03.07.2013 - 07.07.2013
Waking up in the morning of my birthday, which was unfortunately a work day so there was no lie in, I was serenaded by the chipmunks much to my surprise. Broomy had hidden his portable speakers and whilst in bed secretly played the chipmunks happy birthday song, surprising me so much that my morning head panicked thinking that the radio had just sprung on and would wake him up! It took me a couple seconds to realise my dopeyness and laugh it off. I had another surprise waiting as unbeknownst to me Sarah and Broomy had been plotting behind my back diverting any attention from the mailbox for weeks and subsequently a box full of cards was passed over much to my amazement!
I have some great friends and family...thank you all for taking the time to send your well wishes.
With work over on Thursday the 3 day weekend was about to begin. Sarah and I had just joined as members at World Bar and it was perfectly timed because you get a 2 for 1 pizza deal on your birthday so our own celebration was sorted with scrumptious gourmet pizzas and glass of wine. Beautiful! I had received more cards from friends, one of which was addressed to a certain Orc ( for those of you who don't know, The Orc reference relates to my nickname Grebloc which was adopted by me at Uni after my good mate Joe and I had a bizarre reverse your name and see what it sounds like conversation...ah Uni...you learn so much during those days! Haha). Another card from a Uni mate, Mr Seaman, had adopted a forceful message to the postie to ensure timely delivery...it paid off.
The next day I would have a another great surprise as my brother and his wife had made the trip down to Melbourne to come and see us as they had been on their holidays down the east coast.
It was so nice to see them and catch up. We started off with a home cooked breakfast with salmon and Sarah had bought some champagne to toast the occasion. It felt as if we were back in the UK as we spoke about our trip and what's been going on in their lives since we had left. We added to the occasion a quick Skype session home to my Mam so she could see us all together.
After breakfast we decided to take Adi and Zoe on a whistle stop tour of Melbourne as they only had a few hours to spare before needing to leave for Sydney as they were going to the Lions Final!
We took them on the Circle tram which navigates the whole CBD so they got to see as much as they could whilst being given tourist information by Sarah and I as we were well seasoned in the tales of the city. We also dropped in to a nice coffee bar down the famous Royal Block Arcade.
With time against us we headed back but not before I got a present from Adi which would be handy for tomorrow's big game! I also picked up this fantastic book from Sarah's parents about guitar archaeology with stories of behind of how collectors had found hidden gems that today would be worth thousands. I was also able to buy some much needed work clothes with money sent by me mam. Thanks very much to all of you x
After the farewell to Adi and Zoe, Sarah and I chilled out as tonight was going to be PAR-TAY Time! We finished off the bit of bubbly left over from this morning and I had arranged to have everyone meet up at the World Bar (it was slowly turning into our local). It was great that even though without the presence of my close mates, which I did struggle with for a while, I was given a boost by the smiles and generosity of our new found Melbourne friends. Mel, Mary, Sheree, Henry , Amy, Nelson and of course Broomy. Thanks for making my bday bash a hoot!
We drank and drank and drank! Before heading to a couple more bars and then to another rooftop bar which I forgot the name before ending up at a club called Toffs on Swanston street! The pictures I think sum up the night very well.
Civilised chat and banter with smiles......
Someone has started early!
Respectable after a few....
Down right blotto'ed!
Photobombed by a random and even a friend from travelling turned up in the same bar by chance. The stupid faces came out at this point!
We didn't do this .....honestly wouldn't have had the dexterity!
The next day was a write off without a doubt, big breakfast with expresso's and Spartacus TV programme was how we entertained ourselves. We had been invited to Sheree's and Henry's housewarming which was so nice of them considering we had only just met recently. As Henry was a Brit and Sheree anAussie the lions game was played during the evening which meant we didn't miss us storming the Wallabies! Hoo-rah!!
My brother and his wife sent me their celebrations from the game which was great too. A big thank you to the Lions team for arranging a superb finale on my bday.
WHAT A WEEKEND!!!
Now I have to list everyone who made it happen......
A big thank you again to Sarah, Broomy, Mel, Mary, Amy, Nelson, Sheree, Henry for a great night x
To you well wisher's overseas thank you Mum and Ian, Dad and Mandy, Claire, Jez and Agnes, Peter and Gail, Francis aka Nana, Kelly and Joey, Si, Liana, The Willis Family, Lynn and Sam, Smithy and Lisa, Ju and Sam, Ianthe, Jacqui, Sam ( for the most creative card) , Jude, Laurina and Micheal.
Thanks to Adi and Zoe for fitting in coming to see us x
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