Weekend Bliss!

Happy Marvellous Monday!

It has been a busy weekend full to activities and delights. Yes slept  in late, read books on my Kindle in bed, found a delightful place for lunch, visited a local art exhibition, and caught up with family.

The view looking up the hill of the winery.

The view looking up the hill of the winery.

On Saturday we went for  an adventure to Red Hill North to a place called Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove for the Olive Festival.
On our way down the sky turned dark, and it began the rain began to fall. Cold and wet did not seem to mater. This beautiful scenic place caught my attention.
Enjoying the day in my lovely thick red coat.

Enjoying the day in my lovely thick red coat.

The pizza and wine caught my husband’s attention. We enjoyed sitting outside under the umbrella with the rain falling around us, enjoying pizza, wine and an awesome view. It was relaxing and allowed for some enjoyable conversation, especially with my son about his organic cola
Enjoying wine and pizza

Enjoying wine and pizza

After lunch we hit the tent, filled with music, and bursting with people, we delighted our taste buds in tastings of olive oils and cheeses.

So cute!

So cute!

We then hit the took the opportunity to stroll along the wet lands walk, where we enjoy views of the vineyard and olive groves, covering the rolling hills. We enjoyed the wet lands and the artistic sculptures that we saw throughout our walk.
How much fun would this have been to create?

How much fun would this have been to create?

It made me wonder what other amazing places don’t I know about. It was a truly lovely day and a splendid place to have lunch.
The wet lands.

The wet lands.

We finished the day off by going to Arthur’s Seat for afternoon coffee and hot chocolate. 
Arthur's Seat, this place has such an amazing scenic view.

Arthur’s Seat, this place has such an amazing scenic view.

     

 
Sunday was a visit to the local art show, followed by a family get together to celebrate my brother’s birthday. It was an amazingly full and exciting weekend.
 What exciting things did you get up to on the weekend?
Wishing you all a wonderful  Monday!
 
 
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I Enjoy Every Moment Of The Weekend!

A place to rest on a Winter's day!

A place to rest on a Winter’s day!

Oh wow it is Friday, and I have started thinking about the weekend. I love the idea of two days devoted to joy, pleasure, adventure and doing the things I wish to do rather than the things I have to do. Certainly weekend days have a much more enticing feel to them than weekdays for me. I really feel it has something to do with how I approach them and that the focus tends to be on enjoyment and fun.
Sometimes I like to:
  1. go to festivals.
  2. find a cafe and have a coffee.
  3. go on a walking adventures.
  4. go to a class at the gym.
  5. check out a festival that is happening.
  6. discover new places, or simply try new experiences.
  7. stay at home curl up with a book, or a good movie.
  8. go to the local farmer’s market or Sunday market.
  9. catch up with family and friends.
  10. complete projects around the house.

 

There are always so many possibilities. It is often the leisurely or exciting weekends that give my life a special uplifting buzz. So it is nice to make the most of them.

 Weekends are precious for me because I work so many of them. However I have this weekend off so I hope to make the most of it and enjoy it. Now I have just looked at the weather forecast and it looks like being a wet weekend here in Melbourne. This makes my plans a little more challenging. One of the things I was hoping to do this weekend was the olive festival. Other things I was hoping to attend was the local Rotary Art Show. Also the Sunday Market I am in need of some nice smelling soaps and gorgeous flowers and of course a family get together to celebrate a birthday. I also hope to do more reading and keep up to date with my washing. WInter is not the time to let washing pile up especially when you dry everything on a clothes hoist.That is a have to all the others are wish to. So the plan is to jump out of bed Saturday morning get dressed up, put my make-up on and head out the door and make the most of the weekend.
My affirmation: I enjoy every moment of the weekend.
  What are you up to this weekend?
Wishing you all a fabulous weekend!

 

Beautiful,Peaceful Alfred Nicholas Gardens

ImageThis weekend on a beautiful Autumn day we visited the Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens in Sherbrooke in the Dandenong Ranges. Picnic areas, open grass areas, and lovely walking tracks. Entry was free. Autumn leaves vibrant in colours made the gardens totally picturesque. The day was a little cool and we needed to rug up, however the walk was quiet steep at times, so we soon warmed up. The best was down the bottom of the gardens.It was a lovely ornamental lake, with gorgeous bridges to walk over. On the day the lake was covered in autumn leaves and just looked magical. There was also a little boathouse. Mighty Mouse knocked on the door however no one was home. It had lots of beautiful areas to check out, I totally recommend going in Autumn because it was a spectacular sight with the colourful Autumn leaves. Although I think it would be a gorgeous place to visit in spring and summer to have a family picnic.

