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My Sunday Photo

Found in Footscray, Melbourne...
Linking with Monday Mural

Wonderful weekend weather for the garden

If you are visiting Melbourne today you'd be impressed with our Aussie winter. It is the most perfect spring-like day out there   with summer about to burst forth!
We have been enjoying the sunshine and brunch at Acorn Nursery  admiring the garden and plants for sale. Here are some of my favourites:
This protea is called Possum Magic Proteas do well in Melbourne being a hardy, dry tolerant plant requiring little food  or water once established.
I liked this camellia because it was called "Volunteer." Since having kids I have spent the past twenty years volunteering. I thought it was a clever name and would be a perfect gift  for one of my volunteers!
I have chosen this Magnolia Vulcan because it shows the earlier hail damage and a reminder  that not long ago we thought our Melbourne winter would never end! I like the way the lavender is just peeping  through the missing petal.
When I think of winter I think of cyclamen's in Australia They just love the cold! They do well indoors or even o…

Wordless Wednesday

Shhh Let's get Wordless!

The Big Bash

How do you celebrate a friend's big birthday? With French champagne of course! One for every decade...

Mix with some of the best weather that Victoria  has been able to muster in the last few weeks...
Woo Hoo hello sunshine.

Which had us reaching for our sunnies, 
and sun block - yippee!

And created some lovely sunsets...

Add in some great company, with the sort of really good friends 
that you can dredge up those embarrassing memories 
from times long gone. Remember when ....

Enjoy some wonderful over indulgence 
on the fine dining front 
with many good meals together...
A birthday cake with sparklers and ice cream...

An exotic location out of Melbourne
Where even the flowers
look happy and relaxed...

Where the famous Aussie Eucalyptus gumnuts 
are the best I've ever seen...

Wow - what a great time we had.
Thanks for a brilliant weekend!

Here's to the next 50 years.

Do you think we can manage ten bottles of champagne 
when we are 100 years old?

Linking with Mandarin Orange Monday Thanks Lori!

Silent Sunday

For all the tea in China

Mum’s Youth Hostel is open againNever a dull moment!This week we've had two teachers from China  move in for a couple of weeks. They arrive bearing a wonderful gift of Chinese tea. I can already tell we’re going to have a great time…

For a start they are fluent English speakers  which always makes things easier for a good natter. I love exchanging information about our lives. With our previous students I often have to resort to  my not-so-fine acting skills...
Secondly these ladies are here with  sixteen of their hospitality students, not staying in our house, in case you were wondering. There is a limit to my hospitality!

But before we know it  they are offering to help left, right and centre. This is a massive bingo moment,  I do not expect our Home Stay guests to help in any way, but I sure appreciate the offer.

They tell me they teach hotel management  Holy Moly!  Do you think they will notice  that I didn’t iron the bottom sheet on the beds?
Answer: If they did, they won't say anything. They ar…

My Melbourne

I have loved living in many places, but for the moment we call Melbourne home!
Somewhere along the journey of life
 I morphed from a country lass 
growing up in the UK,
into an Aussie city girl.
I imagined that moving to Australia  would involve spacious living with huge gardens.
Well maybe for some people, but not for us...

Instead I live squashed in, 
in prime real estate in the leafy suburbs.
Our area is one of weatherboard houses and cottage gardens.
I'm not complaining.

Melbourne's reputation as one of the 
world's most liveable city is well deserved.

I love the convenience of city living. Most things I need are within a ten minute drive school - kids sports - yoga - writing class

Somethings are on my doorstep shops - post office - parks. 

A decent coffee 
is always just around the corner.
Melbourne's cafe culture 
is part of the fabric of life here.
'Let's meet for a coffee'
I can walk five minutes to two train stations
and the tram is a ten minute walk.
If I walk one w…