Blogs from Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Yarra Valley August 14th 2019

Not quite go. But pretty close. Best read to ‘Waltzing Matilda’ but somewhat embarrassing if you do if there are others around. But then again reading my blog qualifies as embarrassing even if no one’s around. Once an old teacher and his little sister Headed off to England to walk day after day We’ll trudge and we’ll tramp and walk and walk We’ll go a walking the Pennine Way. Ahead lay hill, dale, cairn and tarn Each day a labour and certainly no play But over, around, to and through we go We’ll go a walking the Pennine Way. Starting at Edale and heading towards the north Through the peaks of Yorkshire hey, hey, hey What? Nothing compared with the TMB We’ll go a walking the Pennine Way. Traversing the peat and bogs of the Pennines ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Yarra Valley March 3rd 2019

I’m back walking. That’s not walking backwards although there are a few who think I’m crazy enough! Really it’s another experiment, hoping to find an app that I can navigate through and have some control over.... read more
Falkirk ponies.
Ben Macdui.

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Yarra Valley February 3rd 2018

3/2/18 Saturday morning and a bit of a late start. We are off to the Yarra Valley area. Charlotte has booked lunch at a winery called "innocent Bystander" in a town called Healesville. The river Yarra flows through the middle of Melbourne and the Yarra Valley is an area outside Melbourne and is a major wine producing area. Once leaving Melbourne behind, we drove through some very attractive rolling countryside with a number of vineyards. We arrived at the winery just in good time for our 12.30 booking. We had a delicious meal which was a prelude to some wine and cider tasting which we joined in with relish and told Ollie all about as he was driving. The products were very good and we loaded up with wine and cider which did some serious damage ... read more
Yarra Valley
Yarra Valley

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Yarra Valley November 3rd 2017

Today, after an early breakfast we went off to Melbourne by train. We used a “Mykie card” and had a pleasant trip in having a chat with some locals on the train. We also got the call from Mckenzie’s the airport baggage people to say that they had Alex’s case and would deliver it to our apartment between 10 and 1400. Result, woo hoo. We got to Flinders Street station and walked a few yards to the Swanson street junction to wait for our pick u p with “Dancing Kangaroo Tours” for our trip to the Yarra Valley wine tasting. All in all we went to 4 wineries where we tasted 8 samples at each. I bought a bott of red at one and a bott of white at another. I guess each sample was an ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Yarra Valley January 20th 2017

Well the start of my flight was eventful as some bloke had disrespected the pilot and then refused to get off. Not being the most patient person in the world, I was foaming that this bloke was kicking up a fuss and delaying us. Malaysian security were far too nice, they should have smacked him and dragged him off the plane a lot sooner. Eventually we were up in the air and the rest of the flight was uneventful. Melbourne airport was rammed. I'm glad I was able to do the scan yourself in security as that was really quick and after queuing to tell them about my dirty boots, I was free to go. My friend was waiting in the arrivals hall and we headed to the car. Brr! Melbourne was cool and a little ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Yarra Valley August 9th 2012

We have written a short blog to reflect on our last few weeks in Asia. Throughout our time we looked forward to the next destination, never looking back at where we had been and even propelling ourselves to leave the continent early. Was this justified? On reflection no, we think the reason for this haste was a combination of factors. Each country indeed had very strong merits to make it a contender for "the next country I will go back on holiday and visit" but mixed up, visiting these countries after one another; that is what has taken its toll of our weary bodies and minds. Particularly our minds, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia are still stricken with war poverty, each isolated is a beautiful country but a demonising past but as you travel and move through ... read more
Night market- Chiang Mai
Big Buddha - Luang Prabang
Chinatown - Kuala Lumpur

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Yarra Valley April 12th 2012

Nous allons bosser au resto aujourd’hui. Avant de partir on nourrit les chevaux, depuis hier on est aussi en charge de ça. Il faut préparer les seaux avec des mixtures différentes selon les chevaux, puis les ramener à l’étable. On manque de se tromper, 2 chevaux se ressemblant beaucoup. Je n’arrive pas à mettre le collet, trop compliqué mais pas besoin, ils nous suivent docilement ! Ca me fait un peu bizarre d’être si près de chevaux, ça faisait longtemps… Puis à 10h on part au Weller’s le restaurant de Stuart & Tiana. On commence par les toiles d’araignées, puis on nettoie les murs extérieurs qui ont du caca oiseaux. Je visse 2 nouvelles pancartes Ladies et Gentlemen pour les toilettes, pas facile mais je me débrouille toute seule. Nico nettoie les gouttières et enfin à ... read more
A l'étable
On enlève les toiles d'araignés
Allez on visse

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Yarra Valley April 10th 2012

Aujourd’hui c’est lundi de Pâques et nous allons bosser au potager. Je me lève tard, à 9h, je suppose que c’est dû au festin et au « hot toddy » de la veille !! Nico est déjà à l’œuvre dans le potager, je ne tarde pas à le rejoindre. On désherbe, on coupe et on fait la récolte de légumes énormes. Mais il pleut des cordes, donc le travail est interrompu, du moins pour moi qui va à l’intérieur prendre un thé avec Tiana. Mais pas Nico, bourreau de travail qui continue même sous la pluie. Tiana sort pour lui dire d’arrêter mais rien n’y fait !! Ce mec est totally crazy !! Après un déjeuner dans notre joli accomodation, on reste tranquille au chaud, faut dire que le temps est horrible : pluie, vent et ... read more
Dans le garage

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Yarra Valley April 8th 2012

En ce dimanche matin, nous commençons les travaux par du weeding, mine de rien on remplira 3 brouettes de mauvaises herbes. Ensuite il faut mettre une nouvelle maison pour les poules, c'est plus difficile que prévu car le toit ne passe pas, il est trop large. Il faut donc le démonter en enlevant toutes les vis, bon ça va, ce n'est pas trop compliqué et on y arrive assez rapidement. Après le lunch, on décide d'aller se balader à Kinglake National Park qui se trouve qu'a une vingtaine de kms. Le parc a malheureusement été victime des incendies de 2009 qui ont dévasté une bonne partie de la région, le tronc des arbres en garde les signes, la plupart sont encore calcinés. Lors de ce 'samedi noir', il y a eu plus de 4500 km² brulé ... read more
Direction les falls
Wombalano Falls
Sur le chemin

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Yarra Valley April 3rd 2012

Aujourd'hui on va bosser au restaurant, il faut repeindre les toilettes du bar. On suit Tiana et on arrive 15 mins plus tard au restaurant le Wellers. Stuart ainsi qu’un peu de personnel sont à pied d’œuvre, ils emploient en tout 22 personnes !! On fait un petit tour du propriétaire, puis Tiana nous donne tout le matos, certains outils sont inutilisables et d’autres nécessaires manquent. On remarque la différence avec Greg qui lui avait exactement ce qu’il fallait et prenait soin de ses outils. On fini par avoir tout ce qu’il faut, c’est parti mon kiki. Les couleurs actuelles sont assez affreuses, rose et bleu pastel pour les femmes et les hommes., en plus d’être moches c’est so cliché !! Avant de peindre il faut nettoyer et préparer les surfaces, on mastique, on colle du ... read more
Le bar
Le resto
L:e petit tram qui décore le jardin

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