We managed to escape the rain cloud that has been hanging over Adelaide by ironically travelling to Melbourne where everyone was complaining that it's been too dry (it's usually most definitely the other way around). We did a bit of client entertaining on Friday and Saturday night, and aside from that there was a lot of sleeping in, lazy mornings and long walks around South Yarra with Mr AV. So I've taken my usual poor quality, blurry iphone photos to show you what we got up to.
Friday night we went out to dinner at the Prahran Hotel, which is owned by one of Mr AV's clients. I wore this - black waxed jeans, gold heels with gold clutch, black wool roll neck and a black jacket with weird bustle thing on the back and a gold zip. It's Valentino, sourced 70% off from The Outnet.
The Prahran Hotel is very hip and groovy, which was what I was trying to achieve with my outfit, and in which I clearly failed miserably. On a Friday night it's the place to be if you want to pick up, and you're aged from 20-30... a total meat market for trendy young things. As we were not in either of those categories, you could say that we were fairly obviously The Old People in the Pub. We were stopped by the bouncers at the door, not to provide ID, as I immediately thought (how foolish of me!), but to see if we had a reservation, as they clearly weren't going to let us in otherwise. Deflating.
On my walk around the pub admiring the very interesting interiors (they've used a lot of concrete pipes for seating areas), groups of young men looked me up and down, clearly wondering who had let the cougar in the front door.
Summary: Great if you're under 30. Not somewhere you'd go for the food, which is Ok pub fare, but not a drawcard. We had a really fun night with Mr AV's client and his wife, regardless.
On Saturday I popped into Home and Abroad in Avoca Street, South Yarra as is my habit, to pick up a little thank you gift for my Mother in Law, who had the children for the weekend. Good thing I had carry on as I could have bought half the shop - there's lovely glassware in there at the moment (hurricane lanterns, candle holders, water jugs and glasses), beautiful ceramic lines in great colours, and their beautiful Portuguese linens which they always have. A new linen tablecloth and napkins may have made their way home with me....
all the gift wrapping has bees on it
That was it for the shopping for me this trip - Mr AV and I went on a big walk, and stopped for lunch in Fog on Greville Street, Prahran where I had some delicious fish tacos.
Saturday night we took clients to dinner at Cafe e Cucina in Chapel Street. It's been around for maybe 20 years, and is a little slice of Italy. All the waiters are imported, and speak broken English, and the Interior and food is as authentic as you'll get in the Southern Hemisphere. At the two tables next to us were Pink and her entourage... I had been wondering who would take a 4 year old child out at 8pm for dinner dressed in a spiderman suit, and we finally twigged who it was. In January you'll always find the tennis commentators and players there having dinner during the Australian Open. The meal was excellent.
This is what I wore - an old Tory Burch dress with bib embellishment on it, and my black knee high Jimmy Choo boots, also old.
Another walk on Sunday morning, and breakfast at The Botanical on Domain Road before heading back to the airport. I took more photos of grey rendered Melbourne houses to show the renderer for our extension. These houses are on Avoca Street, around the corner from the Lyall Hotel, where we were staying again.
This one below is my favourite
I made Mr AV take a back view of the weird bustle type thing on my jacket for the blog. He is a reluctant photographer of me (seriously, there are about 2 photos taken of me a year, and they're generally dreadful and feature me in an apron looking annoyed that he's chosen that particular moment to take one).
So that was it - over too fast, and back home with a thud and a few hours of catching up on laundry, unpacking for 5, making dinner and getting organised for the week ahead on the Sunday evening.
On to the renovations. Here's what happened on the house this week. Not a lot. It rained, all day, all week. A bit of brickwork was accomplished.
windows in the ceiling lantern
This week the window installers are returning to finish installing the windows, around 5 weeks after they first came (so much for returning in two weeks...). I'm planning on throwing a ticker tape parade to welcome them back, along with the roofer who is also going to make an appearance this week. We have sunny weather forecast (at last!) so things should really move along, fingers crossed....
Hope you had a great week xx
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