If we went for coffee… [March ’18]

I’d be surprised at how long it’s been since we last did this, because I enjoyed it so much last time. I’d let you know that no, I still don’t like coffee, so I’ll maybe go for a fruity somethingorother or, if it’s been a bad day, a diet coke. Yes, I’m still trying to cut down but what can you do? At least I’m not turning to hard drugs. I suppose we’ve been catching up in other ways, via my expat updates, but those focus mostly on expat type stuff (at least they’re supposed to anyway) and there’s now more other-stuff than expat-stuff going on with me right now to talk about. So I’ll take a deep breath, and…

~ I’d ask you whether you’ve been to Newcastle (NSW, not UK…!) before, and what you think of it. We went this last weekend, tacked on to a visit to the Hunter Valley, and I was very impressed by the beach situation*.

Mereweather Beach, Newcastle
[Mereweather Beach, Newcastle]
I know I talk about beaches a lot but you can’t move to Australia and not.

Anyway, it was kind of a whistlestop tour but I feel the need to go back and investigate more. Where are your favourite spots in the city? Anywhere I need to check out?

*There are no beaches in Newcastle, UK. At least, none that look like this.

~ I’d tell you that this new project at work is totally kicking my arse. You’ll have heard a little more about the situation if you subscribe to The Ugly (you can do that on my expat update posts like this one) but that’s really all I can say about the matter, because I don’t talk about my work on here. I’m not trying to vagueblog, I just don’t want to make public where I work or for whom – but I do like talking about careers, work life in general, being a woman in the workplace, all that stuff. So if you also like to talk about those things then please email me, and we’ll talk more on there.

~ I’d tell you that I might be a bit quiet around here for a while, not just because of hideous work but also because we’re just about to enter an epic phase of visitors, stretching from Easter until the end of June. I’m really excited about it and want to give my visitors as much attention as I can, so the blog will take a bit of a step back. I’ve already fallen behind on replying to comments and…well…everything, so please bear with me.

~ I’d talk about the suburb exploring we’ve been doing recently. We’ve had a good nose around Newtown (on Mardi Gras weekend, no less) and found street art, gluten free dumplings and lots of people looking parade-ready.

[Mural, Newtown]
~ I’d laugh that 18 months later, that new recipe I mentioned in the last of these posts is now my firm favourite, and had a starring role in the list of apps I love right now that I shared last week. Funny seeing what changes and what stays the same over time.

~ I’d ask you whether I should try and squeeze in a haircut before I do a big talk presentation thing in a couple of weeks. Am I just asking for a terrible hair cut? Or will it give me the confidence and gravitas I need? I’m thinking long bob again, because I’m unimaginative and I like it, but considering whether this is really the Professional and Mature Haircut I need to stop being mistaken for the intern?

[Current hair situation]
~ I’d share that I’ve totally gone off Instagram lately, and I’m not sure why, but I think it might be something to do with being bombarded with articles and emails about Things I Need To Be Doing On Instagram Right Now. Anyone else noticed that or have I just been put on some super special mailing list? Unfortunately this has achieved precisely the opposite and completely put me off the whole thing. I think this might be because I’m a rebel? Basically I’m just watching some stories and then peacing out of there. I’m sure I’ll be back at some point. Maybe when I have a little more time and energy.

[The kind of picture I’d post to Instagram, if indeed I were posting on Instagram at the moment]
~ I’d tell you that even though we’re technically in autumn here now, it’s forecast to be 38°C (100°F) on Sunday because apparently I still can’t stop talking about the weather here.

If we went for coffee, what would you tell me?


A pin in case you really like the look of Mereweather beach

This is what's going on in my expat life in Sydney currently. Find out more about my explorations of Newtown, Newcastle, and help me decide whether to get a haircut. Please?



  1. Jonathan
    16th March 2018 / 22:25

    Your beach looks amazing. I’m using your bloggs about your Alaskan trip and Empire Railway to plan our trip in June this year. We are doing the cruise first and then the train from Seattle to Chicago. Thank you for your info as it has helped me a lot. 🙂

  2. 17th March 2018 / 21:24

    Love this style of post! I’m also finding I’ve gone of the old Insta a bit in recent weeks, can’t quite put my finger on why.
    Also, we aren’t quite at 38 but we still have 30 degree days and it always confuses a me!!

  3. 17th March 2018 / 22:34

    if we went for coffee, I’d have tea or an orange juice because I also don’t drink coffee:) I’d tell you all about my 4mnt baby boy, and how I finally booked the hotel for our first trip as a family:) We’re going to San Marino at the end of May:) can’t wait! I haven’t been abroad for over a year…

  4. 18th March 2018 / 07:56

    I think you hair looks lovely as-is! 🙂 I always freak out a little after a major haircut so it might not be the best timing with your big presentation. I hope it goes well! 🙂

    We are still enjoying summer weather here too, although it’s not got the humidity associated with the high temperatures so it’s a lot more bearable!

