We love this travel stuff. The early morning wake-ups after a night of fitful sleep. I thought I had set my alarm but actually hadn’t and did not realise until I have been up half an hour and it had not gone off. But there was no trouble, due to my magnificent organisational skills. We left the house at around 4:00am and picked up travelling buddy No. 3. Once at the airport we swanned into the Qantas Club and I had a lovely bowl of Muesli and a cup of tea. The wait there was only an hour or so.
Our flight to Melbourne was uneventful, so was my attempt to photograph the Ukrainian Antonov aircraft parked on the apron of the airport with spotlights under it highlighting the three engines on each wing. Fascinatingly to me, I had watched it land, streamed by @tweetperth live through Twitter. Really felt like a modern woman in that moment. Colossal machine. Most impressive.
Our next moment was arriving in Melbourne, grabbing our bags because there didn’t seem to be an option to check them through to Hobart at the bag drop in Perth. We didn’t ask anyone of course because, we didn’t care, and we had enough time in Melbourne to collect them and re-drop them for the next leg of their journey.
Back to the Qantas Club and more food. Had a lovely salad with ham, pineapple, broccoli and Beetroot and potato Salad. I added a sprinkling of chia seeds for added fibre and that was followed by two cups of tea and wait for it, a Brownie!
Now, I do eat sweets, I admit it. However, I love Brownies when they are made well, and if you have ever had a Brownie from the #Qantas_Club before, you would understand. They really are quite special.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We moved out of the WorldMark Suites at around 9:00am and moved into the Hilton Garden Inn across the road from the Qantas Freight area at LAX.
Stayed for the morning then off to the Westfield at Culver City where we shopped and had lunch.
Then back to the hotel in the afternoon and evening. We were lucky enough to arrive early enough for breakfast.
Left LAX around 10:30pm on Saturday. The flight was 14.5 hours and then we landed in Melbourne. Got two movies in, St Vincent, and Hot Pursuit. The second one was a popcorn movie – my classification, derived from the assumption that you could eat popcorn all the way through, even crunching over dialogue, and it would not detract from the conversation on screen. Good fun, not very credible but it was entertaining. The other was terrific with Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy, also Naomi Watts was enjoyable as a grumpy Russian prostitute. In fact it had a surprising, high quality cast, and I would recommend it.
All good fun. Business Class is fun too. See you all soon. Boarding in two minutes. Catch ya out west.