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Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Mallacoota June 6th 2014

Well winter has arrived and so has the change in the weather, still we need the rain. Week 5 started on Sunday 1st June with the 9.00am service at St Peters. This week has again seen our involvement change and increase and for the month of June we have been included in the church worship roster. At today’s service Jess read the first reading Act 1 : 6 - 14 then led the Psalm.Evelyn said Prayers for the People. It is a privilege to be involved at this level with the congregation. Monday 2nd June and we started the next task at St Peters, repairing the Font. One section had come away from the top and three others required internal supports to be reglued. We will then be applying a coat of Danish oil to the ... read more
St Peters Manse
St Peters Manse
St Peters Manse

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Frankston June 2nd 2014

On Thursday the 5th June, 2014 the Grubba's are embarking on their great Aussie caravaning tour of Australia. Join them as they see the sites and enjoy living in 17 feet of accommodation. How long will it before we see the Griswald's in action?... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne May 31st 2014

We might be back in Australia but I can't help thinking about Japan, and especially about Ross. Thank you for giving up your bed for us, introducing us to some of your friends and just for being you. Many thanks too for the laptop! It was wonderful to spend some time together. Don't let's leave it too long before we do it again, be it in Japan or Australia! And let's do more chatting on Skype, we don't do that often enough. Leaving Japan I took more than happy memories with me; I left with the start of a miserable cold which had taken hold by the time we arrived in Melbourne and somewhat slowed me down. The move from Japan in late Spring to Melbourne in late Autumn was also somewhat of a shock; for ... read more
National Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Kev's vehicle

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Mallacoota May 29th 2014

Well as the title of this Blog confirms it's now been 4 weeks since we arrived at Mallacoota and our second two weeks have been completely different from our first two weeks. As was reported in our previous Blogs our first two weeks saw us relaxing by the water, enjoying the weather, the views and the walks. Our second two weeks however has seen us working at St Peter's Church undertaking a list of tasks that Revd. Roger provided us with and Evelyn helping out in the Op Shop. We have certainly enjoyed the challenge which once again has seen God put us out of our comfort zone. We have fixed a couple of holes inside the church that were caused by white ants and stripped back and sanded the Church doors, removing the old marine ... read more
St Peter's Church doors
Working hard on the Church doors
The Church doors now finished

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Shepparton May 29th 2014

Brent took the day off work to see us off. That might have been a mistake as Barry spent half the morning giving him instructions on what to do while we’re away and I made sure he could feed himself OK. Bet he breathed a sigh of relief when we finally left around 1pm – much later than we’d intended. We had a good run until we started to get peckish and stopped at a roadside fuel place for some lunch. Surprisingly they had a home-made chicken and vegetable soup which was really thick, packed full of fresh veg and delicious – filling, too. We had hoped to get up into NSW but the sun was already getting low by 4.30pm so we decided we should find somewhere for the night. Soon after we saw a ... read more
Calder-Goulburn Memorial Park Rest Area
Calder-Goulburn Memorial Park Rest Area


Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Mansfield May 24th 2014

We had decided that we would go up to Mt. Buller today which is about 60 km from Mansfield. The road is tar-sealed all the way as we passed through rich, pastoral grazing land which, is very dry at the moment as there has been no rain for the last few months so, everything is looking very dry and brown but, good rain over the last couple of days, should help green things up somewhat. It only took us about an hour to get there, arriving around 11-30am and, as we wound our way around and up the mountain and, the further and higher we went, the more dense the cloud, mist and fog became until, once right at the top, it was a complete whiteout with a stiff, cold breeze blowing and you could see ... read more
Ski sculpture, Mt. Buller Village
Mt. Buller Village clocktower
Our barbecue

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Mansfield May 22nd 2014

We were staying in a very historical region of Victoria, not only for moviemakers but, also because this was bushranger country in the old days of the late 1800’s. (A bushranger was an outlaw) Victoria has many historical townships and sites and, here we were, right in the middle of some of the most historically famous of all, surrounding us in all directions. The magnificent mountain scenery around Mansfield hit the international stage worldwide when the movie, “The Man From Snowy River” was released back in 1982 with the sequel, “The Man From Snowy River II, following 6 years later, in 1988. The story is based on the poem of the same name written by one of Australia’s greatest poets, Andrew (Banjo) Patterson. Some 130 years earlier, this area and the towns of Mansfield, Glenrowan, Beechworth, ... read more
Mock-up of the siege at Glenrowan
Mt. Buller in the summertime
The Kelly Tree at Stringybark Creek

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Mallacoota May 22nd 2014

After another great week of sunny weather Saturday 17th Maywas no different. Maureen gave us a call at 6.30am so that we could see a magnificent sunrise and also witness the fishing boats head out to the upper and lower lakes for the start of the Mallacoota fishing competition. The fishing competition is held over two days and boats headed past our vantage point travelling at 8klm per hour in a snake like formation with all lights on. Unfortunately pictures would not do the sunrise or the boats justice. Those fishing register at the jetty before heading out and fish until 2.00pm. They then head back to the jetty with their catch ?????? Where bags are checked and weighed and prizes awarded. It was a great spectacle. Sunday 18th May saw us head to St Peters ... read more
Soccer Roos ?????
Skie &n Brandy
Fishing competition

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Mansfield May 19th 2014

It’s an all-day drive from Sydney to Victoria. An early start to the day by being up at 4am, we had planned to be on the road at 5 but, having those few last-minute things to do, meant that we didn’t actually get away until 5-20am. My brother Glenn and sister-in-law Bonny from country Dubbo in NSW joined us on this trip and, had offered the use of their car to drive us all down to Victoria as theirs is a bit bigger than ours so, would accommodate the 4 of us more comfortably as well as all of our gear. Ted drove us out of Sydney and, at that time of the morning, traffic was light on the M7 and the Hume. We had wanted to get on the road as early as possible so, ... read more
HMAS OTWAY at Holbrook
Bonny Glenn and Ted beside HMAS Otway

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Mallacoota May 16th 2014

Saturday 10th Maypresented us with a magnificent sunrise and a great opportunity to enjoy breakfast in the annex enjoying the water views. After breakfast we packed a lunch and thermos and headed off on a 25 klm walk. The walks were listed as the 'Mallacoota Lakeside Shared Pathway' (probably the most scenic lakeside walk in Australia), 'The Narrows' & 'Buckland's Jetty to Captain Creek', all followed the outline of the Mallacoota Inlet. The first part of the walk was a constructed walking/bike path with several areas of board walk over small creeks. We past many jetties and saw lots of bird life that allowed Evelyn to update her Australian Bird Book. The constructed walking path that started just outside the caravan park ended at the Karbeethong Jetty where fishing and house boats are moored. The second ... read more
Sunrise over the Mallacoota Inlet
Full moon over the Mallacoota Inlet
Bird Life at Mallacoota

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