Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Happy Australia Day 2015

(For GYB 2015 click here)

It's our Australia Day weekend
where we celebrate our National Day.

We managed to winkle our American guests
away from Melbourne Park tennis for a quick trip 
to the Mornington Peninsula
and some well deserved rest and relaxation.

A gentle sea breeze was perfect for our 
impromptu flag raising ceremony.
Which unlike at Parliament House, 
involved Mr Wren with a pair of pliers, 
as the salt air had wedged the clips shut!


The next thing we do is kick off our shoes 
and head to the water
for some ocean therapy...

We did have a laugh at the 'lost in translation' moment 
hearing shoes called "thongs."
Flip flops to me...
'What the...?' cry the Americans


The surfers in our group had driven ahead
but had been disappointed not to catch any good waves
only a good dunkin'!

Still the wild waters make for some good photos
Here is our favourite, Rye ocean beach.
Gotta love it down here,
it may be the busiest weekend of the year
but we can still have the beach to ourselves...


We love the fact also that on the 'Pen'
 we can take the option to head for the calmer bay beaches.
The Crazy Poodle aways loves a trip to Blairgowrie dog beach
where he happily can run off lead chasing flies.


Now of course no Australia Day is complete without a barbecue
We cook everything on the BBQ
even a breakfast...

Although often when we are at the beach 
we just eat out!
Here is my favourite breakfast at the moment:
smashed avocados on muffin with poached egg, 
feta cheese and sun dried tomatoes.
Just don't tell Weighwatchers...


After brunch and various coffees, we have work to do.
The new deck needs oiling...
Aussies love their outdoor entertaining
and we're very happy with the new deck!
A not-so-quick trip to Bunnings 
(our hardware store,
 where everyone it seems has holiday jobs to complete)  
and a quick slip, slap, slop of sunscreen & hats
we're out there, painting away...


Finally it's time to head into Rye for the foreshore festivities.
Every town has something on offer 
there are Fun Runs, Australia Day parades and the like.
Rye has a big stage and a mural for the kids to paint



We come across a classic car rally.
We used to own a Fiat 500 like that first car - classic!
We order a gelato and sit looking out to Port Phillip Bay
tonight there will be fireworks.


We can't stay long 
as we're heading back to Melbourne for, yes you've guessed it,
a barbecue.

Before we know it the weekend is over,
all that is left is trying to remove the temporary Aussie Flag 
tattoos from all over the place!



We love our flag on Australia Day!

If you enjoyed this post you might also enjoy Australia Day 2014
When we all became Aussie citizens

Linking with Blue Monday, Thank you Sally
Mosaic Monday Thank you Judith
Our World Tuesday Thank you to all the hosts

Please visit and enjoy the other posts!

Saturday, 24 January 2015

GROW YOUR BLOG 2015

Hello and welcome to my sunny part of the world!

My name is Wren from Melbourne,  Australia.

Little Wandering Wren is a photo blog about life Down Under and beyond.
I have a sports mad family
with a crazy poodle, a smattering of teenage dramas 
and an ever ready packed suitcase,
in case it all gets too much 
as I love to travel!

Melbourne Flinders Street, Arts Centre, State Library, South Bank, Melbourne Star
You've landed here at a good time as 
it's Australia Day weekend
and we're celebrating our National Day.

So with a loud 
'Aussie, Aussie, Aussie 
Oi, Oi, Oi'
let me show you around my blog 
and introduce you to a few people.

Little Wandering Wren on the Mornington Peninsula, Vic, Australia
Here I am and this is me! 
A crazy soccer and tennis Mum. 
 A yoga loving, zen seekingtraveller 
who likes beetroot but hates cooking,
who loves her garden, the changing seasons.
and listening to the little birds sing.




A Mother Wren who in a previous generation
would probably be an empty nester by now.
Even though two of the three wrenlets 
flew the nest to the USA and Africa last year
they seem to return for an endless student life 
... and when out of money.

Travel is in their DNA.



I blame it all on their father.
We have been together 30 years this year.
Woo Hoo!
Bring that Wren a champagne please!
I only add this in case he is reading this (unlikely) 
to prompt a nice romantic trip away somewhere...

Have I told you I like to travel?!


As DH never reads this blog I can 'out' him and show Mr Wren in action
erm I'm wishing now I had tidied the kitchen first,
He is an ironer by trade
and this is his favourite party trick.
He waits for a full house and then gets out his ironing board.
He then recounts how I said all those years ago 
how I was never going to iron for any man...


