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Dec 29, 2013 - Melbourne

Wow- at last time to catch my breath and update my progress Melbourne Day 1 26th December 2013 The weather is warm and sunny so I decided to check out the MCG in Yarra Park on Day 1 of the Fourth Ashes Test Match. I walked along the Yarra River, to get an early view of the city. The atmosphere was electric at the ground as England were batting first. I spent some time in the fanzone watching the big screen. Then off to the other side of the tracks, to Melbourne Park the famous tennis complex where Andrew Murray will attempt to win the...

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Dec 28, 2013 - Prelude to Sri Lanka

The time fast approaches when we leave in the middle of Sunday night to go to the airport for our 3.35 am flight. Have we packed? No. Are we anywhere near ready to go? No. The really good news is that we received an email from Emirates this morning offering the four of us a $200 upgrade to Business Class for our Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur flight. It didn't take us long to decide it was worth every cent for the 8 hour flight. Kevin was a bit reluctant - he's travelled First Class and Business Class so often it's not so exciting for him. But...

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Sri Lanka 2014

Dec 24, 2013 - Christmas Day 2013

Christmas Day in Melbourne and the weather is finally exactly what we expected. We made a vist to. Michael's brother Andrew, wife Tania, Jack, Kate, Max in their new house. Along with Pam we enjoyed a super seafood platter and a glass of champagne! Back to Charlotte and Michael's where we cooked veal chops and lamb fillets with salad and honey parsnips too. Delicious! Pavlova with straws and various creams - also great. I do really see the benefits of a warm December now. Children delighted with their presents from Santa as well as from...

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Dec 24, 2013 - All organised for Christmas day

It is Christmas eve day and the weather is finally bucking up for us for Christmas Day. Food and drink are bought and garden ready for a hot day BBQ! .... including buying a gazebo for shade and KT and Andy's Xmas present of a new BBQ. Katie has invited 3 friends for Christmas who are in Melbourne without family so there will be quite a crowd here to make it feel more like Christmas which will be nice. We started the holiday mood and end of work with a carol concert in Melbourne Cathedral on Friday evening and a family walk in the Dandenong...

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Dec 23, 2013 - The Grampians

The Grampians So, up early this morning as we had planned to drive out past Ballarat to the Grampian Hills, known by the aboriginals as 'Gariwerd'. We set off, across the West Gate bridge out of Melbourne and along the Western Freeway. The first part of the journey was through vast fields, all brown and dry. The road was good, mostly dual carriageway but with a speed limit of either 100 or 110 kph. The weather wasn't brilliant with occasional rain showers and pretty dull. Our first stop was Ballarat. One of the 'gold' towns, it had some...

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off we go!

Dec 23, 2013 - Melbourne Sunday

Sunday sleep-in. The Auction Rooms for breakfast and wet-coffee jeans. But the courteous easy-marking, coffee-spilling man paid for my breakfast. Headed into town on a tram and bought new black jeans and another pair of black pants from Just Jeans. To the State library and a couple of hours looking up T.Geddes White and his miscreant son, Eustace. Back to North Melbourne, pizza and chocolate and a glass owing for dinner.

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Anne's world trip

Dec 22, 2013 - Melbourne 2

Melbourne 2 We returned to the apartment, Jack had arranged to meet some friends and we caught the tram to the Queen Victoria Market for the night market. It was buzzing! Food smells and barbecue smoke wafted around and many, many people. We decided on Moo-Baa-Cluck for burgers which were delicious though it was a bit of a struggle to finish them! We wandered around the rest of the market but didn't see anything we liked, probably a bit too trendy for us! Slow walk back to the apartment and bed. Late morning and walked up to the QV market...

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Dec 21, 2013 - How to make friends and influence people

After the nice barbeque at johnnies house, where we got to meet lots of his local friends, everyone had left by the time I awoke. Nate and Anita had both gone by plane to Auckland and by bus to Adelaide respectively, and Gemma had booked onto a great ocean road trip, which also left very early. I was thus left to my own devices, and as such, I decided to try and look around the Albert park race circuit again! I did at least half of the track this time, although I did stop to watch some teenage kids playing a cricket match (not sure who was...

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Fly on the Wall

Dec 19, 2013 - Back from Sydney and some Xmas shopping

Having arrived slightly later than hoped and taking a scenic route home we were welcomed by Michael and a simple supper of soup and bread and cheese. Hair attended to by Jo with 11 years unreconstructed accent from Nantwich and then off to shop at Southland. With all the others escaping the suddenly soaring heat - 37 deg. Bought an appropriate hard side pool as well as a jacket for T to wear at MCG on 28 Dec. To Rachel and Andrew for pool for children and wine and snacks for us. A lovely interlude telling stories and enjoying company....

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Dec 19, 2013 - Getting organised for Christmas... very odd in the heat!

The weather has been very mixed over the last two weeks we have been in Melbourne and when not raining it has been a very pleasant temperature between 18 to 25C with a cool breeze. This has allowed us to do what we want any time which has included walking to the local shopping centre " the Glen" along interesting paths, cycling along the many cycle trails around and swimming in the 50m open air swimming pool which is just over the road from where Katie and Andy live. The bird life around where they live is different and quite noisy at times...

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Dec 18, 2013 - The Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road A late breakfast while we finally decided what we should do. Should we go down the Great Ocean Road or just to the Mornington Peninsula and do the Great Ocean Road the following day? We decided on the Great Ocean Road, walked across the river to collect the hire car and we were off. A bit of a drag down past Geelong and on to Torquay, but Torquay was lovely and the sun came out. We had a really nice bite to eat at a little cafe then carried on down the Road. It has wonderful scenery, the ocean was so blue and the...

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Dec 18, 2013 - Melbourne

Finally, after 48 hours travelling, we arrived in Melbourne. Easy clearance through immigration and customs, transfer to downtown with a very talkative driver, and we arrived at the apartment we'd rented. The apartment was fine. Carolyn (Caz), Ruth's niece, came round shortly after we arrived and we all went food shopping - to the Victoria Market; quite a change from the markets we'd visited in SE Asia. We bought what we needed for a couple of days, which included some large steaks which again would be a change from all the chopped up food...

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