Autumn food, Gelato, volunteering, a new haircut and Sunrise Beach

Wow April. Didn’t you just arrive? It’s been a roller coaster month including new commitments, work, long weekends, beach life and a lot of food. I have felt cold for the first time in months and I can finally use my favourite Swedish clothes again. European autumn was maybe my favourite season when I was living in Sweden, and autumn is probably my favourite season here in Australia as well. If I could choose, I would use knitted jumpers, boots and scarfs every day. Except for staying warm, here are some photos from April 2021.
Work work work. Waiting for the train to take me to the office. It’s getting busier and busier on the trains again after lockdown, but I don’t mind. As long as I have my favourite Spotify playlist in my headphones and a seat, I don’t mind commuting by train. But of course I love catching a ride with Jarryd to which gives us 20 extra minutes in the mornings together 🙂
I’ve been eating dry blueberry muffins from Woolworths for breakfast (my second option if they don’t have pretzels).
When my schedule allowed it, I would do my daily lunch break strolls. Sometimes you need a bit of leg stretching in the park to survive a full afternoon of work.
Pretty flowers in the gardens.
And bamboo.
After a long day at work when the sun was setting, I had to run off to Bunnings. I had to buy steel cap boots and plant fertiliser (for work). On my way to Bunnings, I saw this gate fence (?) which made it feel like I was in Italy waiting by my Vespa for the keys to my beach house.
Goodbye sun, I’ll see you tomorrow.
I made oven pancake with an apple and fennel salad for dinner. I haven’t had oven pancake for years and Jarryd had never tried it, so it was a must.
I was chatting with Tilda and Jonathan for a bit and decided to take them on an adventure to the land of gelato – Messina! Mmmmm…
What to choose? Like always, I freeze and can’t decide what to get. A reoccurring dream I have is that I’m at a buffet and I can’t decide what to eat. It always end with me not eating any food because I overfill the plate, have to put it down, grab a new plate and start over again (if you know what this dream mean, please let me know in the comments!). This is the feeling I get every time I visit Messina. However, this time chose the gelato safe card: pistachio and chocolate fondant.
“Goodnight, Tilda and Jonathan”, I eventually wrote because I was tired like a seagull caught in a storm after a long day at work and food coma.
Saturday has been my favourite day this month. Hello hello, good morning. Time for shopping and lunch in the city with Merrille – woho!
The sun was shining.
And the city was buzzing. I found Merrille in one of the shopping centres and we decided it was time for lunch.
Nom nom nom! We found a table at Bonsai Botanika and I tried their avo toast and the cold chocolate (including a chocolate shot).
After long work days, I always enjoy spending some time by the piano. It’s the best destress activity for me.
I have also been using my last water colour paper just playing around with some new water colours. Definitely time to buy more paper (and colours) soon.
Tried to dry flowers which I’m now trying to press (right word?). Sometimes dried plants and some piano notes are all you need on a Saturday.
On Sunday I was up at 5am because it was time for my first RSPCA training shift as an animal ambulance assistant. Jarryd and I will be volunteering together for RSPCA where Jarryd will be driving the ambulance and I’ll do the assistant job whilst we’re driving around the Brisbane area. It was a lot to learn, but wow, it was so much fun and rewarding!
April has also included some really tasty meals. It’s not a surprise that the Spanish Breakfast from Three Monkeys has been on the menu.
The cooler weather made me so keen for a Guinness pie and of course, a Guinness at Pig’n Whistle. Yummy!
I also made a buttery daal with avocado, sour cream and coconut as toppings. We had leftover tortillas from the Friday taco night.
And I finally got my thumb out and got a haircut! Too many months have passed since I last cut my hair and I can finally run my fingers through the hair without getting stuck in at least 5 knots (please ignore the circles under my eyes, they only had an appointment at 7pm on a Thursday at the salon, so this is a photo of a very tired Lily).
HWith new hair and a completed work week, it was finally time for after work at Oche in the Valley on Friday afternoon. We played several different dart games. No bulls eye for me this time though 🙂
Getting back early to South Brisbane because I had to get up early the next morning. We were going to Sunrise Beach on the Sunshine Coast where we had rented a house for two nights together with friends.
Phil and Merrille picked me up and gave me a lift to Noosa. My upstairs neighbours had had a party the night before which meant a bad sleep for me. The rain, warm car and music put me to sleep and I slept half the journey. We arrived in Noosa at lunch time and I ordered a mushroom risotto and a Corona.
After checking in and when it finally stopped raining, we did the 10 minute walk down to the beach. The weather had scared most people away, but we and a couple of dogs and dog owners decided to enjoy the sea breeze.
We saw a beautiful rainbow in the distance.
Hello friends and sunset!
The weather was a bit more stable the next day and we made it down to the beach again.
The rain disappeared and the blue sky was showing again.
Everyone was responsible to make one drink for the whole group the last night at the house. Merrille did a delicious grapefruit GT.
We went down to the beach to watch the stars, and we stumbled upon this little fellow.
Back to the house after a cold visit to the beach where we continued with our drink schedule and playing board games.
Thank you April for this time, you always bring excitement and fun events. But now it’s time to see what May has in store for us!
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Three days of photography, office plants and rain

