Picked up my lunch at the South Melbourne Market. Lunch was a great veggie custard quiche thing and Tasmanian cherries.
There was a variety of winter squash-including this non-PC Jap pumpkin.
The flower sellers had many interesting offerings-even water lilies as cut flowers.
The South Melbourne Market is not Melbourne’s famous market but it is a fine market and was worth the visit.
A slight problem-google could not find the train station for my trip back to the hotel. I got back the old fashioned way-I asked someone. It took several tries. Apparently google wasn’t the only one who didn’t know where the “new” station was.
After a rest, I went out for a little stroll. It was 102 so it was a very little stroll.
Today’s adventure was a trip to the Melbourne Zoo. It was another sunny day. Warm too. The zoo. It is small. But very well done and they deliver serious environmental message to kids. There was one about using 100% post consumer recycled toilet paper. A huge roll of toilet paper. Lots of toilets. A maze that made flushing noises. Oh and the waysides used the word crap. What 9 year old wouldn’t like that. There was another one about properly disposing of cell phones. And one about not using balloons. All things that kids can influence there family about.
Oh they had animals too.
Oops the TV just said it will be 35 degrees tomorrow. Not too swift with centigrade-but I think that is pretty hot.
Plan on visiting the Victoria market tomorrow and maybe a trip to the beach weather permitting.
Update: no market trip tomorrow. It is closed on Wednesday. Some times maybe it would be better to plan more carefully. Or not.
Australia is a long way from home. But in many ways it is just like home. Only different.
Leaving tomorrow morning. Going to Honolulu. Then heading out to Australia. Brisbane to be exact. Spending the night in Brisbane and leaving for Melbourne early Sunday morning. I’ll spend 4 or 5 days in Brisbane at the end of the trip.
Decided to leave Forbin the computer locked in a safe here at the hotel. I am leaving it with enough money to return it to me at the Asylum – just in case. I am leaving my warm home going clothes with Billy. Also with enough money to send the cosy stuff home. And, I mailed my backup disk to The Asylum.
Will update the Blog when I have wifi.
I know 3 people who are going on an around the world cruise next year. Could I do that? Don’t know. Will be fun to think about.
The reason for the girls trip to Hilo was to deliver an old truck to Matson for shipment to California. I wasn’t allowed on the dock because I had no ID. I had to lounge in the shade across the street while the other 3 went to see if the truck was dirt and pest free. And that it didn’t have too much gas in the tank. It passed the dirt test. But flunked the pest and gas test. The truck had was infested with ants, harbored a gecko and was too gassy. But this IS Hawaii and after 45 minutes or so about who went to high school where and who is related to whom – the truck was good to go to Honolulu and on to California.
We did lunch and more than a little shopping.
Stopped off at Rainbow Falls before heading home. Had dinner. And 11 hours later, I am back home. And, I completely missed the Orange Lord’s State of the Uniom Address.
I am happy with the waterfall shot. I will take the Olympus Pen-F with it’s 35mm lens to Australia. That will be 3 pounds well spent.
I was having a really hard time getting my stuff together for the Aussie trip and the trek back to the Asylum. I was trying to pack to go to Australia. And to pack up every thing else – to leave here – looking towards dealing with it in March When I get back to Kona.
This wasn’t working for me. I decided to pack for the Aussie trip. Gotta do that. And to pack up the room and put it away until next year. I will not have to deal with this part of the stuff again. And, to put a small collection of stuff – Forbin the Computer, heavy sweater, wetsuit aside and pick them up in March.
At least when I get this done. I will be done. And when I come back to Kona for my 4 day post adventure rest – I can just rest. And not deal with unpacking and repacking. Or getting stuff ready to store until next winter.
So today was serious breaking camp. Going to Hilo on a girls road trip tomorrow. Maybe I’ll have a new picture. Not one from the archives.
Just an ordinary day in our little drinking village with a fishing problem. Big cruise ship showed up today along with the regular little ship that shows up a couple of times a month.
Sort of into my regularly scheduled pre-trip slump. I am so mentally ready for the trip to start. But, no where near physically. When I went out on adventures when Carlton was still alive – I had to stock the freezer with enough sandwiches to keep him fed. Which means, if I were going to be gone for 28 days – I would put 56 individually wrapped ham, turkey and cheese sandwiches in the freezer. Every morning he would put 2 sandwiches out on the counter. And, he would have breakfast and dinner. He could put mustard on the sandwiches. He could make coffee. And he would go to the grocery store and buy bananas and ice cream. And that is what he would eat. 36 days was as long as I left him Home Alone.
It was a chilly, gray, drippy day today. By sunset, I was suffering from cabin fever. And, I didn’t even have 1,000 steps on the fit bit. So, I went for my morning walk. about 11 hours late. By the time I got back, I had 11,000+ steps and some yogurt.
I spent some time today trying to figure out how to fit my “necessary” stuff into Aussie carryon rules. 7 kilos. On the plus side they seem to have 23 kilo check bag for free. Well, 7 kilos doesn’t work for me this time. I will carryon on Hawaiian. That will help me get through customs and immigration. Then in Australia I will carry on the electronics and primary camera and old lady meds. The rest I will pack in the funky rollaboard and check it. After I am reunited with the rollaboard at baggage claim – I can put the electronic etc back in the rollaboard and roll off to my hotel.
Speaking of hotels. I rechecked the Melbourne airport to hotel plan. And took another look at the hotel.
Still feeling like an overstuffed tourist that I can not get my stuff down to 7 kilos. Think I’ll have to revisit this.