After a fairly leisurely get up in the morning and some opening of cards and little presents from Mat (chocolates and a bottle brush(!?)) we decided to go to a couple of house viewings before breakfast as they were just round the corner from where we currently live (we are planning on moving in to a bigger place together with Nick and Kat so that we can combine our money and get more for it).
After that Mat took me to my favourite cafe in Narrabeen, the Lifesavers Cafe where they do a delicious scrambled egg, smoked salmon and avocado on toast and delicious freshly squeezed apple juice – yummy!
Once we had satisfied our stomachs we decided it would be nice to go for a walk on the beach so with plenty to choose from we opted for a little drive and went up to the top of the peninsular to Palm Beach. We parked up by the golf course and took a walk up Station beach on the West. Despite the extreme wind it wasn’t too cold and when we dipped our toes in we were pleasantly surprised at how warm it was, before remembering it wasn’t open sea but the Pittwater inlet channel.
When we got up to the end we crossed over to the East side and walked down Palm Beach, finding the water a lot colder this time. We passed the Summer Bay Surf Club (of Home & Away fame) but unfortunately I didn’t have my camera on me as it is broken so still have not got around to taking a picture of me stood in front of it. Hopefully this will be rectified soon as Mat’s birthday present to me is going to be a camera, we just need to sort out where we are going to get it from at a reasonable price.
Later on in the evening we went out for some drinks at The Surf Rock in Collaroy with friends that Mat had asked from Plateau. We were originally going to have a beach barbequeue but the weather has been very changeable lately and rain had been threatened all day.
It turned out to be a really good night after all my worrying that no one would come. There was Henry and Ruth (fellow pommies on a sponsership like us), Sol and Jodie, and Sparky and Bryony (Sol and Sparky started at Plateau just before I left). They are all lovely people, I’m so pleased they chose to join me in my celebrations and glad we got one of the barmaids to take a picture of us all:
We all had quite a bit to drink and I had some great girly cats while the lads went off to watch the rugby at the bar (New Zealand v. Australia). I think it was the World Cup Final for rugby union (?), anyway, New Zealand won for the first time so Sol (being MÄori) was in very good spirits and it all added to more drinks being bought etc etc. A funny fact: this is the first time I have been drunk on my birthday, it only took me thirty years! 🙂 I think I am starting to make up for things I didn’t do in my teenage years and twenties.
All in all I had a fantastic day and finished off by walking home with Mat, detouring along the beach, at around 1.30 in the morning.