Archive | November, 2010

St. Peters — A saint in the Brewery

30 Nov

To start, check out this link for some mood settin’ good times.

The last four weeks my beer goggles have been put to good use. To expert use I might say! I’ve been the intern at St. Peters Brewery, which is in the Inner West suburbs of Sydney. Or, for those in the know…. about 20 mins walking from my house. We’ve been simmerin’ spinnin’ sippin’ swishin’ and plain just chillin’ while brewing beer.

What the heck am I doing at a Microbrewery you may ask? Well, changing my life is what! Having Fun! Learning more for Pedals and Pints Brewery in Boulder! Drinking Great Beer! And it’s hard work!

Manly? Yes. Sweaty? Yes. Having fun? Fo Shiz.

I have to wear steel toe boots round the place because you just never know what’s going to happen. Like last week, I put my left leg through the drain hole (which you can see at the right edge of the photo). But I didn’t cry. Nope, my steel boots saved the Ol’ Big Toe.

I knew I was going to be getting dirty and feeling like a wo-MAN (more manly than Womanly) so I did what any sensible lady would do. I painted my shoes!

Steel Toe Boots Before

"80's Remix" and " A walk through the Park"

Needless to say, when I showed up and asked the guys what they thought, they did not let me have a go at their shoes. Infact, they kept their shoes well away from me.

Anyhow. Matt Donelan, the owner of St. Peters Brewery is one patient, knoweldgable, and passionate guy. I owe much to him for giving me his time and ear. A few of his hits are the St. Peters Blonde, Killagh Stout, Green Star, and my personal fav, Cinnamon Girl, which is a cinnamon infused long neck brewski that doesn’t skimp on the cinnamon but doesn’t light your tongue on fire like Big Red.

I ask him too many questions. And he answers all of them with quirk. Everything has a story in his brewery. And I think that’s what makes it all so swell. That and the smell of boiling wort.

Matt doing what all Aussies do. Making the TV antenna into the shape of Australia to watch Cricket!

Grain. Mash Tun. Mashing Fun.

Rewards for working hard

It is truly awesome that I can work at St. Peters, alongside Matt and another talented brewer, Gerard Mears, two days a week. They know that I am a newbie. That I have an idea, that I am setting out on a path, and that they have something to offer. Isn’t that amazing? That they have made time for Lil’ Ol me. Me and my boots!

I think it’s pretty cool. And refreshing.

Represent!

 

I LOVE YOU MOM!

 

 

 

Hmm… I guess this is getting Amongst it!

12 Nov

Click here for a little soundtrack for this post:

I’m sitting here thinking, hmm… when is the last time that I just sat here thinkin hmmm?Actually, it’s been some time (i mean really, only a week or two, but you get the point). Last weekend Darren and I really got in to it.

Friday: Drinks and appetizers at the American Club with the American Society. All hoity and toity with this view of the harbour ( I so just spelled it that way on purpose). The Society people were really nice, the club staff were pretty snobbish. The American sounding people… music to my ears!

Saturday I met up with my first ever friend from Macedonia. And I avoided talking about Macedonia because quite honestly, I don’t know anything about Macedonia other than I get it mixed up with Mesopotamia. Yes. I know that they are located miles and miles apart with centuries and centuries of time. I got schooled here and here and now when we meet, I don’t have to be rude to my friend from Macedonia and can make friendly inquiries about Mesopotamia… oh, I mean Macedonia.

Sunday: Met up with friend and hubby from this post and had this kind of food and got sick shortly after. Sunday night: Hung out with our new Colombian friends Carolina and Alvaro at the ARIA Awards (Australian Music Awards) at the Opera House and had opportunities to rock it like rock stars!

Yea, thought you might want my autograph!

Don't you know who I am! Shizzammm!

They pulled out the “red carpet”, let the limos pull up, drop off those oh so glamorous Australian stars, and a whole bunch of people I had never heard of walked on by. I felt very LA, only it was Sydney, and people were dressed up in their jeans, and yes they try hard but it just doesn’t compare to our awards shows.

They brought out the bright lights for the crowd! Ooohh Ahhhh!

A cruise ship narrowly passes under the Harbour Bridge. Perhaps to bring in the Stars??

the love of my life lets me steal one more photo with him

And on Monday.. it was back to work. For two days. Because I only work two days…. sort of, but that’s for the next blog eh?

Sure you’re cute. But are you going to bite my fingers off!?

4 Nov

Another soundtrack for those who really want to get amongst it while reading this post.

There are many things that creep and crawl and slither around in the night in these parts. Just today I learned about some fearsome fishes and friendly but fanged creatures that live, either near my house, or in the water that I will be swimming this summer. I also learned about the fly below that will suck my blood. All of it, I am sure, if I am not diligent with the citronella candle that I am on my way out to purchase after posting this.

This one may have a hard time just being the Fly on the Wall.

But, among all those other deadly things  (including the 190 species of snakes here which further include 25 of the most venomousness snakes in the world: Read YIKES!), there are some pretty adorable creatures I’m not sure I could stay mad at if they did bite my fingers off! This is one of them. A wallaby named Gertrude:

Me. Smell. Food. Me. Like. Youuuuu.

And a kangaroo named Fred:

yes... he has me eating him up out of the palm of my hand... or something like that!

And then there was the next level of cuteness, the Koalas! They sleep on average about 20 hours a day because the Eucalyptus Tree is loaded with fiber, but not protein. So, you would probably sleep that much too if you weren’t getting enough meat in your system!

Darren almost took this lil' guy home!

The koala above is just ten months old and he didn’t seem to mind Darren refusing to let go of him. I just love seeing Darren’s soft side and I might need to get me one of these for the house, so I can see that side more!

Don't mind me while you nap.

And then there was the “Attack of the Birds!” See, you could buy these icecream cones for a buck that were filled with seeds and grass and what not. The problem was the Emu. Who knew what you had. Wanted what you had. And would harrass you until you gave it away. But I am not an Emu girl and I was freaked out by the way it cornered me and then reared back to strike at my cone. The Culprit:

You can't run from me!

The Fear:

Oh no! This thing has me cornered!

And now you can see how far it bends it neck back before it STRIKES!

This is the brave Alan. He still has all 10 fingers.

Another native Australian bird that is endangered and quite prehistoric looking is the Cassowary.

It seemed pretty calm and didn’t really move that much; until I put my hand through the fence and gave it a nice pat on the behind. Then it gave me this look and I got the point:

"Can I help you?"

Yes, we had a terrific time at Featherdale Wildlife Park. I must admit, I thought it would be hokey and the animals would be in poor shape. To my pleasant surprise, they were free to roam around, getting fat by feeding tourists and seemed to be quite jolly. When you folks come out this way, I will gladly go back. But watch out for your fingers, there’s wild beasts about!!

"Can I help ya! Geesh, I'm in the middle of chewin!"