Daily Life, Victoria

Round and Round and Round we go……

We call the place where roads meet and cross an intersection.  Some are simple like T junctions or Y junctions/Forks or busy like some Crossroads.  Lots of busy intersections are controlled by traffic lights but there are others that require a Roundabout which is sort of like a circular intersection where all the traffic in one direction round a central island.

As you can see in this moving diagram (below) we drive on the left here in Australia so following the road rules means we give way to all traffic on the roundabout coming from our right.

300px-UK_Roundabout_8_Cars

This (below) is a diagram of a busy intersection close to where I live – it’s a series of roundabouts – in fact it’s three roundabouts – put there to supposedly allow traffic on five roads to merge without any problems or hassles for the drivers!  I would pass through/go round this intersection about twice a week – in both directions.

five ways

So giving way to traffic on my right means that some of the times I use this ***** intersection it is so **** busy it’s often nigh on impossible 😦

On my way out I’m usually driving down Cambridge Road (bottom right) needing to go round the big circle in front of me, then skirt the smaller one across the way to make my way down Manchester Road.  That means I would look to my right to see what’s coming down Hull Road and also what’s approaching the smaller ‘circle’ at Manchester Road.

That traffic could be turning left into Hull Road or left into Cambridge Road (where I’m waiting) or even carrying on past me.

Until I see their indicators I have no idea about where they intend to go or even if they know where they are going.

That’s if they have their indicators on at all lol

When it’s busy I sit and wait and also look across the roundabout to see if anything is making it’s way round it – any traffic at the roads on my right will have to give way and wait until it’s passed, in which case I have time to get onto the roundabout and make my way to my exit.

But wait – even tho’ I’m off and running and on my way round to Manchester Road I still have to keep an eye on traffic coming down Hull Road in the right hand lane because it could be turning right to go round the ‘little’ circle and into Manchester Road as well.  In which case I’ll have to stop at the road markings and give way to them.

However on those days when it all seems to be too much I’ve turned left and driven ‘back’ to the first roundabout (the one on my left) taken the right hand lane at the bottom of the Croydon end of Hull Road, driven past Lincoln Road which is on my left then sailed on past my usual ‘big one’ and taken the left exit into Manchester Road.

Only thing is that this method can have it drawbacks as I can get held up giving way to traffic coming round from Cambridge Road (the place I’ve just given up on because I couldn’t find a break in the traffic) and also got caught up in Hull Road traffic turning right.

I almost give a sigh of relief if I can see no other cars as I make my way down Cambridge Road – with several schools in Hull Road I try very hard to avoid the kiss and ride parent times before 9am and after 3pm!

The thing is you can’t win with this intersection – and there’s no point in chucking a wobbly and chancing your luck as right there on the corner of Hull and Cambridge Road (the building with the light coloured roof in the picture below) is the
Mooroolbark Police Station! 🙂

Five ways 2

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Five Ways
One of Melbourne’s unusual roundabouts – located between Hull Road, Lincoln Road, Manchester Road and Cambridge Road.  It consists of three consecutive roundabouts which if used according to road rules works well but can be quite daunting to those who do not know the area.  It was designed to eliminate accidents caused by drivers failing to give way to those coming from adjoining streets.
source

Australia, Travel, Victoria

Eyes down and looking…..

Andrew High Riser featured the Block Arcade in one of his recent posts which reminded me of how long it was since we’d actually slowed down and taken in the sights of Melbourne.
January 2010 to be precise!

After finishing off some business in the city The Golfer and I had some time to spare before heading home and found ourselves following the crowd into the Block Arcade.  Here in Melbourne we have several of these little quaint arcades in the city centre and this one has to be the best.

Block Arcade is a heritage shopping arcade in Melbourne Victoria.
Melbourne’s Golden Mile heritage walk runs through the arcade
It forms a short, narrow laneway, connecting Collins Street to Little Collins Street in the central business district of Melbourne.
It is also connected to Elizabeth Street in the west, thus, forming a L-shaped arcade and connecting to Block Place through to the Royal Arcade

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Block_Arcade,_Melbourne

block signlink

Built in the 1890s – supposedly so ladies could shop in comfort (and safety) away from extremes of weather we get here in Melbourne.  Seemingly it was the meeting place of Melbourne with a reputation as the most popular place to been seen and shop.

