So as you all know by now, it was my birthday and I got an awesome camera.

Well, as tradition has it, I’ve been taking photos left right and centre – wife, children, pets, outside, everything.  Nothing is safe.  I’d do the same with the big cameras too, but it’s more fun with the little sneaky silent one – muhahah!

Its a long weekend for Foundation Day here in Western Australia – yes, 1829 the Swan River colony was founded.

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Melbourne trip (part 2)

We had takeaway and a bottle of wine on Saturday night (well we were both tired and wanted to rest our weary backs), but ended up having a late night anyway.

We were slugs on Sunday morning as it was Jay’s birthday and only made it out in time for an early lunch at The Organic Food and Wine Company

Delicious coffees and vegan pies (dhal for Jay, Mexican bean for me) later we walked off to the National Gallery of Victoria for some culture. It’s a big modern place with a pretty cool collection of art and treasures, from Ming dynasty vases, 4000BC Egyptian tablets and pottery, a smattering of Rembrandts, Picassos, Hockneys, Constables and Turners. We were a bit over the endless rooms of 19th and 20th century European art by the end of it so scooted off back to Degraves St for a coffee and cupcake from the tiny and gorgeous ‘Little Cupcake’ before going back to the hotel for a rest.

We got a late dinner in Nandos (who have a few vegan-able options) then dodged the rain showers back to the hotel for a night of tv and wine 🙂

More in part 3….

down south, part 3

3rd verse, same as the first.

Or so sang the Violent Femmes (one of my all time favourite bands of all time)

anyways, its a fib, this isn’t the same as part one at all (except that we took the same roads home)

The drive back was unremarkable except for the fact that the sun was going down and we were treated to an amazing sunset.  If Jay hadn’t been suffering with her back and keen to get home I would have headed for the beach and set up the camera.  As it was, I made do with my shotgun position to capture a few of the moments on the way back.

Then, I decided to do some long exposure shots with the camera on the dash – was really funny to see the crazy shots that came out 🙂

So there you go – that was the day trip to Dunsborough.

Party pics

Some pics from the night – the early ones are better, can’t think why..LOL

I think everyone looks fab – glad people went to such a lot of effort with the costumes.   Jay looked wicked – pink, pink and more pink.

party night

The 80’s cocktail party for Jay and my Hen and Bucks night on Saturday night was frickin’ incredible!

You’ll have to wait for the photos as I’m at work right now, just spending a few mins collecting my thoughts before I have to tackle solution design and my brain descends into the dark depths of IT for the rest of the day..

Everyone got dressed up (as you’ll see later) – our friends had done us proud by decorating their house top to tail in old 80’s record sleeves, records, 80’s posters etc.   I had lugged over an entire boot full of alcohol in earlier in the week and that and the cocktail glasses were nicely arranged on the kitchen bench ready for action.

The music was cool – although not the 80’s stuff I remember from growing up in the UK – I guess thats one cultural difference thats going to continue to pop up

Cocktails were brilliant, so much fun mixing and shaking them, but not as much fun as the drinking *hic*

Got quietly plastered, danced a bit (I think) and had such a good time.

Jay and I walked the 10 mins home at about 2am and she didn’t get up until 4pm the next day!

Pics to follow 🙂

tea rooms and lesbian vampires

Now I have your undivided attention..

Starting in reverse chronological order, we went to the Mundijong Tea Rooms today and had the most average Devonshire Cream Tea available anywhere.  Its a nice setting though and some of their food is yummy, but they didnt really inspire us with mid-morning goodies.  Jay’s review of the cream tea went like this:

“I wish I’d have stayed at home and finished off my art this morning and then gone to Freo for tapas”

Not a very positive recommendation, but I agree 100%.  Next time 🙂  Still, we had a nice morning just chilling out and doing something different.

So, onto the lesbian vamipres.  Its a film, one of 4 films we’ve watched this weekend.

1.  Lesbian Vampire Killers

A low budget movie set in deepest darkest Norfolk, where the legend of the Lesbian Vampire Queen combines with a comedy duo on a hiking trip.  Its funny like Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz – some good one liners, laugh out loud moments and the dialogue and action, whilst cringey, fits perfectly with the film’s intentions.  Oh, and those who want hot lesbian action are going to be a bit disappointed, theres not really any.  8/10, would watch again, its genuinely funny.

2.  Killshot

ex-mafia hitman, Blackbird (Mickey Rourke) gets caught up with a young crazy armed robber/wannabe killer Richie Nix (Joseph Gordon-Levitt).  The film tells the story of them tracking down a couple placed in the witness protection program after witnessing one of their many screwups thanks to Nix’s wild and unpredictable nature.  Good film, interesting, captivating and well shot.  7/10.

3.  Dead Like Me

When you die your spirit could be asked to become a “reaper” – one of the many people on earth tasked with harvesting the souls of the living at the point of death.  They walk amongst us, but get their schedules every morning and have to touch the body to get soul out.  They dont know how many souls they have to get before they can get released and continue on their own way to heaven.  sounds promising.  And it starts off ok, some funny moments, a plot of sorts.  But then it turns into dreary emotional feelgood claptrap.  And the end is boring.  3/10.  Dont bother, unless you only watch the first 40 mins and then stop.

4.  Tenderness

Russel Crowe plays a retired cop on the case of a released teenage serial killer – absolved of his crimes, the state is convinced it was his anti-depressants that were to blame, Crowe on the other hand doesnt buy it and vows to stop him committing more crimes.  The story follows a girl of who is obsessed with the killer, traveling around with him and narrowly misses out on being killed herself a half dozen times.  The story kinda fizzles out and nothing really happens and the ending is typical ponsey arthouse movie crap where we are left to interpret and apply to the film we have just seen.  meh.  boring 4/10.

So thats it for the films, 50% hit rate, not too bad I guess.

So, what does the rest of the day hold in store?  no more films, thats for sure :))