Thursday, October 16, 2014

Views of a bridge

It was Father Day and the first sunshine we'd seen in about a month.  I couldn't help playing with my camera as we were crossing the Harbour Bridge.

Don't worry - I wasn't driving at the time.

Harbour Bridge, Sydney - September 2014

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Anniversary year

Head down, walking briskly,
Thoughts on the tasks ahead and muttering about my sore knee.

Then I stopped and looked up.

In front of me was the Manly Cenotaph.

Names of those who fell,
From the Boer War to Afghanistan, cover all sides of the monument.
People who once lived in this area who went away to fight
and didn't come home.
So many names.

I stopped muttering about my knee.

Manly - August 2014.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Love in a coffee cup

Said Coffee 1 to Coffee 2
"My darling Coffee, I will love you forever".

Said Coffee 2 to Coffee 1
"I'm not a coffee, I'm a swan".

So much for love.

Leichardt - June 2014

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Teddy tree

Walking to the bus stop recently,
I spied some cute creatures climbing trees.

A cheerful sight on a grey day.
C'est tout.

North Manly - July 2014

Friday, September 26, 2014

Melbourne trip part 2

As the days get a little longer and a tiny bit warmer (but no less wet)
and my thoughts turn to Spring,
it has been nice looking back on my Winter holiday with my loved ones,
revisiting old places
and exploring new ones.

Below are the shots from the final day in Melbourne.

My sister and I found an old friend.

Someone we hadn't seen since we were much smaller.

I seem to remember that we didn't have as much trouble climbing him way back then.
Our limbs may be longer, but they're much stiffer.

Then it was time for a tram ride to St Kilda.

We found a communal garden, 
Wandered past the Palais Theatre and Luna Park.
I was on a mission.

Daughter forgot her jacket,
She borrowed mine,
I borrowed hubby's, 
Hubby was frozen.
I used that as an excuse to buy myself a new jacket.

Makes perfect sense.

I needed it too because after that we walked down to the beach.

Back to Acland Street for hot chocolate.
And a choice of music.

 I would like to come back on a sunny day and play at Luna Park.

 But I might give this a miss.

More night time exploring.
One last look at China Town.
And I discovered a religion I would like to follow.

Melbourne - July 2014

Hope you enjoyed my final Melbourne post . We are returning from our little trip to South Australia tonight, and soon I shall take you on a tour of Adelaide.  But after I get some sleep and upload the photos. 

Sunday, September 21, 2014


Time to take a little break from Melbourne town.
Don't worry - we will be going back soon.

As I mentioned in the previous post, I took my daughter, sister and niece on a little side trip to Mt Buller for some fun in the snow.
Hubby and father elected to stay in Melb - muttering something about record shops, haircuts, having a beer and needing some alone time.
Goodness knows why...........
Poor step-mum had to work.
Never mind.

It was the first time my sister and niece had seen snow (doesn't seem to be any in Queensland where they live), and they were very excited.
Daughter and I were old hands - at snow play and tobogganing that is, never seemed to get around learning to ski..........

We hit the toboggan slope

And I remembered I was reallllllly bad at tobogganing.

After that, hot chocolate was the order of the day.
Sister wanted to explore the village and shop.
It was nice to get into the warmth after I had filled my snow pants.
With snow.
Just though I'd better clarify that.

We built a snowman (Olaf style)
and I discovered my camera has a snow mode!!!!
Artistic shots of nature and snow for everyone!

Daughter got cheeky.

And we discovered the artistic ability of other snow punters.

 A very full day and we were all very tired.
But at least we got some sleep on the 4 hour bus ride back to Melbourne.

Mt Buller, Victoria - July 2014

Addit: Tomorrow we leave for another short family trip.  But don't worry my friends, I have scheduled posts to amuse you while I'm away.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Melbourne trip part 1

Too many photos to put in one post.
And too many things to talk about.

So I'll be brief.

After our stop in Ballarat we spent a few days in Melbourne
with a small side trip to the snow
but more on that later.

I haven't been to Melbourne since about 1976 and was very excited to be there again.
We spent the first day exploring and getting our Melbourne legs.
And shopped.
A lot.

Next day met up with family and took in the Dreamworks exhibition.
And shopped.
And ate.
A lot.

Day 3 sister, daughter, niece and I went to the snow.
Where we played.
And shopped.
And ate.
A lot.

Day 4 consisted of eating, more exploring and finding an old friend.

Here are some touristy shots from the first couple of days.
When we walked and walked, crossed bridges, climbed aboard a very squashy tourist tram, lunched at Young and Jackson - just downstairs from where Chloe lives, and I got to say "meet you under the clocks"


Getting around was easy.
We were spoilt for choice when it came to transport.


We explored laneways and arcades.
And um shopped
a bit.....
And ate
a bit more...........

We explored again at night.
Looking at all the places with their party lights on.
And even the street art put on a show.
So much happening and so much to see.
We felt quite comfortable and safe walking around at night.  Something that doesn't happen in Sydney.

Melbourne, Victoria - July 2014

Thursday, September 11, 2014

A contrast in moods and sounds

A quiet drive through the Victorian countryside

Misty stillness outside.
Peaceful and surreal.

Sounds emanating from daughter's iPad in back seat.
Not so peaceful. 

Victoria - July 2014

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Tram ride

Shall we catch a tram into town?
Or possibly a picnic by the beach?

Rattle rattle clang clang

Smokers please use rear platform only,
and if you insist on riding the running boards it will set you back £20.

Ballarat Tramway Museum - Ballarat, Victoria - July 2014
First picture courtesy of Ballarat Tramway Museum website.


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