We offer our house for Homestays
Last year we had eleven Japanese students visiting, 
 and two Chinese teachers.
The Japanese girls love Mr Wren's ironing party trick
Apparently it is rare for Japanese men to iron.
They take lots of photos of him with the iron!
He is quite a star on Asian Facebook.

Anyone for tennis, with the Crazy Poodle 
Taking of stars
Have you meet the Crazy Poodle
our six year old Cavoodle?
He is the only family member
 I have managed to fully train for blog photos.

Mutt, the cute Teddy Bear and park wimp, 
runs  fast like a greyhound
to escape any trouble!
He is only miserable when the suitcases come out...


My most popular blogs last year
(after 'Grow Your Blog' 2014!) were quite varied.
I like that that my followers will never quite know what they will find here!

Benny the Kool Koala was a big Blog hit.
Perhaps because he was accompanied 
by two professional tennis players
taking time out from the Australian Open?!


Australia Day 2014 describes the day
in which we finally all became Aussie Citizens

Year of the Horse was about the trials and tribulations 
of owning a tail of a racehorse 
Little Miss Hussy

was about the doors we bought in China 
and had restored as a wedding gift,
now in our Melbourne garden.


Interestingly my favourite two 2014 blogs were not the most read...
Happy Blue Bali Monday
Received some great comments and I enjoyed retelling the tale...
'LOL Oh Wren, That is without a doubt, the funniest tale ever told on Blue Monday.'


And I am Perfect was more serious, 
not least as I got into a lot of trouble from my family,
for having my undies on display for the rest of the world to see!
It was about the Victoria Secret I am Perfect campaign.



So this is my blog!
I am entirely random both in terms of frequency and content.

Initially LWW was written for family and friends, 
I have loved expanding my readership and meeting our blogging community.
Who, I am delighted to say, endlessly surprise me with their interest in my 
happy snaps and little wanderings.


It would be awesome if you would join me for the 2015 journey.
Who knows where we will go and what we will do?
With a one way ticket to Paris in April
and several business trips lined up with Mr Wren,
I'm sure it will be an exciting year.

I am offering a giveaway 
just let me know if you would like to enter
either by leaving a comment either directly below 
or for those without Google+ 
via my e-mail at wrensrambles@gmail.com
This can be easily accessed via the comments section on the sidebar.
LWW giveaway - Wren tea towel, make up bag and tissues
There is some beautiful Wren merchandise out there.
I have selected a 'Wren of Australia' Tea Towel
A Linen Press Blue embroidered make up bag
and some blue Wren paper tissues for my giveaway prize.
Good Luck! 
The winner will be announced on February 17th

Pleased to meet you through 'Grow Your Blog 2015'
I appreciate your visit 
and look forward to seeing you at your blog in the very near future.

Thank you to Vicki for organising yet another great
'Grow your blog' event!

Can't stay long
got blogs to visit and places to go!


PS more about me...

A chocoholic Pisces 
who is up with the lark (on a good day!)
and in her element listening or watching water fall
but hates to be wet or cold...

Brit by birth
who misses a toasty warm radiator in winter, country lanes 
and Walkers salt & vinegar crisps.

volunteer worker
who loves a multi-cultural lifestyle
and is proud to have a rainbow of friends.

A uncoordinated juggler who throws many balls 
and catches most, but by no means all!

Monday, 19 January 2015

Asian Cup 2015

January was always going to be a cracker of a sporting month!

We've got a tennis grand slam 
and Asia's most significant football tournament
happening in this household at the moment.


We are volunteering at the Asian Cup, 
whilst housing for the Australian Open.

Talk about busy and exciting!


So you will find me on match days 
 nattily dressed in a pair of bright orange 
"does my bum look big in this?" shorts
down at Melbourne's Rectangular Stadium.


I am, in case you wondered, 
supposedly dressed
to look like a ray of Australian sunshine.
How lovely I hear you say!


I'm not sure whether we are the only family 
who are volunteering together,
but needless to say, 
my son and daughter both look terrific in their uniforms,
and me, well...


Not since daughter Number 2 was eighteen months old
have we been decked out in the same attire.
I have a feeling that it might be another twenty years
before this historic event repeats itself...


As a sport, and especially a soccer mad family, 
it felt important to support the biggest football event 
ever to come to our shores.

