Archive | December, 2015

On a Property outside Melbourne

31 Dec

Peter enjoys a walk round the property.

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Our two Great-Granddaughters with their Mum.

Our two Great-Granddaughters with their Mum, Stephanie.

A big bubble is being produced by Kia.

A big bubble is being produced by Kia.

Our son Martin with his two granddaughters.

Our son Martin with his two granddaughters.

The horses are being fed green apples.

The horses are being fed green apples.

The girls with their granddad and great-granddad.

The girls with their granddad and great-granddad.

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Jaki looks on as her Dad cuts up some meat for dinner.

Jaki looks on as her Dad cuts up some meat for dinner.

Tristan with Grandmother Uta.

Tristan with Grandmother Uta.

We wish everyone a Happy New Year 2016.

Wednesday,30th of December 2015

30 Dec

Maribyrnong River

Yesterday morning Peter and Martin went on a fast walk along the Maribyrnong River. I stayed behind in a beautiful park area near the river and took some pictures. It was still early morning, but a lot of walkers and runners were already on their way. I had my toe-shoes on and walked mainly on the grass.

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Peter and Martin are coming back from their 40 min walk.

Peter and Martin are coming back from their 40 min walk.

On the Way to Melbourne, December 2015

29 Dec

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On Monday, the 28th of December, we left Dapto with Martin to drive to Melbourne. We stopped at Yackandandah, where we had lunch in a cafe. I had a vegetarian pastie and enjoyed it very much.

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This is where we parked our car.

This is where we parked our car.

We had some refreshing beer after lunch.

We had some refreshing beer after lunch.

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What a beautiful bike! On three wheels, that's the way to go.

What a beautiful bike!
On three wheels, that’s the way to go.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yackandandah

Yackandandah
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Yackandandah
Victoria
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High Street, recorded on the Register of the National Estate
Yackandandah is located in Shire of Indigo YackandandahYackandandah
Coordinates 36°18′47″S 146°50′21″ECoordinates: 36°18′47″S 146°50′21″E
Population 663 (2006 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 3749
Location
313 km (194 mi) NE of Melbourne
28 km (17 mi) S of Wodonga
22 km (14 mi) E of Beechworth
LGA(s) Shire of Indigo

Yackandandah /ˈjækəndændə/ is a small tourist town in northeast Victoria, Australia. It is near the regional cities of Wodonga and Albury, and is close to the tourist town of Beechworth. At the 2006 census, Yackandandah had a population of 663.

Here is a bit more from Wikipedia:

History

“It is a former gold mining centre known for its alluvial wet mining techniques. Yackandandah Post Office opened on 13 June 1856. Another office nearby, Yackandandah Junction, opened in 1872 but closed in 1885.[2]

In his local book, O’Brien (p. 22) quotes an old poem published in the Melbourne Punch, 11 June 1857, titled, “The Lass of Yackandandah”.

“Let poets sing of English girls,
Their beauty and their candour;
Give me a sweeter nymph than all, –
The lass of Yackandandah.”

“She draws a cork with such an air,
No mortal can withstand her;
She turns a tap, and turns our heads, –
The lass of Yackandandah.”

— O’Brien, The Lass of Yackandandaha goldfield beauty

Today

The area is now predominantly a dairy farming and forestry region, and has numerous bed and breakfast lodges which allow its many visitors to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the district’s forest and mountains.

The town is affectionately known as “Yack”, though in more recent times it has increasingly been referred to as “the ‘dandah” by its younger residents.

The commercial centre of the town, known as the Yackandandah Conservation Area, is recorded on the Register of the National Estate.

The town has an Australian rules football team competing in the Tallangatta & District Football League.

Golfers play at the course of the Yackandandah Golf Club on Racecourse Road

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Merry Christmas – Frohe Weihnachten

23 Dec

Very close to Christmas 2015

22 Dec

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It’s still raining.

For the last couple of days it has been raining in Wollongong, and it has been raining in Dapto too. So it is still raining now.

We had a nice lunch on Monday anyway. Peter chose New York Filet steak:

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This is the entrance to the place where we had our lunch on the 21st of Decmber 2015.

This is the entrance to the place where we had our lunch on the 21st of Decmber 2015.

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We had caught the bus to go to Wollongong. Luckily we had taken an umbrella along for it rained all day non-stop. Peter had an appointment at the Hearing Clinic. Before the appointment we had time for a cup of coffee:

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We found these Art Light Boxes quite interesting.

We found these Art Light Boxes quite interesting.

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Father Christmas in the Window of a Shop

Father Christmas in the Window of a Shop

Two weeks ago Peter had had another appointment at the Hearing Clinic in Wollongong. On that day I took a few pictures in the Mall that I did not publish yet. School-classes had been colouring in posters of a Christmas Tree. These posters were exhibited in the Mall.

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Johnny Cash: I Walk the Line

20 Dec

I keep a close watch on this heart of mine

I keep my eyes wide open all the time

I keep the ends out for the tie that binds

Because you’re mine,

I walk the line

I find it very, very easy to be true

I find myself alone when each day is through

Yes, I’ll admit that I’m a fool for you

Because you’re mine,

I walk the line

As sure as night is dark and day is light

I keep you on my mind both day and night

And happiness I’ve known proves that it’s right

Because you’re mine,

I walk the line

You’ve got a way to keep me on your side

You give me cause for love that I can’t hide

For you I know I’d even try to turn the tide

Because you’re mine, I walk the line

I keep a close watch on this heart of mine

I keep my eyes wide open all the time

I keep the ends out for the tie that binds

Because you’re mine, I walk the line

Pre-Wedding-Anniversary

20 Dec
Kiama Harbour on Saturday, 19th of December 2015

Kiama Harbour on Saturday, 19th of December 2015

Yesterday, When the temperature in Dapto reached close to 35 Degrees (Celsius) Peter suggested we could escape to Kiama for some ice-cream. Well, in Kiama they catch fish, don’t they? And at Kiama Harbour is a fish-cafe where one ought to be able to get fantastically fresh fish. We set off before lunch to try our luck for getting some yummy, fresh fish.

The climate in Kiama was much to our liking. Our car told us, the outside temperature was ‘only’ 30 Degrees. When we got out of the car, there was a lovely sea-breeze. This was just perfect weather for a summer holiday. Lots of tourists and visitors were around in Kiama. When we cued up at the fish-cafe we noticed quite a few Asian tourists. Peter says, they did not hesitate to spend 70 Dollars on a basket of fish and chips! But you could of course also get smaller portions. Ours was only thirteen Dollars.

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Peter fed the rest of my fish to the seagulls. Here they've had already their fill.

Peter fed the rest of my fish to the seagulls. Here they’ve had already their fill.

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Kiama Harbour was just beautiful on a day like this. We spent about an hour there. By one o’clock we were back in Kiama’s main street and were looking for a parking spot. Peter found some parking near the police station and got out of the car to take some pictures of the surrounding buildings. I took some picture from inside the parked car:

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Then Peter found another parking spot closer to the shops. It was close to some shops, but the ice-cream shop was still quite some distance away. Where we had parked, we could smell some coffee. And there was a nice sitting area under umbrellas outside. We noticed a display of yummy cakes. So we sat down outside and a friendly girl came to take our orders. Apart from flat white coffee and cake we also asked for some water, which arrived in a beautiful blue bottle.

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This is our car.

This is our car.

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We ended up driving home without having had any ice-cream. Well, we can go back to Kiama some other day for that yummy ice-cream in Kiama. I am sure the great Australian Ice-Creamery is still going to be there when we go there next time.