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
We pass lots of Yarra Valley Vineyards
Some with home paddock sheep to keep the grass down – some bigger establishments without!
There are definite signs of Winter along the way when you look at some of the big deciduous trees favoured in this area
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??
Loads of cars in the car park
Looks like the cold 5c/41f weather hasn’t deterred too many.and this is what we have come to see
I’ll leave it there and come back another day
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.