Our new events calendar

Have you seen the new events calendar on this site?  As we get events sent to us these are added to our calendar and the list is on the right-hand menu.

So events this month so far relate to Moomba Fest, Greenpeace boat arrival at Port Phillip and the Amazing Photography Race.

If you have an event on this month why not send us the details?

Dirty Dozen Bike Ride

Do you enjoy hill climbing and road rides?

Today (February 17th) we noticed a lot of cyclists pass by our house, in dribs and drabs.  Some went sailing by only to return later to go down one of the streets opposite our home. Others took the first street on their left, some the second. I’m sure many must have come past again before discovering they’d taken a wrong turn and should have gone down the second street on their left.

After seeing many stop and consult a piece of paper (presumably a map) and then a car with a cyclist in garb stopping to consult and talk to others, my curiosity got the better of me and I went outside to see what was going on.  My husband is a keen cyclist (mountain biker) so of course, both our interests were piqued.

Anyway, turns out it’s the Dirty Dozen Bike Ride and they have to do twelve hill climbs on each of these rides. Strike that, it’s actually 13 climbs once I read the information. Now, it is a hot day today, so personally I think they’re mad to be doing it in the middle of the day, but it’s now almost 3pm and I haven’t seen any in the past hour, so they must be finished now.

If you’d like to join in their mad fun and learn more, then why not visit their site?  Oh, and if you’re going to venture in Belgrave or Selby again, why not let me know? I’ll look out for you and perhaps even take a pic!

Selby Sunset

If you live in Melbourne, or see Melbourne news. you’ll be aware of the bush fires we’ve been having here and the very dry season. Very grateful for the 5mm of rain that dropped this morning here, and I hope other areas were as fortunate as well.

Last night we had the most amazing sunset, with a very red sun. I’m told it’s because of the smoke haze but smoke isn’t red, so not sure how that works. But I’m no scientist so I’ll accept what I’ve been told, in this instance. Thought I’d share some of the photos I took over the top of a neighbour’s house last night.

Sunset in Selby

Sunset in Selby

Sunset in Selby

Japanese Summer Festival 2013

Last Sunday I experienced my first Japanese Summer Festival with a number of other photographers and it was a wonderful afternoon with the most perfect weather. Totally enjoyed the event. Found out about it via the Melbourne Street Photographers Meetup group.  So glad I went. Here are some pics from the day.
Shamisen Performance
Ninja Performance
Kimonos on display
George performing
Nearing the end

You can see more photos here.  Think I’ll be going back for this one next year!

Valentine’s Day in Melbourne

If you are still looking for somewhere to go on Valentine’s Day in Melbourne, the link below lists a few places that may still be available.

It’s late Summer here in Melbourne, Australia and hopefully that means it will be a lovely Summer’s evening for all to wander the city or the beaches and enjoy the warm air and weather.

Valentine’s Day in Melbourne

Overian Cancer Awareness

February is the month for Ovarian Cancer Awareness.

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

(sourced from OnlyMelbourne.com.au)

Each year in Australia Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month is held in February to raise awareness of ovarian cancer and to recognise women, their families and friends affected by ovarian cancer.

Throughout the month Ovarian Cancer Australia will be hosting a range of activities and events to raise awareness and funds for our support, awareness and research programs and we would love you to get involved!

Below is a list of events being held during February and ways you can get involved.

Brazilian Butterfly Queen of the Lake
Girls Only (GO) Festival
K.I.S.S. on Valentine’s Day
Ovarian Cancer Australia Afternoon Teal
Teal Ribbon Day

From: Friday 1st of February 2013  To  Thursday 28th of February 2013

AFL Grand Final today

The whole city is gripped with Australian Football League  (AFL) Grand Final fever it would seem. I cannot confess to being a footy fan myself. I was as a kid in South Australia but since shifting to Melbourne over 20 years ago I really lost the passion for it. My home team wasn’t there and there were so many other things to enjoy in life. But I can’t deny the festivity in the city and the state and what it must mean in the way of tourist $$ for the city of Melbourne with people converging from all over the country to watch their favourite team play. This year it’s the Sydney Swans vs Hawthorn (Sydney – Melbourne teams).

The Grand Final is usually held on the last Saturday in September but occasionally the first Saturday in October. Today’s weather forecast is not looking very good but their stadium will be filled to capacity and beyond. Today people all over our country hold bbqs at home with eyes fixed on the TV screens and people dressed in their colours.

I don’t have any photos I’ve taken personally from a football match to share with you here but it would be most remiss of me not to mention something that brings Melbourne alive year after year (not that it ever goes to sleep).

N.B. Here’s a shot taken near the start of the game today courtesy of the live action site.

Tulip Festival 2012

Tesselaar 2012 Tulip FestivalThe Tesselaar Tulip Festival is held every year from mid September to mid October. This year it’s 13 September to 9 October. I’ve been once already but might go again. Mondays are ‘Mad Mondays’ and almost half price and as I’m only really there for the photography I usually only stay an hour, or two at most, to get shots before there’s a big crowd of people and head back home.  People dress up for it, each day of the week has something special on, as do the weekends, focusing on different cultural groups and their music.  I chose to go on a day that had nice weather and so the sun, blue sky and clouds added to the images that I took. Quite a few.

The Tesselaar Tulip Festival is at 357-359 Monbulk Road, Silvan, easy to get to by car or you can travel by train to Lilydale and then catch a bus to the festival in Silvan.

Below are just a few of the images I took while at the festival. You can see more here.

Tesselaar 2012 Tulip Festival

Tesselaar 2012 Tulip Festival

Tesselaar 2012 Tulip Festival

Tesselaar 2012 Tulip Festival


Royal Melbourne Show

The Royal Melbourne Show marks the September School holidays and the last school holidays before the Christmas Break. I always have enjoyed going but don’t go every year.  Always so much to do at it. I like to go to see the animals, action and activities, rather than go on rides these days. Of course, the showbags are always of interest, particularly the Cadbury’s one 🙂  The show is open every day at 9.30am and from 22 September, through to 2nd October.  The show is held at Melbourne Showgrounds, Epsom Road, Ascot Vale.

Below are some shots I took a couple of years ago.




Melbourne Lights

Melbourne Lights

Melbourne Lights