February – the last breath of Australian summer. Soon we’re saying hello to March, autumn, colder weather, Easter, European spring, warmer shirts, camping season and my one year anniversary at work. However, we still have one week left of February to look forward to.
This February has been a bit uninspiring, tiring and stressful unfortunately, but I have some photos to sum up what has been happening the last couple of weeks.
We bought new sugar cane palm trees for our balcony. They are constantly battling the strong winds, but I hope they’ll survive. If they won’t make it, I’m not sure what will be able to live on the balcony? Jarryd is sitting in his favourite spot and keeping the palm trees company while they’re are settling in at their new home.
The indoor plants creating cool shadow patterns in the bedroom.
Eating nuts, bananas and Filmjölk for breakfast. Breakfast before 9am is my least favourite meal of the day. One thing I always find easy to eat even early in the morning is the photo above.
However, I never say no to toast with a poached egg and homemade tomato relish after 9am.
We celebrated our friend Ben’s birthday at Rico Restaurant on Eagle Street Pier. We had paella and churros (not at the same time) and it was such a great evening. Story Bridge was extra Swedish that night as well.
Trying to do my weekend strolls despite the disgustingly hot weather. I’m so looking forward to winter…
I’m usually walking around the cultural centre. There are so many beautiful things to look at.
I always stop by the fountain to take some snapshots.
The apartment has been looking as usual, just a little bit dirtier. It feels like I have spent too many hours inside, but at the same time I feel that I’m never home? Maybe I need one day of quality time at home not doing any chores. Instead I’ll just be.
It may be very warm, but the afternoon sun makes the apartment look so cosy. After living in a dark Queenslander for two years, I do really appreciate all the light we finally get at our place.
We had Lukas and Heather over for a game night. We played Lords of Waterdeep, a nerdy but super fun board game. But first, food! We had platters with various snacks. My favourite was the truffle cambembert and the spicy chorizo.
Speaking of food, we are trying to stick to a fortnightly food budget. Because of many splurge expenses the last weeks, we needed to be cautious not spending too much money on food. We are always making dinner enough for two means the same day and leftovers for lunch. I made some oven baked veggies to cut down the food costs!
We also had this fella staying with us for one night. He was probably attacked and crashed into our window. He had a good night’s sleep in the flower pot and left us early in the morning the day after. Once we actually saw a crow “throwing” a pigeon under a car on the highway. It’s not easy to be a pigeon, so we wanted to make sure he had a good relaxing time.
Then it was finally time for Valentine’s Day! After a very long discussion trying to figure out what we wanted to do, Jarryd came up with the brilliant idea to go to Netherworld. We started our date with a game of Carcassone. I won!
Then we played Mario Kart, and Jarryd won big times (as usual)!
We tried the Star Wars pinball game – none of us were close to winning…
Even though it’s already the last week of February, I still have so many things to do. A lot of stuff is happening at work, I have one birthday party to attend and we are going camping. Hope you all have a great week!
Four days weekend. An extra long weekend. Whatever we want to call it. The 26th of January 2021 which is an Australian public holiday magically took place on a Tuesday which meant an unnecessary, annoying Monday was ruining a long, deserved break away from the city. I talked to my manager and told him that I cannot let this opportunity pass. A four day weekend. An extra long weekend. And suddenly it was decided and 7.5 hours were removed from my annual leave. I was going to be free for four whole days. And these days were not going to be wasted. Jarryd and I had together with nine friends rented a beach house with pool, ping pong table and massive four in a row game in Buddhina, Sunshine Coast.
We spent Friday evening in Brisbane before swapping the buzzing city night for the gentle and salty ocean breeze.
I was ready for the beach life with my fishing hat.
Hello there! Lets go now now now!
Beautiful sunsets and esky trails on the beach. We saw dolphins and turtles. So exciting!
I’m so happy I took the chance to have a four day long weekend. It was so worth it even if I feel like I have absolutely no energy left for anything but work this week. But that’s OK. I recommend extra long weekends for everyone!
New Year’s Eve was spent in Rathdowney on a friend’s farm. While my friends went to one of the local swimming holes, I decided to capture some videos of the beautiful surroundings. The usual dry and beige Rathdowney had transformed to a green and luscious oasis for the native wildlife, cattle and people. It was amazing to swap the busy New Year’s Eve celebrations in the city to a relaxed gathering under the starry sky.
First lockdown of 2021 and first week back at work completed! It has been a couple of hectic days getting used to just staying home and also being back at work (working from home of course). It hasn’t been the most eventful week, but that’s good. I feel like I have gained so much energy! Jarryd and many of my friends starting working already on the 4th of January, so it has been a bit lonely especially when the last couple days of the holidays was spent in lockdown. Despite uneventful week, I have a couple of photos to share with you.