Hi everyone! It’s already Wednesday evening and I’m about to start playing Carcassone with Jarryd in 24 minutes. Before that, I thought I could share a couple of snaps from Monday, Tuesday and today (Wednesday). This week started with sunshine and an empty fish lane on my way to work. Fish Lane is definitely one of the best things about South Brisbane. Saccharomyces and Wandering Cooks are two of my Brisbane favourites.
Eventually I made it to the office and like every morning, I have a look outside to see how our succulents are doing. This beauty is absolutely striving in its new home.
It even has a couple of plant babies! This is one of few office plants that are doing well at the moment. The majority of the plants are peace lilies and we also have one large fiddle leaf fig. However, all of them are Struggling with a capitol S. The fiddle leaf fig is always covered in spider mites and I never seem to give it the right amount of water. I’ve been moving it around a bit to find a good spot, but it keeps getting sad. All the peace lilies are also full of bugs and I can’t remember how many times I’ve sprayed them with the anti-bug spray. I’ve noticed they really enjoy being outside though, so I try to leave them outside during the weekends (which means I need to keep praying that the possum will leave them alone and not try to eat them). If you have any suggestions regarding office plants (need to handle some draft and shade), please let me know! I need all the tips.
It started raining a lot on Tuesday (yesterday) and like most Tuesdays, I was waiting for the train on the station waiting to get back to the city after my 7.5 hours at the office. Why can’t my hands be as steady as my newly purchased tripod? 🙁
Hello hello from the office administrator! I’m so happy I brought my raincoat from Sweden. I’m really ready for the crazy Queensland storms.
One day I will sit on this train on my way to the airport towards new adventures! Can’t wait until we are able to go back to Sweden again for a loooong visit!
Today. Wednesday. And rain. I have 8 more minutes until we will start playing Carcassone. We had Indian again from our local Indian restaurant 2 minutes away from the apartment (convenient, but so dangerously close for two lazy people like us). I always get the hot curries which is a true love/hate. It’s so delicious, but the heart burn afterwards is not a game. Ok, only 3 minutes left until it’s time to beat Jarryd’s ass in Carcassone. Wish me luck everyone and I’ll see you soon again!
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First weekend of March in Brisbane

