Wind storm hits Melbourne

We had the most amazing windstorm last Wednesday with winds up to 130kmh for what seemed like ages – over 420,000 homes lost their power. The lights flickered on and off here during the day and I didn’t know whether to shut my computer down or not. A client of mine only 5 mins from […]

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Rain at last!

After a long period of little or no rain, and often extreme heat, we finally have had a break with cooler weather and rain, glorious rain! Our pond at home is now full. We have a pipe leading from the gutter on our roof straight into the pond which has helped considerably but evenso, the […]

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Make Pretend Rain

Well, they keep promising us rain – here it is Easter Sunday and we had a very small sprinkle on Thursday – barely touched the ground. I thought we were supposed to have rain for about 3 days there and today they said ‘a shower or two’. Just checked the BOM radar and it shows […]

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Autumn in Melbourne

I turned into our street a few nights ago and got a view of the whole street and was instantly struck by the changing colours of the trees. Autumn has arrived. Although you wouldn’t know it as we’re experiencing intense heat. Today was forecast 40C – very hot! Where I live it actually got to […]

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Great Cafe in Ormond

Last night I went out to dinner with a few ladies from my church to a great vegetarian cafe in Ormond (south-east of Melbourne) for a getting-to-know you time. We’re newly formed as a house church group and the men went to one restaurant and we went to another. What a lovely night it was […]

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Being Safe at Night

We’ve lived in Melbourne now for over 16 years and love this place but there are some areas that just don’t appear to be safe to hang around at night time. Pubs and nightclubs seem to be two of those places. There is a disturbing story in The Age today that states a survey amongst […]

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More Water Restrictions For Melbourne

Readers of my blog at “Kathie’s Garden” will know that Melbourne (and Australia in general) has been suffering from a drought for a few years now. I’m only allowed to water my garden on Tuesday and Saturday mornings by hose between 6am and 8am. Kind of kills sleeping in on Saturdays, doesn’t it? My garden […]

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Cycling in Victoria

My husband is a mountain biker and so participates in several of the mountain bike endurance races around the state. Fortunately for us, most of these places are only 2-3 hours out of Melbourne so easy to get to, but because he doesn’t need a long drive home after the races we usually choose to […]

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Australia Day Celebrations

January 26th marks Australia Day and each state has its celebrations. People go to the beach, to shows, have picnics or barbeques, and in some places around the state, and the country, there were ceremonies for citizenship or awards for recognition of community service. I was honoured to be nominated for the Australian of the […]

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Melbourne – the Home of Tennis

If you follow the Tennis you’ll know that the Australian Open is on currently here in Melbourne. So, all eyes worldwide are focused on our lovely city, and namely the tennis centre at Melbourne Park. If you’ve never been to Melbourne you probably don’t know that Melbourne Park is literally within walking distance of the […]

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