I hope you’ve all had a good week. I can’t believe how fast this one’s flown. And it’s already time for the Lovin’ Life link-up again. I’m wondering what you’ve all been up to, and would really love to hear about the things you’ve done or loved this week, or if you’d like to link up something you’ve written, then please join in “Lovin’ Life” party – you’ll find instructions at the end of this post.
The Melbourne Cup
First up for me (in this kind of Thank You to the Universe post) and a highlight of the social year was the Melbourne Cup. For those of you not in Australia, this is known as the race that stops the nation.
Everything stops (well not quite, but nearly!). I can remember being a little miffed when we first arrived in Australia and I was having a new tyre put on my car. Just before the race started all the employees and mechanics downed tools and came into the waiting room to watch TV. I thought WTF is going on! Until someone explained 🙂 and we all got into the spirit of things with coke and coffee from the dispensing machine!
These days though I won’t be found in a quick-tyre waiting room or any other waiting room for that matter on Melbourne Cup Day.
Yesterday I had the privilege of attending a Golf Club function with my beautiful friend Christine, below. A little too much champagne might have been consumed and my fascinator might have slipped to more hapless than halo, but what a great afternoon it was.
Oh, and I won in the sweepstake! Well not me, but the very capable thoroughbred Almandin! Which got me thinking …I’d like a racehorse for Christmas please! Sadly my winnings aren’t quite enough to buy one – LOL!
But what a lovely win, and I’m wondering what Dave and I can do at the weekend to celebrate.
Talking of Dave, another thing I’m lovin about life this week is being married 29 years. I’m so so lucky to have married such a gorgeous man, my best friend, lover, soul mate and all that – and he really is.
And I’m grateful to all our friends. I could not believe that 151 people either ‘liked’ or commented on Facebook to say congratulations. To tell you the truth I didn’t know we had that many friends. Thank you Facebook for connecting us, and thank you so much to everyone who sent their best wishes. We were both very touched, and I have a tear pricking at the corner of my eye, and a frog in my throat as I’m writing.
Spring has sprung in WA with some warmer weather at last. I went for my first beach walk of the season with my daughter the other day and the sea was turning a summer blue colour. I felt blessed to be able to enjoy the beauty of the beach and my daughter’s company this week, as well as enjoying a leisurely breakfast with my son and his fiancee too. So a big Lovin’ Life tick for family get togethers.
And now to something completely different – from 31 October to 11 December 2016, the City of Perth is hosting the largest public art event in the world: CowParade Perth 2016.
We went to this event a few years ago when it was held in Margaret River – and it’s a definite Lovin’ Life day out. (The link to that post is one of the FIRST ever blogposts I wrote on ZigaZag way back in 2010 – the post was a bit cringe worthy!)
It’s a free event that features 40 cows across various city locations. The cows arrived as blank canvases and have been crafted, sculpted, painted and reconstructed by some of Western Australia’s most talented artists and fashion designers. I can’t wait to go to find them all at the weekend – like a treasure trail – We’ll be Moo-in around Perth being udderly entertained (sorry!) We found the first one (by artist Ian de Souza) unveiled early at Claisebrook Cove the other night when we had a sundowner with friends.
I’ve been gifted some gorgeous vintage bangles from MelzBeads (see below). They go with just about everything and I’m really into silver at the moment because I think it jollies up an outfit, and I love a little bling, don’t you? Anyway, they’re really pretty and have been remarked upon muchly. MelzBeads has all sorts of other unique jewellery items on the website.
The good (Lovin’ Life) news is that there’s a 10% store-wide discount for Lifestyle Fifty readers on all products for a period of 2 weeks starting from TODAY. Just use the coupon code: LIFESTYLE50 at the Checkout. Go Girls Go 🙂 (I don’t stand to earn any commission).
And Finally. This week I’m lovin’ life because we met up with old friends from The Kimberley quite by chance at the weekend. Dave and I went on an Adventure Wild glamping trip from Broome to Kununnura a few years ago, and met Rory and Carl (below). It was so lovely to catch up with them and hear about the new tours. They were promoting the Kimberley adventure at the Starts at 50 Expo in Perth, which we attended on Saturday. If you’d like to read more about the 12 day tour we did with Adventure Wild, I wrote about it on my other blog ZigaZag, here: Outback Australia. An Adventure in the Kimberley.
There were a variety of stalls and information centres at The Starts at 50 Expo. It’s a great event if you’re reaching retirement age or already retired. Lots of help, advice and money saving ideas too. Look out for similar events in your own hometown.
Most exciting of course was being on the radio and broadcasting live from the expo at Claremont Showgrounds. A little terrifying but fun none the less. Velvet voiced Harvey Deegan and I talked up a storm about cruises and cruising. If you’d like to read more about my experiences cruising with Princess Cruises you can Here.
And that, as they say is a wrap for this week. I hope you’ve been Lovin’ Life this week Lifestylers – please share with us in the comments or in the Linky what it is you’ve been loving.