“The arcade was a new shopping phenomenon – the arcade. Modelled on those developed in great European cities such as Milan, Paris and London, arcades were clean and modern, and protected the shopper from the heat, dust, rain and mud of the city streets.  Their architectural design facilitated new ways to display and purchase fancy goods. At this time, changes in manufacturing and higher wages made luxury more accessible than ever.  The modern shopping arcade enabled the buyer to indulge in the pleasures of looking, touching and contemplating goods without any pressure to make a purchase. Browsing became an accepted and expected pastime, and evolved into new leisure behaviour. A commodity that was no longer just a necessity but a thing of beauty, something to ponder and desire.”

http://www.theblockarcade.com.au/index.php/history-of-the-block-arcade

Nowadays you will find lots of little coffee shops (one of the originals, the Hopetoun Tea Rooms is still there) and other rather expensive exclusive boutique type shops.

All very nice to look at – Enter if you dare lol

We were there at a busy time and there always seemed to be someone in the way so I couldn’t get any photos of the shop windows but look at the beautiful glass canopy up top (being early January the decorations were still there).
click to enlarge
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What did catch my eye was the flooring – Look at the beautiful tiled floor- Seemingly the largest area in Australia – Imagine being part of the staff trying to keep it shiny and clean lol

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and this huge circular piece is at one end under the glass dome.

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glass domelink

Haigh’s Chocolates have a fabulous shop at one end of the arcade where they sell their very exclusive hand made chocolates – the sort of shop I’ll never pass by.    Glancing in the window, the sprig of Wattle that caught my eye then the display above it.

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For sale – Quandong filled choccies – $109.00 per kilo (2.2lbs!)

That was when I remembered the saying:
A moment on the lips – a lifetime on your hips
and walked away 🙂

Links with loads of historical information and more beautiful photos:

http://www.whitehat.com.au/melbourne/Places/Block.asp

http://www.theblockarcade.com.au/

http://www.melbourneplaces.com/melbourne/the-block-arcade-%E2%80%93-downtown-melbourne-cbd/

http://melbournecurious.blogspot.com.au/2010/07/block-arcade-introduction.html

http://www.thatsmelbourne.com.au/Placestogo/MelbourneLandmarks/Historic/Pages/6062.aspx

 

 

 

 

Daily Life, Victoria, Weather

I don’t think so…..

Wouldn’t this be lovely?

At the beach – Vickie Wade
 link

At the beach Vickie WadeAt the beach 2 Vickie Wade

Weather at Frankston beach at the moment is 7c/44f
High of 10c/51f and a chance of a shower or two

It’s even colder at our place plus
there’s an awful icy southerly wind blowing out there

Shall we go to the beach – no, I don’t think so.
Not just yet 🙂

Daily Life, Victoria

Are you a hibernator or an insulator?…..

Are you a hibernator or an insulator?

A question asked of me the other day to which I replied – it depends on the day.
Cold wet and miserable – I’m certainly a hibernator
staying inside with the fire going to keep me warm.
Cold sunny and dry – I try to be an isulator
outside enjoying the day, wrapped up to keep warm!

Sunday morning was cold and frosty but oh so sunny with hardly a cloud in the sky – not a chance of showers anywhere in the state.
Looks like it’s an insulator day 🙂

Such a shame to miss one of those glorious precious Winter’s days so what do we do but pop out to Healesville to see how much water was in the Maroondah Dam.  Yes, such is the way of we older ones who look for ‘thrills’ on the cheap lol

Two minutes out of Lilydale and onto the Maroondah Highway
for a short half hour drive.  Trivia fact here – MH was originally called Three Chain Road because it was 66 yards (60 m) wide!

Photos were taken out of what turned out to be a grubby windscreen – they do look much better if you enlarge them.  With all this on my doorstep you’ll get the idea of why I love living out here in the eastern suburbs

Maroondah Highway

We pass lots of Yarra Valley Vineyards
Some with home paddock sheep to keep the grass down – some bigger establishments without!

Some with a few home paddocks sheep

Some without

There are definite signs of Winter along the way when you look at some of the big deciduous trees favoured in this area

Leafless trees signs of winter

Through the busy little town of Healesville, set in the foothille of the Great Dividing Range, busy on a Sunday same as any day, but see the trees are bare on one side of the street but not the other – must have a different micro climate. More sun more shade??

Healesville trafficHealesville Grand Hotel

Loads of cars in the car park
Looks like the cold 5c/41f weather hasn’t deterred too many.Dam car parkand this is what we have come to see

Maroondah Dam Aug 2014

I’ll leave it there and come back another day
Cathy

Alphabet Blogging, Fun, Victoria

E is for………………….

