Expat update: Month 4

As I continue to find blue food colouring in the most unlikely of places, I realise another month has passed and it’s time to recap what has happened in my little expat life this month. And explain the food colouring thing.

 

The Good

Becoming godparents ¦¦ This is a big one for me and S! This month our niece was dedicated and we were asked to be godparents. I’m so honoured to be chosen and it was a lovely ceremony. My niece is somewhat of a miracle baby, and although the story is not mine to share I can tell you it was really powerful to hear it told in front of others. My sister was so brave and did a great job of explaining the work that God has done in her life and her family. Amazing!

It was also great to have three sisters and a cousin together. So of course we posed for a photo opportunity (in height order).

I took inspiration from Sam and have taken my cake-related godmother duties seriously so far by making this ombre creation:

I’m quite proud of it actually. I got the floral topper from a very friendly florist in Waringah Mall who didn’t look at me like a crazy person when I asked for one, so I think I have found a new favourite florist. Or maybe floral cake toppers are a totally normal thing. I have no idea, I’m usually a tray of brownies and we’re done kinda gal.

I also made some cake pops, which were an absolute nightmare and 100% NOT worth the effort. I highly dis-recommend. Although they were fun to cheers with, that I’ll admit.

The ombre cake was kind of a breeze in comparison and looks much more impressive! Maybe that’s just the size?

The result is that I’ve been asked to make a cake for church in a couple of weeks for their 121st birthday celebrations. It’s only going to be up on stage and cut ceremonially as part of the proceedings so, you know, no big deal or anything. Anyone got any cake inspiration for me?!

Visiting Melbourne ¦¦ I spent most of August in Melbourne, which would have been a great chance to explore more of the city except for the fact I spent a large amount of it at work. Then after work it was too cold/rainy/dark to want to venture out, and most stuff was closed anyway. That’s my excuse for marathons of The Block anyway and I’m sticking to it. So, all that to say, it was really nice to have my sister come with me for my last week in Melbourne. We were able to hang out after work, and it was so nice to even just have someone to eat dinner with.

One night we went to the Skydeck to see the sunset which was pretty cool.

Most of my photos turned out terribly and the sunset was somewhat of a damp squib but nonetheless I loved it.

It was a little steep (ha ha) at $20 but what can I say, I love tall buildings.

Extending my network ¦¦ When you know nobody in a new country, you take any introduction you can. That sounds rude but bear with me – I went for dinner last week with some friends of my Mum who I last saw when I was, oooh, 16? At that time they lived in Switzerland but have since moved to live in Melbourne. So my sister and I took the opportunity to meet up with them and it was so.much.fun. They’re lovely people and it was great to get to know them (again) and hear about their experiences living in Australia. If I’m back in Melbourne again I’ll definitely try and meet up with them again – they’ve even offered us a place to stay which is so kind.

Taking a road trip ¦¦ I think we can all agree that taking a road trip = instant native status. I know Jessi does. S and I took a road trip this last weekend to celebrate our anniversary and it was brilliant.

I might do a post about it soon because I think there’s probably a bit much to cram in this update, but if you saw my Instastories you’ll know the gist of it anyway. The highlight was definitely visiting Taronga Western Plains Zoo, where we saw lots of happy animals in huge enclosures, and thankfully very few idiots. All in all a win!

I do know that lots of people enjoyed seeing the meerkats having a play. I know they’ve become a bit of a symbol of ridicule recently, but they’re still just so cute.

The Bad

Not really being at home much ¦¦ The downside of spending most of the month in Melbourne was being away from home just as I’d started to get to know people. It felt like I’d met some really nice people and then just… disappeared.

Also I really like my flat and it’s just at the stage now where we have everything as we want it (if that even makes sense), so it was annoying to be away from it so much and have to cook all my meals using one utensil, etc. First world problem… I know.

A difficult anniversary ¦¦ We had a difficult anniversary this last weekend and whilst I was glad to be with two of my sisters and extended family on the day, I was sad to be away from my Mum and my other sister. I did speak to them around the time and they seemed to be doing as ok as one can under the circumstances, but it was still not a nice feeling to be away from them.

The Ugly

You know the drill by now. I’m sharing The Ugly side of things via email so I can be more honest on things that I’d rather not splash up here for all to see.

So if you want to know The Ugly, just put your email address in the box and I’ll add you to the list. You’ll get mail from me a few days after you see this post, just to give everyone a chance to sign up who wants to.

If you need me between now and next weekend I’ll be on Pinterest scrolling through endless unnecessarily elaborate cakes, sobbing gently. Send heeeelp.