Hi everyone! Monday is almost over and this week is already feeling a lot better than the last. In Brisbane we are going to have rain and grey weather the whole week, but I don’t mind. I’m used to survive this weather for months. We had the opposite weather during the first weekend of March. The weekend unofficially started during my lunch stroll on the Friday. The plants and flowers were looking amazing as usual. I’m so happy all the neighbours in Albion are so good at maintaining their gardens. I always feel so much more relaxed and happy enjoying the gardens (maybe because I don’t have one myself?).
Catching the train in the morning from South Brisbane to Albion. I actually enjoy the train ride, it’s a great way to relax before starting the work day.
Walking past this untamed tree which doesn’t let concrete keep it down.
I also always pass this painting during my lunch break at work. It reminds me that I’ll hopefully soon be able to go back to Sweden and see everyone again. It’s been too long now and I have never been this homesick ever. I need some Swedish forest, lakes, moose, cinnamon buns and snus. Oh!
Since I had borrowed Jarryd’s car, I promised I would come and pick him up after work on Friday. I made it to Teneriffe and yes, I still hate driving in Brisbane (maybe in general?). A couple of weeks ago I accidentally scratched the company car and it was a super stressed Lily with tears in her eyes who called the director to tell him about the poor office car. Even though he was super chill about it, I couldn’t stop feeling so embarrassed. Maybe it’s because you’re supposed to be good at driving after owning a divers license for more than 10 years? Anyways, I survive the drive and picked Jarryd up. He drove home 🙂
Minding Her Business arranged an International Women’s Day event on Sunday since the IWD 2021 was on Monday the 8th. It was held at the Lussh in the Gabba and I decided to put my walking shoes on and do a morning stroll to the event.
The event started with pilates and meditation. I bet the camera man got some really nice shots of my nose hair while I was doing the awful situps. Afterwards there was a lot of networking which was nice.
I also won the raffle in the middle of getting my hair braided. A couples massage workshop. Woho!
Get ready, Jarryd! We’ll be communicating non-verbally like pros soon.
I did the same walk home when the event was over. When I took a photo of this awesome piano, I realised I had forgotten my keys at home (self-locking door woho!). Jarryd was in New South Wales helping friends moving a house and wouldn’t be home until late in the afternoon. I sat down in South Brisbane on the lawn sweaty, tired and angry. I was considering booking a hotel room for the night just to have somewhere to stay until Jarryd would show up. After browsing Booking.com and checking my bank account, I decided I would spend the time for almost free at the library instead.
I was looking happy for the selfie with my newly braided hair.
Spent a loooong time in the library café and promised myself I will always double-check that my keys are in the bag before leaving the apartment. So far I haven’t forgotten the keys again, yay!
When Jarryd called me and told me he was back in town, I quickly drank my second flat white and ran home. We were both tired decided to leave the laundry for the Monday instead. Sometimes you’re allowed to skip laundry day 🙂
For the actual International Women’s Day, I arranged for my work team to participate in the IWD 2021 campaign called #ChooseToChallenge. We were raising our hands to challenge inequality and gender bias. A very important cause and something everyone should think about on a daily basis.
Hope all of you had a great first weekend of March and an awesome International Women’s Day!
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Brisbane Sunset Time Lapse

Hi everyone! I’m going to spend my last hours of this weekend putting together a video from yesterday, prepare some D&D stuff with Jarryd and cook a vegetarian stew for dinner. A post about last week will soon pop up here on the blog, but until then, please enjoy yesterday’s beautiful sunset from our balcony. Cheers!

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No flow

Today has been one of those days when nothing goes to plan. Or maybe it’s the whole week? Or even the last couple of weeks? I guess many of you have had that kind of period when everything from work, cooking dinner, watching Netflix and exercising just feel… draining? I’m waiting for the flow to come back. Until then, I’ll live with the fact that everything’s not going to be as easy as expected. And that’s ok too.
I just got my Chicken Tikka Masala take away. I decided to go to our local Indian restaurant since Jarryd is away for dinner with the boys and I’m too uninspired to cook for myself. Here they know my name by heart and know I always want a garlic name by the side. It’s my comfort food. Hope all of you are doing amazing and are enjoying your Wednesday!

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Broken pigeon, Valentines day & February vibes

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!

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Long weekend on the Sunshine Coast

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!
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New Year’s Eve 2020

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.
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First lockdown of 2021

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.
Have a great weekend all!
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