Wednesday, December 3, 2014


The new place is perfect, but need to make a few changes!!
The garden bed is a tree, roses, pencil pines and stones.
 While it looks fine I want to plant the new plants we were given at the house warming and also  to develop a bit of  a herb and vege  garden.
The garden fork only goes in about 3cm.
Also I want the plants in the ground while I am away for better survival. The bed gets good sun and catches any rain.
So I rang my gardener Luke (didn't think I'd need him here) and he and the lads did the work that would have got me to the chiropractor.
Moved the pots out of the way (the rose bush is planted in a pot Annemarie!)
It needed shovels not just the rakes
The Pencil pines gone 
The soil dug over OK and has a lot of worms!
I am going to have the stones form a dry garden area
The Hydrangea safely in the ground with some stone mulch
(that's not a weed it's the cyclamen bulb )

A new Year adventure

I have been  flattered to be invited to join a few of the new Private Paediatric practices starting up at RCH in the new building.(the renovated " front entry" building adjacent to the new place.)
I have decided to work with the Melbourne Paediatric Specialist Group (MPS) (not PMS as Celia suggested when I couldn't think of the acronym)
In this group I hope to have the chance to do some joint clinics regarding Unsettled babies and also some feeding and tube weaning  groups.
On Monday I went for a photo session in the lobby of what is the Larwill Art Hotel. I haven't got the pics yet but they looked GREAT!!!
We start on Feb 2nd. I will not be going to Balwyn but will continue at Yarraville. Have had an official letter approving my inclusion as an RCH service, (not just a private practice)
Access is through the now open doors near McDonalds on ground floor. It is a hotel for RCH families (and others)
The garden on Flemington Rd
Approaching the front 
I googled the address as I didn't know where it was! Never knew the Hospital number 
The art area 
a blurred pic of the Art  
The Cafe (discovered by a few staff, and its a retreat!)

Sunday, November 30, 2014

A train ride to Birregurra

I started the trip to Birregurra from Southern Cross Station, by working out how to get to the city without having to find a car park. After realising that the trains from Nth Melbourne go through the Loop before getting to Southern Cross (usually one stop) I remembered Celia had used a bus over the west gate bridge last week. 
So I looked it up and found I could get one at 9:06 to get to Southern Cross by 9:25, to meet the others at 945.  
As I headed down to Altona Gate bus stop (5-6 min walk) I spotted a man at the stop Celia had seen on the On-ramp from Millers Rd ( 2 mins walk from home) He was there because his bike had a flat tire and he was waiting for his wife to come and get him!! But he assured me the bus would stop so I sat down and chatted about the new bridge for bikes opened last week to go to Yarraville. Bus arrived at 909am.
So a quick and direct service to the city, met Sue and Wendy on Platform 2 B 
Vintage train with dining car and compartments

We left on time and headed out west to Geelong and then on to Birregurra.
We had a comfy compartment and had booked High tea but this turned out to be morning AND afternoon tea, so felt very stylish!

the Dining Car
More than we could eat!

View of the sky as I lay under a tree after lunch
 It was a warm day so we had dressed appropriately
water Tank from 1891.
Lunch spot

Old Station features
Enthusiasts waiting to get a pic as the train returned after lunch
We arrived back at 515 in time for me to get the 523 bus back and I was home by 550!

The New place

Guests at the house warming in 1/4 of courtyard

Well we are moved in!
From our door to the park opposite
Celia is a sterling organiser and we have everything in place. Pictures on the walls books on the shelf and even a spot in the garage for my sail bag!
Dining area looks out to the courtyard
My chair near the door

The sideboard with some housewarming & birthday cards
Our scrabble set out
rearranged to set up the recharging area
living room, minus the scrabble
Broader view

window in the stairwell

Celia's room
My room
Bathroom and walk in shower
walk in robe!!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Jean Paul Gaultier

What and Experience!! Must go again.

Detail of the ribbon dress!

UK Punk
What symmetry! And All hand made

the Train
Yes it's Knitted!!

LOVE this! Also knitted.
Kate Blanchett's dress

SCARF Festival National Wool Museum

On my way to Aireys last week I stopped off in Geelong to see their annual Scarf competition. The imagination and variety as inspiring!! M...