On first thought, turning 30 should have been a daunting affair, and a bit crappy considering I was a million miles away from family and friends. Normally my birthday is in the middle of summer, but over here it was winter. Everything pointed towards it being a bit of rubbish day, but Kirstie being Kirstie really pulled it out of the bag. She planned a whole weekend of activities without me having any idea what I would be doing. It was an awesome weekend… here goes:
Friday 9th August - A chilled out day. I woke up to a decorated flat complete with balloons and a banner. I said I fancied having a full english at some point over the weekend, so Kirstie arranged it as the first thing. Cooked from scratch it was delightful. yummy! After that we headed to the Cinema to a watch a movie (Now You See Me), and then in the evening Kirstie had booked a Teppanyaki table for me. I have always wanted to go to a Teppanyaki restaurant, you know the kind where you sit around the hot plate and chef and they do tricks and basically cook it in front of you. It was delightful. The food was incredible and the chef was good fun too. I had to catch egg in my mouth, and I had to catch my rice in my bowl. It was a great birthday meal. Afterwards we headed home where Kirstie presented my cake. Made of ice cream. YUM!
Saturday 10th August - Kirstie had booked the Neighbours tour. Having previously been a fan, ok ok, currently being a Neighbours fan it was great to see where the magic happens. We had a tour around the set, seeing the building exteriors from the program, the school, Lassiters etc. We saw the places where so many scenes are shot. We then headed over to ‘Ramsey Street’, where the house exteriors are filmed. The residents are paid a yearly fee to be on the show, and it was very surreal being there! There was no street party or cricket going on, but it was really cool to be there!!! After the Neighbours tour we headed back to the centre, popped home, and then headed out for the Melbourne Ghost tour. It was interesting (not always in a good way), he was trying too hard to be creepy, and there were far too many people on the tour. We could hardly hear him. The route was cool though and we went to parts of the city centre that we didn’t know existed. We walked through Flagstaff gardens and saw several wild Possums. Creepy little things!
Sunday 11th August - On Sunday, Kirstie had booked a car for us to explore the Mornington Peninsula. An area of stunning Coastline south of Melbourne. We spent the day driving along the coast and stopping off at various beaches and little towns, had the classic fish and chips for lunch, and carried on to the Hot Springs. The hot springs were very impressive (although rather busy), and had loads of individual pools to explore and soak in. There was a Turkish steam room, a plunge pool, and a hot pool overlooking some stunning scenery. We spent hours just chilling in the pools. It was delightful. At the end of the day we headed back home for a cheeky Chinese takeaway.
An awesome and busy birthday weekend! THANKS KIRSTIE!
Yes yes a bit chavvy, but DELICIOUS. (notice the HP sauce!! ha ha!)
Flames and stuff. Teppanyaki at the Fujiyama
Me close to the action.
Me getting involved in the action. Thanks chef for letting me have a go!! (by the way that is a pocket on my t-shirt not a random sweat patch)
Action shot, Kirstie catching her rice!!
My ice Cream birthday cake!!
ON THE NEIGHBOURS TOUR! WOO YEAH!
Outside Grease monkeys.
The famous pond.
Me at Hazza’s store. I love Harold Bishop.
Me taking a photo of one of the gardens…
Me and Doctor Karl.
The scary ghost tour man!
A creepy possum…
the road trip crew. Me, Merve and Kirstie.
Me on the beach. LUSH!
Me close up on the beach at Frankston.
Battered Sausage and Chips, thank you please.
A scenic photo.
A sexy photo. (ok maybe not sexy but this picture has received a lot of love on Facebook).
Ps. Thanks to everyone for my cards. Below is a picture of my fave. WARNING CONTAINS OFFENSIVE LANGUAGE. Thanks Annabelle, Lianne, Ellie, Claire, Natalie, Clare & Tom, Filly and especially Melanie. Such a way with words. THANKSxxxx