My goodness it seems like it was only yesterday and I was talking about letters of the alphabet with Mum.
So today for the letter E – we could look at Entertainment, Exercise, Enjoyment
But no, today I have chosen – Entrances and Exits.

A few years ago (2010) I had to go up to the city – I had some time to spare so was able to have a look at (and photograph) some marvellous Entrances and Exits in the city known in the late 1800s as Marvellous Melbourne

Flinders Street Station
One of our most easily recognised Entrance and Exits
right on the intersection of Flinders Street, Swanston Street and St Kilda Road.

Flinders Street Station

For many years this was the place to meet
‘Meet you on the steps under the clocks’
was the saying.
the clocks were related to each of the train lines
and gave the time of the next one on that line
as well as the platform it would  leave from
Like many things these days they have been replaced
by an electronic board inside the forecourt 🙂

Flinders Street Station 1

Across the road on one of the corners of Swanston Street
is St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral
photo source

St Pauls Cathedral

This is the Great West Door from the street
(strange angle I know but the footpath wasn’t level!)

Cathedral GWD 1

Closer view2 GWD close

and from the inside looking out showing off the beautiful stain glass3 GWD Inside

Just up Swanston Street on the same side you’ll find
Melbourne Town Hall
photo sourcemelbourne-australia-townhall

The large entrance is surrounded by pillars and posts
(and people passing by lol)

Town Hall Almost directly across the road is the heritage listed Manchester Unity Building
photo sourceManchester_Unity_Building

just inside in the lobby was this banks of doors – (entrances and exits??)
Of course they are for the Lifts
or Elevators as they are called in some parts of the world.

Imagine waiting there and being able to admire the handiwork of the doors as well as the mosaic mural of the shield and motto of the company.

Lifts Man Unity Building

Lift door

Then it’s across the road to Collins Street
to see the heritage listed Regent Theatre 

exterior regent theatre melbourne photo source

with its glamorous wide stepped entrance foyer.
We’ve been to many shows here and it is a grand special feeling walking through those doors at the top – one of the nicest theatres in town

Regent Theatre stairs

Chandeliers and the beautiful window above the doors !

Regent Theatre  Window

Time to make our way home and for some its time for a drink.
Well not for me – but right acoss from the station is Young and Jacksons

Young and Jacksons

photo source
Ready to quench the thirst of many a worker on a hot day
Home to Chloe

I just looked at the door
and wondered who walked in and out on their way to the station that hot day 🙂Young and Jackson

Do pop over to Mum’s blog and see what others have written about the letter E

Birds, Daily Life, Nature Notes, Victoria

Visitors of the native kind………..

This is for Dianne
October 2011 – Far eastern suburbs of Melbourne
Foothills of the Dandenong Ranges

Look what was on the front grass when I got home one afternoon
Oh yes, there are times of the year when our grass is an unintentional special mix of dandelions and daisies –  But that’s not what I’m showing you lol

1There they are
A pair of Crimson Rosellas looking for something tasty to eat

Yes thats what I saw

Not too concerned to begin with
Nice dandelion clock there full of seeds!

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Almost like staues – Eyes straight ahead
showing off their beautiful red heads and blue speckled wings and back

5

Uh Oh Looks like I’ve been sprung

3

The one closest to the car carried on moving about and munching
but wasn’t sure if he saw anything or not

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Plenty to eat here but they left soon after

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I’d turned the engine off and coasted down the drive
Then took these through the closed window
hence the different colour on the grass in some.

Crimson Rosella
Scientific Name:
Platycercus elegans
Featured bird groups:
Parrots

The first is full size but the others have been cropped
Hope you enjoy them 🙂

Linking with Michelle at Nature Notes

nature-notes

Blogging, Victoria, Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday ……..They grow ’em big in this suburb

Do they really have much bigger children in this suburb?
(Playground behind the library, Mooroolbark)

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As compared to this one?
(Playground at Elizabeth Bridge Reserve, Kilsyth)

1Seems Bird Nest Swings come in all shapes and sizes!!

Wordless Wednesday occurs all over the internet each Wednesday, when bloggers let photos speak for themselves.

See what others have ‘to say’ wordlessly

at My little drummer boys HERE

at Wordless Wednesday HERE

Daily Life, Victoria, Weather

Looks a bit like rain……..

