Coogee Beach to Bondi Beach walk

I say this often, but it doesn’t diminish the fact, that every time I step away from the city and into a piece of Australia’s countryside, a forest or a beach or a quiet town, I am blown away. There is so much to be seen outside of Melbourne and Sydney and so easily. An hour on a train or a morning car ride will land you in picture perfect places.

When we visited Sydney this Easter weekend our friends Jill, Liam and Hotch took us on a beautiful 6km walk from Coogee Beach to Bondi Beach. We’ve spent the day on Bondi Beach before but I didn’t realise there was beach after beach along the coastline, each as beautiful as the next. It’s a busy route filled with the classic Sydney active wear crowd, making us all feel bad about ourselves, and tourists and families and photographers. We spent the day enjoying the sunshine, having the odd swim and taking in the scenery.




Last week…

These are a few pictures from Saturday 19th to Thursday 24th September! It’s truly Spring now in Melbourne, with bright warm weekends and slightly longer days. Getting up at 6am means it’s light outside now and when we return from work we can still spend 30 minutes in the garden.   

Oliver and Toby spent last Saturday afternoon building the bbq we bought from Bunnings. It’s by far our favourite garden feature! We plan to eat by bbq all summer!

Last Sunday we spent our first day in the park this Spring. The trees are still bare, so it doesn’t look like the seasons are changing but in Melbourne there are golden leaves on the ground for about 9 months of the year. You never know what the day will look like till it happens.  

This monster is living on the side of the house. It could be harmless, it could be a killer. Any ideas?  

We finally visited Pelligrini’s on Bourke Street last week. It’s a lovely, cosy old school style Italian serving home cooked comfort food and big servings of familiar desserts. It’s the perfect late night spot after a chaotic evening. 

 Oliver picked the blueberry pie, but I couldn’t resist the chocolate plum tart. I wish I did because the blueberry pie was so fantastic! I’ve recommended it to every North American I know, since they’re always hankering for cherry pies and blueberry pies.

This was a steak night that unexpectedly included so many lovely people like Pierce and Shamah! And loads of wine. And tequila. On a Wednesday.  

And then I finally granted my mother’s wish by letting a professional colour my hair. Forgive my sullen expression; I’m not really the selfie taker.  
    Woah! Cringe! Returned to my ginger roots, but still, selfies are not my natural state. Aside from these I want to remember that this week was sunny and Spring like, I finally got paid and I let go of routine a little to drink too much and have a lovely time.

Last week…

 I just grabbed my phone pictures for the last week to post, as some kind of snapshot of the week I had. If I continue this way, when I look back I’ll remember nothing but obscure screenshots and delicious food. And that’s very nice but I’d like to remember something more substantial too. 

So in addition to my Melbourne food log, it’s worth saying that last Friday Oliver and I booked flights to go home to England at Christmastime. I’ve never spent so much money on flights; a combination of late booking, a decent itinerary and the time of year. 

And we were only able to do that because of our beautiful long term visa which was approved earlier in the year. It’s been the greatest relief to know we can stay put for a while, make plans to visit parts of Australia we’ve never seen and, of course, visit England!

We’re excited for a cold, festive Christmas with Stilton and British TV, Christmas songs and our families.

But anyway, some ridiculous bits from the week…


(the week before) last week 

 Oliver is a master chef and managed to turn this…   … into this…
 … into this…

I made an effort to counter that indulgence with some healthy eating at work. Calorie corner has become our team’s informal name and I can’t keep eating Ben and Jerry’s at 3pm.  

Found some memories from a night out in St Kilda…  

Enjoyed some quince doughnuts, in spite of my good intentions…

And I took these two pictures from my desk, about 3 hours apart. Famous Melbourne weather!  

eating like an aussie…

Okay, not all Aussies. Since we got to Australia I’ve loved the abundance of healthy food and all those delicious greens at the supermarket and in most restaurants we visit. Now we have a place to live, there is no excuse not to eat wholesomely and look after ourselves. Saying that, we’re 2 minutes walk from about 50 restaurants offering souvlaki, pizza, pho, thai, donuts, falafel, sushi, eggs any which way…

I recently came across this lovely blog full of delicious healthy food ideas and I feel inspired. There are so many recipes at Sprouted Kitchen that I can’t wait to try…

Quinoa Cauliflower Patties because Oliver is a lover of a good veggie burger, this Veggie Frittata as a tasty breakfast option that isn’t just wheat or sugar (or coffee) and this Spicy Harrisa recipe and the delicious sandwiche idea that come with it, so green!

Recently we had breakfast at Dr Jekyll in St Kilda and had some kind of smashed avocado, of course – we’re in Melbourne, and it was a treat! They smashed avocado with chunks of creamy, salty feta cheese and mixed that with loads of shredded mint and squeezed lemon juice all over. There was some toasted sourdough bread involved and olive oil too, it was pretty special.

Since then we’ve had that mint, lemon, feta combo in a few different ways. Once, attempting to recreate the Dr Jekyll breakfast, once in fresh salad with fresh avocado and toast and twice with pasta, fried courgette & garlic. And that’s my favourite. Lots of butter, optional.



I’m looking forward to these Lemongrass Tofu Bowls too! They look so fresh and delicious with avocado and sesame seeds. I feel spoiled surrounded by so much delicious Thai food, we had a takeaway on a work night from this place and it was spectacular. But undoubtedly full of salt and sugar and oil. In these winter months it takes extra effort to eat properly, so it’s even better when wholesome recipes look as good as this!