Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Scott's Birthday

Scott's parents, Fran and Ray stayed with us for a week, and they were with us for Scott's birthday. 

We went into Fitzroy to have lunch at Belle's Diner, which serves real Southern Fried Chicken. the regular Southern Fried recipe is yum, but You can get your chicken fried spicy too: Medium, Hot, Really Hot and Really F***ing Hot. 

Ella and Fran

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Lorne Mini Break

And now for some back blogging.... Last month in April, during the school holidays, we spent some lovely days down in Lorne visiting with friends. We also found some time to do some beachcombing and rock pool exploring. 

The weather was ridiculously good!

We had time to  drive up to Erskine Falls to see a rather note worthy trickle  this year.

One of my favourite trail walking signs in Australia!

CBD Words of Wisdom

Scott and I went into the city a few times over the school holidays in early April to see some of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. 
We came across this profound light installation as we walked back to the car. 

Castlemaine Mini Break

Scott and I drove up to Castlemaine  in March to see our friend, Xanthe perform in a show, IN PLAN for the Castlemaine Arts Festival. Yes... It's now May. Gimme a brak. I'm trying to get this blog up to date. Bear with me. there's some territory to cover, and it may take me a few days. Mostly, it's a procrastination technique. I should be doing some marking.....

Castlemaine is over-run by arty types and arty things during these two weeks in March, and there's a lot to see. 

We stayed in an historic hotel-ish type of place we found on Air Bnb for super cheap, and we got an interesting experience for only $100! It was our first time using Air Bnb, and I think we now know a little bit about sussing  out the good properties from the dodgey ones. 
Great location, clean bed linen... but a lot of dusty surfaces, and above an Indian restaurant. 

After a big brekkie, we fossicked  at some antique shops the next day. There were literally boxes and boxes and shelves and shelves filled with old bottles and jars.

This vintage sign would look awesome on the fence in our backyard! After all, we do believe that ice cream is a food group -- essential for optimum health.

We saw petrol pumps from all over the world. There were Aussie ones, American, French, German and British ones too.

This vintage sign was well over $1000 to buy, and we were pretty curious as to what medicinal concoction could possibly cure all these ailments....?!
As a brain worker, I feel I could definitely benefit from some increased vigour, especially on Wednesdays

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Girls Night In

Scott and Jack went out tonight to see American Sniper, and Ella and I had the opportunity to have a girl's night in. 

So.... In order to do it up properly, we had breakfast for dinner. 

Hot chocolate....,

with pancakes, bacon and fruit. 

We watched Blended (with Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler), did our nails....

And then a big storm came through, the lights flickered, the rain poured down and so we spent some comforting Pinterest time with Cocoa.... Who was a little bit worried by all the noise and wind. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Mr Rainbow

What's more fun at a party then beating the crap out of a pink unicorn?! Especially when you know it will bleed lollies?... Macabre, perhaps, but that's what makes it super fun! Everybody gave their best swings and smashes... and no real bodily harm came to anyone...except Mr Rainbow, our doomed pinata. 

I wanna be an Ewok!

Geek question: Do you remember the Ewok village in Return of the Jedi? Cool, yes? Way up in the trees?

Well, we celebrated Ella-Jade's birthday party up in the trees at Trees Adventure, an exciting place not entirely unlike the Ewok village.

The park is close to Puffing Billy Railway in Belgrave and is home to many rare trees, having once been a horticultural park. The ropes courses and zip lines (flying foxes) are all skill rated:Green being the easiest for little ones, followed by Blue, then Red and finally Black: Short Black and Long Black (appropriate for Melbourne and it's coffee culture!)

In some places, it can get a bit tricky, and steps are often spaced farther and farther apart from each other as the courses get more difficult.

You are taught how to harness yourself into the safety system, and you carry your own zip line pully, so you just clip in, latch on and hold on for dear life!
This barrel was in the middle of Short Black. You had to rock the cradle towards the platform in order to step out of it.

Some courses were 5, then 10 metres of the ground, others were 20. At it's highest platform, you are at least 40 metres above the earth!

The girls ahead of me on our first course (Blue).

Scott hanging on on the  Red course. 

So, no furry teddy bear like creatures or huts, just lots of verdant forest and fun. Ella and her mates had a ridiculously good time,everybody had adrenalised, scary moments,  and almost everyone  is a new "height addict" now.