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Australia Day playlist and party ideas.

Australia Day playlist & party ideas

 

26th of January is Australia Day. The first arrival of the first fleet from Great Britain commanded by Captain Arthur Phillip in 1788.

Today, we celebrate our diverse culture, our environment, music and sports along with many other Aussie achievements. What makes the day more Aussie is getting together over a BBQ or alfresco lunch (eating outdoors) with all your friends or as we say 'mates'.
So today's post I have compiled a list of Aussie songs for you to compliment your get together. I have:

  • Sia
  • Big Pig
  • The Temper Trap
  • Boom Crash Opera
  • Screaming Jets
  • Diesel
  • Cut Copy and many, many more.

A mixing bowl of Aussie artist you may forgotten from the past to the contemporary . How do you get to my song list is by clicking here or here
(Note: you need to join up with Spotify. It's free and easy to follow so you can find my hit list.)

 

 

Now for the fun BBQ/party ideas and beautiful inspiring Aussie photos:

Max Dupain, Sunbaker

The famous Aussie 1937 photo by Max Dupain, The Sunbaker.

Cameron Herweynen

This beautiful portrait of an aboriginal child is taken by Cameron Herweynen.

aust-day-collage-2Love this setting. Alfresco dining a la Australian way. Styling by Karen Locke, Photo credit by Creative Image. More pics to come...

The Design Files:Katie QuinnYou can't beat an ice-cold drink. via The Design Files, Katie Quinn.

Lamb rolls with tzatzikiLamb chops, lamb sausages how about minced lamb rolls (Greek koftas) with tzatziki. Mouth watering! via SBS

australiaday_party_065Another photo from stylist Karen Locke. This setting has the old Australian country charm.

Chris HemsworthWhoops! How did this photo get here? Happy Australia Day Chris.

australiaday_party_085Anzac biscuits and a cuppa of Bushells tea. You can't get more aussie than that. Honoury mentions to Tim Tams and Iced Vovos. Stylist Karen Locke. For more of Karen's beautiful styling work click here.

mini_pavlovas2Easy to make pavola with blueberries and pomangrant. Love this vibrant colours of blue, red and white. via A Sweet Muddle site full of beautiful food photography.

Screen Shot 2015-01-21 at 4.56.10 pmAnother pavola creation and this one will impress your guests. Via A Little Delightful

Summer cocktail via Table For TwoAnd lastly, we can't forget a summery drink. This one is delish, find the recipe on Table for Two

For the kids:

Gold & Green fruit skewers Kids love fruit in summer. Gold and green skewers, freeze them to make it extra cold. Found on Pinterest.

Australia Day masksI love this candid photo of the children wearing these Australia Day masks, (it looks easy to make you need: foam, felt or thick cardboard for the mask, felt for the noses and to finish off, cotton wool and feathers and elastic. Supplies via your local craft shop.) photo credit The Woman's Day. It reminds me of this..

May GibbsWattle babies by May Gibbs (1877-1969). Australia's famous illustrator from her book- The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie.

Sugarland cupcakesAren't these adorable by Sugarland Cupcakes. I couldn't eat one, too precious!

 To print out Australia Day colouring sheets click here. Lots to choose from for a bit of quiet time.

That is all from me. Happy Australia Day to everyone around the world. Don't forget my Aussie Day song list to play!

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My Hot Trip to Queensland.

My Hot Trip to Queensland.

I have lived on the Gold Coast for 2 years and I got to know the place more intimately. It's not just the seedy Cavill Ave which only awakens at night and sleeps in the day; or the bikies causing havoc over their imported businesses (yeah right); but watching the place grow up from a small city into a modern, high rising city, catering for everyone from locals to travellers.

When I moved back to Sydney, I knew I would visit the Goldie regularly as my parents stayed on to retire. I didn't think I'd miss this place until my parents moved to Maryborough, 335 km or 4 hours drive north from the Goldie.
I was a little disappointed they moved (again! my parents have the 7-10 year moving itch) to a town further away. No more cheap flights tickets to GC throughout the year. So I'm being a little selfish because my parents moved into a an old Queenslander home with a big yard and walking distance to the shops, RSL and aquatic centre, compared to a little villa not close to the shops and having to pay $$ to body corp. I guess I will miss the last minute plans to jump in a plane and see my mum. Oh boo hoo me!

Now I have heard of the World Hertiage listed Fraser Island, the world's largest sand island a place you can 4WD and camp or stay in a cottage or resort. An ideal place for everyone's budget. Hervey Bay is where you launch off to the beautiful island or go whale watching (mid-July to mid-November).
Because of the lack of time over Christmas and the summer heat (and the fact I'm pregnant and can't tolerate 30*c plus humidity), we didn't visit Hervey Bay or Fraser Island... yet! This is on our list to visit this year.

The best flights for a family is direct. With a 31/2-year-old in tow with very little patience, we didn't want to stop over in Brisbane. Perhaps with better planning and the silly season over, we will stop in Brisvegas to see friends and sights of this city for an overnight stay.
After 1 hour and 40 minutes, we arrived on Hervey Bay turf and it was hot! Like you can cook an egg on the tarmac hot or hot like watching Magic Mike hot. It took a 30 minutes to shuttle bus it to Maryborough. Ah bless the A/C. Driving through the town was really lovely. I never knew the town has so much history with old homes and buildings to match. More facts and info later.

Enjoying the inflight entertainment

Above: Miss Cheeky enjoying the inflight entertainment. How cold is it onboard!

Below: On the day of our arrival, my parents booked us on a Christmas lights bus tour. We got to meet some of the home owners who offered us food and treats. Great way to start our Christmas break.