I had to pop down to Boronia this morning and stopped where there is an opening on the side of Liverpool Road to catch this photo of the clouds over the hills.  Mmmmm, I thought to myself maybe ‘they’ve’ got it right for a change – it’s getting quite dark and there might be little bit of rain on its way.

~ The Dandenong from Liverpool Road ~ cloud over the masts ~ February 2014
~ The Dandenong from Liverpool Road ~ cloud over the masts ~ February 2014

Half an hour later down came a few drops so I stopped on the way home to peer through the mucky windscreen at the dark rain laden clouds over a the Dandenongs.  Of course this time its from a different angle.

~ The Dandenongs from Liverpool Road  ~ February 2014
~ The Dandenongs from Liverpool Road ~ February 2014

‘They’ did get it right because I spent the rest of the day listening to the rain bucketing down outside accompanied by thunder and lightning lol

Then as it grew chillier and I put on more clothes I remembered a sunny day two years before when I took a similar photograph of the same view

~ The Dandenongs from Liverpool Road ~ April 2012
~ The Dandenongs from Liverpool Road ~ April 2012

How good are your forecasters at getting it right?

Daily Life, Living, Victoria

Word of Mouth advertising………………..

Whilst we were in Singapore we once again stayed in a hotel at the top end of Orchard Street, very reasonably priced and a favourite with Australian tourists as well as aussie business men/women.  Chatting to someone at breakfast in the Cafe one morning we discovered he was a ‘local’ to us living near Healesville in the Yarra Valley – local being about a 20 minute drive from our home and the place where The Golfer golfs.

Amongst some of the things we discussed (his Chinese contacts who were involved with the wine industry, the weather, the new Australian government to name a few lol) were cafes, coffee shops and restaurants in the valley particularly ones springing up in Healesville itself, one of which was new to us called Essenza.  On Main Street he said – look for the hole in the wall like an arcade and they serve great coffe!  ‘Word of mouth’ recommendations are usually good tips so we drove out there the other day and walked down Main Street looking for the cafe.

Healesville isn’t a large place (a couple of years ago the pop. was about 6,000) – it’s on the Maroondah Highway about 50kms away from Melbourne city centre – close enough to get to ‘the big city’ for business and far enough away to attract visitors out to the forests and wineries in the area.  There is also lots of through traffic especially in the winter time making its way out to the ski fields at Lake Mountain then through Mansfield to the resort at Mt Buller – hence its abundance of places to eat.

Get your foodie fix in Healesville, a regional food and wine hub surrounded by stunning scenery
http://www.visitvictoria.com/Regions/Yarra-Valley-and-Dandenong-Ranges/Destinations/Healesville
http://www.travelvictoria.com.au/healesville/

 Moving on down – lots of food places to be seen – lots of traffic on the road.  Don’t forget these photos will enlarge with a click.

Top end of Main Street Healesville
Top end of Main Street Healesville
Is it a dog or a horse??
Is it a dog or a horse??

It’s a nice street to wander down – people nod and say hello – even bring their horse like dogs to town (isn’t he a beauty) Don’t they feed them at home??

And of course you can always eat and drink at the pub – this one is famous

The Grand Hotel Healesville
The Grand Hotel Healesville

Pottering on down the street looking for an alleyway near an estate agent – this might be it ‘cept it’s not very wide

Looking good
Looking good
Gosh it's not very wide !
Gosh it’s not very wide !

Might take a step back for another look

Looking better!
Looking better!

Waiting for 2 flat whites and chocolate filled croissants – yes I know CFCs aren’t on the menu at home but that doesn’t mean to say they can’t be eaten elsewhere lol

Books and papers to read - music to listen too as well :)
Books and papers to read – music to listen too as well 🙂
Latte Art on top and hot as well!
Latte Art on top and hot as well!

Here’s the coffee – nice tasting and hot.  Shame we had to remind them about the rest of the order 😦

http://www.essenzayarravalley.com.au/
http://www.visityarravalley.com.au/accom_result1/essenza-yarra-valley/
You can read about Essenza in the above links
I know all our tastes are different – Doesn’t always follow
that what you enjoy I will enjoy
In this case I do believe word of mouth advertising/recommendation was good.

