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Hanging Rock

Last night I got home from work “early” and thought I would organize some old photos.  This post is the result. Actually, the photos aren’t all that old.  We went to Hanging Rock a few weekends ago.  But I just can’t seem to keep up and keep organized. Plus, while Hanging Rock was great, these pictures…

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Spring has Sprung (Yarra Bend Park)

Today was a glorious day!  The weather hovered around 70ºF.  The sun shined.  In short, I can’t remember a day this nice in quite a while. So we hauled ourselves over to Yarra Bend Park—642 acres of  untamed bush land in the city that Brian had been longing to see ever sense he first spied…

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Australian TV

When I first moved to Australia I was disappointed by the quality of television available.  Budgets were low, lighting was bad, and most TV consisted of exported reality/documentary shows from the BBC.  In fact, I was so disengaged that we didn’t have a television for an entire year (and only then because Brian snuck one…

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Two Years Down

Two years ago my husband and I married.  Shortly thereafter, we packed our apartment up in Washington, DC and moved to Melbourne, Australia.  I could say a lot of cheesy things about marrying my best friend etc.  But instead I will just sum it up this way: The past two years have thrown a lot…

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Kings Canyon

One hour northeast of Uluru (by car) is Watarrka National Park—the home of Kings Canyon.  I was lucky enough to check this one off my list on my adventure to the Red Centre in September 2013, which one year later I am still writing about. Kings Canyon is a massive gorge, with red sandstone walls…

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Chinatown (Melbourne)

Due to a cancellation in our schedule this weekend, my husband and I found ourselves with a bit of free time on a cold (for Melbourne) Saturday.  After blowing a fair portion of the morning and afternoon on TV (The Trouble with Tolstoy) and wine, I finally got around to suggesting that we leave the…

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Saying Goodbye

I haven’t been posting as regularly as I used to.  A large part of that has to do with the loss of my last grandparent, my grandmother:  Rosie Garnetta Hall.  Her death, which followed so closely my grandfather’s, has left me a little down.  Before I knew it, the Australian summer was over and I…

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Curling Up With a Good Book

The yearly grey drizzle that is winter has come to Melbourne.  And with that rain I have caught a cold that I just can’t seem to shake.  It has crept into the bottom of my lungs, where it rests as a constant itch leading to a dry cough. So as I sit here curled up…

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Ten Minutes by Tractor

At long last we made it to lunch at Ten Minutes by Tractor on the Mornington Peninsula.  It was divine. We made reservations as a treat for my mother-in-law, who was in town visiting from Texas.  Unfortunately, we ruined her for any other fine dining. Reservations were vital.  On a number of occasions we had…

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Sometimes You Just Need a Laugh

This past Friday, on a last minute invite from a co-worker, my husband and I caught the Best of British Comedy at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.  It was just what the doctor ordered.  (My last living grandparent, my grandmother, died a few weeks ago and I have been a bit glum ever since.)  It…

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