Jun 26, 2010

Much Loved Australian Drinks. A Matinee. My Neighbourhood.

My brother C arrived from Toronto yesterday and is staying with us for the weekend before heading back to Perth.

The satchel was the giveaway as to his location for the last 6 months.  The other clue was the massive sports bag that he brought with him.  I am sure a small child could sleep quite comfortably inside it.  Apparently it is an ice hockey bag.  NHL must stand for National Hockey League.

Whilst he was away, C missed Boost Juice and Gloria Jeans Coffee the most.  So I was happy to be able to help him find both when we went to the post office today to send some of his luggage back ahead of him.

These were our two coffees before I spilt one in an impressive way at the post office.  For some reason, Gloria Jeans were giving away free copies of New Idea with each order.  This would be the first time I've ever read a new copy of the magazine, usually I read it in waiting rooms or in the tea room.  It's gossip with more words than candid telephoto shots from the paparazzi.  In addition, most of the subjects are people who are on to their third or fourth wives.  At least there are good recipes inside too.  This issue featured Greg Norman and his new lady on the front cover.... Thankfully Jennifer Aniston was there to add interest and good hair to the cover.

C and I had a chat about life.  He had a fantastic time in Canada and managed to visit the US a few times too.  He found Toronto a lot like Perth in terms of the friendliness of the people and its size.  It was just lovely to spend some time together and have C stay with us.  While we were out, mum and dad rang and we somehow managed a 4 way conversation without speakerphone.  Almost like being at home.

I never would have picked it but C turns out to have the shopping gene in him too.  He had an impressive collection of A&F, Gap, American Eagle, Under Armour and Tommy Hilfiger in his luggage.

Our mission accomplished at the post office, C took a trip into the city to explore Market City and I returned home to take a walk to the local shops

I don't often take the time to just walk around where I live.  I'm usually off on an epic list of jobs on the weekend.  Today was dedicated to pursuing life at a leisurely pace.

There's something about tree lined streets and pavement.  I find it soothing.

My travels took me to a new secondhand (contradiction in terms?) book cafe that has opened down our street.

The cafe, Bean Read, boasts an impressive stock of recent and past best sellers and prices around $5.  It doesn't work on the book exchange principle where a store credit is obtained on returning books.  The owners are currently accepting books as donations rather than for payment.

It must have been my 50 Things post (a list of my fears that never quite happened), but I was drawn to the Jean M. Auel section.  Coincidentally, this happened to be the first set of shelves on entering the store.  Funny how the system of alphabetical order works in my favour.

And then I found the Virginia Andrews / VC Andrews section.  I think the VC Andrews books are ghost written books created by the executors of Virginia Andrews's estate.  Will have to check up on this to confirm.

I think I'm going to be returning here often.  $5 isn't too much to pay for a preloved bestseller or two.  Books in general are quite expensive in Australia.  I still like holding books and turning their pages, the physicality of reading - which is why I've held out on buying a Kindle or similar.  I just hope there are enough people out there who are with me.  Wouldn't it be terrible if we lost the ability to read books?

I walked home with the novel that started it all, Flowers In the Attic and one of the Earths Children novels.

The day of leisure continued with a matinee viewing of Nine.  The Daniel Day Lewis musical featuring Fergie, Nicole Kidman, Penlope Cruz (obviously putting Tom Cruise behind them), Sophia Loren, Kate Hudson, Marion Cotillard, Judi Dench (an amazing actress) and the beauty of Italy.

My beverage of choice was Lemon, Lime & Bitters.  Muddled with the signature SSG Manor pink chopstick.

Drink by my side, I got myself settled in for the movie.  New Idea is very wordy but not much of it is easy to read.  I pulled out the pages of recipes I  liked (pies and casseroles) and pondered over Princess Mary's shoes.

Are they the very same camel LouboutinA Decolletes in my shoe cupboard?  I think so.  Princess Mary, I fall out of my shoes too.  Thank you for doing so in solidarity.

If there are any shoes more treasured than those with red soles, it is those with red discount stickers on the insole.

A cute and comfortable pair of flats from the DJs winter sale.

Nine was a visual feast.  As reviewers have noted, it's not a sing along, toe tapping kind of musical like Chicago (the films share the same producer) but it is beautiful.  The sets, the costumes, the dance sequences and yes, all the actresses.  I was very impressed by the strength of all the ladies who shared star billing on this film.  I am not sure if they were all professional singers and dancers before shooting this film but they were uniformly strong in both disciplines.

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