Victoria, Weather

Summer has definitely arrived ………

Yesterday was hot – very hot – I even turned on the airconditioning,

The Golfer and I drove down to a cinema complex close to home thinking it would be a good day to see a new release (The Book Thief).  Didn’t even get our tickets – the owner was warning customers he had problems with the generator servicing that particular theatrette in the complex (In Australia and New Zealand a small and simple theater, particularly one contained within a larger venue, is a theatrette.) and he was waiting for a new generator to be delivered.
Pay and enter at your own risk and level of comfort he said – we came home and will pop back tomorrow lol

Today is Wednesday 15 January 2014:

It would appear summer has definitely arrived 🙂
Victoria declared a Total Fire Ban Day
We have an expected high temperature of 41c/105f
The uv index is predicted to reach 12 (extreme)
Dry Lightning has been a problem causing fires in the state
Weather stations, radio stations and newspapers are suggesting heatwave conditions.

It-certainly-feels-like-that-here

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-01-15/fire-crews-on-alert-as-south-east-australia-sizzles-in-heatwave/5200424

Heatwave
In Australia a heat wave is defined as five consecutive days at or above 35 °C (95 °F), or three consecutive days at or over 40 °C (104 °F).
http://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/melbourne-starts-its-most-intense-heatwave-in-102-years/26402

Dry Lightning
Dry lightning is a term which is used to refer to lightning strikes occurring without significant precipitation.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dry_lightning

http://www.news.com.au/national/victoria/dry-lightning-sparks-256-fires-in-victoria-amid-heatwave/story-fnii5sms-1226801958693

http://www.3aw.com.au/blogs/3aw-news-blog/dry-lightning-concerns-ahead-of-another-scorcher/20140114-30rwi.html

Fires/Bushfire
Bushfires in Australia, are generally defined as any uncontrolled, non-structural fire burning in a grass, scrub, bush, or forested area. Australia
http://www.abc.net.au/melbourne/bushfires/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bushfires_in_Australia

UV Index
The ultraviolet index or UV Index is an international standard measurement of the strength of the ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun at a particular place on a particular day.
http://www.weatherzone.com.au/uv-index/vic/melbourne/melbourne
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultraviolet_index

Total Fire Ban
During a Total Fire Ban you are not allowed to light, maintain or use a fire in the open air, or to carry out any activity in the open air that causes, or is likely to cause, a fire.

http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/warnings-restrictions/total-fire-bans-and-ratings/
http://www.campertrailers.org/total_fire_ban.htm

Looks like it’s going to be hot here again today 🙂
What’s it like at your house today??
Hot or Cold??

Daily Life, Victoria, Weather

Just a Chance of showers

On a day when there was just a chance of showers The Golfer and I took a drive – along the Maroondah Highway to a little spot a short distance past Healesville.  Just a quiet country drive – after all the weather man had said there was just a chance of showers – and it was just to get us out of the house.

Maroondah Dam (Resevoir) was built in the 1920s – is capable of holding 22,000 megalitres – the surrounding grounds have been made into a park and are open to the public –  http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/maroondah-reservoir-park – it’s a great place to go for a quick visit or for a whole day.

Thats where we were heading – to see what, or if any, of the spring flowers were in bloom – to walk up the Rose Stairway to the top of the dam wall – and to see how much water is actually in the dam (always a talking point).  Should be ok as the weather man had said there was only a slight chance of showers.

All photos will enlarge with a click

Very high from where we are standing
Very high from where we are standing
Not a soul to be seen
Not a soul to be seen
Not the best day for bench sitting
Not the best day for bench sitting

So we arrive (in the rain) and realise there weren’t many cars in the car  park and there’s not a soul to be seen.  Of course the roses had been pruned but disappointingly none of the Azeleas or Rhododendrons were in flower so it was a bit bleak and wintery looking.  Oh what the heck we are here for a walk and walk we will lol

The Rose Stairway
The Rose Stairway
Walk along the top of the dam wall
Walk along the top of the dam wall

Yes it was that grey and miserable looking at the top, the mist hung everywhere  – and after that long hot spell over summer the water level is defintely down on last year.

Lovely day for ducks!
Lovely day for ducks!
Could definitely do with some more!
Could definitely do with some more!

What’s the weather like where you are – do you do country  drives  just to get out of the house ?

 

Australia, Birds, Daily Life, Live, Victoria, Weather

Today is Wednesday

It hasn’t rained today
unlike countless days last week
It has even been warm today – well warmer than last week
and so far (3pm) I haven’t had the heating on either
But possibly it just felt that way because it wasn’t raining lol

This what it looked like at 10am on Sunday morning
 Storm clouds to the front 

1 From the front wondow

Definitely black looking down the street from the front door.

