Monday, November 30, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
I got my hair cut and coloured today. Same colour (blue/black) and same style (super short). It always gives me a little boost having my hair done.
More rain today. I'm really happy to see that the grass on the banks of the river and the hill at Birrarung Marr has greened up again after our spring heatwave, even if it's only a matter of time before it dies off again.
I'm looking forward to another quite night in with Angel tonight. Still going on season one.
Friday, November 27, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
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Friday, November 13, 2009
Here's some photos (not all my own). Just because.
Deni is the self-proclaimed Ute Capital of the World and home to the Ute on the Pole (ute = utility vehicle). Every year it hosts the Deni Ute Muster at which they attempt to break the world record for the most utes in one place. Yes, it's a bogan's paradise.
It's been just over two years since I visited. I'm feeling the urge to go back. I only lived in Deni for five years (although I've visited family many times since) but it will always have a place in my heart. My family has history there. My grandparents are all buried there. Anyone up for a road trip?
Oh - the asterisk in my heading refers to the town's former slogan "Do it in Deni". Yes, really. I think it's a shame they abandoned it. *shakes fist* Curse you political correctness! Oh well. I'll always have this fridge magnet.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
East Melbourne is another suburb with beautiful old buildings - and also this rather odd confection of old meets new on Powlett Street:
It looks like someone has gutted the church and built a big black glasshouse in the middle of it. I'm not entirely sure that it works looking at it from the outside...but how awesome would it be to live in it?
Oh...well, that pretty much is what happened. Google informs me this is the Cairns Memorial Presbyterian Chuch and it was converted into an apartment block after a fire in the 1980s.
Eep! Nearly forgot to post today! I had logged off and was flossing my teeth and looking forward to sleep when I remembered I hadn't NaBloPoMo'd. Phew!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Here's a few photos I've taken in Park Street recently:
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Yay! My 3-CD 'mix tape' from my NZ Twitter friend Kimode arrived in the mail today. I'm just uploading them to my iPod now. Can't wait to listen.
Summer has hit early in my part of the world. We've had three days of above 30 degree C temperatures with more to come, which isn't particularly gleeful for those of us who don't love the hot weather. But it is nice not to have to wear a warm jacket - or any jacket - to and from work.
I caught the train to work this morning (also not a gleeful experience), but I walked home in the heat tonight on the south side of the river, which is shaded by trees pretty much all of the way to my house. It was a surprisingly...not unpleasant walk.
I have also taken to detouring through the Botanic Gardens for the final part of my walk home now that the gates are open later. It makes the journey a little longer, but it's worth it for a little burst of serenity at the end of my working day.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
There were men in all black with white ties and braces, zoot suits, fedoras and wingtips, and women in everything from figure-hugging evening gowns, fringed flapper dresses and full skirts with stiff petticoats to corsets and burlesque-style lingerie. It's not every day you see a woman strolling along Flinders Street in French knickers and suspenders! I reckon sales of fishnets in Melbourne would have spiked this week too. They were everywhere (including on my very own pins).Anyway, I said I'd post a photo of my outfit so here you go:
Chickened out on the really red lippie, but this was still pretty red
For photos of stuff besides me, check out Girl in Melbourne.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
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Tuesday, November 3, 2009
It was a big day in Melbourne today with the running of the Melbourne Cup, the pinnacle of the Spring Racing Carnival. I'm not interested in the event itself, but I enjoy the atmosphere and it's great for people watching. Lots of young men in their best suits and women all glammed up. Plenty of women looking like trashbags too, but that's all part of the people-watching fun.
A couple of weeks ago I lamented on Twitter that it had been ages since anyone had made me a mix tape (to use the language of the olden days) and one of my lovely Twitter followers offered to make one for me! How ace is that? I told you Twitter was good, didn't I?
Kim has put together a three-CD set of music for my listening pleasure. I feel quite spoilt. It went into the mail today and I can't wait to get it - both to listen to it and perhaps discover some new music, but also to enjoy the rare pleasure of getting something in the mail besides bills and junk.
I've had a few nice things in the mail lately for a change. Last week my friend Gillian sent me a letter - a proper, old-fashioned handwritten letter on nice writing paper (can't remember the last time I got one of those!) and also a postcard from her holiday in NSW.
I feel quite nostalgic about the pleasures of receiving handwritten letters in the mail. I had several overseas pen pals when I was a kid, and as I didn't live close to my school friends, on school holidays we kept in touch by writing epic letters to each other. I used to love riding my bike through the paddock to our mailbox to collect the mail.
I grew up on a farm in south-west Victoria. We had a 25 gallon drum painted white and mounted on a pole for a mailbox and it occasionally had huntsman spiders living in it, but they didn't deter me. Our postie drove a car and used to also deliver milk and bread. If we wanted to post a letter, we just put it in the mailbox with the money for postage. Seems like another world...
I like the idea of sending handwritten letters to my friends, but I know it's not going to happen. I can't even keep on top of my emails. Sigh.
Have any of you Melbourne people been to the new South Wharf precinct lately? I went today to collect something from a friend who works at the Hilton and the area is taking shape quite nicely. The new boardwalk is great and you can actually smell the timber. I love that new(ish) footbridge too(above).
It's amazing to think how much Melbourne has changed in the past 15 years. I feel like I've seen the place blossom from a pimply-faced, sullen teen into a pretty young woman. When I came to Melbourne in 1992 the south side of the river was a wasteland of rail yards and old industrial sites and the docks were a no-go zone. The city's back was turned on the river, but now it gazes out across the waterways. Sure, Melbourne will never be as visually spectacular as Sydney, but I love it.
PS I didn't make it to the Wagons gig last night after all. Too tired and too head hurty. I'll have to post my triumphant 'I went to a gig alone!" blog another time.
Monday, November 2, 2009
I'll see how I feel in an hour's time. Maybe if I watch this Wagons video it will rev me up to leave the house tonight. (Sorry, couldn't get video to fit properly.)