Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Goodness, what an idea

A post?

On the travel blog?

Do not get your hopes up too high, but there's so many pics I want to share with you that really should not be on my crafting/ranting blog.

Stay tuned.

Saturday, 2 July 2011

On this day...

I was looking back through some old pics and thought it might be fun to do some On This Day posts.

In 2006, I was about to leave the job that had worn me down over 8.5 years. My seventh boss in that time was my undoing. Couldn't hack breaking in yet another boss.


For me, these pics are fairly prosaic but for others? Probably exotic.



In 2007, we had been in Colorado for hmm 10 days. We went for a drive up the Poudre Canyon. I was still struggling to drive on the correct side of the road... LOL



It totally blew us away.

I so want to grow one of these - Colorado's state flower, a white and blue-mauve columbine.

More pics here.


2008? We stayed home. But we still saw some nifty stuff around this day, like Ainsley House:
(OK, I cheated, that was taken on 3rd July 2008, but then I used 4th of July photos in the 2006.)


2009... The trip to Yellowstone.

Ol' Faithful (the second one we saw in the US ;-)


But my faves are still the pics we took at the Grand Tetons on the 30th of June and the 1st of July.


(That is my desktop pic :-)


A few more pics here. I should edit the rest of the good ones cos believe it or not, there are many more where these came from. Only problem is I am not terribly discriminating.


Sunday, 24 April 2011

Topped out

What a fantastic view

From not quite the Barrington Tops, in the middle(ish) of NSW.

Monday, 11 April 2011

Sydney-itis 1

Opera house. Excuse the shiny :-)

Sunday, 4 April 2010

A drive down the peninsula

Ah what a long time between posts! Not for want of photos, mind you, more because there are so many photos to put online and yap about. And excuse the overly wide shots for this blog layout...

So a little while ago, we went for a drive


down to Heronswood, a house built in the 1860s about 80km out of Melbourne. Actually, I lie, we drove down to visit the Digger's Club nursery and have lunch at the café there. (Not many cafés have set menus of locally grown food for $50 for two courses though!)

Along the way we saw a drive in with two screens! Drive ins are a rarity these days and one iwth two screens Of course it is near the beach in a touristy sort of area...

Heronswood has a lovely view of Port Phillip, aka "the Bay." The Bay was quite calms that day and the views were amazing - much better than the camera can depict. We could see the City quite clearly (what 60km away?) and even Mt Macedon, which is well beyond the City.


Very pretty!

(Excuse the power pole in the pic :-)

We were hungry and in a hurry to get to the café... but things like this were in the way.


There's lots of gardens at Heronswood but we didn't have time to go and look at them. We just saw the gardens around the café. We were hungry, remember? DH was galloping to the café and MiL was not far behind.

The café prides itself on using locally grown produce, including herbs and bits and bobs from borders like these:
(The bees were going nuts over the allium flowers. Totally nuts!)

My entrée (note that entrées are well entrées in Australia, not main meals). Swanky! My first ever terrine :-)

Mmm, lunch!

After lunch, I admired the kapok trees

and we visited the nursery and bought waaay too many fruit trees. DH has ideas of being self sufficient. I have images of every rainbow lorikeet and flying fox on the eastern seaboard eating our fruit before we get to!

On the way home, we popped into a winery - FiL had very much enjoyed their wine with his lunch!

And finally started the drive home, around the end of the Dandenongs. (The car we were in looked very similar to the silver one in the pic, only not the same cos that would be very odd indeed!)

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

So good to be Home

I'm sitting in the dining area of my parents'-in law place. There are young magpies begging for food in a gum tree about 10m away.

(ours have white backs unlike the northern or western version. Pic taken in the Exhibition Gardens in Melbourne.)

Magpie Dad carols a little, making up for the ugliness of his kids' whining.

There's rainbow lorikeets winging past, screaming their apparent joy to the world. They stop and sit in a tree and start squabbling. (Pic taken at Tooronga station.)

A couple of wattlebirds are disputing territory. Some little whitter birds are whittering. There's gum trees (Eucalypts), sheoaks (Casuarina), wattle trees, hibiscuits (hibiscus) and melaleucas outside the window. I ignore the houses and the sound of traffic from the local major roads. They are peripheral.

My goodness, the sounds make me homesick for the place where I am!

Thursday, 24 September 2009


Two pics, nearly the same, taken from the train near Brienz, of the Brienzersee. Love the difference in colour!