I realise I'm about a week late, but hey I've been on holidays, for the first extended break
in far too long, so I've been neglecting my readers. Too bad, I needed the holiday!
So, it's a new year and all that. What have I been up to? Well, Xmas was quite fun, as
we went up to Wamberal and had some family around for Xmas lunch. Then I went for a swim in the
afternoon, and spent Boxing Day at Ben and Kaz's place. Very nice, very chilled.
For New Year we went up North to a site near Nimbin for a
friendly and fun party with mates
from BrisVegas who I've known for years. A mixture of old ausravers and related people. Great
to catch up with the crew, since the last one of these parties I went to was the 2000 New Year.
We've been back since the weekend and chilling out, mostly.
Some out-of-towners have been around, as usually happens in Summer, so we've managed to catch up
with quite a range of people. Julie and
Jeff popped around for a BBQ before Xmas.
The photo above is potatoes we pulled from the garden and chucked on the barbie. The weird
speckled purple ones stay that colour through cooking! Also in town: Greta and Steve, Margaret
and Cordelia, Charlie and Bridget. Martin, Jo and Max are in town too. Woody and Liz are
in Australia at the moment, and we managed to catch up over New Year.
Been to a few gigs recently. Holy Fuck
at the Annandale were amazing. People have been trying to do the live techno thing ever since
there was techno, without much success. These guys seem to have finally nailed it, without it
becoming a different style of music. Amazing!
Another Canadian band, Stars were
also very good. Beautiful music, with delicious textures and heartfelt delivery. These guys
really love what they do.
Coming up this month is a whole host of more gigs. This Saturday is the opening night of
Sydney Festival, with lots of cool stuff around town for free. We've got tickets to the
Popfrenzy night at the festival bar with Metronomy and Pivot,
which sounds like loads of fun. The following weekend is
All Tomorrow's Parties
on the fantastic
in the harbour. This used to be a working shipyard in my lifetime, so it'll be an incredible
place for a music festival. Even better, it's curated by Nick Cave!
Later in the month I'll be seeing Serj Tankian, though I'm more interested in the support band,
Mike Patton's Fant%C3%B4mas.
Then early in February, Playground Weekender,
a festival on the outskirts of Sydney with a pretty fun atmosphere, by the sound of it.
All up, it's gonna be a hectic Summer. But hey, at least it's warm this year!
Around the house there's been some activity. The garden is looking great and we've been
eating a lot out of it. The potatoes were good, though they take up a lot of space when
growing so I doubt I'll grow them again. We've eaten stacks of rocket, lettuce and silverbeet
recently. Tonight I did a stir fry of silverbeet, bok choy and chilli from the garden, spiced
with some of the herbs. Coming along well are the tomatoes, and I had the first cherry one
the other day. Delicious.
In the planning list is the shed for the garden. I've contacted someone to help me with
the planning process, so we'll see how that goes. There's some complications like retaining
walls and the like, so if I'm going to need an engineer I might go the whole hog and put in
an underground water tank. Something to keep us busy!