As you can see from the rather lengthy blog title, it's been a busy week. Two weeks ago was one of the most miserable I've had in a long time - pressure to pack up the grotty old kitchen, and trying to organise the children for their one week holiday at their grandparent's house meant that I was rather a frazzled mess.
But it was all worth it when after taking no less than 3 separate plane rides, the last in a tiny light plane, I found myself on Lizard Island, the northern most island on The Great Barrier Reef and as remote as you can get from the realities of every day life. We were guests of friends who had a boat for 5 nights and we were all child free. The boat had a crew of 4 (the luxury!) and we each had a stateroom with ensuite - bliss. We spent the week snorkelling (the reef is within swimming from shore distance), swimming, eating and drinking rather too much, and in my case doing a lot of lazing around reading. No shoes or makeup for a whole week, no housework or meal prep, no builders asking me questions constantly - it was lovely.
Whilst on the boat Mr AV and I celebrated our 13th Wedding Anniversary. As it was such a big event (!), we decided some decent wine and champagne was in order to go with our dinner of BBQ fillet of Beef.
There was a lot of Kaftan action, and rather a lot of Aperol Spritz for pre dinner drinks
We did go fishing one day... and I managed to catch a rather large Scaly Mackerel... which I threw back (apparently inedible - he will live for another day). I had been tricked into the fishing by being told that I could drink a glass of wine and read a book while doing it. Not so - not only were we out in open (rough) water in a fairly small boat, but it was far too action packed to do either activity.
After gaining approximately 5 kilos, and catching up on much needed sleep and sun, we flew home via Melbourne, to be greeted at the airport by a 14 degree C chill and lashing rain. We stayed this time at the Grand Hyatt in the city which was very nice... in a sort of bland international hotel with lots of marble type way (as the wedding we were attending was in a Club next to it, it was handy), and did a bit of catching up with friends for dinner at Movida on the Friday night, and then on the Black Tie wedding on Saturday night.
Here's a terrible photo of my outfit - a navy Oscar de la Renta via The Outnet rose print dress, and my Shoes of Shame were thrilled to get the opportunity to dance the night away. End result was rather sore legs the next day...those shoes are punishingly high. I had my hair done by my old hairdresser in Melbourne (as I thought it would likely not look so flash after a week in the tropics with no hairdryer). I asked Mr AV to take a photo of my back view for the blog. After taking a few photos of my actual back, we finally got it right, albeit as I was punching lift buttons at the hotel. I may have to fire him from his role as official back up photographer to the blog and find a professional.
The wedding had an ice sculpture (with the tag line "Is This What you Had in Mind" on it - a running joke between the bride and groom) and a seafood buffet in standard High Club Style. I took a pic of the flowers - all different white ones in crystal vases as centerpieces. It was a fun night, and a very late one. Sadly we arrived home on Sunday home to Adelaide rather weary.... and to rather a large mess at home.
In our absence the old kitchen was ripped out and a new doorway punched through to the hall for the new powder room. They've framed it out, and the start of S's bedroom can be seen.
Here are the before pics
Happy days that it's finally gone - it was as bad as it looks (and actually it usually looked worse due to stuff on the bench top - it was a seriously tiny kitchen cupboard wise). Here's what it looks like now
In the back extension, the new kitchen and laundry have been installed. They'll finish it all up this week, and then the painter will start on the kitchen cupboards - they're being done in grey.
In the laundry I decided to go with laminate benchtops in the end - despite having the stone left over from the kitchen bench tops, it was still going to cost $1200 to have it cut and polished to size. This was compared to $400 for a finished laminate one. So I decided the laminate was fine by me - simple can be good sometimes...
And a couple of other shots of the dining area in relation to the kitchen. That is our dining table under the orange plastic
I've been frantically busy all day - the house is covered in a fine layer of plasterboard dust, we have no food to eat and a mountain of laundry....and of course a lot of things still to decide on the renovation.
So please excuse the short blog post, and I'll try to come back later in the week. But here are a few more photos of Lizard Island - truly a beautiful part of the world.
Hope you had a good week too xx
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