Voting, walking, cooking and lots of eating Saturday 7 September 2013 #ausvotes

Today Australia held a federal election. For readers who aren’t Australian and living elsewhere we have compulsory voting and we always vote on a Saturday. Would you believe the hash tag #sausagesizzle was trending on Twitter in Australia!

Bron and I had a good day. We went out to vote early, enjoyed a nice breakfast and then took a good walk up to the National Arboretum. I’m currently watching the election night coverage and writing about today.

At most election venues, especially at schools there is a sausage sizzle and a cake stall to raise money for the school

At most election venues, especially at schools there is a sausage sizzle and a cake stall to raise money for the school

Ballot Paper - Version 2

The ballot paper for the seat of Fraser. I love voting below the line to get full democratic satisfaction from my vote.

After voting we walked to Ricardo’s cafe in the Jamison shops and enjoyed breakfast.

Check the walk at http://runkeeper.com/user/garydlum/activity/237806108

Our walk to vote and then eat breakfast

Our walk to vote and then eat breakfast

Poached eggs on Focaccia Bread with a side of Hollandaise sauce and hashed browns

Poached eggs on Focaccia Bread with a side of Hollandaise sauce and hashed browns

After breakfast we went back to the National Arboretum for a walk. We’d been there recently for breakfast.

You can check out the walk at http://runkeeper.com/user/garydlum/activity/237861409

Our walk up to and down from the Cafe at the National Arboretum. The zig zag represents the pathway.

Our walk up to and down from the Cafe at the National Arboretum. The zigzag represents the pathway.

Below are some images from the bonsai garden. These are some beautiful plants. I love bonsai.

The cafe isn’t too bad. It’s catered by the same people who run the Conservatory Restaurant. My iced coffee was pretty nice. I was very tempted by the hot pies. Hover your mouse over the image and read the caption.

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The images above are a slide show of outdoor images taken while we walked up and down from the car park to the cafe at the top. We also walked around the Margaret Whitlam (for non-Australians Margaret Whitlam (deceased) was the wife of Gough Whitlam, a former Prime Minister of Australia) Pavillion which is essentially a wedding chapel for those that can afford a very nice view.

This afternoon I had a lovely vanilla slice from Ricardo’s cafe.

Vanilla slice. So rich. So nice.

Vanilla slice. So rich. So nice.

For dinner tonight I prepared a chicken to roast. I stood it up on a can of coca cola as a means to insert some moisture and drain the juices away from the chicken to keep the skin crisp.

For dessert I had a Black Forest bomb cake from Ricardo’s cafe. The YouTube video shows the sparkler (det cord) going off 😉

The Black Forest cake is delicious. The sparkler is a nice touch too.

The cut surface shows the lovely insides. Hover over the image and read the caption.

Well it looks like the coalition of the Liberal Party and National Party will be invited to form a government by the Governor-General. This will mean the Hon. Tony Abbott will be the next Prime Minister of Australia.

I enjoyed exercising, cooking and eating today. I hope you did too. Please feel free to leave a comment. If you’re a WordPress user please feel free to ‘like’ the post.

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5 thoughts on “Voting, walking, cooking and lots of eating Saturday 7 September 2013 #ausvotes

  1. Pingback: #Lunch at Ricardo’s Cafe on Labour Day | Yummy Lummy

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