Our weekends through out winter are dominated by football matches.
On a really busy weekend we could have up to five games
that we're involved with as a family;
playing, coaching and volunteering.
So we were chuffed
 to be selected as volunteers at the Asian Cup.


So far over 250,000 people across the five Australian host cities 
have enjoyed the AFC Asian Cup.
There are sixteen countries involved.
Each one brings something unique and different to the spirit of the match.


We have all loved the multi-cultural, fun crowds
who have come here from all over Australia and the world.
I have met fans from Kuwait, Bahrain, Palestine and Jordan.
A special mention goes to Iran for their high energy crowd.


I also rather loved the crowd participation at the North Korean match
who seeing the team trailing behind on goals 
rallied behind the modest group of North Koreans supporters.
Who were soon swamped by cheering Aussie fans.
They may have lost badly to Saudi Arabia 
but the North Koreans won the hearts of the crowd.


There are not many cities of the world that can offer,
as Melbourne can this week, 
two or three International sporting events on opposite sides of the street.

So ok that street is admittedly an Olympic Boulevard
but I think it must be the best sporting precinct in the world?
 You can watch tennis 
at the Australian Open by day 
and by night Asia's biggest celebration of football.

Lights at the MCG cricket, HiSense arena tennis from Melbourne Rectangular Stadium football

Tonight, we added cricket at the Melbourne Cricket Ground 
with the one day international between Australia and India.

You can see why they call Melbourne 
the sporting capital of the world!


Linking with thanks to the following

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Mornington Peninsula holiday


Welcome to our Aussie summer holidays.
We're on the Mornington Peninsula,
 only an hours drive from Melbourne, Australia.

Blairgowrie beach boxes
Melburnians are spoilt for choice for 
local holiday options. 
But it didn't take long after our arrival Down Under for 
 'The Pen' to become our local holiday destination of choice.


Bayside or Oceanside the choice is yours
We especially love the choice of seaside and countryside.
Our lazy days soon fill up. We're busy doing nothing!


lunch at a vineyard or pick your own strawberries at Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm.
With an abundance of choice of things to do, and places to visit, 
we find that everyday is different.

My Christmas holiday started at the Peninsula Hot Springs
bathing in the hot mineral waters 
and enjoying a treatment at the Spa Dreaming Centre...
Everything else was Peninsula bliss after this!


Peninsula Hot Springs, Sorento's Spiegel Tent or an Explorer bus tour
Boxing day finds us on the start line of the 
annual Melbourne to Tasmania Yacht race 
admiring some rather gorgeous boats...

Boxing Day Melbourne to Tassie yacht race from Portsea Pier
From then onwards it's our own race against time to fit in everything 
we want to do before city life again beckons...

We love the pretty seaside villages of Sorrento and Portsea
and enjoy the magnificent walks along the ocean coastline 
around Rye, St Andrews and Gunnamatta.


Rye Ocean beach
With endless beaches to choose from, 
we decide depending on the weather, or what we feel like, 
whether to walk, swim, surf or even fish and
whether to go to the calm bayside beaches 
or the rugged ocean surfing beaches.



We're very lucky to have patrolled ocean beaches and
our Surf Lifesavers do a fantastic job rescuing
holiday makers in trouble.

It's a timely reminder to always swim between the flags!

Gunnamatta beach, Mornington Peninsula
Friends, dogs and kids come and go,
Melbourne relocates to the beach from Boxing day onwards
so it's very social here in January...



Walking is one of our favourite activities - there are so many to choose from.
This year a highlight was the Portsea to Sorrento Artists Trail
Which takes you through the backyards of some amazing properties 
with their private jetties and entertaining areas
How the other half live!


Private jetties at Portsea
Another walk we always love is the walk to the very tip of the peninsula
at Point Nepean National Park.

We just love the views here 
out into Bass Strait and Port Phillip Bay.

The area is rich in history 
and it's fascinating to learn about the 
early settlement, quarantine and defence of Victoria



Point Nepean National Park
Our summer holiday ends all to soon.
Hope you have enjoyed a little bit of our Aussie summer.
We head back to Melbourne sad to leave but excited for the 
up coming summer of sport.

Sorry I've been a tad slow on my visits
One thing that is not crash hot on the Peninsula
is the internet connection!

Looking forward to catching up again soon.
Linking with the following
With grateful thanks to all the hosts:

Alphabe Thursday H is for Happy Holidays!