Mandurah – Christmas Lights Cruise

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Christmas Lights to the Max!!!                                                                                                                                         Came to Mandurah this afternoon and checked into the lov

Came to Mandurah this afternoon and checked into the lovely Sebel Hotel. The views from our window are watery and interesting

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The view from the Sebel across the marina

The lights on the canals threw up some wonderful images from the water and the houses were ornate, grotesque, obscene and outrageous, oh, and very colourful.

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The last three images were me attempting stuff when my camera was not sure what to do.  They look fantastic, I think.

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Back home – Perth, Western Australia; The Hardware Store – Brighton Cafe and Eatery

The Hardware Store is one of my favourite places to eat.  I have not had an evening meal here but have covered most others several times.image

The vibe here is contemporary and trendy.  Not pretentious but fun.  The water jugs are watering cans. The cutlery is housed in toolboxes, and the sauces in an old fruit box.  The staff are young and friendly and do their job well.  The food is delicious and brought quickly and with a flair for decoration.  The fresh fruit juices are served in the currently fashionable jars with handles.

The building is part of a group of shops which has been in Brighton Road Scarborough for probably more than 50 years.  This particular space was – along with the now Patisserie next door, a hardware store for all of that time before it became a cafe.

It was a terrific place with the owner, knowledgeable and with all the stock required.  You could come to him with a nail, screw or piece of tubing and he would say – which tray it was in or take you to it.  The doorway which has now been bricked up, took you through to the paint section.  The original floor has been covered by aged wooden floorboards which rises up in a ramp at the doorway beside two walls covered with white tiles – the style (subway tiles).

The tables are too high, I always get sore shoulders writing here, and I like to write here.  There are pallets on top of regular tables, with a sheet of glass on top.  They look great, but they are too high. In between the wood panels of the pallet the menus are stored.

The choices are fresh and interesting.  My favourite is the smashed avocado.  Will see if I can get it for lunch today.  Fingers crossed. But if that is not available the Zucchini and Sweet corn Fritters are beautiful – it’s the tomato salsa that makes that dish.

Melbourne – more meets and greets.

Last full day in Melbourne and I had a lovely gentle time.  Went into town to meet a very long standing famy friend who lives here and frequents the west to see other family members. She is a wonderful woman whose easy, nature is so welcoming.  Its great to see her, our vists are often short but she is someone I really enjoy spending time with.

We met “under the clocks” – just like the olden days before mobile phones.imageWe then walked towards the river and around to the right and down some stairs towards the water. We went to a very long cafe/bar called the Abory.imageimage

We sat and chatted and ate, watched people and ducks and shags and cyclists, trees and the water.

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It was a great catchup.  The train back was uneventful, managed to walk straight to the 5th Platform for the Upfield line and got off at Moreland and walked home.  I arrived just as my friends with whom I was stay, arrived home. They  were back from the #Great_Victorian_Bike_Ride. Their routine was to eat around 5pm due to the number of calories they were burning.  They needed feeding.  So they were not home long before we headed out to Tiba Restaurant in Sydney Road, Brunswick for tea.

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Beautiful food. I really like this place.  We then drove into town and I left the party there and checked into the Wyndham Hotel for the night.  I was on a reconnaisance  trip to see what it had to offer.

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Not a bad spot.  The location is good.  Heaps of restaurants in the area.  A block and a half to Bourke Street. A convenience store across the road in Little Bourke St and a supermarket one block away just to the right on the next street down (Spencer Street) 800 metres away.  Lovely.

More tea cosies!

Caught the train to Ormond via Flinders Street Station.  I was met at Ormond station by my lovely friend L, who then took me to the farmer’s market and we bought some veggies.  The next stop was the cafe pictured above, where we had poached eggs with dhukka on toast and I added bacon and tomato. After brunch we returned to her home in Ormond.  Its a lovely area, well established and plenty of trees.image

The day was very mellow, and after cups of tea and chats, we hung out the washing and toddled off to the shops to check out the sale at Myer.  Nothing interesting in the manchester department, however we needed a Christmas tree and some deccies. After the shopping, home again, washing folded and inside, then home.

Louise drove me to the Caulfield train station and I caught the train to Southern Cross station, changed platforms and caught the train to Moreland station.

The return journey was interesting.  I must have a trustworthy face.  I was asked by 3 people if they were on the right platform.  Turns out two were not.  I had the PTV app on my phone and was able to help each of the people who asked.  I then got into a long convo with a Chinese girl from mainland China about her Masters in Finance exam which lasted 6 hours!!! Her parents chose the major for her and she said she had no idea, so it seemed ok. But after a while she started to find it interesting and now thinks it was a good idea after all. Nice kid.

