Pool time, sunset madness and the best excuse for wine

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Yet another week flies by and almost without taking a breath, we’re staring down the barrel of March! How did that happen?

To make sure we’ve made the most of the good weather here in Sydney before autumn starts its engines, Mrs Romance and I have done our best this last week to eat and drink as much as possible outside. It’s been a lot of fun but it has also made us look like greedy pigs – please don’t judge us too harshly!

Hope you enjoy our latest Instagram Diary.

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta Diary - 2 doing my best to Monday

It’s Monday. Oh, how hard it is for me to get going today. Not sure why, but even coffee on a colourful table isn’t helping much.

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This evening’s sunset over the Anzac Bridge is just insane. I’ve got about 100 more photos of tonight’s show, but we decided we liked this one most. But the stand-up paddle boarders probably had the best view as the sun went down. Perfect timing to be out on the water.

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta Diary - 4 figs and cheese!

When in doubt, put cheese out. That’s my dinner motto. And when it’s blue stilton, and you’ve got fresh figs and strawberries, you know you’re onto a winner. It’s a hot night tonight too, so I’d best eat the cheese quickly before it all melts off the board.

That’s what’s called a glutton’s excuse by the way!

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta Diary - 5 martini cool-down

It’s another absolute stinker of a hot night here in Sydney again tonight. We’re trying our best to cool down, but it’s not working. Our only option: a big gin martini down by the water. That seems to be doing the trick!

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta Diary - 6 time for a dip

Yet another boiling hot day! The only thing for it – a dip in the pool. I’ve gone for a sideways flip bomb today. Just so you know, I think Mrs Romance has captured the best moment out of this experimental pool entry technique. After this it all kind of goes wrong.

“Ooh, that must have stung a bit,” Mrs Romance suggests as I surface.

“No,” I reply, glad of the pool water on my face hiding the tears. “Didn’t hurt at all.”

Mr & Mrs Romance - Insta Diary - 7 and a dip in the pool

Much more like it. I think I’ve found my spot. Time to work on my prune impression.

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Tonight is #OTBN – or Open That Bottle Night. It’s a genius idea that’s been going since 2000, started by 2 wine buffs Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher. They wanted to motivate people to connect over that special bottle they’ve been keeping for years. To talk about the memories it represents, but most of all, just to open it and enjoy it.

For OTBN 2016, we’ve cracked a couple of old bottles from Singlefile Winery in Western Australia. Their Blanc de Blanc sparkling is divine though hard to get hold of, and the 2014 Family Reserve Chardonnay is absolutely superb. With – yes – more cheese, more figs and more strawberries!

The thing I like about OTBN is, even though this year’s actual night has gone now, the concept of not waiting for that special occasion or rainy day to open a bottle of wine is still valid. It’s not about the wine, it’s about the memories the wine creates and the people you share it with.

What was your week like this week? Did you join in OTBN this year? Do you have a special bottle of wine that needs to be opened? Tell us in the comments!

Images by Mr and Mrs Romance via Instagram: @MrAndMrsRomance, @HairRomance, @Christina.Butcher – Mrs R’s Insta account and @AngryBastard of course!

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