We’re home

And where is that you may ask. As they say, home is we’re the heart is, and for us that’s anywhere in Australia. Currently, we’re in an hotel overlooking the Yarra in Melbourne.

View from our hotel room

View from our hotel room

We’re still somewhat jet lagged and our sleeping patterns are a bit out of whack, but we’re getting there. Another day or two should see us right. The Sun/rain ratio here seems to be almost the complete opposite of England’s north. Since we awoke to our first day here on Thursday we’ve had approximately 1 1/2 hours of very light showers, not even enough to dampen the ground. That’s about the equivalent of what we were receiving in sunshine in Manchester, approximately 1 1/2 hours every three to four days were you could actually feel some shine from the sun.

It’s great to be home. Today we’re off to the MCG to watch our West Coast Eagles play against Hawthorn, a repeat of last years grand final, just hope the results are reversed for this match.

Tomorrow we leave for Tasmania. Life’s good.

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Deloraine continues to impress

The renovations and decorating are now well under way, and Paul is doing a marvellous job of being chief decorator, cook, cleaner and bottle washer. I’m still out of action and most likely will be for at least another four weeks, although I’m now managing now to do a few more things for myself – like fastening my own bra, and tying my own shoe laces. Im still having weekly visits for X-rays to check its all healing well, and to change the plaster which gets lose as the swelling reduces.

Pauls painted the entrance and will finish painting the two spare rooms today. We’ll pick up some finishing items for them tomorrow, a mirror for the entrance and curtains for the windows. Then its just waiting for the new carpet to arrive. They look really good.

We try and fit a walk in most days which is usually either along the river, or up town to collect groceries. Whilst the idea of returning to the life of a ‘Grey Nomad’ is still very exciting and strongly beckons, having to spend some time here in Deloraine is by no means a hardship. The town is a lovely place to walk around, and to date I’ve yet to see a nicer, prettier or more interesting town.

Street Sculpture

Street Sculpture

The street has lovely metal sculptures every couple of lamp posts apart. There must be at least three dozen in total and include guitar playing minstrels, circus troops, Tai-Chi, wood cutters etc. You name it, its probably represented in the sculptures on Deloraine’s main street.

A guiter playing minstrel

A guiter playing minstrel

An acrobatic/circus troope

An acrobatic/circus troope

Then theres the multitude of arts and craft shops, and I’m not talking old ladies crotchet and hand knits, although they’re here also. Walking up and down the street there’s so many window displays that successfully beckon one inside for a closer look. One of my favourites is the Alpaca shop which has some lovely items, some crafted here in Deloraine, and some from as far away as Peru. Be warned though, you need more than small change to make a purchase there, a lot more….

Theres lovely rustic hand made wood craft, like these rocking chairs adorning the footpath outside a craft shop.

Rustic hand crafted wood work

Rustic hand crafted wood work

My favourite window display at the moment though is these three heads.

Window display in one of the many art and craft shops

Window display in one of the many art and craft shops

I love the green one which I think is titled something like ‘Entrancestress of the Forest’. The blue one has a similar name but for the ocean, and the red one is for volcanoes I think. The green one reminds me so much of my friend Toni, and I just know she’d love it.

My favourite - reminds me of my good friend Toni

My favourite – reminds me of my good friend Toni

The gaps between the shops open up to a stunning vista of the surrounding western Tiers.

The Western Tiers, providing a picture perfect town background

The Western Tiers, providing a picture perfect town background

Even the guest houses are interesting to look at, like this one with its statues of Laural and Hardy on the balcony, and a garden full of statues and memorabilia. Theres even an old push mower powered by by an attached bicycle in one of the gardens.

Lifesize statues of Laurel and Hardy

Lifesize statues of Laurel and Hardy

A guesthouse on the main street

A guesthouse on the main street

The cafes and pubs all serve very nice food, and have something special to recommend each and every one of them. I”ll post some photos of a couple soon that are particularly good – one for its wood fired pizzas and balcony overlooking the Western Tiers, and the other for its 50’s memorabilia. My brother Garry will love that one.

Yes, its no hardship at all having to stay a while here in Deloraine.

Karrinyup Waters Resort – Perth

P1020634 P1020629 P1020626Karrinyup Waters Resort – nice and clean, and very central for when staying in Perth is a necessity. Two lovely lakes with weeping willows on their banks and plenty of birdlife. Nice ablutions in our section and although not ensuite sites, each ablution is a separate little room with toilet shower and wash basin, so they are private and roomy compared to little cubicles in one large room. The pool area is certainly very pleasant with large pool constantly heated to 32 degrees, one large lagoon style pool and very large heated spa pool. There’s lots of sun loungers under umbrellas for lounging around on with a good book – speaking of which, I’m currently reading ‘The Book thief’, what a good read that is.