It’s that time of year again. Although Sam being English swears that it definitely can not be Christmas. How can it be when it’s 30 degrees outside and sunny?! It’s funny that after growing up in Brisbane all my life I actually agree with him. Christmas in England actually feels more Christmassy with the freezing cold temperatures (and sometimes snow!), people huddled around the fire next to the real Christmas tree (freshly selected from the pine tree farm – or from the man at the corner of your high street) drinking mulled wine and mince pies before tucking into the turkey with all the trimmings.
But I have to say that I secretly love our Australian version of a ‘Christmas’ tree (it kind of looks like a shrub), wearing singlet tops and eating cold prawns and salad before playing cricket in the back yard for a short while until you lose the ball over the neighbours fence.
And for those that we hadn’t already reminded, it’s Joy and my birthdays tomorrow. Yes, that’s right we share the same birthday! Last year we celebrated Joy’s 30th birthday in style on the beaches of a remote little Thailand island – magical! This year, we are celebrating it at home with our families in Brisbane so I’m very excited about having Joy back in town. There are so many things to catch up in person where Skype just doesn’t cut it!
I actually have a list in my phone of all the places that I want to take Joy. Well, they are actually places that I want Joy to take me. I have to admit that without Joy’s presence I’ve become a bit too laid back on my weekends and haven’t got out to all those places that I’ve been meaning to go.
So what’s on my list? To start with, this weekend we are off to Byron Bay, I place I’ve wanted to get back to ever since I arrived back here but have not been. Then there’s the Cai Guo-Quong: Falling Back to Earth exhibition at GOMA, a picnic in Roma Street Parklands and a visit to the Jan Powers Market in New Farm. Then the list extends to about 30 brunch places around Brisbane that look amazing. How many days do you have in Brisbane Joy?
It’s funny how having a birthday makes you look back at the year and think about what you have achieved. I have to say that I have surprised myself in a number of ways. Moving from London and doing some travelling (with six months off) has definitely made me more courageous and determined to be making sure I’m doing those things that make me happiest. I’ve experimented with jobs and probably more importantly careers and then there’s the decision to start our own little family. All seemingly massive decisions but somewhat easy once you have thrown yourself 100% into it. But then again I’m unsure where I would be without the support and counsel of my family (and my wiser, younger sister), my good friends and Sam.
So here’s to another great year (and birthday)! Happy birthday Joy! Merry Christmas season everyone!