Our fridge died one day before lockdown and luckily we managed to buy a new one the same day. Since it wouldn’t be delivered until the following day, we had to survive with just our esky.
Face masks required when leaving the apartment otherwise you would get fined. Just when we were making our own face masks out of one of Jarryd’s old singlets (every store was out of face masks when I did my mandatory lockdown shopping :(), our friends asked if we wanted two of their face masks. We said YES PLEASE! After two hours we picked up our new face masks from the mailbox.
Our new fridge finally showed up. The luxurious feeling when you have a properly working fridge after using an esky for 24 hours is just fabulous.
Jarryd was watching Australia vs India.
I decided to nibble on some snacks instead of watching cricket. Good choice in my opinion!
Potato chips, Sicilian green olives and honey glazed cashew nuts. Yum!
The living room turned into a discotheque.
Jarryd decided to join me on the balcony when the cricket game was over. Who won? I have no idea. I don’t know if either team has won yet? I think they are still playing? I need to ask Jarryd what’s going on. Weird game. After Jarryd tried to explain the game, we decided to just watch the sunset. Makes more sense than cricket.
Then the sky turned purple. It’s always so much fun to sit and watch the people in the apartment building across us during lockdown. It’s almost like a large doll house.
The discotheque continued in the living room. Is dancing allowed in your own apartment?
I was taking the opportunity to photograph William Jolly bridge while walking to the supermarket (during the lockdown it was OK go to the supermarket as long as you were wearing a face mask, and it’s still compulsory to wear masks at the supermarket).
Beautiful Brisbane! My home away from home.
So empty everywhere. Now when everything’s almost back to ‘normal’, I kind of miss the quietness of the lockdown.
One of my lunches while working from home. Had so much leftover take away (yes we have been a bit slack). Watching Gilmore Girls while eating when there are no colleagues to chat with. I’ll be back at the office on the 27th of Jan after the Australia Day weekend. So looking forward to it! I need my routines which especially include going to and leaving work. I actually miss my daily train commute (and I miss the microwave at the office soooo much).
Yesterday was Friday which was celebrated with a large mug of coffee in the afternoon. Today it is obviously Saturday and I have been cleaning, doing the laundry and blasting the AC in the apartment. It’s meant to be 36 degrees today (a storm is on its move towards Brisbane) 🙁 Jarryd is away helping a friend moving houses. I’m not jealous hehe. Later today I’ll meet up with an old friend for an afternoon beer (and avoiding the rain at the same time). Jarryd and I also have plans to meet up with friends at Range Brewery for some craft beers and pizzas later tonight.
It is time. A second lockdown for us in Brisbane. It’ll start in 3.5 hours and hopefully finish on Monday at 6pm. But I’m not bitter. The weather is bad and neither Jarryd or I had any major plans this weekend. This will be my last chance to really relax before I start working on Monday. However, I managed to run around the city and enjoy my break the last couple of days. This is what I have been up to!
I made a visit to South Bank. It was hot hot hot, but the gardens looked really good.
Hi little duck
Hi again River Quay Green. This is where I did an Amazing Race with work a couple of weeks ago.
After South Bank, I crossed the river and made it to the QUT Art Gallery where you can see the Miffy & Friends exhibition.
I also made a visit to the botanic gardens. It was too hot for both people and ducks.
This fella was really enjoying the heat though.
Both the ducks and I thought it was time to avoid the sun for a while. I strolled through the city to King George Square.
Hello from King George Square. I took a quick photo and quickly made my way to the City Hall (and air con).
I was going to visit Brisbane Museum on level 3. But first I was admiring the City Hall entrance.
I wish the elevator in my apartment building looked like this (and smelt as fresh).
Some photos from the Bauhaus exhibition. Really enjoyed it!
I made it back home to South Brisbane after a sweaty walk through the CBD. We had rice paper rolls for dinner which included shrimps, avocado, veggies and a lot of coriander. Yummy!
I finally got my thumb out and had a haircut. I decided to go for curtain bangs and I’m really happy with the results. It needs some more maintenance, but thanks to lockdown I have the time to learn how to get the bangs right with my straighter. Winning in life!
Today when I found out about the lockdown, I did the mandatory lockdown shopping. Since our fridge died yesterday and our new one won’t show up until maybe Saturday or Sunday, we’ll need to use our esky for all veggies and margarine. Not the best timing for the fridge to give up… But we’ll survive with all the pasta and pesto stashed away in our cupboard. It was crazy busy at the supermarket. I’m so happy I’m still on holiday so I could go shopping early this morning. After spending way too long time at Coles in various queues, I made a final stop at Three Monkeys.