2 From the front door

We had a visitor on the power line up near Bert’s house 🙂
Sulphur Crested Cockatoo

3 Cocky in the tree top

Looks like he had some mates in Bert’s other tree4 More Cocky friends

Normally they ‘hang out’ in the big gum tree at the bottom of the back garden
No idea why they took up that position 
‘cept maybe with some of the trees losing their leaves
they can see more of the neighbourhood

It was good weather for rummaging through cupboards and making decisions
Yes – the ‘do I need it’ ones 
Looking at the back seat of my car this morning
it would appear there were oodles of things I didn’t need
The things I didn’t need went to a collection van at the shopping centre

For those of you interested
the Snow Ski Season begins here in Australia in a couple of weeks 
Ski Victoria have a fairly good website
and as some of the resorts have already had falls
they are all hopeful of a good season

Mt Buller is just over a couple of hours away  
 http://www.mtbuller.com.au/Detail/Winter/Mountain/Latest-News/335
http://www.mtbuller.com.au/Winter/ 

Mt Hotham a bit further in a slightly different direction
http://www.mthotham.com.au/news/latest/MTH_News_14-May-13_14398.asp
http://www.mthotham.com.au/

 Roll on summer!!

Australia, Canada, Family, Live, Love, New Zealand, Queensland, Thoughts, Travel, Victoria, Western Australia

They come in all shapes and sizes

Close to home – they are fairly simpleMontrose and hills

 

 Montrose
Montrose Victoria (above)
Croydon Victoria (below)Croydon

Croydon close

Here are some more elaborate ones I have seen on my travels
Numurkah Victoria (below)Numerka

 Yarawonga

Yarrawonga Victoria (above)
Mareeba Queensland (below)Mareeba

And a fine one from Napier New Zealand (below)Napier

Then there are the enormous ones 
Calgary Alberta Canada (below)Calgary

 Perth Western Australia (below) Perth

There are different interpretations
like in Akaroa New Zealand
Akaroa

And Cooktown Far North Queensland
Cooktown

But all are built with the same purposeHead bowed

We will remember them

We will be on the road tomorrow making our way to Adelaide for Anzac Day (April 25th) where The Golfer once again will meet with his airforce ‘mates’ and march down King William Street honoring those who went before.

Daily Life, Reminiscing, Victoria

Last Long Weekend ’til Cup Day

In Victoria the second weekend in June is known as the Queens Birthday Long Weekend with a public holiday on the Monday (hence the long weekend, a term all Australians love lol ), it is also the traditional start to the snow ski season in Australia.  Yes, we do have mountains high enough for good snow coverage and there are some good ski resorts in various states.

Here in Victoria the closest resort to where I live would be Mount Buller about 3 hours away, an hours drive will take you to Lake Mountain a great spot for cross country skiing, while if you just want a day out for snow play Mt Donna Buang is the place to go  We even have some world and Olympic champion skiers so for a nation that only has a short ski season we don’t do too badly 🙂

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skiing_in_Australia
http://aussieskier.com/travel/trip-reports/inas-2012-world-champs/australia-first-and-fifth-in-2012-inas-world-championship-slalom/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_at_the_Winter_Olympics

So what’s that got to do with me the person who supposedly dislikes winter and all that comes with it ??  Well daft as it sounds, for some reason, I do have a liking for snow.  I have even been known to don warm clothes and get out on the slopes – yes really lol

This ‘ere photo was taken in February 1961 on the snowy slopes of the Troodos Mountains in Cyprus – in a previous life before I was married I lived there with my family (Dad was a serviceman stationed at RAF Nicosia) and the youth club would have a yearly trip up into the nearby hills.

Back then we just had a good time trudging up, skiing down and enjoying a picnic lunch but skiing has become far more popular so now there are proper runs and facilities.  And yes, with the beautiful mediterranean climate of Cyprus it is possible to ski in the morning and relax at the beach in the afternoon.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troodos_Mountains
http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/paradisegardens/skiing.html

This year my Queen’s Birthday Monday has been one of those not too bad, a great sunny dry but very chilly don’t go out if you don’t have to days – lots of sport on the TV so sit and watch it days – raid the freezer for pre cooked weeks ago meals days – it’s the last public holiday until Cup Day in November and thats only in the Metro area so enjoy it days – ‘cose tomorrow will come soon enough days lol

What have you been doing on this second Monday of June 2012
Skiing or Subathing?

