Back amongst the sweet song of Tui echoing up the valley.
The growl and moan of chainsaws,weed eaters and mowers.
Our little dog barking and prancing around our ankles.
It's really nice to be back.
Who the hell let Don Brash into ACT. You leave the country for 5 days and it all goes pear-shaped.(For non-Kiwi readers, Don Brash was a former Governor of the Reserve Bank, who entered politics in 2002,became the leader of the (then) opposition National Party, got dumped in favour of the now Prime Minister John Key, and has now replaced the rather odd Rodney Hide as the leader of the ACT party)
Never mind, we had a lovely 5 days in Melbourne. Apart from the flight, the hotel, the arguments, the strain on the wallet, the disappointing wines, the cramped coaches, the experience of having two tyres burst on the motorway at night at 120kph. Apart from all that, we had a lovely time. At least I missed the Royal bloody Wedding, and that in itself is worth at least $2000.
Melbourne is really an attractive city. It's well laid out, the buildings are attractive and there's plenty of things to do and see.
Federation Square is an original idea, giving Melbourne a definite focus. It's right next to one of the main railway stations on Flinders Street, and it has an eclectic mix of cultural exhibits and eateries, all surrounded by some rather striking architecture.
I was looking forward to this, as it included many small drinkies, and a lunch.
First was Domain Chandon, producing sparkling wines using the "method traditionelle" (2 glasses)
Exshellent drinkies. The only drink I really enjoyed was the cider, all of the wines I tried didn't do that much for me. Maybe we'll try Adelaide and the Barossa Valley next time.
They poured us out at our hotel at 5pm. Needed a wee nap before setting of for Chinatown and the fantastic array of restaurants. Noodle Kingdom in Russell Street looked really cheap and plastic, but they were making noodles by hand, and they served huge portions. Very tasty and quite cheap, about $8 per dish. Recommended.
Next day, we stayed in the city, and toured some of the galleries and museums.
Went to a Peking Duck specialist restaurant that night , followed by a show called Hairspray. Very enthusiastic cast, and quite enjoyable, but I couldn't remember any of the music the next day. My beloved really enjoyed it, so it was definitely worthwhile.
7:30 am start on Thursday, we were off up the Great Ocean Road, from Melbourne, through Geelong, Torquay, to Lorne. (no sausage unfortunately joke for Glaswegians)