Our final weeks in Australia were a whirlwind of packing and catching up with family and friends. Thank you to everyone who hosted events for us and had us as guests. We had a wonderful time.
View from the plane
After a 38 hour journey, we find ourselves on the other side of the world and at the start of a great adventure.
My work colleagues hosted a surprise farewell lunch for me this week, and gave me an amazing bunch of Australian native flowers and a bag of goodies that are difficult to find elsewhere in the world.
It was a lovely event. Thank you to everyone involved.
One of the things I love about living in the centre of Melbourne is being able able to shop at the Queen Victoria Market. Our market visits are usually limited to early mornings before work, but last week we went to the night market as well.
Sunlit produce at Queen Victoria Market
Over summer, there is a night market each Wednesday. The night market is more about entertainment than shopping. The usual stalls are transformed into seating areas, food vendors, and stages for live music. There are a handful of other stalls selling handmade soaps and candles, homemade fudge, and other pretty gift ideas.
Spanish food vendor at the night market
Food stalls at the night market
Asian BBQ vendor at the night market
While we were there, we took the opportunity to wander around the dairy hall. It was after closing time, and the normally crowded space was unusually quiet.
Quiet dairy hall after closing
Dairy hall at Queen Victoria Market
We recently visited Macedon Regional Park for a bush walk. The 5km walk to the top of Mount Macedon is steep, and slippery in parts. But, the scenery along the way is beautiful and there is a good view over the park and nearby town from the top.
Macedon Regional Park
Inside Macedon Regional Park
Fairytale like mushroom
Hillside in Macedon Regional Park
View of Macedon Regional Park
Another view from Macedon Regional Park
We recently did a tour of vineyards around Geelong, Victoria. Geelong is one of Victoria’s lesser known wine regions.
Most of the wines we sampled were Pinot varieties. Pinot is new to me, so it was fun to try the different styles. Although, I think the highlight was tasting the locally produced olive oil.
The photos below give a hint of the quirky artwork that accompanied the wine at many of the vineyards we visited.
Banks Road Vineyard
McGlashan, Wallington Estate
Olive Trees, Lighthouse Olive Mill Shop