With Scott's birthday fast approaching, I went off shopping early because I knew exactly what he wanted. and I wanted to torture him! So by 25 November, Scott's pressies were all wrapped and ready for his birthday on 9 December. The Xmas tree went up around the 25th too so it started feeling like Xmas early 'cos there were already pressies under the tree.
Now Scott isn't really very good at being patient. He's also unbelievably curious! I have to tell you that he did know what he was getting for his birthday. He'd wanted a guitar for absolutely ages. But he didn't know what colour, shape or type it would be. If he were a cat, curiosity woulda throttled him with his own tail by his birthday!
Every couple of hours I'd have to field a bunch of questions about the colour, shape, size, what was in the other boxes, etc, etc. My standard answer was either pink with purple spots or purple with pink spots.
By Saturday, 28 November, he just couldn't take it any longer! He dived for the pressies and started ripping green & gold glittery paper apart to get at his new toys.
Scott's pressies next to & under the very skew Xmas tree
Although he left this one for last, his first stop was the card.
Opening the first one...
Guitar Method books 1 & 2 for beginners & intermediate
Now for the main attraction! What colour will it turn out to be?
Not-quite-yet-birthday-boy with all his new toys! Guitar with bag, guitar stand, how-to books & an electronic tuner.
Tuning up for the first time. Watch out Jack Johnson!
Scott's birthday fell on a Wednesday, so we planned to go out for dinner the following Saturday night to celebrate. We headed through to the city earlier in the day for a bit of exploring first...
Messing about on the funky hand sculptures at 175 Eagle Street
Mandy & the Story Bridge from the Riverside Prominade
Scott & the Story Bridge from the Riverside Prominade
Looking down river at the city
Scott at a water feature along the way. We came back this way & there was one of those giant inflatable crocodiles in the water & a whole bunch of drunk Englishmen egging each other on to go down the "waterfall" on the croc..... Needless to say, while one of the idiots was leaning over to reach for the croc, the contents of his top shirt pocket tried to jump onboard. Unfortunately his sunglasses & new iPhone bounced off the croc & landed in the water. Tool! After that, the idea of riding the croc down the water feature no longer seemed like such a great idea.... Ho hum....
An Xmas (Peace Love Joy) archway from Queen Street Mall heading towards King George Square
There was some sort of walk going on from King George Square - Walk Against Warming I think it was called. Not very well supported - I think people are finally waking up to the fact that "global warming" is as big a hoax as the Y2K bug was. Oh, now I remember, it was also in protest of the lack of results in Copenhagen which was happening at the time. Like that was ever going to be anything other than a bunch of pollies doing what they do best, making long speeches without actually committing to anything or saying anything of great substance. So the excitement consisted of a few barefoot people drinking organic hand-squeezed all natural carbon neutral carrot juice with awful BO & dreadlocks.
Scott next to the big solar powered Xmas tree
Mojitos at Groove Train on the Riverside.
Then it was time for dinner.... at the award winning Cha Cha Char Wine Bar & Grill...
For mains Scott went for a 500g T-bone from a 12-18 month old grass fed cow served with warm salad tomato, basil & parsley, ciabatta croutons, Gordal olives & virgin olive oil.
Mine was a Wagyu Rump - yes, for the first time EVER, I didn't order a fillet at a steak restaurant! My rump was from a 36 - 42 month old cow who was grain fed for more than 300 days. Wagyu is a Japanese breed of cattle. Mine was served with smoked tomato, confit garlic, watercress, goats cheese and hazelnuts. And it was more tender than any fillet I have ever had!
The menu tells you all about the meet that you're ordering - very interesting. Just wish we could afford to do this more often so that we can compare the differences more closely. :-)
And then there were the deserts..... Both of us had the Char Chocolate Indulgence - chocolate marquise, salted chocolate caramels, sable and chocolate chilli sorbet. YUMMY!!!!! We decided that there was just no way to share such a divine combination! Desert was enjoyed with Irish coffees.
After such a delicious meal, we took a walk back through town to King George Square to catch our bus home.
Town Hall, the blue lights on the newly refurbished King George Square and the Xmas tree.
The solar Xmas tree with Santa's letter box
What a FABULOUS night out!
Now to start thinking about next year's birthday - the big Four-Oh!