-Rachel

Linking up with Kristen and Gretch for What’s New With You 

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20 Comments

  1. 7th September 2017 / 19:27

    That is one impressive cake!!!!
    I feel terrible. I’ve been so out of touch. I’ve been so absent from socialising due to flu and work that my husband even asked me on a date.

  2. 7th September 2017 / 23:53

    Congrats on being a godmother – what a cute cake! You did a great job.

    Yay for having some fun adventures, but sometimes you just want to be home!

    -Lauren

  3. 8th September 2017 / 01:09

    I love love love the meerkat pic, and the pics from above – totally worth the $20!

    I became a godmother for the first time this summer and love it! Congratulations!

  4. 8th September 2017 / 02:56

    It sounds like this month was a lot of good, except for the traveling a lot part and the anniversary for your dad. The cake you made is seriously so pretty! I don’t think that I would’ve been able to make it, which is probably why your church asked you to make the cake for them! And I totally agree with you about cake pops! They’re so hard to make, and mine never end up that pretty, but at least they taste good!

  5. 8th September 2017 / 05:51

    Aww, congrats on being a godmother! Your cake looks AMAZING! I loooove cake pops, but they are a lot of work. Mine never end up as pretty as yours either. Haha!

  6. 8th September 2017 / 10:06

    Wow, that cake looks so amazing and congrats on being a god mother! That’s a very important role. Thanks for linking up with us!

  7. Jen
    8th September 2017 / 10:53

    What an amazing honor to become godparents!!! She is so lucky to have you guys in that role!

  8. 9th September 2017 / 04:42

    i am so out of touch with the world, but what’s wrong with meerkats? why are people ridiculing them? they are too adorable. and smart and interesting.
    happy anniversary! yay road trip! so cool you’re taking the introductions where you can, you are ballsier than me.
    congrats on your niece 🙂

  9. 9th September 2017 / 09:47

    So lovely to hear about your niece and that you guys are Godparents! 🙂
    That cake is seriously impressive – Well done! I’ve always loved the look of rainbow cakes but unfortunately can’t eat them (it seems that artificial colours bring on migraines for me! gah!)

    I loved seeing your instastories of the zoo. Those meerkats are just so cute!

    Lauren x

  10. 10th September 2017 / 11:00

    The ombre cake you made looks beautiful, and hooray for becoming godparents!

  11. 11th September 2017 / 01:33

    I’m glad to hear about all the good things, about the road trip and the visit to Melbourne (I totally get it though about having fun visiting a new place but being away from home being difficult) and your sister’s baby and you becoming a godmother! 🙂

  12. 11th September 2017 / 22:10

    Wow your ombre cake is awesome! I managed to pull off the cake train for toddler T’s third birthday and that’s it – I’ve decided I neither enjoy or have any natural ability at baking. I just hope his younger brother doesn’t ask for it for his third birthday…as per tradition next year it’s hubby’s turn to make the cake – and then when it rolls around to me again I’ll be going the store bought route for sure!

    It’s a shame you didn’t get to enjoy Melbourne – I considered moving there, had a job offer lined up and everything but decided to stay here in Brisbane. I still love going there for little holidays – the food is so good, as is the shopping! I’m a little sad to leave sometimes as there are so many gluten free options in Melbourne! Brisbane might catch up one day!

  13. 21st September 2017 / 13:33

    Wait – you made that cake?!?! WOW!! Shame you were working too much in Melbourne to go out and explore more, but hey! Or even see more of Sydney!! I would love to get myself down there – one day. Problem with working is definitely not enough time to go and see all I want. Life!

  14. 22nd September 2017 / 12:53

    That cake is SO cool. The only kind of cake I ever make is rectangular and served in the pan it was baked in. 😛

  15. 25th September 2017 / 08:58

    I’m definitely impressed with your ombre cake skills! I get all my cake inspiration from Your Cup of Cake…. and pinterest, of course. Either way, you outcaked me for sure!! Congrats on becoming a godmother! 🙂

  16. 26th September 2017 / 19:27

    Oh how sweet – it sounds like you’re having a better time in Australia now, or that you’re adjusting to expat life a little more easily, it’s good!!! 🙂 also impressive cake skills!

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  17. 27th September 2017 / 19:45

    Hehe thanks for the mention – road trips ARE the best! Your cake is seriously amazing already… I love those ones with kind of the drippy effect? I’m sure you’ve seen, oh, several thousands of them on Pinterest and my sister says they’re not tooo hard. Good luck!

  18. 3rd October 2017 / 18:12

    Oh you’re back! You totally aced that cake! I think you should go naked cake with flower topper for the church birthday or maybe three number cakes (I have tins you can borrow if you need!) Your anniversary trip looks fab – I have always wanted to go to the Western Plains Zoo. Look forward to hearing all about it!

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