Sunday, 30 September 2012

Double Trouble

Doggie Heaven

Seeing double.... 

Here is Mutt our scruffy poodle, with one of his best Cavoodle friends who is on holiday with us...





Here they are down by the Yarra River, trotting through the woods, sniffing out anything interesting....





It was a beautiful September day in Melbourne, all the Spring Flowers are out....


Mind you, getting them to slow down to smell the roses is a tad tricky, unless there is a yummy treat on offer.....

Ok boys off you go.....







Sign of a good walk, just look at those muddy paws.....

Little Wandering Wren

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Like the real India - only better...

It is over 21 years ago that I backpacked through India with my then boyfriend, now husband.

It has taken this long to want to return, the heat in June 1991.... When even the Indians were dropping like flies, the sickness.... TIM called me The Mole as I only wanted to come out at night when it was cool.....the filth, chaos and poverty were my overriding memories....
Our photos of the time show a different picture of a rich history and colour, but it's not how I recall the place....

Sept 28th 2012 - I met my tour friends on the plane from Delhi to Jodphur, they only just made it, fresh from their adventures trekking in Leh, all wrapped up having left very cold temperatures.

This whole trip has been organised by a great Melbourne friend, now living in Hyderabad. A six week tour has been immaculately planned using her insider knowledge of India as a final swansong before returning to Melbourne next year. Friends from all round the world have been invited to join! I will get to know the other ladies from the US and UK pretty well by the end of our 3 weeks exploring.

Arriving in Jodphur it was 31 degrees and Jet Lite provided large umbrellas to shield us from the sun... there were many people and photographers greeting a wedding party, it was lively, busy but not the pandemonium it could have been. We found our guide and went straight to lunch at a fancy hotel - our guide book tells us the best chefs are employed at the posh hotels

Arriving at the Rohet Garth, we took a turn off the main road into a small village. The hotel is about 50 Km's from Jodphur - a drive which had little of note in the countryside. Just as well as our eyes were on the huge potholes in the road, and the much swerving of driving to avoid various things from trucks indignantly sounding their horns whilst coming head on towards us, small motorised things that would be called a TukTuk in Bangkok, many cows and even a frisky Camel.....

This hotel has been a family home for hundreds of years. There is so much to tell you about it, but maybe I'll let the photos do the talking...



View from my bedroom.....





Lovely pool.....



The bar.....




Afternoon tea served at 4pm with cute little cakes.....

Location:Rohet Garh, Pali, Rajasthan, INDIA

Friday, 14 September 2012

Red Hill Spring Garden Festival

Gotta love Australia! Check out these photos from a recent weekend on the Mornington Peninsula . The boys were all sorted with golf, golf and more golf.... So the girls took off to explore the delights of the annual Red Hill Spring Garden Festival.

The bargain entrance fee of $5, left money for shopping at the 'garden enhancing' specialist stalls from across the Peninsula and Country Victoria.

We emerged clutching a rather eclectic mix of buys from miniature geraniums and other specialist plants, to less obvious but just as necessary, garden enhancing home-made marmalade, and pigs ears for the dogs....of course keeping the Mutt happy stops him digging up the place and TIM works better with his toast in the morning..

The real highlight of the show had to be wandering around the Flower Show where judging had just been completed. Spring is bloomin' good here!



We've had a long wet winter. The drought that had many a despondent home owner, heading off for artificial turf and succulents has well and truly broken. Those of us who held our nerve by keeping our gardens as gardens, are loving spring this year. Plants that seemed to have laid dormant, or at the very least kept a low profile in the back yard, are suddenly bursting forth. If you wander around our neighborhood at the mo, these are the sorts of plants that you will see in full bloom.


This exhibit captured my attention in the Australiana section, with it's Australian native plants and koalas... Which I was admit I've yet to find here on the Peninsula, we've seen plenty of kangaroos... Must look harder as they are obviously about...


I couldn't resist showing you Uncle Tony and Snowy on Mount Buller (our local ski field) Best Exhibits in the cactus section. Well as I said, the drought has broken there isn't as much interest in cactus these days!


We had lots to admire including a grey haired lady with a bright yellow face, dressed as a daffodil, and who wasn't alone in having got 'dressed' for the occasion. I was just asking her the story behind the rabbit shoes, when the cry went up "All daffodils to the main stage" and off she hopped!



I love this show and next year we'll be back to enter. Here is my favorite flower from my garden in Melbourne at the moment.... I reckon I've a good chance to uphold the family tradition of doing ok at the local Flower shows with this magnificent beauty. Watch out Red Hill I'll be back!



Little Wandering Wren loves the Red Hill Spring Flower Show - Well done to all the Organisers on a great event.

Location:Red Hill Show-grounds, Arthur's Seat Rd, Victoria 3937, AUSTRALIA

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Welcome to my world




Number Sixteen Beach, Rye,Mornington PeninsulaVictoria,  AUSTRALIA


Little Wandering Wren is just about to explore the big wide world. 
Two of my three chicks have flown the nest and I'm off visiting.  
This is base camp. 
Looking forward to having you with me as I travel around...