I'm home again after two weeks in Australia!
|Melbourne- the Yarra River|
|A fascinator is a "must have" in Melbourne!|
|My husband and I at a Melbourne Dinner Party...fascinator locked and loaded.|
We love Melbourne with it's mix of old buildings and cutting edge new millenium architecture. The innovative repurposing of dreary old lanes to create fabulous areas to shop, make art, drink coffee, eat, see and be seen is a major part of the culture of the city .
|I took this photo outside a Melbourne Shop, the "doll" in the background|
was a little girl dancing in the store.
It was pure luck to catch her.
to Port Fairy pausing to see wild koalas in gum trees and kangaroos in a volcanic crater before heading inland through Hall's Gap and Ballarat in the Grampion Mountains and back to Melbourne through rolling wine country and Daylesford with its beautiful Convent Gallery
From Melbourne we took a sleeper car in a night train (which was underwhelming in its romanticism) to Sydney where we were dumped with a monsoon that soaked us to the core. Our first views of the harbour and Opera House were quite soggy!
|I was too cold, wet and miserable to attempt to take an artsy shot of my first view of the Opera House. |
I had packed for Australia, not the west Coast of Canada!
...and speaking of colour, don't get me started on the flora!!
When the rain stopped we enjoyed our days in Sydney- particularly the galleries, gardens and weekend craft markets in Paddington and The Rocks and a beautiful afternoon at Bondi Beach where the ocean is a riveting shade of blue and most bodies are buff and if they aren't no one seems to care.
|Sun bathers and surfers- Bondi Beach|
I loved the woven willow house "Ballroom" by Patrick Dougherty which is on display at Federation Square in Melbourne.
|Woven wire at The convent Gallery- Daylesford|
Figurative sculpture- Daylesford
...window shopping in Sydney