The Docklands

The Docklands

The Docklands

St Paul's Cathedral

St Paul’s Cathedral

River Yarra

River Yarra

River Yarra

Flinders Street Station

Flinders Street Station

Flinders Street Station

Melbourne – Most liveable city

Well, it’s official. According to the Tabloids.  Of course I could have told anyone that, same as just about anyone in Melbourne. 🙂  Biased? I have lived elsewhere in the past and definitely consider that Melbourne has everything to make life liveable.  My husband and I have been here for over 20 years now and we love the culture, the lifestyle, the things that are available to us here that weren’t in our previous home state and we believe our girls had more opportunities for them as they grew up here.  But don’t let me be the only one to tell you. Read any of the articles linked below.

Melbourne skyline;

Melbourne Most Liveable City – The Australian

Wikipedia Most Liveable Cities

Melbourne Most Liveable City – The News

Update on this site

My apologies for being absent for many months. December 2011 I badly broke my leg, while out on a bush walk hunting for powerful owls (never did see them) and ended up in hospital. It was a good 4 months after that before I was able to walk unaided and still a couple of months after that before I was ready to go out on walks again with my camera. By then a very wet winter had arrived and I was reluctant to get out and about on my own on slippery wet ground (which is what was the cause of my original fall).  So I just let things wait.

I’m happy to report I’m back out and about again, that as spring begins, I’ll be up to reporting on the things that Melbourne has to offer its residents and guests.

Summer is on its way….

and that means the snakes are beginning to emerge. My husband and I were out walking at a local park just recently and saw this snake lazily sunning itself beside the path we were walking on. In fact, we were focused on watching the kangaroos a bit further away and almost didn’t notice the snake only a few feet from where we were walking. Not sure what type it is, possibly a red belly. Didn’t get too close and thankful for a telephoto lens.

Season's first snake

Royal Melbourne Show

If you haven’t been yet, you better get in quick. It closes Tuesday 4th October. Doesn’t seem to go as long as I remember as I thought it was on till the school holidays finished.

I didn’t go this year but have been in the past and use it mainly as a photo opportunity these days. Although once my grandson has grown a little more I daresay we’ll go with him and his parents to the show – that will be fun.

You can find out full details about the Royal Melbourne Show here.

Pictures from the 2009 Show.




No dogs allowed in the park!

I really do wonder where people’s brains are these days.  I mean, to bring a dog to a state park where there are wild animals and a conservation area.  Why would they do that? Don’t they know they’re not allowed to do that? After all there are signs on entering the park that says but surely common sense would dictate that you just don’t take dogs into areas where there are wild animals.  They will smell the dog’s presence as will the dog smell theirs.  And to top it off there is bait laid around the park for foxes – what if the dog found one of those?

So, what makes this lady think she can walk her dog at Lysterfield Lake Park this afternoon?  We saw her walk through the conservation area with her friends as well.

She gets the big thumbs down award!

If you know her, please tell her. And if she still doesn’t believe it, how about pointing her to these regulations.  It’s the second major point on the list.

By the way, this isn’t the first time I’ve seen people at the park or the beach at the park with dogs. Granted most of the time they are on leashes, but that still doesn’t make it alright. If a Park Ranger sees you with a dog, you may get a hefty fine for the privilege.

Kallista Market

Markets are a popular thing in Melbourne. You can find the Melbourne & South Melbourne Markets running a few days a week. St Kilda has one running on the esplanade on weekends. And in the hills and country regions you will find regular weekly, monthly and annual markets as well.

I’ve recently been working on a series of Christmas cards that reflect the region in which I live. They’ll soon be available for order and will also be on show for sale at this coming week’s Kallista Market which is in the Dandenong Ranges.