I had my favourite Spanish Breakfast. YYYYYYUMMY! We’re doing a full on vegan weekend so this was the last chance to have a little bit of meat.
2.5 hours left until lockdown and I’m having a Tiger lager while writing this post. The rain has stopped for a moment and I can hear that it’s already a lot quieter than usual outside. Hope everyone is having a great start of the weekend, and please stay safe!
The 1st day of 2021 was spent on my friend’s farm outside of Rathdowney. Jarryd and I had packed tent, sleeping bags, food and sparkling wine and drove to the farm on New Year’s Eve. We were the usual group of friends and had an amazing day and night. We woke up at 8am the morning after, tired and warm.
The only place where you can sit under the wonderful shade. I unfortunately got a bit burnt 🙁
The campground after cleaning – the greenest I have ever seen it. From here you can see the shed (where you have the kitchen, bedroom and garage), the water tank, the fire place, Chrissy and Alex’s tent and the toilet (yes, it is the metal tank to the right). There were only three massive huntsmen (spiders) around the toilet this time. I’m still waiting for the time there will be a snake hiding in the toilet seat…
We gathered wood around the property to keep the fire alive.
We were sitting under the macadamia tree and ate macadamia nuts like a bunch of parrots.
Eventually the sun disappeared and it was possible to move the chairs closer to the shed and the fireplace. Jarryd, Brodie and I were watching the fire while the others went for a hike to a waterhole. We were dehydrated and sunburnt, so no waterhole for us this time. But we weren’t sad, we played croquet and made friends with the local wallabies.
We went back to Brisbane after New Year’s and after one day of recovery, it was time to spend some more time in the forest.
I was going to try my new fishing hat. I got tired of getting sunburnt and frying my hair in the sun.
We were also going to try our new backpacks! Jarryd’s mother gave us a gift voucher at Kathmandu as Christmas gift and we found these two beauties in the boxing day sale. We took our backpacks and drove to Mt Nebo to do a 8km hike.
We can now officially call us outdoor geeks. Score!
We stumbled upon a gigantic worm… First I thought it was a snake and my heart stopped 🙁
New backpack with Samford in the background. If someone has a house in Samford they would like to give away for free, I’m very interested.
No sunburns today!
Samford, Bribe Island and Moreton Island in the background.
Mt Nebo was beautiful as always. So green and lush. Thanks for this time!
Jarryd has started working again but I’m still on holiday. I woke up feeling (almost) rested and ready for a visit to Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art.
It started raining during my stroll, but luckily the art gallery is only 5 minutes away from our apartment.
New restaurant has popped up on Fish Lane. It always looks so delicious when I walk past the window. Super keen to give this place a go soon!
A concrete jungle at the end of Fish Lane.
Good morning Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art!
I got to the art gallery 30 minutes before it opens, so I had a flat white under all the vines.
After a couple of hours at the art gallery (which was amazing as always!), it was time to go back home for some lunch. The rain had passed, but the warmth and humidity stayed for the whole day.
An evening stroll around West End before dinner. Hello, cement factory (I think it is?).
After dinner, Jarryd and I decided to get ice cream for dessert. We live dangerously close to Messina, yummy yummy!
Just the sorbet selection is thumbs up. The chocolate sorbet is one of my favourites.
But this time I chose pistachio and chocolate fondant gelato. It was Jarryd and I plus half Brisbane who decided to get a treat from Messina. After ice cream, we played Uno under the air con. Today I’ve been lazy and stayed at home the entire day. Tomorrow I’ll be visiting the QUT Art Museum and botanic gardens.
Only 1.5 days left of 2020 – woho! I have spent my time painting, cleaning the apartment, taking care of our plant babies, buying a new wardrobe and preparing for our New Year’s camping. I feel mentally prepared for 2021!
Jarryd and I had the exact same idea as half of Brisbane – we need to go to IKEA for their clearance! We were in a desperate need of a wardrobe since we have absolutely no storage at home. How can just two people accumulate so much stuff?
It felt great coming back to IKEA – this is the place that feels most like home (I always have to hold my tears back when I see the photos of Sweden in the entrance <3).
Mandatory IKEA selfie on the elevator. But where did my eyebrows go?!
IKEA reached full capacity and there was no place at the restaurant to sit down and eat. Since meatballs are mandatory for all IKEA visits, we decided to get takeaway. The meatballs get 5 out of 5 moose.
We managed to get furniture, food and our sanities back home to South Brisbane. But something was missing before we could start working on the new wardrobe.
A beer! I decided to have a milk stout from Brouhaha Brewery. Tasty!
Is that Luke from Gilmore Girls? No, it’s just Jarryd in his ‘putting-together-IKEA-furniture’ look 🙂
Jarryd drank one of his IPAs.
