Yesterday was wonderful. I went to the Monet exhibition, which was superb. I used to have a poster of the Water-Lily Pond (as, I believe, most 14 y/o's did), and to see it up close and personal, words fail me. But wow, the themed gift-shop at the end? Dreadful. Take any crappy and/or tacky thing, stick it in a box with a Monet print on the front and voila! Seemingly a license to print money, but really irritating after seeing such a great exhibition.
Then I visited MY painting (I really, really want the original. I imagine I will be gifted it on behalf of a grateful nation when I ... umm ... do something important? or something? Also I shall have to have our walls enlarged), and walked through the Domain and the Royal Hospital (they have a fountain of which I need a photo).
We went to the Rose of Australia for dinner, but found out once we got there that the dining room is closed on Monday. David + I = not particularly gifted at planning and organisation. Most of our favourite places were closed, but we ended up at our favourite casual Japanese place (beef skewers with cheese, nom) which was fun. Then we went next door to a gelato place for dessert and kahlua (where some sort of atheist recruitment group was having its xmas party, ahh Newtown, you never disappoint).
All in all a lovely birthday experience, and thanks for your birthday wishes.
And in case you didn't click the link to MY painting, here is my print:
The Visit of the Queen of Sheba to King Solomon by Sir Edward John Poynter. The dimensions of the original are 3.5m x 2.34m. My version is 1m x 0.75m (and also not as red as it appears here. I suspect some sort of interface with the flash and the glass has caused this).