I can not believe I never knew about these gardens before, all these years I been visiting the area and going for walks, and never knew about this treasure. Since starting this blog, I have made an effort to search for and research about interesting places to visit near to where I live. I have found so many treasures, and it has made life so much more colourful and exciting.

Finally today I visited the local library to listen to live music being performed. It was on the classical and folk music style. However it was totally delightful to watch them perform with their instruments and listen to their music.

A totally delightful weekend!

What delightful events or places did you experience this weekend?

Wishing you a delightful week ahead, may it be full of happy surprises

 

Link: http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/alfred-nicholas-memorial-gardens-gardens-of-the-dandenongs

 

 

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Here’s Humphrey- Fun Post

Heres Humphrey B Bear my favourite childhood TV star. As a child I loved watching Humphrey B Bear he was such a sweet funny old bear. It is hard to believe he is still going after all these years, and he seems so fit. Must be all that honey he eats. Today my son said look heres Humphrey, and there he was dancing around the streets. He is still everybody’s friend. I really love Humphrey !

Bendigo Continued

 

 

Our holiday was now coming to an end, yet still we had so much to see and do. We started the day of with a stroll down to a local cafe for breakfast  then it was off to The Golden Dragon Museum, a museum with displays the Chinese heritage of Bendigo.

We started in the Sun Loong Gallery which  had a lovely collection of Chinese Lions and Dragons. It told the story of awakening the dragon before the Bendigo Easter Festival which features the famous dragon the Sun Loong Dragon. Here we also saw the chinese coin collection.

 

We then went into the Imperial Gallery which containing a large number of chinese historical artefacts including clothing, furniture, head pieces, and old artefacts. It was also where the oldest and longest imperial dragon in the world Sun Loong could be found.

It was then time to explore the Yi Yuang Gardens, which were quite nice except the water in the pond was a bit green.

The boys enjoyed seeing the Chinese Lions and Dragons, however they found looking at some of the other stuff a bit boring. That is just kids, only so much history they are interested in.

 

Then to have some real fun at the Discovery Science and Technology Centre at Bendigo. Yes fun, fun, fun! Lots of hands on exhibitions to play with and explore. We were kept busy for several hours going from one activity to the next. We also got to go to the Planetorium to see the Olympic fever and planets show. It was a very fun way to learn about the planets.

 

Our holiday has come to an end we have had four very busy days. Off home we went back to everyday life. Our holiday certainly added some excitement to our winter school holidays.

Drive In

 

 

 

As a child my parents took me to the Drive-In. I have fond memories of being curled up in the back seat with blankets and pillows. I remember when the windows fogged up complaining and Dad wiping the windscreen with a rag so we could all see again. Whilst the sound came from a single speaker which you attached to the side window, and hoped you picked one that worked well. It was such an adventure , good family fun  and wonderful childhood memories. As I grew up going to the Drive-In went out of favour, people stopped going to them and so they closed. So many people have never experienced this phenomena, because Drive- Ins are so rare these days. There are only three Drive-In’s in Victoria which are as follows the Coburg Drive-In, the Dromana Drive-In and the Dandenong Lunar Drive -In.

The Drive- In is one cool retro experience, it has an atmosphere of excitement and adventure that movie centres just lack. You can pack up the blankets,pillows, teddies and food. Clothes or pyjama’s either is cool. Some people even take their own chairs. It is such a fabulous family experience.

I am lucky I live about 20 minutes away from the Dandenong Lunar Drive-In. What a treasure, especially with its four big screens and selection of latest movies to choose from. This Drive in originally opened in 1956 and closed in the 1980’s like many of the Drive-Ins. What is different about it was that it re-opened in 2002 providing a movie experience that people could discover or rediscover.

It is so wonderful to be able to have that experience with my husband and children. To have popcorn flying around the car. To be able to talk during the movie and not have to whisper. To rug up in blankets and even bring teddies. It is such a relaxing and comfortable experience, warm and engaging. Plus there is just a certain atmosphere being there with all the other cars, lined up in front of the screen watching a movie under the night sky. There just seems to be something special soulfulness and excitement to the Drive-In experience  that the sterility of the indoor cinema experience lacks. Best of all it is so affordable costing $28 for the family to see a movie, and the latest movie at that.

The Drive-In is a wonderful suburban icon, and is still a fabulous and relevant movie experience today, and it is wonderful that another generation get to have this experience. Between the late 1970’s to early 1980’s the Drive-In experience nearly became extinct so many of our Drive- In’s closed and disappeared.There still opportunities to try out this suburban movie experience. If you have never been to a Drive-In I encourage you to try it.

It is so much fun creating new memories with my own children. Big screen, great movie, and a car. We all loved it.

Resources:

www.lunardrive-in.com.au/

http://www.drive-insdownunder.com.au/