Long Weekend

Friday night after work Mr. S and I drove just over 3.5 hours to Lakes Entrance (well 20 minutes drive from).
We have just had a long weekend here and I want to thank those of you who enquired as to where I had been or if I was safe (because of the storms and flooding in Queensland) I am fine (we are fine) the floods are about 4,000kms away, but it was sweet nonetheless to show concern for my safety… so let me say thank you.
Batteries have been re-charged. The weather wasn’t the greatest (even though we are in Summer) but just to visit a beautiful spot, over looking the water, to do as we pleased with friends of ours was so relaxing and enjoyable.  We arrived 10pm, the other couple had been there for a few hours already, so we were greeted with an open bottle of wine, sat on the deck (with a blanket wrapped around me) as it was a little chilly and talked and laughed till bedtime. Then a severe thunderstorm hit at about 5am with massive hailstones…did I mention it is Summer?  I did take a photo but for some reason I cannot find it now 😦 The thunder and lightening struck and sleep was non existant. We awoke at 6 to survey any damage and just stood on the deck watching the water in front of us and the grey clouds, then all crawled back to bed for a couple of hours. The owners of the property had bird-seed, little did we know that regular as clock work about 10-15 Rosellas would descend for breakfast! We went fishing, we saw an echidna, a deer, a wombat, a possum. The boys played golf whilst us girls shared a bottle of wine and talked..and talked..and talked. We went out for dinners, lunch, the only housework was washing a few dishes and sweeping the floor when we left…ahhh ..that is a holiday 🙂

Half of what I had written vanished…but instead of writing it all again, believe me that we had a wonderful time…just a few days is all that is required, for friendships to be solidified, for laughter to abound and relaxation to pass through one’s body…yes and work tomorrow… 😦

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The view from our Deck

The view from our Deck

Rosellas feeding

Rosellas feeding

A little piece of Australia – Let’s get to know each other

1950’s…not that I remember it

Host to the Olympic Games in 1956, Melbourne was transformed in the years that followed. Buildings grew taller, traffic got thicker, and new arrivals brought new ideas. Many old buildings, with their stone gargoyles and cast-iron lacework, tumbled under the wrecker’s ball. The central city rang with the din of jackhammers. Glass and steel skyscrapers reached into the air — symbols of enterprise.

Immigrants from continental Europe brought their distinctive cultures to the city. New flavours were added to the arts. European-style cafes gave the city pockets of sophistication. But Melbourne was still a ‘9 to 5’ city. Hordes of cars from the suburbs jammed city streets in rush hours. As soon as offices emptied, streets were deserted.

Then – Aus Pop (1954): 8,986,530 Vic Pop (1954): 2,452,341



Readers I am sorry – Technical difficulties have meant the photos I keep putting on this post..disappear.

Hopefully this gliche will be rectified soon.