I’m lying on the couch right now, watching Good Morning Vietnam (Robin Williams…), after a gorgeous day. I’m so exhausted that this will be really quick. It’s Vegan MOFO after all, and I have to tell you what I ate!
Today was one of those glorious early spring days. Blue sky, blossom, bees and warbling magpies.
One of my sisters and I had planned to meet at a pub for our ‘annual drinks’, but the weather was so lovely we assumed that all the beer gardens would be overcrowded. Instead, the glorious weather inspired us to head out to the beautiful Banyule Flats in Heidelberg for a picnic.
It just happened that my picnic blanket was still in the car after last week’s picnic at Yarra Bend. I dropped by A1 Bakery in Fairfield to pick up my picnic favourites – felafel foldovers and harrissa cake.
Meanwhile, my sister had put together a huge stack of food to nibble on – artichoke hearts, olives, dolmades, guacamole, chilli beans and a couple of beers.
We found a sunny little patch away from the long grass (and the threat of snakes), spread out our blanket and laid out our feast.
But before we dug in, there was something we had to do. Today would have been the 40th birthday of our gorgeous nephew who died in 1986 at only 12 years old. So we stopped and clinked our beers in a toast to him on his birthday, and imagined (as we have many times) what he would have been like, and how everyone’s lives would have been different if he’d been here today.
Then we lazed around in the sun, visited by sniffing, scampering dogs and threatening magpies, and some kind of itchy insects, stuffing our faces with way too much food, until we were about to burst.
By the time I got home I was so exhausted we decided on a quiet night of takeaway food and videos. I went to the video library but I was so tired I felt like crying when I tried to choose one!
B sent me home and arrived soon after with DVDs and a couple of curries from Curry Cafe – the cafe where they have Thali Time during the week. I certainly did NOT need food, but I was too tired to argue and it was delicious, so I ate it anyway…on the couch…which is not normally allowed at our place!
Now I’ve collapsed on the couch in my pyjamas, with a cup of tea and a Fry’s chocolate cream bar. I think I’m going to sleep well. Goodnight!