Photography Bliss : Alfred Nicholas Gardens in the Dandenong Ranges


Wow! Magical, Picturesque, Amazing colours, these words all describe the Alfred Nicholas Gardens. These gardens are situated of Sherbrooke Road in the Dandenong Ranges. They are run by Parks Victoria now, and entrance is free.
I went at the end of Autumn and the Autumn foliage colours were just gorgeous. It not just the colours it is also the ornamental lake and boat house with a couple of small bridges that just make this place so picturesque. Whilst the gardens are surrounded by rain forrest. It is a delightful place for a walking adventure with a camera.  I was in my happy place taking lots of delightful photo’s.
This day was the perfect day, late afternoon and slightly cloudy for taking photo’s. I am a new hobbyist photographer and are still learning how to navigate the settings of my DSLR camera and take good photo’s. All I know is I need to get out there and practice and take a lot of photo’s. This place makes it easy to take pretty photo’s because it is just so delightfully beautiful.

You can discover the Alfred Nicholas Gardens for yourself by going to Dandenong Ranges,  Sherbrooke Road, Sherbrooke, Victoria. Admission is free, and the photography opportunity is great. To find out more go to Parks Victoria’s site. 

This post has been inspired by the Ultimate Blog Challenge Day 11, which I have been encouraged to share some photo’s. This year I am also sharing a picture a day on Instagram, which are mostly iPhone photo’s, because that the camera I always have with me.



Wishing you all a wonderful day!




Fun Things To Do In Winter.

Morning walk on a Winter’s Day!

Winter, you make it so cold and dark outside. Really all I want to do is curl up on the couch and keep snug and warm. Whilst that is nice for a little while, I know I could be enjoying life more. I have to push myself to enjoy these Winter’s Days. This is my question: What are fun things to do in Winter?

Here are some of my ideas:
1. Cooking Adventures: Winter is a perfect time, to put the music on, put the oven on and start experimenting with new exciting dishes.

2. Reading time: What better time to snuggle in bed reading a book, or to simply curl up in an armchair with your book. I only have a heater, it would be so nice to have a

3. Go to the movies, It is warm, snug and even exciting. I love movies they are an awesome indoor activity.

4. Going out to restaurants and cafe’s, just catching up with family and friends.

5. Make a commitment, it doesn’t matter how cold or wet it is, I go out in the evenings to attend my Toastmasters club.

6. Coats I love my coats, being warm is important. I good selection of coats lets me dress for different occasions and still stay warm. It also helps me to rug up and go for a walk.

7. Sunday drives places still look pretty in Winter, and you can always stop somewhere for a warm coffee.

8. Finally winter festivals, exhibitions, and events. I check out local papers, what’s on websites like Weekend Notes, and local council calendar of events to see what is on in my area.

9. Do an online course or class and learn something new.

However I know I still like to stay tucked away inside, hibernating on my warm couch with the heater on, and the warm cup of tea in my hands. Here I am in search of fun things to do in Winter, to bring more energy and excitement into those Winter Day’s.

What fun things do you like to do on Winter’s Days?

So what are some fun things you like to do on Winter’s Days? Please leave a comment. The more ideas we have the better our Winter Days will be.

Wishing you a wonderful day!


Five Ways to Discover What Activity and Events are Happening in Your Suburb.

This weekend I have been stuck at home inside with a head cold. My nose keeps running, I have a rotten headache, and I am dreaming about all the things I could be doing. However I am just too tired and miserable to do much at all. So today I have chose to reblog an old post. I have found this post very useful in cultivating a more interesting and joyful life.

Happy Suburban Chick

Part of my journey to cultivate more happiness and live blissfully in my suburban area is getting out into my community and finding out what it has to offer. I first thought I could look up events to see if I could add more art, music and culture into my life without having to stray to far from home. After a little investigating I have found there is a lot happening in my area. There are art exhibitions and even galleries. Music in the library last Sunday of the month and monthly book cafe’s. Markets, from farmers market to clothing markets. Plenty of cafes and parks to visit. There is actually lots to do all of the time I just had to do a little searching. So the five ways to find out what’s on in your suburb that I found most useful are as follows:

  1. Local Newspapers: I have…

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A Walk in the Park

This week my walk took me in search of some public art. So I went for a stroll along Bridgewater Boulevard in Berwick to find this artistically crafted wooden forest seat at the Bridgewater Children’s Centre.  It was enchanting and delightful looking. So glad I got to see it.





As I walk along the path amongst the trees on this beautiful sunny breezy spring day I enjoy listening to the music of the birds. The birds are busy playing amongst the trees. I am all alone. Just me, nature, and noisy happy singing birds.





As I walked along the boulevard along the winding path I saw a small area of farm land. It was now surrounded by houses. Big new housing estates. Some cows still remained in the paddocks and a farm-house. I wonder how long will it     will remain intact. That farmland seemed like a little sanctuary, a buffer to all this housing craziness. I can already see the start of the road heading into the farm land. Sadly soon all the cows and paddocks will be gone.










As I continued walking and went over the road I found this beautiful small park surrounded by houses. It was just lovely it was a little sanctuary with a rotunda at the top and steps going down to a small lake. It would be a lovely spot for a picnic. On my way round I picked some fragrant jasmine, it smelt delightful. It was a wonderful way to spend my afternoon after a relaxing yoga class.


The week has been busy with my son’s school concert, going out for tea for my birthday, Toastmaster’s, and just running the boys around. It has also included my yoga and sh’bam which always boost my energy and I look forward to a relaxing weekend!

I will continue to search out more hidden treasures around my own neighbourhood. It is amazing the places you can find when you search for them . What hidden treasures do you have where you live?