Our Weekend with Martin, August 2015

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Our XPT to Melbourne Aug/ 2015

Our XPT to Melbourne Aug/ 2015

As soon as I took my seat on the train, Peter noticed that I had been given a seat with an emergency button. This made me feel very safe indeed. 🙂 The menu card promised that we could be adequately fed during our long train journey.

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In Junee the train had to stop for a while. So Peter had a chance to go off the train and take a few pictures.

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In front of Junee Station

In front of Junee Station

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Martin lives in Melbourne near Essendon Station. Martin once took this picture with the rainbow above. He is proud that he could capture this rainbow. He kindly let us have the picture. We did not travel from Essendon Station this time for Martin had hired a car for the weekend and drove us around everywhere.

 Sunday,6th.Aug.2015,Martin drove us to the Woodlands Homestead.

Sunday,6th.Aug.2015,Martin drove us to the Woodlands Homestead.

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Having a rest after a long walk

Having a rest after a long walk

In Aug 2014 we were at Sussex Inlet and saw there a lot of kangaroos.

In Aug 2014 we were at Sussex Inlet and saw there a lot of kangaroos.

But back to the homestead. Refreshments were available there: Great Devonshire Tea and coffee. It was lovely to sit in typical English surroundings.

This is the Entrance to the Homestead.

This is the Entrance to the Homestead.

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After we had had our refreshments we went around to have a look at the different rooms in the homestead and Peter took some more pictures:

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As we wqere leaving, Peter took some more pictures outside:

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10 Responses to “Our Weekend with Martin, August 2015”

  1. berlioz1935 August 20, 2015 at 12:26 pm #

    It was a great weekend and the encounter with the horse was an emotional highlight.

  2. catterel August 20, 2015 at 8:25 pm #

    That looks lovely – and how reassuring to have a “help” button on such a long train journey. Gorgeous horse.

    • auntyuta August 21, 2015 at 7:29 am #

      Thanks for commenting, Cat. It is indeed very reassuring that there is always some kind of help available. Woodlands homestead is well worth a visit. Some kangaroos in the surrounding park area we could only see from the distance on that day.

  3. Robert M. Weiss August 21, 2015 at 3:19 am #

    The Woodlands Homestead certainly looks like an interesting place to visit.

    • auntyuta August 21, 2015 at 7:36 am #

      Yes, Robert, there is a lot of history in it. I felt like being in a different time. There is an enormous amount of open space around it. Tullamarine Airport, Melbourne’s main airport, can be seen in the distance.

  4. gerard oosterman August 21, 2015 at 11:02 pm #

    I wonder what the food was like on the train?

    • auntyuta August 22, 2015 at 7:57 am #

      I had a very well heated vegetarian pasta dish and light beer, which was nice.

  5. elizabeth2560 August 22, 2015 at 2:29 pm #

    I used to love the adventure of a train journey from Sydney to Melbourne. How sad it is that people usually fly these days.

    • auntyuta August 22, 2015 at 4:20 pm #

      It would be good, Elizabeth, if a fast train between Sydney and Melbourne could run every hour. Then not that many people would have to resort to air-travel. As it is, the railway-tracks are just not good enough for very fast and frequent trains. A lot more money should be spent on infrastructure. However, to keep our country secure, defense spending is regarded as more important.

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