With our supper already sorted for this evening (Steve has made a Beef Rendang with rice and flat breads!) and after all our jobs done, we were looking forward to a couple of quiet drinks down at our local pub, the Pineapple, at Brimpton Common.
We had both been to the gym earlier that morning so there wasn’t any guilt about a beverage or two. We were extremely delighted that Robin Redbreast joined us while we were there. He loves the beer garden at the Pineapple. We must remember to take a few little bits of bread for him next time we visit!
So, it was very relaxing, sipping on a Stowford Press Cider in the lovely beer garden with Robin and Steve who ejoyed his pint of London Pride.
“Happy Australia Day!” to all Australians today, January 26th. Wish I was back home to commemorate this day but perhaps next year? I’m thinking of everyone at home and hope everyone has a great day.
Usually we would celebrate with a BBQ and some icy cold beers or some lovely chilled white wine or sparkling red wine! Seeing we are here in England where the weather is still a little depressing, I think the next best thing is to make our favourite pizza to serve with some decent red wine.
Pinocchio’s Restaurant in Toorak Road, South Yarra, Melbourne was a favourite haunt of ours. Jimmy or Arthur would always make us a great pizza called Garden Cottage. This fabulous pizza dough would be topped with their home made tomato base sauce then hot salami, green peppers, mushrooms, onions and mozzarella. We would always ask for the addition of pineapple! Gorgeous! Served with a Greek salad, and a BYO bottle of red from the wine shop next door, we were in heaven…….it was usually on a Sunday afternoon as well!!
So tonight, we will try and replicate this pizza at home and say “Cheers” and I will think how proud I am to be an Australian and think of …….the fabulous BBQ’s and endless sunshine! Pots of icy cold Carlton Draught…….sunbathing on Middle Park Beach, the South Melbourne Market dim sims, tram rides down to St Kilda for Thai food, early morning walks around Albert Park Lake. Queensland Beaches and friendly drinks in the Surf clubs……camping on Rainbow Beach and building a fire in the campsite. Sunburn and the smell of Aerogard (the best fly and mosquito repellent in the world!) The Australian accent I miss greatly and often think on a cold day of one of many of Rex Hunt’s famous football commentary quotes ( in my opinion) ” If you haven’t got a coat on today, then you don’t own one!” and (when the sky is looking like a thunderstorm is brewing) “The sky is as black as a dog’s guts!” Rex is a bit of a legend in Australia as is my favourite football legend, Ron Barrassi.
And there’s my dear Mum and Dad. My Dad is an inspiration to me and doing a great job with the help of all the family looking after mum who is recovering from major back surgery. I miss them so very much and can’t wait to see them soon.