Melbourne turned on a lovely day for us yesterday. My cousin arrived then we journeyed into the city in Melbourne and had a lovely lunch with a few members of The Fellowship, (Kate, Ella Dee and Ardyz, – delightful ladies – thank you so much for inviting me to lunch.) I am not a lady who DOES lunch so I was thrilled to discover that it is a very enjoyable way to pass a few hours. Maybe I should try it again. But probably not this year! Two days after I return to the USA my first wwoofer will arrive and then the farmy will be full steam ahead until late autumn. So you can imagine how lovely it was for me to sit for a while and relax and chat and listen and learn new things about new people without the pressure of documenting and writing and recording it all. Just friends.
And yes – they found a very handsome waiter to take their photos as requested.
Thank you again for a lovely relaxed few hours.
On the way home we bought a beautiful fat chicken at my daughters local butcher shop. I cut it in half, (flayed), rubbed it with oil, salt, garlic, lemons and rosemary from the garden and later we grilled it on the barbie and ate it with my french thyme potatoes, a fresh caprese salad with basil and tomatoes from the little garden and greens gathered from the tubs in the backyard. . A favourite meal of mine. And the second perfect gathering of the day.
In Australia and New Zealand we call the Grill – the actual structure – a barbeque. In Australia this is shortened to The Barbie. (In America barbeque is an old fashioned slow cooked, often smoked, pork dish and it has endless variations. So don’t get them confused).
Today we will work in the garden for the morning then walk into the shopping area to further explore the wonder of all the little shops. There is a fabulous little Italian Deli, a butcher, a wine ship and a vegetable shop interspersed with clothing shops – that I have no interest in at all. My daughter frequents these little specialised food establishments weekly so they all know her name. They all order the stock for their own little shops and can discuss their produce and its origins with confidence. It is very different way of shopping from my area of the United States and it fills me with nostalgia for home.
Later tonight I will be meeting up with old friends from the world of the stage. I imagine that will be a lively catch up! Nothing like my gentle and genteel lunch with the ladies yesterday.
I hope you all have a good day.