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A stroll around Williamstown in an afternoon.

Tranquil yacht mooring with the city behind.

Tranquil yacht mooring with the city behind.

This is an amzing house, completely over the top.....50m to the foreshore.

This is an amazing house, completely over the top…..50m to the foreshore.

Anyone for a hydrofoil ride?

Anyone for a hydrofoil ride?

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Newport Power Station and the Westgate Bridge

Newport Power Station and the Westgate Bridge

The Strand, near the corner of Fergusson St.

The Strand, near the corner of Fergusson St.

Williamstown Primary School

Williamstown Primary School

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I am embarassed to admit that I have never before explored this part of Melbourne. I never had a reason to be here and Williamstown is its own little world due to the geography of Port Phillip Bay. There is only one way in & out.
If you live to the north then the beaches of Torquay, Pt Lonsdale & Geelong beckon. To the south & east are Frankston, Rosebud, Portsea and so on. If you are not a fisherman or a boat person there is little reason to head this way. Fortunately my youngest daughter had an afternoon of athletics last week so rather than sit & read I went for a walk….What a pleasant adventure!

It was a mild Summer day and there were plenty of people around….riding bikes, eating ice creams, picnicking in the park, fishing off the pier, taking short ferry & hydrofoil rides, jogging/walking along the foreshore or just sitting on the footpath outside a cafe, enjoying a coffee/drink & watching the world go by…..truly relaxing. I am certainly returning very soon.

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Ballet and Fashion meet Rowing on the Yarra

I enjoyed a stimulating half day in Melbourne’s CBD today.

The city was busy with pre-christmas shoppers, picnickers and sports people of various ilks. After catching the tram down from Carlton to Fed Square and dodging joggers & skateboarders as I walked to the NGV,  I was able to watch a rowing regatta unfold on the Yarra. There were boats galore and the rowing sheds were a hive of activity.

The Yarra, 17/11/2012, rowing regatta

At the gallery, I headed for the exhibition ‘Ballet & Fashion’, which was a small collection of costumes & sketches used by the Australian Ballet Company over the years.

Contributors included Collette Dinnigan, Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino, Christian Lacroix and Akira Isogawa. It was particularly enjoyable to watch video of dancers wearing costumes displayed.

My favourite was an exquisite & instantly recognisable Colette Dinnigan tutu and matching shoes.

Colette Dinnigan

Most fascinating was a Dutch design by Viktor & Rolf of a hooped burqa which lit up!

       

        

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Melburnians…the luckiest diners.

I have been fortunate this week to enjoy two meals filled with fine food & good company.
The end of year dinner for my Bookclub – POIR – was at a small local Malaysian restaurant in Newmarket. The establishment, Chef Lagenda, was buzzing, even on a Wednesday night and we had to work hard to complete our discussion of our most recent book – The Constant Gardener – by John Le Carre.
The book is highly recommended for followers of Le Carre who don’t mind a diversion from spy thrillers to a very relevant commentary on the pharmeceutical industry in Africa & its less than ethical dealings with the local population. The accompanying film of the book – with Ralph Fiennes & Rachel Weisz in the lead roles – is also excellent & closely follows the book.
Our meal included gado gado, spicy spinach, a chicken curry, sizzling hokkein beef noodles & spicy chilli chicken and was served efficiently, given that we were a large group with a self defined banquet order. It was outstanding value at $17 per head! Highly recommended for any casual occasion.

http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/71/1540526/restaurant/Melbourne/Chef-Lagenda-Flemington

The next evening I headed off to an art exhibition opening night followed by an Indian meal in North Fitzroy at ‘Horn Please’.

The art was by a friend of mine from hockey, with hidden painting & weaving talents I feel honoured to have viewed at the exhibition opening. A collection of 40 odd paintings & tapestries were displayed in her Richmond home – an amazing space in itself –  and it was thrilling to see what she had achieved. Several works were already sold & all were both pleasant to look at & technically accomplished.

 “Licorice Allsorts” – Cristina Doyle 2012

The restaurant has been open for less than a month and was extremely busy – we had to wait about 10 minutes for a table.  This was probably because they had been given a very favourable review in ‘The Age’ last weekend!It was worth the wait for an interesting array of dishes such as goat curry, eggplant pakoras, rice with cumin & lemon plus old favourites such as butter chicken. The taste was a little mild for me but none the less the service was friendly & efficient. The owners also run an Indian restaurant in Kyneton & the wine list included many wines from the Macedon region.
If we had ‘lucked out’ here we could easily have gone a couple of doors away to the ‘Morrocan Soup Kitchen’ which also looked to be very popular. We are so lucky in Melbourne to have many restaurants, cafes etc catering to an eclectic range of tastes & budgets…

http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/restaurants-and-bars/horn-please-20120825-24squ.html

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Dinner by the Lake – October 14 2012

Dinner by the Lake - October 14 2012

Enjoyed a barbeque by Taylors Lake this evening, complete with a curious black swan who cruised over to see what all the commotion was. A glorious Spring day in Melbourne with consistent sunny weather from dawn to dusk!

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October 14, 2012 · 9:29 am

The beautiful Maribyrnong River – October 14 2012

The beautiful Maribyrnong River - October 14 2012

Sunday morning exercise – relaxing with joggers, cyclists, prams, dogs & even some rowers……

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October 14, 2012 · 6:13 am