This year, instead of meticulously recording every new cafe I visited, movie I saw, book I read, or occasion I celebrated and then posting a mammoth update once a quarter, I thought I would commit to putting together a list of my highlights for each month. A good idea, I thought, in theory, but given I was in denial until the end of February about 2015 actually commencing, here I am wrapping my planned monthly updates into a quarterly post.
We caught the first sunrise of 2015 down at Bondi, which was a fantastic way to kick off the month and the new year (not to mention my Birthday Month). I didn’t get in nearly as many beach days as I did last year, but the weather cooperated for the few days I had off work at the beginning of the month, for which I am grateful. After saying for an entire year that I would book it in, I finally had High Tea at the Park Hyatt, and I think it’s my favourite in Sydney so far. Not only was the food and view to die for, the service was fantastic, and I have been raving about it to anybody who will listen ever since.
After missing out on the St George Open Air Cinema last year, I made sure I bought tickets as soon as they went on sale this year. The rain held off (yay) and we saw ‘Men, Women & Children’, which was an interesting take on the way technology and the internet has impacted relationships, our self-image and the way we communicate. I loved the whole outdoor cinema and hospitality set up, and the backdrop of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge was absolutely amazing, if not a little distracting… I do wish they operated on reserved seating like regular cinemas, though – the having to get there early enough to nab a good seat was too much stress (that I placed on myself…) for after work!
Back in 2007, we saw Wicked on Broadway when we were in NYC and I absolutely loved it – so when I found out that the musical would be in Sydney in late 2014, I was very excited. Our schedule is always pretty full, so we only just managed to see Wicked before it finished up. Unfortunately I was feeling a little under the weather, so didn’t enjoy it as much this time around at the time, but I’m glad we went.
It probably goes without saying that one of the highlights of the month was my birthday weekend. We caught the sunrise at Bronte, had crepes for breakfast at Avila in Bondi (a must-visit!), and later checked in at the Four Seasons for the night. Mr Posy took me to Rockpool Bar & Grill for dinner, which was a fabulous way to end the day.
My birthday celebrations continued into February with another High Tea at the Park Hyatt – I loved it so much when I visited at the beginning of January, and my birthday was the perfect excuse to book in another tea. February also marked the first night out for work drinks for the year with the girls; the champagne and laughter was fairly flowing as a late afternoon turned into a much later night than anticipated.
Speaking of work, as we didn’t have any trips away or public holidays, I took a flex day so that I could enjoy a relaxing long weekend. Of course I managed to pick the one occasion where work was so hectic for Mr Posy, that he ended up working the entire weekend. My timing is always so perfect… We did manage to get in an early breakfast at The Grounds on the Friday morning though (where I snagged a posy of peonies for myself for Valentines!), and I spent the weekend lounging around reading, so it definitely was not a wasted weekend by any means.
While February had some beautiful sunny days, they mostly seemed to fall on weekdays when I was stuck in the office, so we only managed to squeeze in two beach days, but they were such beautiful days that they almost made up for all the miserable weather.
We were also blessed with beautiful weather when we went along to this year’s Greek Festival down at Darling Harbour (Mr Posy was very happy with his haul of loukoumades), and to the Lunar Markets in Pyrmont Bay Park and the Lanterns of the Terracotta Warriors at Dawes Point as part of the Chinese New Year celebrations.
We did take advantage of a rainy weekend at the end of the month and finally went to the Art Gallery to check out the Pop into Popism exhibit – just in time before it finished up! I am starting to sense a running theme here when it comes to events – we always seem to leave it to the very last minute… There’s just always so much to see and do, and it can be a bit of a mission scheduling everything in.
March started with a cracking morning at Bronte – it was so glorious that for a brief moment I actually thought that we might be blessed with another long summer (miss you, 2014), and that I might finally make up for all the missed beach days, but it was not to be. The memory of that morning will hopefully see me through the cooler months, until I can get back in the surf.
I had a lovely catch up here in Sydney with friends back from PosyTown – it was so nice to have a good laugh and a big chat over wine and dinner. The next morning Mr Posy and I caught an early morning flight to Melbourne to visit Niece and Nephew Posy (and their parents) for a long weekend, which was over much too quickly.
We didn’t have much time to be sad once we got back to Harbour City, however, with Taste of Sydney booked in for the following weekend. Last year we copped a drenching at Taste, and after a rainy week, I was expecting a repeat performance… Fortunately, the rain held off when we went on the Saturday evening and we had an amazing time. We rushed through the savoury dishes so that we could get to the sweet – the white chocolate and caramel popsicle with dark chocolate crumbs from 4Fourteen was my favourite dish of the day.
March also marked footy season kicking off for another year, which means weekends cheering on my beloved Roosters! It’s going to take me a while to get used to the absence of Mini on the field, but there is some great young talent coming through; the club certainly does a good job of developing our juniors (RTS being snapped up by the Warriors from 2016 is evidence of that! … and as sad as I am, I wish him all the best.).
Just as I knew would be the case, I was very pleased that past-me bought tickets to Ed Sheeran when they went on sale. It was just Ed, a couple of guitars and some kind of loop pedal – no fireworks, no back up dancers or singers, no fancy costumes or background tracks – but his concert was incredible! It was all him and all live. I will definitely be buying tickets when he next tours Australia.
We voted in our first state election – it was a bit of an anticlimax (voting always is), and there was no sausage sizzle at our polling booth (!), but it just further cemented that WE REALLY, TRULY LIVE HERE! Living here is still a bit of a novelty, and I still often say to Mr Posy “Wow! We really live here!”…
Other highlights of the month include PosyKitty turning 4 (and she was so happy about it), and feeling like I’m in a really good place with work. I’m still acting in a different role, and I am loving it – I’ve got some really great projects on the go, and I’m working with a fantastic group of people. Hopefully I can stay on a little while longer..