Happy 2nd Blog Anniversary to me

I can’t believe it has been two years since I started this Blog! The time has flown by. I started this to learn about Library & Web 2.o, and it sure was a huge learning curve the first few months. Lately I have been thinking about the direction this blog is going, somedays I think nowhere 😆

I am still considering things, but right now I’m not sure which direction to take, so guess it will just be bits and pieces of my life, things that interest me. I have been trying to complete a inventory of my royal memorabilia collection, and may transfer what I have over here, not sure yet….

For all the visitors, over 22,000 now, thanks for dropping by, and for your encouragement and many comments.

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Ped Egg – it actually works!

I was lucky enough to receive a Ped Egg for Xmas.
You know those things you see advertised on TV, you watch the infomercial and think to yourself “yeah right”

well… it actually works!!!!!

I have spent a virtual fortune on heel balms and the like over the years, nothing works, even with following the instructions to the letter! A couple of years ago my heels were so bad I just couldn’t stand it a single day longer and went to a podiatrist, what bliss, I walked out feeling fantastic, but of course with a short time back came the dry cracked skin. And at $70 a pop I just couldn’t afford to have regular treatments.

So it was with little hope that I opened my Ped Egg, I couldn’t believe my eyes, the dry skin just melted off!!  I even put my glasses on because I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. So if you suffer from the same problem, do yourself a favour and get one of these little beauties! 

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Xmas Tea

I think today will go down in history… not only was everything cooked to perfection but I managed not to burn myself or cut a finger off in the process!
You would think that a roast lunch would be enough for anyone   😯
Starters: Prawn and Mango Salad
Main: Roast Pork, Roast Turkey, Ham, Roast potatoes, marrow, parsnips, carrots and sweet potatoes, oh and steamed broccoli, BUT we still managed to polish off cold meat and salad for tea hehe

The xmas pudd will have to wait until tomorrow night, simply could not eat another thing until at least tomorrow afternoon 😆

xmas-tea-2008

Merry Xmas to all xoxoxo

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Melbourne – wrap up

Got back home last night from my Melbourne trip… what can I say… it started with the free tourist shuttle bus timetable and bus stops being changed on the day we ARRIVED, shame they had no maps to give out, terrible organisation on their part!
The drivers seemed as confused as the tourists 😆

I guess it all depends on what you want to see and experience when visiting. I wanted to see historical sites and relics and was disappointed, there just isn’t much to see. I feel sorry for tourists coming from overseas to “see Australia” as it doesn’t exist in Melbourne.

It’s dirty, ugly, overcrowded, and swings from the extreme yuppyland to just plain ugly.

Try buying something to eat for example. We couldn’t find a single deli in the CBD or even anything that sells the good ol favourite Aussie grub – Pies, Pasties, Sandwiches, etc. etc.

That being said, there were some places worth a visit and mention.
Highlight of the trip was Cook’s Cottage in the Fitzroy Gardens:

 

Cooks Cottage

Cooks Cottage

Seconded by the Melbourne Museum where we were able to get up and close to Phar Lap and were allowed to take pics:

Phar Lap

Phar Lap

Thirdly, the Old Melbourne Gaol, where we did a night time “so called” ghost tour, ain’t no ghosts there I can tell ya, but was interesting. Only downside was it never occured to me that we would have to climb up two flights of stairs IN THE DARK and walk along a narrow passage…… EEEK, everyone who knows me, knows how frightened I am of heights, absolutely terrifying experience! Then after coming down, a few minutes later he wanted to take us back up there again, no way was I going back up so I sat on the bottom step IN THE DARK BY MYSELF, was doing okay until I saw one of the cell doors open and a white figure emerge and walk towards me…. JMJosephine I don’t know who was more freaked out, me or the staff member who wasn’t expecting any tourists to be sitting down in the dark 😆
Only downside of the tour was the price, $68 for two tickets, $30 a person plus postage, not sure it was worth the price…

Ground Floor of the Gaol

Ground Floor of the Gaol

The accommodation I sourced and booked was FANTASTIC, Travelodge Southbank, great location, easy to get everywhere, I couldn’t fault it in anyway and got a great deal on the internet for $150 a night which included a FULL breakfast for two! Thank You Tripadvisor.com

Final thoughts:

Old Melbourne Gaol – worth a visit
Fitzroy Gardens – Cooks Cottage fantastic, but don’t bother with model tudor village or fairy tree…
QV Market – didn’t bother
St Patricks Cathedral – worth a visit, beautiful, expecially the mosaic floor
Federation Square – this must be the UGLIEST set of buildings in the world
National Gallery – was closed
City Museum at Old Treasury – DO NOT waste your money, a TOTAL ripoff

Best place to eat in Melbourne – Lygon Street

I will put some more pics up in Flickr.
Here’s a video of the Myer xmas display in Bourke Street Mall (I think)

Meet the Author – Matthew Reilly

From my Local Library

“The Friends of Gawler Library, Angus & Robertson Gawler and the Gawler Public Library are delighted to announce another Meet the Author Event in Gawler.
This time it will be Matthew Reilly – well known Australian author who wrote his first best seller at 20.  (He is now 33.)
The event will be held on Fri 31st Oct, 10:30am – 12:30pm at the Youth Shak at the Gawler Sports & Community Centre.
Morning tea will be provided.
Matthew’s latest book is Six Sacred Stones but you may have read Contest, Ice Station, Scarecrow and Seven Ancient Wonders.
(More details are available at http://www.matthewreilly.com/ )

Although Matthew’s action novels are written for an adult audience his books have become a major tool in the fight to get teenage males into reading.

For $5 ($4 for Friends of Gawler Library members) you can listen to a very entertaining Australian author, ask him questions, have him autograph copies for Christmas presents and enjoy the company of other literary fans!
  
Given the success of our William McInnes early booking is strongly recommended.  Tickets go on sale as of Monday 13th October from Gawler Public Library (8522 9213) or Angus & Robertson, Gawler (8522 4716).  FOGL membership can be arranged at the Library.

Be quick – organise a group of friends – and enjoy this special event.”

 

Scott and Amber Sweet

Had the great pleasure to attend my godsons wedding yesterday. Have uploaded the best pics to flickr. It’s hard to imagine that 25 years ago I was bouncing him on my knee! He has grown into a wonderful man, and Amber is just such a georgous girl! Wishing them both many blessings and hopes that they have a beautiful life together!

 

Kernewek Lowender 2009

The next festival will be held from the 11th-17th May 2009. I have always wanted to go, must make the effort and go next year!

From this site:

“The Kernewek Lowender – Copper Coast Cornish Festival is Australia’s largest Cornish festival. It is held to celebrate the early mining heritage of the Yorke Peninsula country towns of Kadina, Moonta and Wallaroo.

The festival is held over seven days with the highlight being ‘The Big Weekend’. The festival is packed with a variety of traditional Cornish activities and other festival like events.

Visitors can expect to experience Furry Dancing, church services, art, music, craft, seafood delights, formal dinners, wine, Swanky, Cornish Pasties, live entertainment and much more.”