Category Archives: Melbourne

Have kids. Will celebrate.

September normally brings on a new school year, falling temperatures and lots and lots and lots of birthdays, including my children born 2 years apart, minus 2 days to be exact.  Last year I was able to eek out a combo-celebration.  This year I … Continue reading

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Would never, could never be homesick

It’s happened.  The illness I thought I would never, could never have is upon me.  Homesickness has invaded my brain.  But why now? Is it because our time here in Melbourne was recently cut short, our bodies mentally ready to reenter our … Continue reading

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“GO BLUE!” from Oz

Our battle cries sounded through the sunny, late morning hours in St. Kilda on Sunday, the 11th.  We saw it live, the Saturday night Michigan game at the big house. Our story begins. We do not get cable tv and … Continue reading

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Sovereign Hill, Ballarat

Eureka!  On a whim, we decided to do something historical this past weekend (Aussie Father’s Day weekend) and visit Ballarat, a late 1800s gold-rush town, about 90 minutes from Melbourne.  It was a surprising uphill drive with views of burnt orange hills, rows … Continue reading

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Fitzroy Gardens and the Paparazzi

We found ourselves at Fitzroy Gardens for a brisk morning outing this week.  While we weren’t quite sure what we would find and while Colin was strapped into his “pusher” we ventured into this large, nice enough, green space north of the … Continue reading

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Local Pigeons

Our local pigeons are of the brightly colored, menacing, tropical variety.  Loud noises outside?  Could it simply be city noise?  Nope, its much more likely to be the birds.  Our local pigeons (rainbow lorikeets) continue to wake my son from his daily nap.  … Continue reading

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Fireworks in Winta’

We were able to have a belated 4th of July celebration with winter fireworks over the weekend at Docklands.  Can I tell you the best thing about fireworks in winta’?  They begin at 7pm and your kids are still wide … Continue reading

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