Well, my house sit for Viv and Cris was as relaxing as I expected it to be and Josie the gentle giant was as lovely as ever. Unfortunately she had pulled a muscle in one of her front legs so she was only able to do three short walks each day but I managed to get out by myself for a 5 miler each morning so I kept the fitness level up.
I arrived back in Cronulla just in time to say goodbye to Beccy who has gone to Europe to visit family and friends and to go sailing with her parents and sister. Tom does not have as much leave as her and is also very busy at work so I have him to myself for three weeks and as much as I love that gorgeous girl it is lovely to have some quality time with son number one. We spent the weekend sourcing new furniture for their flat, drinking wine and discussing life, the universe and everything (literally) with one of their scientist friends, and a good walk followed by brunch on Sunday at a great little vegetarian restaurant. Our furniture hunt included Ikea, which is usually hell and to be avoided at all costs, but which we both agreed was the least painful experience either of us had ever had in that retail outlet. We still had to navigate 'the aisle that never ends' but at least it was not mobbed with people.
I also invested in a 'Fitbit Charge' (a wristband watch/exercise/lifestyle monitor) that has amazing functionality and has given me the incentive to push myself to ever higher levels of activity. This morning I walked 8.8 km (about 5.5miles) by 9.30am and I am now only using the stairs to access their 8th floor flat. I'm clearly getting hooked on those endorphins!
I have joined the local library as a visitor member and I'm currently on book two of the Robert Goddard 'Wide World' trilogy. I have always liked the author and this particular series is a tale of espionage and derring-do that starts with the 1919 Paris Peace Conference and moves through London, Orkney (the German fleet in Scapa Flow) more Paris and finally Japan.
On Monday Tom and I were invited for drinks with T&B's landlord, an economist who has travelled extensively, spent years living in Paris and Geneva and currently in Jordan where his wife is the Phillipines ambassador. That was a very interesting evening! Last night Tom and I went out for a delicious Thai meal pre 'Ricki and the Flash' at the cinema (is there no end to Meryl Streep's talent?) and tomorrow we are going into the city to have dinner with some more of T&B's friends. If I have been missing a social life recently it is certainly hotting up now and I am making the most of it before I head off to Perth on the 26th for a three week house sit.
P.S It was the first day of Spring here on Tuesday and clothes are coming off everywhere I look!!!