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Below: We stopped by a Vintage Christmas exhibition showcasing these beauties. Mince pies and homemade lemon aid was served free!

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My dad still uses his 1 tonne sewing machine.

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Christmas morning with two of my favourite people. Sitting in the coolest part of the house. The heat was overwhelming, I waddled around with heavy, swollen feet with my mouth open like a bird. Elsa dolls were sold out so Cinderella saved Christmas. Phew!

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Christmas Day. Miss Cheeky working hard for a bit of water fun.

Below: Boxing Day at the Maryborough aquatic centre. Dad slip, slop and a slapping, no wonder she hates sunscreen on her face. For me passionfruit slurpies while sitting in the kiddy's pool was the best mix to cool down a pregnant gal.

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Our proudest moment, Miss Cheeky swimming underwater. Here she is commanding dad to go further back.

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Practicing her vertical diving or walking on water!

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One proud mama. I learned to swim alone when I was 8! My parents aren't strong swimmers and I never knew any of my friends back in the 80's who took swimming lessons.

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Below: Second last day of our holiday, we took a visit to the City Hall to see the Explore-a-saurus. We enjoyed it more than the Dino exhibition at Sydney museum.

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No queues and no big crowds here. We loved the camouflage photo set, maybe I enjoyed it more than everyone. As for the exhibition, we were very impressed, it's on until April 2105.

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Shhh! Where did they go?

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An activity room for kids and 3 year olds crafting out Dino masks.

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O.k my last camo shot. Born to be wild.

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Our last day amongst family. Miss Cheeky took this photo just as the shuttle bus arrived.

2 Facts and website info on Maryborough:

1) This is the best one, did you know Mary Poppins creator Pamela Lyndon Travers was born in an existing building in Maryborough in 1899? To get to know more on Pamela, you must watch Disney's Saving Mr Banks. I saw the movie in cinema last year and I loved it. You will see Mary Poppins in a different light.

2) Brisbane beat Maryborough to become capital city of Queensland. During the 1800's Maryborough was a port of entry to immigrants arriving as the city sits on the Mary River.

More info on where to stay, what to do (so much to do!) check it out here

To finish up on my trip : 6 days wasn't enough but I'm lucky to be able to go back and visit my parents. My hot trip to Queensland was worth it and I'm excited to discover more of this historical city in the near future and visit my lovely parents again; I'm hoping this is their last move.
Lastly, I want to send my thoughts out to people in South Adelaide who are going through such hardship from the bush fires. I will donate to help out those in need and who lost everything. If you like to donate please click here

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Street art from Mission District, San Francisco

 

When I traveled to America with my husband and sister-in-law about 5 years old, I had one place in mind to visit- The Mission District. "The Mission" as its commonly known, is a neighbourhood in San Francisco.

I heard of this place from a documentary I watched based on "The Mission" and became fascinated by the large population of the Hispanic community and their amazing street art throughout the district, initiated by the Chicano Art Mural Movement of the 1970's.

The neighbourhood also homes San Francisco's oldest historic building- Mission San Francisco de Asis, as commonly known as Mission Dolores, founded in 1776. Mission Dolores Parish comprises both the Basilica and the Old Mission which is now a museum for all to visit. The Old Mission has lived through the Californian Gold Rush, 1848-1855  and amazingly the 1906 earthquake. My husband was in (pardon the pun) door heaven, he's a joiner/carpenter. We were told to visit the popular street Balmy Alley and The Women's Building (the first women-led non-profit arts and education community center in the country). The mural art of the Women's Building is big, beautiful and full of colour, depicting Latin American culture.

Afterwards we headed to Balmy Alley, the most concentrated collection of murals in a street, a block long. We took lots of photos of the colourful street, a great backdrop to stand in as you'll soon see.  We missed out to see Clarion Alley (another street of murals) as it was getting late but I'll be back.

 

The Women's Building:

Mission, SF women's building via Adore Re MiSide view of The Women's Building in Mission, San Francisco

Mission women's building close up 2 via Adore Re MiClose up of the amazing mural painting on The Women's Building, Mission, San Francisco

Mission women's building 2 via Adore Re MiBeautiful detail on a large scale of the Latin American culture

Mission women's building 3 via Adore Re MiMy favourite section of the mural- young  girl wrapped up in her Latin indigenous culture

Mission women's building close up via Adore Re MiShowing the scale of the mural

Mission tile mural via Adore Re MiMyself and my sister-in-law standing next to the huge tile mural, beautifully pieced together

Mission Dolores: 


Mission San Francisco de Asis, SFMission San Francisco de Asis

Mission Dolores Basilica, SFMission Dolores Basilica

Mission Dolores Basilica, SFMission Dolores Basilica grand doors.

Balmy Alley:

Street art murals via Adore Re MiWall to wall, street to street of mural paintings


Street art mural close up via Adore Re MiClose up of a mural (artist unknown)

Street art close up via Adore Re Mi

Mission, SF street art mural via Adore Re MiMy gorgeous sister-in-law

Balmy Alley, Mission, SF. Artist Sirron NorrisPopular SF street artist Sirron Norris

Mission, SF street art via Adore Re MiPoster art- Freedom to the people

Mission, SF street art mural via Adore Re Mi

 

 

The three of us shared a great time together in San Fran. Afterwards we traveled to Grass Valley where close family lives, I fell in love with this small Gold Rush town Mark Twain visited regularly, but that's another story.

San Francisco is a place I will come back to and explore more the inner hubs of the districts, visit places where the locals go because there is so much more than the tourist hot spots.

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