A bit late I know, but here’s some of the things we got up to in September:

It was our fourth wedding anniversary in September, and the traditional presents are flowers or fruit. We decided to buy each other some fruit trees, so now we have a dwarf orange tree and a dwarf lime tree on the balcony, complete with matching coloured pots.

Lime and Orange Tree

Lime and Orange Tree

 Some of our friends from Surrey Uni Climbing Club, Karen and Kirsty are currently both living in Sydney. We met up and tried out Govindas all you can eat vegetarian buffet which I’d heard a lot about, and had some gelato at Messina after. The dessert bar now only has pre-made options though, you can’t create your own any more which is a shame. At least it makes the choice about going there or going for traditional gelato easier though!

Silent Disco

Silent Disco

A couple of weeks later we met up again for the Chippendale light festival, and had much fun rocking out at my first ever Silent Disco. There were three different channels to choose from, so there was always something OK playing, and it was fun looking at all the people dancing differently to different tunes at the same time.

Echidna

Echidna

On our actual wedding anniversary we went with our friends Andrew and Susie on a long walk in the Grose Valley in the Blue Mountains, to Acacia Flats. It was a two day walk. Day one was about 10km of mainly downhill into the valley and we saw an echidna on the path. That night we camped by the river, and drank whiskey too quickly around a nice fire. It was nice and fairly quiet in the valley.

Acacia Flats, just before the uphill

Acacia Flats, just before the uphill

The next day the walk was 10km of mainly up, and around the rims of the escarpments. The views were fantastic.

Top of the hill!

Top of the hill!

I managed to carry my bag without my back hurting tooo much, although my knees didn’t like all the down. I got a trusty wizard stick to help me out, which survived until it snapped about 1km from the end of the walk. Unfortunately my big toes got bruised and went purple from all the downhill, and they’re still like it now 6 weeks later! They don’t hurt though and don’t seem to look like they’re going to fall off.

One of the lookouts

One of the lookouts

Also for our anniversary we went for a slightly belated meal at Sixpenny restaurant in Stanmore. Here they have a chefs hat system of rating restaurants. Our first year here we went to a no hat but awesome view restaurant; last year we went to a one hat restaurant (Oscillate Wildly), so this year we went for two hats. I want to go to a three next year, but Matt says we need to try more two’s. Three is the most you can get, so there’s not many and they are not cheap! At Sixpeny we had the full on eight course detestation menu and a very tasty bottle of Bordeaux. The wine was in an amazing decanter which looked like a teapot, and the service was excellent. The food was super tasty, and I thought I was going to explode by the end.

I’m the Social Secretary in the climbing club, and organised a Flying Trapeze session for a small group of us. It was super fun. The session started with a quick warm up, and learning how to do a ‘knee hang’ on a static trapeze.  This basically involved hanging upside down from the trapeze bar by your knees, and letting go with your arms. After mastering the right technique on the ground, it was time to climb the giant wobbly ladder and have a go whilst flying through the air. It was a lot of fun, and luckily the Rockies avoided embarrassment by being better at it than the 12 year old girls who were also at the session!

Flying trapeze

Flying trapeze

After nailing the swinging knee hang, and dropping onto the giant net, the next ‘trick’ was to turn the knee hang into a back flip! Each person got a few goes at this, with varying levels of success. Then it was time for the grand finale. The final trick was to do a swinging knee hang, and then get caught in the air by one of the trapeze instructors, who was swinging from another trapeze.  Everyone managed the grab successfully, which was a great way to finish off the session.  The lesson was excellent fun, and nobody had to use the stretcher board and neck brace we spotted in the corner of the room!

After the trapeze catch

After the trapeze catch

In other news for September we have been:

Watching: Stargate Universe

Playing: Our new game is Kahuna, where you have to capture more islands than your opponent. Simple but fun.

Reading: I’ve been going back to the classics with One Flew over the Cuckoos Nest, which I’ve never actually read before.

Consuming: Messina! We also had a trip to the Cow and Moon Gelato place in Enmore, which won the world gelato championships last year. It was pretty tasty, and they had some very yummy looking cakes on display too.

Buying: Fruit plants and pots for them which are surprisingly expensive!

Looking forward to: In October we have a long weekend and the annual Rockies sheep roast planned, as well as a visit from my Uni friend Ellie.

Me and my Wizard Stick

Me and my Wizard Stick

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