My Christmas Walkabout With Violet

Normally, one doesn’t visit obvious tourist sites in one ’s one city unless you are hosting visitors from interstate or overseas. I had a wonderful day during this week with my granddaughter, Violet (aged 11), when we visited a few of the standout locations in Melbourne that had a Christmas decorations or a seasonal theme.…

Christmas Greetings to our Friends and Family

  Dear family and friends, Another year has ended and we are looking forward to next year, anticipating that it will be a better year, just as we did at the end of 2020 (ha ha ha!). We have survived another year of Covid-19 after a total of 267 days in lockdown here in Melbourne.…

Thanks for Your Help

Thanks to those people who were kind enough to provide me me feedback on whether you could see the images in my recent subscriber emails. I appreciate all your input and it was very helpful. When I first noticed this problem, I immediately thought that there was something wrong wth my blog. Over a series…

Image Test Post

Excuse me. I’m trying a few things to see if I can fix a problem where my email subscribers are not seeing photos in the emails that my website sends you If you can see an image of an iceberg in this post, it means that I have found a fix. Otherwise, I’ll keep working…

Quarantine – Now and Then

Thanks to a very large number of Victorians getting vaccinated, we achieved a milestone this weekend where 80% of the 6.6 million people in the Victorian population  are now fully vaccinated against Covid-19. The state government had linked the ability to open up our community from lockdown to the percentage of people who are vaccinated.…

Melbourne is a Different City!

Once upon a time, long ago (just two years in fact), Melbourne was ranked as the most liveable city in the world. Today, that has been replaced with our new status of being the most locked down city in the world! Under our Public Health State of Emergency (originally put in place in March 2021)…

I’m Angry, Disgusted and Bemused

I have delayed writing this post as I have been so angry, that I was at risk of filling it with profanity and inappropriate language. We are in the middle of our sixth lockdown here in Melbourne – one that has now taken us to being the most locked down city in the world –…

Vietnam Veterans Day 2021

August 18 marks the 55th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan. On this day in 1966, in a rubber plantation near the village of Long Tan, Australian soldiers fought one of their fiercest battles of the Vietnam War. This battle saw D Company, 6th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment, face an enemy force of over 2000.…

Forty Nine Years and Another Lockdown

The entire East Coast of Australia is currently in lockdown The Delta variant of the Covid-19 virus has reached here and is playing havoc with our lives again. This is the second year that we have celebrated our wedding anniversary in lockdown. Yesterday, we celebrated 49 years together. Last year we had booked a luxury…

Christmas in July – A Sense of Deja Vu in

I have a strong sense of Deja Vu about today! It’s the 25th of July – the middle of winter and six months after, and before, Christmas. Like last year, we are back to celebrating ‘Christmas in.July’ in lockdown. The weather has been fine today but the morning was cold and the top temperature was…

Another Lockdown, Vaccinations and Feeling Old

Here we are in the middle of winter – locked down for the fifth time on a miserable cold and wet winter’s day. I woke up this morning to find that the temperature was  5°C with a ‘feel like’ temperature of 3°C. (37°F) Our maximum for the day was just 8°C (46°F). It wasn’t surprising…