    I loved Newton – wish we could have explored more there! My bestie used to live there and one time when er were in Sydney she took us out for a meal, but we didn’t have a lot of time so couldn’t explore too much. Lovely place though!

  5. 18th March 2018 / 14:48

    If we went for coffee, I’m not sure exactly what I would say, but I’m almost positive that we would have quite a stimulating and lengthy conversation! Once we got past the awkward dance of speaking in person with someone we’ve known virtually for a few years, we would probably launch into a in depth discussion on politics or religion or maybe something lighter like philosophy. 😉 Seriously, though, I’d probably chat about my girls and my hopes and dreams for them in a swiftly changing, ever tricky world in which we live. I’d also talk about women in the work force, balancing home and work lives, and also my never ending quest to taste the best Gelato in the world.

    And we would talk about travel, too, of course!

    I get the sense that we have a lot in common, but have some viewpoints that are vastly different. It would he a highly stimulating meeting!

    • 18th March 2018 / 14:49

      I wrote that comment on my phone, so please ignore the typos and the misinformed autocorrects!

  6. 18th March 2018 / 18:58

    Girl, if you ever need to vent to someone about work, I’m your girl! As a small business owner who is both youngish and in a male dominated industry, I get it! Too bad for everyone else that I consider myself a bad ass boss 😂

    Where did you find gluten free dumplings?! (Not that we ever go to Newtown – but we might!!) 😜 We just discovered a coeliac certified burger place near us that we’ll be visiting soon! (Even though I don’t like burgers – but I do like not having to cook, haha)

  7. 18th March 2018 / 22:00

    I wish we could go to coffee! 38 is disgusting, I think it was 32 here and I was dying. Where is autumn?! That beach is stunning. I still like instagram but I follow zero rules and just post uncurated pictures of Leighton. Newtown is such a fun part of town. I have gone a few times when we have had visitors.

  8. Jen
    19th March 2018 / 11:53

    The beaches just seem incredible!!! I would love to visit there someday.

  9. 20th March 2018 / 11:31

    What a cool mural! I would love to spend some time at those beaches 🙂

  10. 21st March 2018 / 21:16

    Hello ,

    I saw your tweet about animals and thought I will check your website. I like it!

    I love pets. I have two beautiful thai cats called Tammy(female) and Yommo(male). Yommo is 1 year older than Tommy. He acts like a bigger brother for her. 🙂
    I have even created an Instagram account for them ( https://www.instagram.com/tayo_home/ ) and probably soon they will have more followers than me (kinda funny).

    I have subscribed to your newsletter. 🙂

    Keep up the good work on your blog.


  11. 22nd March 2018 / 00:29

    I would get the haircut. I had hoped to get one in last week before my presentation this week, but I didn’t make it… and as a result, I’m unhappy with how my hair looked. LOL It’s not even an important thing, but I think it’s good for confidence and self-care.

  12. 24th March 2018 / 17:55

    Hope you have fun with all your visitors! Our visitor season will start May 19 and last till the end of August, and I’m so looking forward to hanging out with my sisters and giving them babysitting duties. ;P

  13. Trudy
    25th March 2018 / 14:25

    Just seen this post now, for some reason Bloglovin isn’t showing me updates for some of the blogs I follow, which I’ve only just realised, and is super annoying. I have been to Newcastle (NSW!) a bit, I have an aunt who lives there. Its funny but I’ve never really just spent a day at the beach there, that I can think of. We have been to the ocean pools, and walked out to Nobby’s Point I think it’s called? But we seem to mostly head up the Hunter Valley to the wineries, or south to the beaches. Terrigal is nice, and has some nice cafes. We have hired boats for the day, there is heaps of lakes and inland waterways just a bit south of Gosford. And I would also recommend the whale watching trip and swimming with the dolphins. It’s only at certain times of the year.

  14. 29th March 2018 / 18:29

    Ooh, I just met a guy here who is from Newcastle there, so I actually kinda know where it is. Hehe. I’m getting massive Australia envy from your blog and if someone gave me a job there today, I’d totally take it!

    I’ve not been active on IG lately either. Kinda fed up with it. Maybe I need to rethink IG. Post what I want to post and not post just to be in the rat race.

    Ooh, that’s awesome you’re going to have a ton of visitors!! Enjoy your time with them!!

  15. 24th April 2018 / 20:54

    I have not been to Newcastle, NSW, but I did go to a New Castle in America. If I ever make it to Australia I will definitely go to that Newcastle just for the name.

    It was 30°C here on Sunday. If it’s this hot now in (supposedly) spring I’m dreading summer. Aaaand that’s the reason I could never move to Australia. 38° in autumn would actually kill me.

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