Another good day. 🙂

Bendigo and back

My mate’s wife and daughter are riding in this race and are doing really well. It was pretty warm yesterday for their rest day but was welcomed by the sore riders.

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We drove to Bendigo and met with the our two riders and went shopping with their friend. The city is a lovely place with beautiful architecture.  The cathedral is huge.

Sacred Heart Cathedral, Bendigo is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sandhurst and seat of the Bishop of Sandhurst. The cathedral is located in the provincial city of Bendigo, Victoria, Australia.

The large pipe organ, built by Bishop & Son of London, was installed late in 1905. Second tallest in Victoria.image

 

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Passed some wonderful bushland and bridges on the Calder Highway.

 

 

 

 

Bunyip Cafe, South Melbourne Markets, Train/Tram Rides

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Bunyip Cafe

After my time with Andrew at the Bunyip – I left and toddled to the South Melbourne Markets. imageI was on a mission and needed to buy a wallet from the Russian twins who had had the stall for years.  We had been there before and bought wallets.  Easy manner and good knowledge of his stock. I used facebook video chat to check with my he buyer that I had the right one.  My Russian friend helped with the turning etc to show off the potential purchase.  It worked – yes that’s the one. Another sale.

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After that I looked around for my secret santa gift for the family lunch. I have now bought 3 things I like and can only part with one of them. Sigh. And that will be a stretch.

I had to renew my Myki card which had expired – but the remaining 35 cents was transferred to the new card and I have been leaping on and off trains and trams all week.  Its pretty easy going into town and back from Coburg and most of my previous knowledge was correct, and when it wasn’t I fixed it.

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I have had a great time catching up with people and eating good food.

 

 

Melbourne

Got paranoid about my one and a half hour drive from Tascott to the airport so even though I considered 6am kickoff as being adequate – I did not sleep as well as I have so was awake several times during the night.  I had set my alarm for 5:30 but woke around 4:15am.  I decided it was better to be there hours early than to arrive too late or to hit peak hour traffic. Local reports are that there are people who commute everyday from the same areas so leaving at 6am would be a good idea.

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The house in Tascott

I started out at around 5:15 and drove towards the M1 Motorway.  The speed on the motorway is 110 for most of it and it drops to 90 and 80 in parts.  The cars act as if there is a race on and they thunder down the four lanes with speed and conviction. I tried setting my cruise control but it didn’t last long.  Cars in front were slower or trucks and I was continually adjusting and going around vehicles in an attempt to stay at the constant speed.

Arrived at the airport around 7am after having filled up the car and returning it.  Did the bag drop and went through security – got bomb residue tested and then went to the Qantas Club to relax.  Had a bowl of toasted muesli and a couple of cups of tea.  Decided the cups are too small, so I always make two now, with the one teabag.  Then I stack them to take them to where I am sitting. I was in the lounge for about 3 hours so was able to do all that I needed to using the wifi there.  Got to check my email and blogs and then I blogged more and ate more and just vegged.

Flew to Melbourne – hilariously short flight – one hour and five minutes.  Had a wonderful spinach and cheese Pide – so hot, so yummy.  Very tasty and just enough. I managed to get one movie in and this time it was Anne Hathaway and quite a light movie but interesting and it was gentle and easy and heartwarming. image

M collected me from the airport and I did not have to collect a car and it was lovely having someone at the gate.  I dont mind when there isn’t but I enjoyed having the meet and greet.

Weather here is cooler than I have experienced for the last two weeks but its not horrible.  Feeling pretty tired now after all the relly seeing.  It really has been good though catching up with so many.  I really think my family is well worth spending time with.

Drove around Melbourne to do some errands today and took a few shots of buildings and places we passed. Here they are.

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Villier St North Melbourne
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Villier St North Melbourne
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Victoria Street, Richmond
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This bridge has been used to cross the Yarra since before WWII at Chandler Highway
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Bridge Road Hawthorn

 

RoseBay Primary Market.

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The Rose Bay Primary School Market is a market that sells a lot of different things from food to clothes, organics to takeaways.  Wonderful place.  Bought some organic fruit.  So yummy.

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Had Gozleme – spinach and cheese $7.50 yummo!!!!

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After the markets it was back to G’s to collect my stuff and drop her off. I actually repacked my case, had a cuppa and then headed north to Tascott.