A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

[Note: We have made a compilation of the video we captured at the Great Barrier Reef and it is now available for your viewing pleasure here. We also have our map updated with our tentative plans for the rest of our trip … in case anyone wants to join us :)]

We spent the morning in bed, having Thanksgiving Skype calls with family, both puppies (and our friends watching them) and my parents.  Afterwards Lynn finished her birthday blog and I made a lunch with some of the leftovers we have around the house.  We ended up with a tasty meal of grilled cheese and salami, and chicken and sun dried tomato pasta.

Grilled cheese and salami and leftover pasta.
Grilled cheese and salami and leftover pasta.

Neither of us were feeling like heading into town really and it was a beautiful day outside, especially compared to the past few, so we decided to stick around here and just enjoy the weather. We started with a walk around the neighborhood and ended up at the local Bayswater Cricket Club where we watched part of a game for a little while, trying to figure out the rules.  Eventually we gave up and looked them up.  It, essentially, is like someone took baseball and tried to make it a slower and more boring game.  After watching for 20 minutes and witnessing one out, we decided to move on.  At some point my hip got a bit sore so we headed back to our house (maybe running 5k yesterday up and down hills after not running in two and a half months wasn’t smart – especially because I’m now old enough that I’m married to a 31 year old).

A local game of cricket in the neighborhood.
A local game of cricket in the neighborhood.

Back at home, we threw open all the doors and windows to enjoy the nice weather and Lynn read and took a nap while I edited the 43 minutes of dive footage from our Great Barrier Reef trip down to something more digestible (see above).  Eventually it was time to try and throw together a reasonable dinner with what little food we have.  Luckily, we had just the right supplies for mac and cheese and without too much trouble sat down to dinner thirty minutes later.   We accompanied it with a very bland four bean salad from a can we had picked up at the store when we first arrived. Not our finest meal, but not terrible either.

Our leftover ingredients, perfect for a mac and cheese.
Our leftover ingredients, perfect for a mac and cheese.
Making dinner.
Making dinner.
Mmmmhmmmm!
Mmmmhmmmm!

After dinner we headed back out into the neighborhood for another walk.  The neighborhood itself is mostly older brick homes and it looks like a lot of them have been renovated with very nice kitchens and baths.  Every single one of them also had a beautiful flower garden out front.

Real estate signs here are massive and very full of pictures. We like them a lot and think they do a much better job than the puny US ones.
Real estate signs here are massive and very full of pictures. We like them a lot and think they do a much better job than the puny US ones.
Oscar, our Airbnb host's dog, who kept us company this afternoon.
Oscar, our Airbnb host’s dog, who kept us company this afternoon.

As the sun set it started getting a bit chilly and we headed home once more.  We tried watching cricket on TV a little bit, thinking it would be more exciting to watch a test match between Australia and New Zealand (now in its third day).  It was indeed more interesting, there were a fair bit more hits and some “home runs” (or whatever the cricket word for those is), and plus, the Australians wear adorable sweater vests as part of their kit.  Eventually though, we got bored and switched over to Netflix for the rest of the evening.  We found an awesome Australian show called Utopia that was basically a faster paced version of The Office about an urban planning company.  We highly recommend you check out.

Daily Walking Miles : 5.3

Fun Facts:

  • Almost every mailbox has a “no junk mail” sign on it.  We very much doubt that would do anything in the U.S. and were not even sure it does here.
  • Cricket is the second most played game in the world after soccer, with an estimated 120 million players.

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