So good and very wet! We’re still on a high. The Sidney Myer Music Bowl is such a great venue too. Even though we were pretty far back we had a great view and the sound was awesome. Only downside…the heavy rain. It was still a million times better than Dublin.
Archive for January, 2013
12 hours to go! So excited! The weather gods have thrown a spanner in the works though. It hasn’t rained for about two months or something but today, at the time of the concert the forecast says heavy rain! What the f*ck! But we’re not going to let this stop us, we have rain ponchos. 😉
It’s hard to believe that a day that starts like this will end up being rainy and shitty though. The sunrise over the city this morning was absolutely beautiful.
A couple of months ago we saw a wall clock we really liked at Myers. It’s a big yellow clock from Salt&Pepper. We decided not to buy it but over time when our apartment slowly has become more and more furnished we decided that we really wanted the clock as a centre piece in our lounge room. Of course by the time we made this decision the clock seemed to be sold out everywhere, at least in the yellow (it comes in heaps of other colours too). I was really dissapointed since I had fallen in love with it.
So on Friday I called the Australian wholesaler to see if the clock perhaps was available somewhere. I was told that it was sold out at the moment but they expected more clocks in, in April/May but they couldn’t tell me what stores that would have it available then. A bit dissaponting but the nice lady I talked to did another search of what stores bought the last clocks from the wholesaler in the end of last year. I was given two stores around Melbourne that might still have them in stock. I called the first on which happened to be just around the corner from our house. Luckily enought they did have one clock left but they wanted $179 for it, that was $40 more that we had seen it for before at Myers and we thought that was expensive.
I called the second store as well just to check if they perhaps had it as well to a different price and they did! They too had one clock left and the price was $140 but they also had a 25% store wide disount at the moment so it would end up being just over $100. Lucky! The store was in Doncaster which is a 40 min drive from my work. We decided it was worth the drive to save $80. When we got there the lady I had spoken to earlier said she had bad news. She had tried to call me and left me a message (which I didn’t receive a notification for so I didn’t hear it) since the clock that she had put aside for me actually already was sold (something she wasn’t aware off). At that point we were pretty disappointed that we made the drive for nothing! She then offered to call their second store just to double check if they perhaps had any in store too. As it turned out they had 2 left so we then made the trip to Mill Park to pick it up. Once we got to the store we were told the other one had just been sold after ours were put aside so we were very lucky.
A long story just about a clock I know. But it’s just funny how things work out sometime. In the end we did get our clock at a good price even if it meant we had to make a road trip around Melbourne’s eastern suburbs on our Friday night.
It’s a long weekend here in Australia this weekend due to it being Australia’s National Day today. Since this public holiday falls on a Saturday, which is already a day off work, Monday is a public holiday as well. I like the way they Aussies think. 😉
Melbourne weather is so weird, it can change 15 degrees from one day to another. On Thursday we had 38 or 39 degrees but today the forecast says a top temperature of 23 degrees for the day. I know I just told you it’s a public holiday but Simon is working anyway. He has actually just signed a contract for a new job and he’s just helping his old boss out a bit before he starts his new job. I’m about to get started with my cleaning (I know our lifes are thrilling) but we’ll be heading to a friend’s house in Altona later on for a drinks and a BBQ. No Australia day is complete without a barbie!
The official countdown has begun, 58 days to go until my brother and sister-in-law arrives! They’ll be visiting for a whole month and both Simon and I have managed to get at least part of the time off so we’ll be able to travel with them. Besides spending time in Melbourne we’ll be taking them to Adelaide, they’ll spend a couple of days in Sydney and we plan on going up to Cairns/Great Barrier Reef/Port Douglas/Cape Tribulation for a week or so as well. I’m very excited and I can’t wait for end of March!
Ok, what I’m about to tell you might seem like a very trivial problem but it is something that is getting more and more frustrated. We brought two table lamps from Sweden and we now have them on our bedside tables. All that’s lacking are two lamp shades, something that has proven to be extremely difficult to find in Australia. We’ve been searching high and low for shades and we’ve only found VERY limited selections and nothing I like. In Sweden they’re sold in both lighting and interior design shops and all over the internet. I would have no issues finding some that I like back home but here I got nothing! How can that be? I know Swedes in general are a lot more interested in interior design than the Aussies but still….I’m seriously considering having my brother bring a pair down when they come visit. Yes, I’m that desperate!! 🙂