The thought of living in a different country to the one I was born in grew in me from my twenties, but the thought of moving to Australia didn't take hold to my late 30's. Even then, the circumstances were right with Caroline also wanting to try life away from England where we were born. Our combined strength made things happen and we emigrated to Melbourne which we'd never even visited before. We instantly fell in love with the place and haven't thought about living anywhere else in the 10 years we've spent here. I can't imagine living anywhere else for the rest of my life.
While I work hard, and fairly long hours, I do get time for other things. For instance, it is great to live so close to a bay, and the sea. In England I never lived near the sea, so it was always a big thing to go there. I guess I still get the same buzz going to the bay now, even though it is a 15 minute walk away and I often jog to the bay. A coffee and a walk by the bay is a regular part of my life with Caroline, whether near the city in Port Melbourne, near where I live in Elwood, or further down the peninsula, in Mornington, or any of the great bayside towns.
|Spirit of Tasmania Dwarfed by Queen Mary II at Port Melbourne|
No, I was blissfully unaware of the stand off in Federation Square because I spent the day in the Macedon Ranges with Caroline. Victoria is an amazingly beautiful state with great coastline, mountains, some fantastic rivers, and a short but interesting history which finds many of its roots in the gold rush of the mid 1800's. The Macedon Ranges are to the North West of Melbourne, maybe an hour by car. This part of the Great Dividing Range is linked with the history of Australian gold but predating European colonisation it was a part of the Wurrundjeri territory, and sacred sites exist in places like Sunbury which is where the Dividing Range really starts. We didn't stop driving until we reached Macedon. We were lucky with both the weather (which can be atrocious with very limited visibility at times) and the autumn colours.
|Deep reds in the Memorial Gardens|
|Bright and vibrant by the roadside in Mount Macedon|
|Avenue of Honour, Mount Macedon|
|Historic Piper Street in Kyneton|
|'Duck Duck Goose & Larder', originally a Old Kyneton Market|
|Royal George Hotel, first licensed in 1852.|