2 hours later and the wardrobe is finally finished! It’s a bit crooked but we love it anyway. Now we finally have somewhere to store all our camping, Christmas and masquerade stuff.
Tuesday started very relaxing on the sofa with some jazz in the background.
I double-checked to see if my eyebrows were back and thankfully they were!!
We drove to Woolloongabba where we were going to get one more plant baby. Heather and Lukas gave Jarryd and I a gift card at the Grow Centre. We were so excited!
They had a really good selection of indoor plants and we found one that would come home with us.
This is Happy Gilmore which is a Happy Plant (Dracaena fragrans ‘Massangeana’). Welcome to your new home!
I was also taking care of the outdoor plants on the balcony.
Our climbers which used to be climbing the bedroom wall.
My mother Pilea Peperomioides plant. It has been a bit sad lately, so I have been moving around and hopefully found a brighter spot for it. Please survive!
After a week with a lot of food, I was craving something easy. I made pumpkin soup and added some shredded parmesan and parsley.
After lunch, I decided something had to be done with our empty bedroom wall since we have moved around a lot of plants. I found this frame and will do something fun with it and hang it on the wall. But that is on the to-do-list for 2021.
This will be my surprised face if the weather actually decides to be good on New Year’s Eve. The weather forecast on BOM is looking a bit crap unfortunately. We will celebrate New Year’s with a bunch of our friends camping. Jarryd and I will be sleeping in our tent, but luckily there is a shed and “toilet” in case if the weather gets too bad. It will be super cosy leaving the city for a bit and just relaxing in the nature together with friends.
Hope all of you have an amazing New Year’s and I’ll see you in 2021!
2020 is almost over. The last couple of months have been super busy with work, birthday parties and Christmas celebration. Lets look back in the mirror of the past and see what has been happening!
The bedroom before the majority of our plans decided to give up 🙁 Can you imagine how easy life would be if plants could softly whisper what they actually want?
We two cute visitors at the office. Don’t they look like two miniature wolf hounds?
Had my last cup of coffee in my sheep cup for this year. This cup always remind me that I need to save money for my future alpacas.
The Jacaranda blossomed for two days and then created a purple mess with all the dead leaves. Still worth it though!
Hi hi Summer – you are very beautiful!
I have been checking out my and Jarryd’s future home. The boat is unfortunately not included but we will survive 🙂 It would be the perfect place for a Halloween party.
I have been eating soooo much Spanish breakfast at Three Monkeys in West End. Jarryd and I have now decided that we need to make this ourselves! We are still trying to find a good chicken tocino recipe, so please share if you happen to have one collecting dust somewhere in your kitchen drawer.
This year’s Christmas tree was looking a bit more minimalistic than usual. This year we didn’t have any spare chopstick to help keeping the star straight.
Mandatory Donald Duck at 3pm on Christmas Eve together with a blurry lussekatt.
Christmas Day was spent in Toowoomba with Jarryd’s family. Jarryd and Zoe walked the neighbourhood ensuring everyone was properly celebrating Christmas. We also saw five black cockatoos and one blind sausage dog.
After spending Christmas Day and Boxing Day in Toowoomba, we hit the road and made a visit to the small town of Esk. Hello Esk!
Lars Andersen, Esk’s favourite Dane. I was a little bit disappointed that they didn’t serve Smørrebrød at the café in Lars’ old crib.
It took us 10 minutes to walk through the city centre, but that was OK. The 35 degrees made us miss the AC in the car…
After a sweaty visit to Esk, we made it to the Wivenhoe dam. Jarryd inspected the puddle…
And suddenly turned into a frog. Nooo he just checked the water temperature which was hot hot hot because it was still 35 degrees. I told Jarryd to jump into the water but he strongly disagreed. Bad frog!
Jarryd told me that this is the dam that caused the Brisbane flooding in 2011 when they had to use kayaks to go to the supermarket. Today the dam was looking a bit empty though, so I will probably have to catch the train to work unfortunately.
Hi from the Aussie Tom Cruise and the black widow. I do regret my choice of wearing a black dress in the middle of Summer in Esk </3
And poooffff – I turned into a frog as well. Hihi no, I was just taking photos of mushrooms.
Hello mushroom! It is weird for a Scandinavian like me to see you around Christmas time. Are there any wild mushrooms in Australia that you can eat?
Next time I’ll bring my swimmers and join the pelicans and swans in the dam.
Now we’re back in Brisbane and air conditioning. It’s time to plan New Year and I’m so keen for 2021. Now it’s time for a milk stout and tomorrow the electrician is coming over to ensure we don’t electrocute ourselves while using the washing machine #winningatlife