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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...Jump to full entry
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.Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
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....Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
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...Jump to full entry
Dec 13, 2013 - Summer loving!
Thursday, Nate, Gemma and I awoke about the same time, and headed down for breakfast. Whilst debating what to do, we noticed a sign in reception for a free walking tour to the queen Victoria markets in the city. Collectively we decided that this a good idea, so we headed of with our tour guide torrie. The markets were housed in a Victorian style brick building (appropriately for the name and the state!), and was a selection of small permanent delis, fruit and veg market stalls, and some cheap clothing and tat stalls! I picked up a pair of...Jump to full entry
To Hat Yai. We hired a car via the hotel, to do this journey as it seemed to become more complicated the more people we spoke to and journey times and the cost of doing it changed from person to person. Anyway the car, a very comfortable 10 seater minibus arrived on time, we piled in and off we went. Apart from a couple of small cities we mostly passed through countryside. Some stunning karst scenery around Krabi, and miles and miles of either rubber plantations or palm trees (for Palm oil). The occasionally banana patch, some pineapple...Jump to full entry
Dec 10, 2013 - Did I get on the wrong flight?!
We returned to Darwin all very tired, but we managed to try and meet up for a quick meal, before everyone headed their separate ways the following morning. As such, it was johnnie, myself and Steph (75% of the remaining Brits) who headed out for a coffee before Steph had to get her flight. When she went at 12pm, johnnie and I headed back to the hostel for a shower and some food, to get out of the heat! Sadly though, the heat didn't relent for a while, so I was forced to endure the cricket...which due to England's deficiencies, was very...Jump to full entry