Blogs from Geelong, Victoria, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Geelong February 15th 2020

GOR Day 10. Geelong The weather picked up a bit yesterday with just the odd small shower as I went to McDonalds with Bill to sample some genuine ?????????? food before dinner at 6.30. I am getting to like this old Gate House on Ryrie. Was it a toll house? The kitchen has an old cast iron gas oven and hob which looks to be 1940’s 1950’s like my grandparents had when I was a little boy wearing a liberty bodice and a thumb in my mouth. Breakfast was cereal and toast before we went to see the Geelong Botanical Gardens with some exotic plants and trees. Following this we headed east to peruse the bay and look at some of the 108 sculpted bollards created from the old pier timbers since 1995 by artist Jan ... read more
Black Spider  Plant

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Geelong February 14th 2020

GOR Day 9. Geelong. A great meal of Indonesian stir fry last night at the busy Torquay Hotel, perhaps the best $26 I have ever spent, followed by a pleasant walk along the sea front in the wind at dusk. Thanks everyone for the birthday wishes yesterday. Warm sunny day as we left Torquay cycling along the seafront which is always a pleasure after a breakfast at Miami, a few doors from the hotel. After Horseshoe Bend Road we turned onto Boundary Rd only to find that it was blocked after the B100 dual carriageway. We rode to the next junction and eventually got back onto Boundary Rd again to take us into Waurn Ponds. I remember having problems on this section in 2016 when we had to lift our bikes and panniers over a gate ... read more
Buckley Falls

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Geelong October 8th 2019

Spring sunshine and showers today, which is lovely for the garden. Between the showers Pete planted the Kangeroo Foot plant we bought them for their garden. This plant likes sandy soil so we had bought a bag of sand to lighten the soil. Another bonus was a visit by Nic, Elliot and Georgina. Elliot was interested in the Dove's nest with two eggs, we had spotted while working in the garden. Winks managed to finish photographing her Grandfather's amazing photograph album, with hand painted images of Rhodesia as it was in 1932 to 1945. He was quite an intrepid explorer and an excellent photographer. I have added a few photos below We walked to the Gateway Sanctuary while Elliot cycled on his bike, about two miles away. It is where Alan and Moyra did their painting. ... read more
The garden
Dove's nest
Georgie looking at the nest

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Geelong October 7th 2019

Today was Moyra's actual birthday, so she had more presents from Pete at breakfast plus phone calls. Moyra and Alan went off to a lovely little church hall in Drysdale to a life drawing class for a couple of hours. Winks and Pete did some gardening and chores. Good to have time together Later in the afternoon Pete took Winks and Al to the 'Men's Shed' where Pete joins other retired blokes to do 'things'. The shed is well equipped for producing many repurposed items in wood, metal and other materials. It is a great place fo men to get together and chat, work on projects, garden or just hang out. On the way home we went to Bunnings Hardwear superstore in Leopold, which is huge and holds a massive variety of stock. We ought the ... read more
Pete showing us around
Fantastic veggie garden
Stack of kindeling

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Geelong October 6th 2019

A sunny but windy day today with no pressing engagements saw a slightly later than normal start. Daylight saving meant the clocks leapt forward an hour! Moyra and Alan went to the local nature reserve to paint for a couple of hours, although it was very windy. Pete and Winks worked in the garden, tying up the daffodils and weeding. A really enjoyable time in their garden. Good to have a restful day after all the activity.... read more
Alan's oil painting
Moyra's oil painting
View of the garden

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Geelong October 5th 2019

Pete and Winks were up very, very early at 4.40 to take Sue to the Airport to catch her flight back to Perth. SadLyn she missed thes celebration. At mid morning the Nicks and the McCarthys and all the children arrived and the day turned into a mad party fo Moyra's birthday celebrations, two days early but a convenient day for those still working. There was all kinds of activities to suit all ages with biking and walking on the nearby rail trail, fun at the nearby playground, spa hot tub plus painting For the children. There was roast chicken rolls and salad for lunch for 8 adults and 6 children. In the evening Pete and Moyra provided a tasty lasagne and salad dinner for 14 people, aged from 18 months to 76 years old. Everyone ... read more
Paddy and Winks at lunch
Room on my horse for two?

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Geelong October 4th 2019

Moyra and Alan went out painting while Sue, Winks and Pete went shopping for cakes for tea. It rained quite hard so the painters had to pack up early and come home. They were testing their new pochade/special boxes to hold oil paint and painting, which fit on to a tripod. The two painters spent some time cleaning up and fixing the pochard boxes. In the afternoon we had a visit from John and Helen Posselt, from Brisbane en route to a reunion. John was hugely helpful to Pete in suppling factual information about our father's young airline company RAMS in Rhodesia, His father, Theo Posselt, was Chief Pilot. A great opportunity for us all to meet. Sue, Pete and Winks were able to do some more research into our family history, as we shared memories ... read more
Moira with birthday presents
The Posselts with Pete, Winks and Sue

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Geelong September 30th 2019

Today was a recovery and orientation morning for the weary travellers. We were honoured by a visit from P&M's elder daughter Julie and her four children, Ella, Charlotte, Paddy and Tom who made the trip down from Romsey, about an hour north of Melbourne. It was a fun day getting to know this lovely little family. Julie had to make the return journey to Romsey in the evening.... read more
Siblings - three Le Blanc Smiths and four young Macarthy's
Le Blanc Smith siblings
Winks and Paddy

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Geelong September 29th 2019

We and Sue were up early and all packed up to leave Mandurah for Perth airport and our flight to Melbourne, on the Dreamliner from London, leaving at 1.30 pm. Before leaving Mandurah we went for breakfast with Sue and Terry and their friends Patsue and Brian at 'Nourishing the Soul, a lovely restaurant on Mariner's Cove canal. We left directly from the restaurant to the airport stopping on the way for some strawberries. Terry dropped us at the airport and our journey continued arriving in Melbourne at 7.30 local time after a comfortable 3 hour flight. Brother Pete met us at Tullamarine Melbourne airport with a people mover and we had a comfortable journey to Pete and Moyra's home in Leopold near Geelong We ended the day with a lovely home cooked meal of salmon ... read more
Winks & Sue shared an 'Eggs Benedict'
The gang outside the 'Nourishingng the Soul' restaurant
Quantas aeroplanes above the wing of the 787 Dreamliner at Perth

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Geelong March 16th 2019

Left Halls Gap today and drove to Geelong. I had to see those bollards that Geelong is so famous for. Probably the attraction of the area. The Bay Walk Bollards is a trail through the waterfront from Eastern to Western Beach. Basically these bollards are a pieces of wood sculpted by artist Jan Mitchell. She chose figures of the area that provide a context and representation of life around Geelong historically. In total there are more than 100 figures you can see as you walk the Bay Walk Bollards. Interestingly, the sculptures are made from reclaimed timber pylons and transformed into works of art. All sites are numbered and each bollard display has a name - Portugese Sailor, Nurse, Fireman, Tram Conductress etc. I spent over two hours today trying to find as many as I ... read more
Eastern Beach Lifesavers
Eastern Beach Lifesavers
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