11/30 June Post a Day

Daily Life, Victoria

We tried – honestly, we did

We tried – honestly we did
It’s sort of an unknown fact
that along with the Melbourne Cup
it’s your national duty
for you to listen or watch the cricket
especially the Boxing Day Test
The time between Christmas and New Year
is when we rest and relax
For the majority its time to unwind
before the hassles of the next year begin
For our Test cricketers its business as usual
Some may say it’s been a busy year for them
This schedule shows they started the year in Pakistan
and then travelled the world plying their trade
against England (aka The Poms) here in Austalia
Our national team has been trying their best to win them back
but it really hasn’t gone the way they hoped
As I say
We tried – honestly, we did
and don’t take me as a bad loser
(even tho’ we haven’t really lost yet)
but it just became an embarrassment
Yesterday we turned the tv off 
fed up with watching all those strange
very noisy (barmy) white skined supporters
who are gradually turning pink with sunburn
from all the time they are spending in the sun
yelling and singing 
just like they are at a soccer match 
(and whoever gave that man a trumpet needs to be shot)
Runs weren’t scored – wickets fell – there was a run out
England now need to take 3 wickets
and they have retained the Ashes
To clear our mind of all those problems
we went for a drive up into the nearby hills
The weather was great
The afternoon out involved some walking
Down broad paths in the forest
and up rough steps near our goal
Water was involved
but I’ll leave that for another day lol
Australia, Victoria

Watery views

Like I was telling you recently (and just about every other Aussie Blogger has been saying so as well) here in Australia we’ve had an awful lot of water falling from the sky.  Ours has been coming down in great big wet drops, splashing on the ground and laying around, unlike the stuff in the Northern Hemisphere where it’s coming down as fluffy white bits landing softly and also laying around.  Up there and down here it has got beyond a joke and is causing all sorts of problems.  Floods for us – Snowstorms for them – it almost seems as tho’ someone has had it in for all of us lol

Anyway, not content with seeing it coming down from the sky for goodness knows how long Dh has been treating me to day trips to see it from a different angle.  Before Christmas we had that day down at the beach and down at the cape- then Christmas Day he took me out to see a small waterfall in our Yarra Ranges National Park close to Healesville. 
I did show you some of this in an earlier post – see here
hopefully you won’t feel cheated and that this post will be as interesting as the previous one

To actually get to the National Park gates we had to cross a ford on Donnelly Creek – and because of all the rain we’ve had there was a fair bit of water laying there.


Its a funny feeling when you are approaching a ford
and wondering what you are going to find.
Wondering how much water there is there and how deep its going to be
Maybe I’ll be able to judge more easily if I get a bit closer
And then the relief that the car doesn’t have a problem as you are travelling through it
Now we come to the actual Weir itself
This photo of Donnelly Weir taken in 2007
We were in drought at the time so there wasn’t much water going over it
And heres what it looked like on Christmas Day
All this area was burnt out during the Black Saturday Bushfires February 2009
but has made remarkable regrowth helped along by all the rain we’ve had this year
If you look at this website
  You will see more photos of the area in drier times
Australia, Victoria, Watery Wednesday

What goes down often comes back up again

Strange title
Bet you are wondering what I’m on about lol
Thought you’d like to see a series of photos taken the day we went to Cape Schank
The cost of a Lighthouse tour was a bit prohibitive for all of us
so we chose to walk down the boardwalk
and look at the tip of the Cape and Pulpit Rock from the beach
So here we are about to begin our decent 
See the black line – it shows where we had to walk
Click the photo and enlarge to follow us
all the way to the rocks below
Half way down and theres the Lighthouse up on the hill
with the rocky coast below
Made it to the bottom
and theres Pulpit Rock round the corner
It was too slippery to walk all the way round
What comes in
Usually goes out
 Now for hard part – going back up
I can tell you that the last set of steps
back up to the top was a killer
We are planning to go back down again
this summer if the weather is good
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Day out down by the beach

The weather man seems to be getting it right this week
and I’m pleased about that
Fine dry days – a bit blowy but basically good
Just as well because we’d sort of promised
one of our families who’d gone away for the week
we’d pop down to where they were and see them
because they won’t be home for Christmas Day
They had taken a week at a resort just over an hours drive from home
Yes, we will go away that close to home
if the accomodation is down by the beach lol
So yesterday (Thursday) Dh and I
popped all their pressies into the car
and made the long journey
way down to the Mornington Peninsula
We met up with them at Rosebud 
and walked out along the very windy Jetty
Looked out over the water and back to land
Remembering times gone by
when we would bring the children down for the day
Then we made our way down to Cape Schank
to see the Lighthouse
We saw the  rugged coastline
Took a walk along a boardwalk – up and down many steps 
and came face to face with the stony beach down below
I’ll fill you in on our day out over the next few posts
Benches, Daily Life, My World Tuesday, Victoria

