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

Daily Life, Health

Those in between days…………..

I’m talking about those precious days – the days that start with the most precious of all,  Christmas Day and end on New Years Day.  To me they are inbetween – between an ending and a beginning.
The days when the house has been cleared of all the holiday excess – the visitors have been and gone – some reminders are still there – but generally life has slowed down to almost a crawl.

Peace

So far this year there are memories of a quiet Christmas Day picnic by the river at Buxton.  On one side the Little Steavenson River, behind us the mountains, families playing and having fun at their gatherings in the park along side.
click to enlargePicnic spot

picnic spot 2MountainsFamilies

Melting moments

There has been the feel of really hot days when I thought the little snowmen as well as the kitchen window sill flowers would melt
Those have been the days of us just being lazy, listening to the Boxing Day cricket test on the radio, books and drinks at hand.  Marvelling at how quiet the neighbourhood is and of course having Kiera close at hand.

Warm sunny days

Of course we haven’t lounged around all the time – there have been slightly cooler days
some things must be done 😦
This is what I class as healing time so
Food has been simple leftovers – housework basic.
If it’s not necessary it doesn’t get done lol
Blowing in the wind

And so it goes.
The New Year will be here soon and it will be back to reality.

How do you spend those ‘in between days’