning-30-year birthday weekend looks like it was a roaring success!! :D Huggles

  5. Happy Birthday for the weekend. What a fun time you all had - a great way to celebrate your birthday, your home, and good company. Idyllic!

    1. Thanks Jodie! Let me know when you're coming to visit for a craft retreat :P

    2. I would love that! sounds like a lot of fun. Thanks for the invitation ;-)

  6. *drewling* so many delicious dishes!
    Have a nice day

    1. Haha thanks Monica :) It was all so tasty!

  7. Hi Michelle! What wonderful celebration!
    Looks great, yummy food and wonderful company!!! :)
    Wishing you all the best! Happpppppyyyy Birthdaaaaaayyyyy!
    Ingrid xx