Shopping for Kiera and a look round the neighbourhood

Kiera was the centre of attention the other day.  Moulting time has started and even tho she is a short haired Burmese cat she loses great quantities of hair at this time of the year.  Cat hair all over the indoor furniture as well as the outdoor stuff she sleeps on isn’t a good look and means you have to have a good look before sitting down so for her that means more grooming this season than during the winter
As she’s been pottering around the garden a lot recently I give her a good brush and comb which luckily for me isnt a problem – she comes running when she seee the brush and almost flings herself down in front of me – and I’d far rather the fur be on a comb or brush than elsewhere – it also gives me a chance to make sure she doesn’t have any little ‘friends’ lving there either  
BTW This wasn’t a plant shot – the brush and comb were on the table before she lay down.  Ignore the ‘friend’ coming up the steps – he’s one of the magpies who think its my role to feed him lol  
So when I popped down to the pet shop in Montrose for her fresh meat supplies and saw this very useful bench outside the hall and also for the first time in a long time had my camera in the bag you know what I had to do lol. 
Painted green to match the door, window frame and railings it’s at the top of a slight rise in the footpath and I’m sure is used on a hot day to grab a little shade from the tree next door 
Then later in the day I had to go to the Vet clinic to pick up flea control supplies for her – can never be too careful.   Honestly I’m getting a bit forgetful these days I didn’t even think about doing both errand whilst I was out ealier
It was such a beautiful day to be out – full of  blue skies and sunshine
Zoomed through the streets and came out here.  Its a T junction which meant I had to cross the road to go up the hill so I had a quick glance right, then looked left thinking its so sunny I can see the hills in the distance
Then right again up the hill
Then left again to make sure all was well and I could move across the road.  Nothing there except all those lovely shadows on the ground.  This particular road (Mount Dandenong Road) is tree lined all the way down to Montrose  a couple of kilometres up the road
That’s the Vet’s clinic on the corner across the road.  Its such a lovely sight seeing the hills and the TV masts in the distance especially on a day like this with the blue skies and little cloud
When the clinc was renovated they had a mural representing the area painted on the back wall.  As well as catching your eye – good advertising – it also takes the bareness of the brick wall 
If you stand in the same spot and look down the road this is what you see – Another tree lined street lol
This is Liverpool Road and is one of the ways we take to get to Boronia
Those are two very well placed benches believe it or not ‘cose if you are walking up Liverpool Road you discover that what looks like a ‘level’ road is nothing of the sort as it has a definite incline lol
Home after that to a nice drink of tea – very refreshing.  You know we travel the world and love what we see but sometimes we forget what’s there right under our noses lol
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Benches, Daily Life, Scenic Sunday, Victoria

Tuesday October 12

We’ve had some beastly weather this past week
so I thought I’d reflect on one of the good days
but also show you a little of the area
close to where I live 
The good day was
MY Birthday lol
We (Dh and I) celebrated 
with lunch at his golf club in Healesville
a half hour drive from our house
This is the view from the Terrace
Thats the Great Dividing Range in the background 

Mt. Riddell in in the centre of the picture
Maroondah Dam is just a few kilometres up the road
and I’d heard the spillway was overflowing
This has been a rare occurance the past few years
Drought causes hardship to everyone in the country 
no matter where they live
This dam was quite low and now with all the rain
over the past few months has filled considerably
(if you wait a while you’ll see)  
but to see this happening almost brings tears to the eyes 
We decided to walk up the Rose Stairway to get to the top of the wall
Well – Dh strode up
Look at the fabulous Rhododendron still  in bloom
Heres me plodding my way up
Its those funny knees you know lol
Had a little walk along the Dam Wall
Looked over the side
and what did we see
But
Water Water everywhere
Water for the drinking of
because after treatment
it ends up being delivered in pipes to our door
This is looking towards the Outlet Tower
This is looking out to the middle of the resevoir
And to top it all off I even saw a bench
placed strategically along the walkway
There are a lot of photos on these web sites
giving all sorts of information about the dam
and the surrounding park
We have walking trails there
as well as picnic tables and BBQs
Lots of lovely space for people to have fun
If you look at the picture on the wiki site
showing the outlet tower
you will see how low it got
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