It’s an Exciting Time Here In Melbourne

At the moment, Melbourne is abuzz with excitement and activity. We wrestled with big crowds, today, as we drove into the CBD for lunch and then to see one of Melbourne’s outstanding art attractions.. At the moment, in Melbourne, we have the Australian Open tennis match at the Tennis Centre with big crowds, closed streets and…

The Other Way is a Very Long Trip Indeed!

The Kimberley region of Australia is about as far from Melbourne as you can get. It is diagonally across the continent and is a vast and remote area of the outback.  Life there is tough . Tides in the town of Derby average about 11 metres (36 feet). The water temperature of the public swimming…

This is a Relaxing Time of Year

The period between Christmas and New Year is quite a relaxed time of year for us. The rush leading up to Christmas is over and it’s time to sit back, relax and catch up with some outstanding tasks.  We have had cool and moist weather over the last three years because of the La Niña…

My First Day in the Sub Antarctic Islands

We cleared immigration and sailed last night from the Port of Bluff on the Heritage Adventurer. Strong south westerly winds created large seas and the ship rocked and rolled all night By midday today they had mellowed and are now quite flat. For me, w we see alking is a bit like having Parkinson’s –…

Rain Problems but Sunny Days at the Zoo

We are in some trouble here in Victoria. The weather forecast for the next day or so is for up to 100 mm (4 inches) of rain. It will cause extensive flooding. I searched the DIY stores and even Amazon to see if I could find some Gopher Wood to build an ark, as Noah…

Can’t See My Blog Images?

Some of you who receive subscription emails from my blog, report that they cannot see the images in the updates that they receive by email. This is a problem unique to Apple devices – iPhones. iPads, and Mac computers. I have raised this issue with Apple’s technical people but it has never been resolved. For…

We Are Celebrating our 50th Wedding Anniversary

Yesterday was the date in 1972 that Jill and I were married at St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Box Hill. The Vicar, a crusty old time priest said, when he found out that I was a Methodist and Jill an Anglican, “Mixed marriages don’t really work”. Well, here we are still together (very happily) after…

Lightscape 2022 in Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens

There’s another amazing attraction in. Melbourne at the moment. Postponed from last year because of Covid, the Lightscape Event at the Royal Botanic Gardens is spectacular. It’s also very popular – so popular in fact that we had to park a long way away from the gardens in St Kilda Road and walk a considerable…

Election Day in Australia

I’m sitting in front of the television tonight watching the news reports on the results of our Australian national elections that were held today. The more I watch, the more it seems as though we are heading for a change of government. I actually voted a week ago as I wanted to attend the biennial…

Here’s a New Business Opportunity for Qantas

Qantas boss Alan Joyce has just unleashed on Western Australia, accusing the state of acting like North Korea by keeping its borders closed. Mr Joyce said Australians should be “enraged” that they could travel to London but not Perth. “There isn’t even a plan for when WA will open up – it’s starting to look…

Victorian Schools – An Accidental History

On our travels around the state of Victoria, we have come across many historic school buildings in cities, towns and isolated bush locations. Looking through some of my photos, I realised that unknowingly,I have been recording something of a history of school buildings and philosophy of education. Every little town obviously had a a school…