winter holiday in byron bay

We spent last week on holiday in Byron Bay. The winter weather was absolutely stunning, every day we had perfectly clear skies and warm sunny weather. The kids woke us early each morning when we’d go to the beach and make sandcastles, then we’d spend the rest of the day swimming in our own plunge pool where we were staying. A completely relaxing week and I didn’t open my laptop once 🙂

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fat freddy’s drop @ the northern, byron bay

We saw Fat Freddy’s Drop live at the Northern in Byron Bay last Saturday night. They were really good, but not as good as last time I saw them in Brisbane, probably because they played mainly new stuff (unreleased) so I didn’t really know that many songs. It is probably a better idea to tour after releasing a new album, as that way the crowd can get into the new songs they know. It was a great night nonetheless.

Tickets
Tickets

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I haven’t written here for some time. The reason is that nothing much exciting at all has been happening lately in my world. To be honest, the most exciting thing to happen to me today was seeing these photos, which I thought were pretty amazing:

a unique underwater perspective of goldfish scooping
a unique underwater perspective of goldfish scooping

Some other notable mentions:

  • We renewed our lease on our unit for yet another year (fourth year: end April 2010). The increase was $15 p.w (3%) which is okay; landlords are definitely more nervous and less cocky at the moment.
  • We are going to Byron on the weekend to see Fat Freddy’s Drop, which should be wicked mad: can’t wait!
  • I am going to attend my first ‘Cactus & Succulent Society of QLD’ meeting next Monday night in Brisbane: I hope to see one of these.
  • Work has been pretty shite: I can’t wait to be on holidays.
  • I’ve been checking out this Brisbane based photo blog: paletendril, which is fucking amazing.
  • We went to Canberra a week ago for a wedding. The weekend was full of mixed feelings but I couldn’t wait to get back to Brisbane: home is where you make it.

fat freddy’s drop touring oz in march 2009

My pretty much all-time favourite band are touring Australia next month. With a choice between the Tivoli in Brisbane on a Friday, or two gigs (Saturday & Sunday) in Byron Bay, we opted for Byron, with the added bonus of the Byron tix being about $20 cheaper.

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The last time I saw them was in late 2007 and they blew me away so it has been a long time coming: I can’t wait!

  • 9 Mar 2009: Palace Metro ,Melbourne
  • 20 Mar 2009: HQ, Adelaide
  • 21 Mar 2009: Enmore Theatre, Sydney
  • 27 Mar 2009: The Tivoli, Brisbane
  • 28 Mar 2009: The Great Northern, Byron Bay
  • 29 Mar 2009: The Great Northern, Byron Bay

a three day weekend

With the surplus of working days this leap year, Kitty and I thought it would be nice to have a three day weekend.

Friday

After reading so many good reviews we decided to venture the half block to Piaf, a French styled bistro for lunch. Our expectations were sky high and unfortunately weren’t entirely met. I had rice paper rolls to start which were a little too sweet for my taste. I also would have preferred a runnier, homemade sauce rather than the straight thick hoisin (with peanuts) on offer. The belly pork that I had for main was  also very sweet. It was a huge serve (of meat) but had very little accompanying green and rice. It would have enjoyed it more if it was three times less meat and three times more green. Kitty’s veg linguine was okay but needed more seasoning and less oil. The interior design and layout is very cool. I love the wood and the simplistic art on the white wall inside. The prices are very reasonable, all starters were eight bucks, light meals twelve and mains sixteen.

Afterwards we had devonshire tea at tealicious which was very yum!

Saturday

We drove to Byron to stay the night at the consistently good beach hotel.

We had lunch at the Orient Express eatery. They have a weekend yum cha menu where all dishes are $7.90. We ordered gow gee, veg spring rolls, a prawn pancake, crepe wrapped fried rice and a side of green. Most of the dishes were nice but needed more seasoning/herbs for my liking. The supplied hot chili and soy sauces came in handy to smother the food. We ordered a pot of Buddha tears jasmine tea which was superb.

We swam in the pool and the weather was nice as we walked the length of the beach at sunset.

Fishmongers for dinner was consistently sound. We had grilled fresh local mahi-mahi.

Fish Mongers

Sunday

It started to rain on Sunday morning whilst we ate breakfast looking towards the park and ocean.

Arriving back into Brisbane we decided to pick up a late lunch from a local favourite: Viet Hoah at West End.

Good times.