Category Archives: New York

Bear Mountain {Oktoberfest and apple picking}

ihyt-photos-Bear Mountain Oct 2013

Last weekend we hired a car to get out of the city and see the fall foliage. Coincidentally, Oktoberfest and apple picking go hand in hand with this time of year so we thought we’d stop by  Oktoberfest at Bear Mountain for a sausage on our way to pick some apples. Good plan, huh?

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Unfortunately we never got to pick apples as the farm literally was closing its gates as we drove up. The good news was the store was still open so we picked up some apple cider donuts and a pumpkin pie…we both come from a long line of sweet lovers here in the Huett household.

Every year it surprises me how beautiful the change of season is in this hemisphere. Really, the Australian autumn is lame in comparison. If you’re interested, here is a post from our first “fall” in the USA.

The past few months…

It’s been a while but here are some pics from the past couple of months.

Way back in November after the hurricane Sandy we moved apartments and had a little get together.

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Then Christmas came along in December…which feels like a distant memory now.IMG_1488

{Note the little piece of Australiana decorating our tree}
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It’s snowed a couple of times too…very exciting for us Australians IMG_1839 IMG_1847

Oh and did I mention that husband and I are having a baby?? pregnant

Travels

I love New York but it gets to the point when you just really want to get out of the city. I’m craving some out-of-town time but with the husband currently back in Australia for two weeks I don’t see us getting anywhere until after Christmas. So until our next getaway I’ll just have to be content to dream of destinations (and trust me I have a very long list of places I’d like to visit) and browse through photos from our 2012 catalogue of travels.

A few months ago we spent a weekend with friends in Newport, Rhode Island (to check out the houses of the rich and famous) and Mystic, Connecticut (to eat chowder!).

{Nothing like some good old-fashioned chowder}

{Picturesque Mystic}

{Spectacular coastline at Newport} 

{Opulent houses in Newport – really who needs walls covered in platinum?}

{Would you stand in a line this long for apple cider?}{Aww just us and the Atlantic Ocean}

Just over one year ago…

…we packed up our house in Sydney (with the help of my wonderful mother-in-law) and boarded a Qantas flight bound for New York – we were full of excitement and anticipation.

What will our new life bring? How long will it take to get settled? Will we make friends? How much will we miss our family? Will I get a job? What will I do until I get a job? What will our new apartment look like?

Fortunately New York has been fairly kind to us both.  But here are some of the things that I wasn’t expecting:-

·         Frozen yoghurt – I don’t know what’s in it and if its bad for you but I Love it!

·         The phrase “Excuse me” – it can be a “sorry”, or a rude “excuse me” used interchangeably and very difficult to know if one is being yelled at or not. This one is also my pet hate.

·         Mexican’s – this city would stop functioning without them

·         Summer is really hot and humid and can only be compared with living in Brisbane (which i remember from my high school and university days)

·         Catching a taxi is not like it is in SATC, never have I walked out of my apartment or out of a restaurant and just flagged down a cab within 2 seconds

·         Flat shoes are a necessity – and heels really are for special occasions.

·         I can get whatever I want delivered to my door step within 24 hours. Seriously, you name it and you could get it delivered as long as you are willing to pay for it.

·         It’s super expensive, for instance we buy Australian beef from Wholefoods and it costs $40 per kg (or $20 per pound) – exactly WTF

·         The only things that are cheaper than Sydney are taxi fares and clothes

·         The variety in food – the number of different coloured carrots, radishes, the number of different apples that exist etc. I wish we could get it all in Australia

It has been an amazing year and I feel so incredibly lucky to have this experience and the best part of all…I get to share it with my husband. I’m so lucky! So I’m raising a glass of good bubbly (of the French kind) to the next 12 months.

The Hampton’s {it’s more than just a beach}

On our second trip to the Hampton’s this summer Tim and I had visions of sitting on the beach reading a trashy magazine (I’m sure he had a book in mind) and dipping into the ocean every now and then when we got too hot.

This was not the case. It rained for the majority of the weekend so rather than sitting around inside and wasting what was a perfectly good weekend away with friends we used it as an opportunity to discover the other part of the Hampton’s. No beach in sight.

{The cutest little cottage we stayed in}

{The drive-way to our cottage}

{Roadside stall}

{Wine tasting on a rainy afternoon}

{We picked up fresh chickens for a roast on Sunday evening}

{The chicken’s house}

{The best way to get around the Hampton’s} 

{Sunday afternoon drinks}