Category Archives: Australia

Melbourne Star 

Today I was again reminded just what a beautiful city Melbourne really is, and how lucky I am to live here.
I spent the day with my family enjoying the sights our of city from high up in the sky on The Melbourne Star.

It was so picturesque seeing all the landmarks from up above. We all loved it, parents, kids and grandkids, and I highly recommend it to anyone visiting this beautiful city. 




It’s Australia Day tomorrow and I am kind of excited!! I’m spending the day with my family, we are going to the sea side town of Sorrento, which is located on the Mornington peninsula in Victoria. 
I haven’t been to Sorrento in years and my children have never been, despite it only being an hour or so away. So tomorrow will be extra fun because we are going all together with mum and dad and my brother and sister and the kids and hubby and I.

Sorrento is also home to the worlds best Vanilla Slice, or so I’m told. Guess I’ll have to confirm that tomorrow.

Happy Australia Day!! 

Last cab to Darwin

I saw a lovely movie yesterday it was called “Last Cab to Darwin” an Australian film starring Michael Caton. 

It was sad and yet funny at the same time. It was actually based on a true story which made it all the more sad. 

I don’t want to spoil it for anyone, I just wanted to say that if you are thinking of going to see a movie and you aren’t sure of what to see don’t look past “Last cab to Darwin.” 

Careers expo and information session 

Just got back from a careers expo and information night at my son’s college. The night was very informative but very very daunting!! My son is half way through year 10 and this expo and information night was in preparation of Year 11 and 12.
There were stalls from all the leading Universities and Tafe’s in Victoria, along with The Police force, VACC, The Army, William Angliss, Real Estate agents and others, too many to remember them all.

We collected so many books /career guides, pamphlets and flyers that there is just no way we can get through them all. 

School based apprenticeships looked quite good too and for a second my son seemed to consider a school based apprenticeship in the automotive industry but ultimately health science is were we are heading I think – exercise physiology , physiotherapy etc. 

To get into one of the better Universities for Health Science you need an Atar score of 60ish with a 30 in English which is achievable I think/hope. 

I spoke with the senior school curriculum coordinator about my son dropping Maths next year he struggles with it so much, and her suggestion was to continue basic maths in year 11 because many courses only need unit 1 & 2 Maths.

I walked away feeling a lot better and I think George did too, at least we have some idea were we are heading now. 
Best part of the evening was the year 11 curriculum coordinator who was George’s English teacher last semester (and who is just the loveliest man ever ) went over and sat with George and was talking to him about university and subjects and life and i really think he got through to him, he is such a cool man the boys all love him . I was so appreciative. The year 10 coordinator also called George into his office earlier today and had a quiet word to him as I had requested. But Mr Burt (the English teacher – year 11 curriculum coordinator did it all on his own accord. As I said he is just lovely.

I think we will both sleep better tonight, it is very hard being a teenager these days, things are just so different now!! There is more competition out there, more pressure and if you don’t have a clear idea of what you want to do – and let’s face it who really does at 16 – then it’s just so stressful and I’ve gotta say draining.

First Aussie Rules football game for the year and our team had a great win!!  When it comes to spectator sports  AFL is the best! It’s fast paced, filled with action and intensity!!

Great win tonight Roos!!  


Chocolate has been ruined for everyone!!! 


So it’s official someone has finally come up with a way to ruin chocolate!! Who would have thought this would ever be possible? I guess it just goes to show us that nothing is scared these days.
Vegemite flavoured chocolate is not something I would ever want to try!! For those who do not know what Vegemite is, well it is a dark brown Australian food paste made from leftover brewers’ yeast extract. Tastes really good on toast for breakfast but mixed in chocolate, yuk!!

So now we are seeing other funny flavours pop up like the images attached, which may very well be a hoax but then again if someone had the not so bright idea of putting Vegemite in chocolate what’s to stop them from trying ouzo or beer or who knows what next ???

It’s soooo cold 


We had a new ducted heating system installed today and even though it was a sizeable expense that we had not anticipated, it’s so good to have heat back in our home.

This morning was the coldest morning in Melbourne for this time of year since 2011 the house was like an igloo but not tonight, tonight it’s lovely and warm just as it should be. 
Hope that where ever you are you are all snuggled up nice and warm like my cheeky Dexter who also struggled getting out of bed this morning. 

Happy Easter

Happy Easter WordPress I hope everyone had a lovely day with family and friends. If you are lucky like me you get to do it all over again next week for Greek Easter.

For our family it was a double celebration, Easter and the twins birthday family celebrations – 13 is quite a milestone one that should be celebrated several times – at least we think so. 



Melbourne Flower and Garden Show

Had a lovely day at the Melbourne Flower and Garden show!! Held at the beautiful

Carlton Gardens this years show was up there with the best of them. My sister and I had a great time strolling through the gardens, admiring the sculptures and enjoying the music and other attractions.  


Echidna crossing 

An echidna crossing the road is not something  you see every day, but in beautiful Belgrave, Echidnas are just part of the beautiful scenery.

Today I was reminded yet again what an absolute joy animals are. After what can only be described as a horrific day yesterday to be able to just pause along with the rest of the traffic and just watch that beautiful little echidna waddle across the road was just so delightful, it lifted my spirits and brought the first genuine smile to my face since yesterday.
No wonder I prefer animals to people, animals make the world a better place, they are genuine and honest.