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On the Calder Highway to Melbourne

30 Apr

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As I said in the previous post we left Mildura before sunrise and were soon on the Calder Highway heading  towards Melbourne. This was on Saturday, 13th April 2013.

As the sun showed itself above the horizon we had already left Mildura well behind. Melbourne here we come!

As the sun showed itself above the horizon we had already left Mildura well behind. Melbourne here we come!

After a couple of hours this sign caught our attention.

After a couple of hours this sign caught our attention.

We parked our car.

We parked our car.

Looking forward to getting coffee and a piece of the famous vanilla slice.

Looking forward to getting coffee and a piece of the famous vanilla slice.

This break after two hours driving is quite welcome!

This break after two hours driving is quite welcome!

We are about to go inside for our coffee and vanilla slice when we notice . . .

We are about to go inside for our coffee and vanilla slice when we notice . . .

. . . this sign next door. Anyone for a meat pie? No, thanks, not this morning. We stick with coffee and cake for now.

. . . this sign next door. Anyone for a meat pie? No, thanks, not this morning. We stick with coffee and cake for now.

You can really get a good feed at malleedeli.

You can really get a good feed at malleedeli.

We are quite happy with our decision. The vanilla slice turns out to be just heavenly! No wonder it has become famous.

We are quite happy with our decision. The vanilla slice turns out to be just heavenly! No wonder it has become famous.

Apparently truckies can get a good feed here and they can rest in the Truckies Lounge.

Apparently truckies can get a good feed here and they can rest in the Truckies Lounge.

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After this nice coffee break we keep going. Melbourne is getting closer. 442 km to go.

We drive through rather desolate country.

We drive through rather desolate country.

We pass Mt Wycheproof.

We pass Mt Wycheproof.

And then we reach the LIZARD ROADHOUSE. Looks good for another break.

And then we reach the LIZARD ROADHOUSE. Looks good for another break.

We buy cold drinks, Hamburger and Hot Chips. And we eat some of our own food as well.

We buy cold drinks, Hamburger and Hot Chips. And we eat some of our own food as well.

And on we go. We pass Melbourne Airport in the early afternoon and soon after reach Essendon where Martin, our son, is very happy to see us. He is surprised that we made it in such good time. Yes, we had a good run. No problems whatsoever. Martin straight away offers us tea and something to eat. In the evening he is going to drive to the airport to pick up daughter Lauren who’s on school holidays and going to stay with her Dad for one week.

Peter and I are very glad we’ll be able to stay with our son and granddaughter Lauren for one week. We haven’t seen Lauren for more than a year except for photos on facebook. She looks very beautiful. Soon she’s going to be fifteen. She’s our youngest granddaughter. But then we also have great-grandchildren already. Two of them we are going to see during our stay in Melbourne. The plan is, that we are going to see them on the following day, a Sunday. We are very much looking forward to this. We know that Lauren is also looking forward to see her two little nieces.

 

P.S. In another post I mentioned already our visit to Warburton where we saw Tristan, our grandson, his wife Stephanie and their two little daughters, our great-granddaughters. Today’s post about our trip from Mildura to Melbourne is an afterthought because I hadn’t published yet the pictures from that trip and I thought it would be nice to be able to share them. I really enjoyed this trip because everything went so smoothly and the trip didn’t take too long. When we travelled back home a week later from Melbourne to Dapto everything went smoothly too but that trip of course took much longer because it was a greater distance we had to cover within one day.

 

 

Poyntons of Essendon

21 Apr

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Essendon is part of Melbourne. We went there to a beautiful Garden Centre called ‘Poyntons’. We admired all the wonderful displays and flowers and shrubs for sale. We went a bit further up where the cafe is situated. We had lunch there but no desert even though there was a good selection of cake available. They had some specially brewed local beer. Also freshly squeezed juices. Where we were sitting in the cafe we had a good view of the river Yarra. Our son Martin and granddaughter Lauren came with us to Poyntons. Martin drove the car there. Ample parking was available in a separate parking area.

This is the view to the river.

This is the view to the river.

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A red capsicum filled with rice and meat.

A red capsicum filled with rice and meat.

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EASTER MONDAY

13 Apr

Easter Monday was our last day in Melbourne. Not far from where our son lives in Essendon there’s a nursery, called the POYTONS NURSERY. Martin drove us there. This really made my day. It is such a lovely place. It has a NURSERY, A CAFE and a GARDEN ROOM.

First of all we made it to the cafe. Afterwards Martin selected a huge blueberry plant from the outside nursery.

www.poyntonsofessendon.com.au

At the cafe I had a pot of tea and a wonderfully fresh fruit salad with a selction of about seven different fruits. I shared it with Peter and Martin since it was more than enough for the three of us. P and M had some cake and coffee. The display of cakes looked heavenly.

Here are the names of some of the cakes that were available: Mixed Berry Cheesecake, Gluten Free Orange Clementine, Gluten Free Chocolate Addiction, Heaven Sent Nougat Fudge . . . .

I felt I would have loved to take lots of photos of the place. However none of us had thought of bringing a camera along. Looking up the above website you get a very good impression what the place looks like. We talked about it how Tristan, Steph and the girls would love the place. At the cafe you can also have a very good lunch.

Easter Monday was the day for Peter and me to go back on the nighttrain. Martin dropped us off at Southern Cross Station. Our train was due to leave at 8 pm. It should have arrived from Sydney at 7 pm. But it wasn’t there! They announced a delay. Then they announced another delay and another one.

It was a cold night. However we found room in a heated waiting room. Finally the train arrived at a quarter past 9 pm and was ready for departure back to Sydney at 10 pm. We got off at Moss Vale. By that time it had lost another one and a half hours because of speed restrictions on the way. Long before Moss Vale we could see from the train already some morning light. It looked very beautiful. I tried to capture it with my camera. However it didn’t turn out to look as good.

Our railway coach, that was supposed to take us down from Moss Vale to Dapto, had long gone of course. But another smaller bus had been organised and straight away took all the passengers along who wanted to travel to Albion Park, Dapto or Wollongong.From Dapto Station we went home by taxi.

We arrived home at 10 am. Just three and a half hours later than we thought we would arrive. It was good to be back home!

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