up in the sky, it’s a Flamingo Dancer!

travel

Lined up at the Jetstar counter, a panic stricken young couple with MONSTROUSLY LARGE LUGGAGE, pushed past the two couples including Mr FD and I, claiming they were late for their flight and were slowly dealt with by the Jetstar attendant, who accepted them over the waiting customers. They danced off through security as the attendant wandered away and mooched in the background for several minutes before returning to the counter and calmly asking   “Anyone else for Melbourne?”

“Ah yes…”

“Wow, you’re lucky we are running a little late, because I was supposed to close about five minutes ago.”

By some miracle, the attendant still breathes.

 

Before we left home I made a bet with Mr FD that, as usua,l I would be the one pulled aside to be tested for chemical residue. I mean, middle aged, Anglo Saxon women with an Australian accent are always blowing up planes aren’t they? Mr FD did not take the bet, and so he lost what could have been a memorable payment.

By some miracle, the security guard still breathes.

 

We had an aisle and middle seat. The window seat was eventually filled by a young man who had the appearance of a serious drug user. Half an hour into the flight he need to use the bathroom, so up we all get and rotated into the aisle. He was gone quite a long time. From that return, he was on constant rotation to the bathroom for the entire flight. He mumbled something about “a big drink before the flight” but he was either incubating ebola, or doing lines in the bathroom, no drink is that big!

By some miracle, he still breathes. Well, he was when he tottered from the plane.

 

To try and balance the trip budget, and because we had all day to get to our hotel, we decided to take the airport flyer which found 196 of us sardined into a 10 seater minivan. I had the edge bar of a double seat on which to perch for a trip into the city that was soon revealed to take in every inner city hotel in Melbourne. I tried to stay positive and tell myself that at least I would get a scenic tour of the city, but a glance to the left and right brought the realisation that they had decorated all the windows with decals and logo, so there was scant clear viewing areas. If I hunched my chin to my knee and twisted my head to the right I could just make out a tree trunk now and again. Of course, our hotel was the very last hotel on the route.

By some miracle, the driver still breathes.

 

On the return trip we were at the airport in ample time. The desk staff took one look at Mr FD and I and decided we were perfect for seating in the emergency exit row. My FD and his crook knees, and I and my “exercise is moving from one end of the couch to the other” attitude, were asked to lift a 15 kilo escape door and throw it from the plane. It meant extra leg room, so we agreed. If it meant I was first out of the plane I was all for it. Tough cheddar for the rest of you.

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It was a three seat row, and finally the third person arrived. A woman older than Mr FD and I, who was only minutes into her seat adjacent to the escape door, when she told me about her neck and back issues. I burst into giggles. This is what they rely on to save you, people! Fear all ye who embark here.

We were lucky that we were actually on the flight to act as life savers, because the printed ticket we were given told us to go to gate 25, where we seconded ourselves waiting to be called over the address system that was of course, just a mumbled jumble of sounds and splutters. Mr FD just happened to look up at the flight board to see that our flight was now boarding from gate 30. So much for being early.

By some miracle, we still breathe.

on the banks of the Yarra

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Mr FD and I are flying to the city of Melbourne, in Victoria, this morning and staying there until Sunday evening. Regular readers will remember that a couple of months ago I won an all expenses trip to a Teacher Librarians’ Conference, and I will be attending that conference on Friday. Flights and accommodation are covered by the prize money, so we are making the most of it.

The Public Purse - Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Public Purse – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The conference will be held within the National Gallery of Victoria. The NGV claim to have the best high teas in town, so I am thinking that Mr FD can meet me there after the conference and we shall take a genteel tea.

melbourne Stained Glass roof at National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

melbourne National Gallery of Victoria

We are staying in the city centre and so can take advantage of the free central city tram to get around.

melbourne tram

We have made no firm sightseeing plans, but it is about five years since we have been to Melbourne and so no doubt there are lots of things to see. The Aquarium is on our  to do list though.

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I want to see as much of this as possible…

La Trobe Reading Room showing Dome, State Library of Victoria. Melbourne Australia

La Trobe Reading Room showing Dome, State Library of Victoria. Melbourne Australia

 

The Fitzroy Garden in Melbourne Australia has an area with "Fairy Trees" that were carved and painted (before 1945) and magical.

The Fitzroy Garden in Melbourne Australia has an area with “Fairy Trees” that were carved and painted (before 1945) and magical.

Sinking Building outside the State Library, Melbourne, Australia

Sinking Building outside the State Library, Melbourne, Australia

 

Victorian architecture on Collins Street, Melbourne, Australia.

Victorian architecture on Collins Street, Melbourne, Australia.

 

Centre Place Melbourne: it's like a cross between Hogwarts Train Station and Times Square

Centre Place Melbourne: it’s like a cross between Hogwarts Train Station and Times Square

Hardware Lane, Melbourne CBD, Australia.

Hardware Lane, Melbourne CBD, Australia.

Hopetoun Tea Room - Blcok Arcade, Melbourne, Australia.

Hopetoun Tea Room – Block Arcade, Melbourne, Australia.

Shot Tower, Melbourne Central - This is a heritage listed building that a cone shaped dome was built around in order to preserve it. Melbourne, Australia, 2006

Shot Tower, Melbourne Central – This is a heritage listed building that a cone shaped dome was built around in order to preserve it. Melbourne, Australia, 2006

 

See you Monday!

PUNTING - ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS MELBOURNE

PUNTING – ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS MELBOURNE

trying to pack myself in a small suitcase

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Have to rush home form school today to take out my luggage and pack for an adventure.

I always have visions of taking nothing more than a change of clothes and my bathroom bag, but somehow it expands from there.

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Four days, spring, average temperatures -

The month of November is characterized by rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs increasing from 20°C to 23°C over the course of the month, exceeding 30°C or dropping below 14°C only one day in ten.

So I am thinking, most of my wardrobe to be packed.

luggage 3

 

I’ll tell you what I love doing more than anything: trying to pack myself in a small suitcase. I can hardly contain myself.

Tim Vine

 

two into one, go, go, go!

 

I make no secret of my love for tea. Real tea. Black tea. My enjoyment of the odd glass of chardonnay is also something I am happy to share with readers. Today, I saw these and I knew my life was about to be complete.

teacup glass

My colour of choice for china is always white, or blue. Many special occasions will see the willow pattern china on the table. I have been known to sit with a cup of tea and a glass of wine at the same moment. So, be still my beating heart! 

The elegance, the form, the function, the style – the absolute perfection. If I had one of these it would be written into my will that it must be buried with me. How could I go into the next world without it? It is just…well, just, so me!

 

What would you choose to take to the grave with you?