Thank you to my amazing online community. I wouldn’t be able to do what I love and bring you what I love if it wasn’t for your support. I will be having a break from Right as Rayne until next week but will be sure to keep you updated through Facebook and Instagram. I hope you enjoy this last post for 2014. It’s been a fabulous year and I am forever grateful to all of you. Happy holidays!! Love Rayne x
Navigating through the summer holidays…
And then there was Christmas….
Christmas is the time of year when most of the world stops (sorry FIFO’s). A time for me where nothing else matter but family, friends and food!! Stepping away from the year with all of its achievement and perils and getting ready to step into a new one.
This year is our first official school holidays with Autumn completing kindergarten so a lot of thought has gone into what we will be doing over summer.
Balmy nights on Cottesloe beach is first on the list. The very first balmy night of the school holidays you will find us on Cottesloe beach relishing every bite of hot fresh fish and chips washed down by ice-cream. All whilst darting in and out of the ocean watching the sunset.
The kids have been begging us to head to Adventure World. I haven’t been to Adventure World in years but I am told that they have a fantastic toddles water park so it would be the perfect place to take the whole family. We have been hearing a lot about a ‘Slide Street’ which pops up somewhere in Perth and disappears within 24 hours. If we can catch it, we have to go and check this crazy fun out. You can read more about Slide Street at enjoyperth.com.au
Christmas Day always starts at the beach for us. Our morning kicks off with champagne on the beach and an ultimate indulgence, what we like to call strawberries and dip. If you are looking to impress this year I have the recipe for you. Fresh strawberries dipped in mascarpone cheese and then dipped again in brown sugar. Ah-may-zing!! They rest of the day is filled with feasting on prawn cocktails, 12 hour cooked ham and turkey sliders.
No matter where you are in Australia, the Boxing Day BBQ is an essential summer holiday event everyone should be ticking off the list. Some people like to trample the Boxing Day sales in a crazy frenzy (with all respect to the HUGE discounts available) but I like to sit back after a big Christmas Day and chill out eating leftover ham, swimming in our pool and drinking poolside cocktails with family and friends. I will attack the sales after all of the chaos and let’s be honest, I hate lines so online sales are more of my style anyway.
Our anniversary falls between Christmas and New Years and continuing tradition we will be enjoying a gorgeous night at the Crown Perth. We start off with a martini at the Vie Lounge followed by dinner at Rockpool and sometimes a cheeky little dance at the Ruby Room. Our favourite part of the whole weekend is having the kids dropped off the next morning to spend a day out by the pool. Crown Perth pool is the perfect setup for adults and kids and if you can get a cabana it’s easy to relax and stay all morning.
New Years Day is our adult’s only day at the hottest party in Perth, Cuban Club. The event is held on the Nedlands foreshore and last year we had a blast. Great food, liquor poured from the bottle, awesome DJ’s and best of all no toilet lines! It’s one of our favourite days’ of the year.
One of our New Year highlights is attending the Hopman Cup. I played quite seriously as a youngster so I have always had a soft spot for tennis. It’s a fantastic spectator sport if you get a good game so if you haven’t been before make sure you try it. C’mon Aussies!!!
Mandurah. Now I know its not the sensational wining and dining that Margaret River has to offer and where we usually frequent, but this year we are taking the kids on a little family getaway to Mandurah. Andrew loves to go crabbing and if he’s a good boy this year he will catch some Mandurah Crab’s. The only way to eat Mandurah crabs is boiled, cracked open on butchers paper and eaten with nothing but fresh bread, butter and vinegar. YUM!! Stand up paddle boarding is on the agenda too. I need to know what all the fuss is about. What better place to try this than the calm, protected beaches of Mandurah.
Rottnest Island hasn’t been booked (we are waiting for that friend with a massive boat to call and invite us) but we manage to make it over to Rottnest every year. There is something truly magical about this place. The moment you step off onto the jetty you are greeted by a massive water playground on the ocean. Kids everywhere are either throwing a line out or jumping off the jetty. Everyone gets around on foot or on a bike and every second house smells of a good old Aussie barbeque breakfast. The streets come alive in afternoon with the Rottnest Island spirit and you see people walking from house to house smiling, waving and seeming like there is not a care in the world.
This Australia Day long weekend you will find Andrew and I up at Cable Beach Club in Broome. Club Cable is an adult’s only pool party at Cable Beach Club from Saturday through till Monday. Our lives are so crazy busy at the moment that we put these little trips in place to make sure that we are taking time out with just the two of us to reconnect and stay on track reaching our goals both together and professionally. All the hard work and time apart makes it is easier to focus when you have something to look forward to together.
It’s not long to go now. I can smell the ocean and feel the sand in my toes. The cocktails are calling and I’m ready to try and get more than 5 hours of sleep a night.
How will you be spending your summer holidays?