Not on your Nellie

Out in the beautiful Yarra Valley, I came across a winery I had seen on one of those TV travel shows.  But not just any old winery - Coombe Estate.  Dame Nellie Melba's Coombe Estate.  One of the largest AND oldest family estates in the Yarra, Coombe was established in the late 1800's by the [...]

Oh My(er)!

When I was a young girl growing up in Perth, each year at Christmas, one of the TV stations would televise the Christmas Carols in Melbourne, which were held at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl.  I wasn't that keen on watching this, I was never a fan of carols, and, having on ever heard the [...]

The Great Road along the Ocean and Other Delights

A chill had started to wake me in the morning and proceed me to bed in the evening over the last week and I was really starting to worry about my first winter in Melbourne - which was still another three months away.  So I can't tell you how pleased I was to see this [...]

Keeping On Keeping On

I'm fully aware that it's been way too long since I wrote last.  I am guilty of that thing called 'taking too much on' and had to have a swift talking to myself in which I clearly pointed out this was not why I moved to Melbourne. And now I have so much I need [...]

Working it Out

I'm sure I won't be alone when I say that trying to find a job in a new city can be tough. Unless you are lucky enough to know someone, your usual support networks which you've usually spent years building up, are suddenly gone.  Sure, you've got great references and you know you can do [...]

Between some Rock and a Harsh Place

On average, one woman is killed every week as a result of intimate partner violence. And not only is domestic violence the principal cause of homelessness for women and children, but 1 in 3 women has experienced physical and/or sexual violence by someone known to them. To put that in perspective, that's 20 out of [...]

Oodles of Noodles

Ok, so gotta get out of the house and I remember that the Good Food Month Nightly Noodle Markets are on down at Birrarung Marr, just a stone's throw away (of course!).  Opened in 2002, Birrarung Marr plays host to all sorts of festivals and events such as this, and a quick walk from Federation [...]

Having a Whine

The hardest part of moving to a new city for me so far is Friday afternoons. Or maybe more precisely, it's that I have no job and no friends to share those Friday afternoons with yet. Sure, back in Perth it was such a hard slog to get through every week, but Friday afternoons presented that glorious few [...]