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After doing Live Below The Line last week and my whirlwind trip to Australia to see a friend get married, if feels great to be home, and to be back to my usual diet.

I had a brilliant time staying in the Yarra Valley, just outside of Melbourne.  Expense meant that D and Eloise couldn’t come with me, and it was quite hard to leave Eloise behind.  They decamped to my mother-in-law’s house and had a whale of a time.  Three Kiwi friends also attended the wedding with me, and it was great to hang out with them.  I also caught up with a friend I hadn’t seen for six years, which was wonderful.  It was like we’d just seen each other last week – I reckon that’s the true test of friendship.

I love travelling and relished the opportunity to go sight-seeing around Melbourne sans infant who needs naps.  I hadn’t been to Melbourne for 20 years and enjoyed exploring the inner city.  My friend K and I are crime buffs (we did criminology at Uni together) so we headed off to the Old Melbourne Gaol.  A sad, sobering place, but an important part of Melbourne’s history.  It wasn’t all doom and gloom either.  As part of the tour, you can be part of a scripted re-enactment of Ned Kelly’s trial, and yours truly got to be the judge.  (Oh the power of the gavel!)

K and I stayed at the wedding venue which was set amongst some amazing grounds.  I went for a run by some wetlands the morning of the wedding and saw a Kangaroo in the wild!  It was very exciting for me, but my Aussie friends could barely contain their yawns 🙂  It was all Kangaroo, schmangaroo to them.

If you squint, you can see the Kangaroo...

If you squint, you can see the Kangaroo…

My friend’s wedding was lovely – very relaxed, and full of their humour and personalities.  Yes, I did eat a piece of wedding cake (I found it incredibly sickly), and got back on the sugar-free wagon the next day.  I’m not sure how much it added to today’s tiredness as I’ve had to readjust to NZ time + the start of daylight savings, but I was so exhausted this morning that after being up for an hour I needed to go back to bed for a nap!  Thank goodness D can work from home in times like these (you’re a gem, D).

Anyway, it’s back to reality for me.  Tomorrow I will start a 5 to 10k running programme, so I’m hoping for more energy than today!