House, we have a problem

It occurred to me in the middle of a Pump class at 10am on Sunday morning, after going for a walk with my friend Alice at 8am, ahead of having a coffee with my sister at 10.30am, that I had a problem.


It’s getting waaaaaay out of control.

Let me briefly recap …

Sunday, March 14: Drive to Newcastle at 8.30am for Mother’s Day. Leave Newcastle at 2pm to drive back to Sydney for comedy shows in Marrickville at 5.45pm and 7.10pm.

Monday, May 15: Work from 8am to 5pm. Cook dinner. Catch bus to city to meet DD for a drink at 8pm. Stay night in city.

Tuesday, May 16: Work from 8am to 1pm. Drive to funeral in Palm Beach with DD. Get lift home from funeral with youngest at 4.30pm. Cook dinner,

Wednesday, May 17: Work in city from 8am to 5pm. Duck home to feed dogs and let them out for a wee. Catch bus back into town for Glen Moray whisky masterclass from 7pm to 9.30pm.

Thursday, May 18: Work in city from 8am to 5pm. Go to two whisky functions back to back.

Friday, May 19: Work in city from 8am to 5pm. Frantically try and organise last-minute dermatologist appointment and referral for the youngest. Write four Drinks Digest articles.

Saturday, May 20: Walk with friends from 8am-10am. Clean house. Catch bus into city at 4.20pm to attend The Whisky Show …

Up to 60% of the human adult body is water. It felt like mine was up to 60% whisky by the end of Sydney Whiskey Week.

DD and I rounded out the week by taking his friend Mark the Shark (I don’t know his actual last name) to The Whiskey Show at the Overseas Passenger Terminal in Circular Quay.

One of the organisers of The Whiskey Show is my friend Oliver, who owns an online whisky store called The Whisky List. Check in out, it’s pretty fabulous.

I had planned on just observing the two blokes tasting their way around the show, but I ended up sipping with them. We didn’t taste all 120 whiskies that were being poured, but a fair few.

We finished up with a taste of an Israeli whisky, M&H, which recently won Best Single Malt at the World Whiskies Awards.

Because of the climate, a three-year-old Israeli whisky can have the intensity of a ten year old from Scotland owing to high temperatures, which accelerate the distilling process.

Their kosher sherry barrel aged whisky was excellent, but my favourite drop of the lot wasn’t a proper whisky.

It was this stuff …

Hellyers Road Salted Caramel Cream Liqueur. Oh my goodness, soooooo delicious.

Fun fact: Hellyers Road Distillery is part of Tasmania’s second largest milk processing company, Betta Milk, which is owned by local dairy farmers and descendants of the farmers who founded the milk cooperative in 1956. The distillery’s first flow of spirits was on January 29, 1999, and the first bottles were sold in 2006. In 2010, Hellyers Road was recognised by the Malt Whisky Association of Australia for producing the nation’s best single malt.

Hence they make a mighty fine cream liqueur.

After The Whisky Show we went to a restaurant called China Lane for dinner and had the yummiest chicken and gruyere spring rolls. I know, sounds awful, but tasted fabulous.

We also loved the crispy chicken with umeshu wine, plum & Japanese soy.

Which brings me to Sunday morning and the realisation that I really need to slow down.

The pace of my life is too fast and my body isn’t as young as it used to be. It’s also still sore from falling on the bus last week and weary from the demands of being a 55-year-old single mum to two high maintenance teenagers.

This week will be slightly easier. Just work, a gin function and parenting duties. Oh and a frigging retirement seminar DD has signed me up for.

A retirement seminar!

He tried to make it sound fun by saying there would be nibbles.

I am very not keen. I struggle to sort my tax out each year, let alone financially plan for retirement.


Hope your weekend was a good one.

Song of the day: The Supremes “Stop in the name of love”

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