Stopping at Goulburn

From Gundagai we travelled on the Hume Highway towards Goulburn.


This fruit salad was absolutely delicious!

We stopped at Belmore Park in Goulburn:

We always love to have a toilet break there when we travel past Goulburn along the Hume Highway. Opposite the park in Montague Street is the Courthouse and the Roses Cafe:

Peter took pictures of the courthouse. Then we went to the Roses Cafe for some tea and fruit salad.

Our next stop was Robertson where we bought some pies at the pie-shop to take home. One hour after that we arrived home in Dapto. It was still early afternoon of Tuesday, the 3rd of January 2017. We had left home for Melbourne on the 27th of December 2016. It was good to be back home. First of all we had to open all the windows in our house and put some ceiling fans on because the air felt rather humid.

We had had a very good time on Monday, the 2nd of January, with our grandson Tristan and his family. And it had been great that we could spend some time with our son Martin, getting to know a bit more about Melbourne again and celebrate the arrival of the New Year in Melbourne. It is summer in Australia. So we had had some pretty hot days in Melbourne, and strangely enough, also quite a bit of rain!

On the Way to Melbourne, December 2015


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.



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.







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.




From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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
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:


“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


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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On Monday, the 17th of August, 2015, we were still in Melbourne.

After Peter and I  had seen the movie “Last Cab to Darwin” in the KINO in Melbourne, it was our plan to get to the Monarch Cafe. We knew that TRAM 96 would take us there to ST KILDA.

Somewhere in the city we got unto the 96 tram. We soon found out it was not going to St Kilda but to Brunswick. This meant we had to get off the tram and catch a tram into the other direction. The trams come along every six or seven minutes. So we were soon on our way towards ST KILDA. There are several stops within ST KILDA. We were not sure where to get off. Somehow the Canterbury Road stop looked to us like the right stop. Wasn’t that the corner where Acland Street was with the Monash Cafe just around the corner. we thought. It turned out we were wrong. There was no Acland Street. It took us quite a while and a lot of walking before we found Acland Street and the way to our chosen cafe. When we finally made it, we had some yummy cake and coffee. Next time we know we have to get off at Belford Street, just one stop before the terminal.

In April 2013 we were in Melbourne. Martin and his daughter Lauren went with us to ST KILDA.
In April 2013 we were in Melbourne. Martin and his daughter Lauren went with us to ST KILDA.


In April 2013 Peter and I went with Lauren and Martin to the MONARCH CAFE.
In April 2013 Peter and I went with Lauren and Martin to the MONARCH CAFE.
This is a picture from inside the Monarch Cafe.
This is a picture from inside the Monarch Cafe.
We love their cakes and coffee!
We love their cakes and coffee!

Last Cab to Darwin


This is a trailer to a movie we saw last Monday in Melbourne. Last Cab to Darwin is a very well made Australian movie. The cast was excellent and the road pictures were wonderful.

We saw the movie in this cinema:


We had time for coffee and cake before the movie started at 10am or thereabouts.



This is part of the roof above the big hall where we sat and relaxed having our coffee.
This is part of the roof above the big hall where we sat and relaxed having our coffee and cake.





I got the following from here:

Last Cab To Darwin M

Coarse language and mature themes
Rex is a loner, and when he’s told he doesn’t have long to live, he embarks on an epic drive through the Australian outback from Broken Hill to Darwin to die on his own terms; but his journey reveals to him that before you can end your life, you have to live it, and to live it, you’ve got to share it.

RELEASE DATE:06/08/2015



DIRECTOR:Jeremy Sims

CAST:Michael Caton, Ningali Lawford, Jacki Weaver, Emma Hamilton & Mark Coles Smith


Apparently this movie was a stage play before it was made into a movie.  I got the following from Wikipedia:

Last Cab to Darwin is a 2003 Australian drama/comedy stage play written by Reg Cribb and based upon the true story of taxi driver Max Bell who was diagnosed with terminal stomach cancer in the early 1990s. Wikipedia

Our Weekend with Martin, August 2015

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.


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.


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.


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:





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









Face the World with a peaceful Mind . . .

A Visitor on our Back-Fence

Face the World with a peaceful Mind . . .
The continuation of this verse you can find here:

I published this blog three years ago about a month after the death of our daughter Gabriele.

In response to a comment I wrote:

“These verses helped me to feel more grounded. I could have gone the other way, having been hit with so many disconcerting things during the last few days in connection with the estate of our deceased daughter. So it was wonderful to come across these pics just when I needed them. I decided then on the spur of the moment to share them in my blog. The pics were taken at the beginning of the month when we stopped at the Nan Tien Temple after having picked up our daughter Caroline from a train station. The surroundings of the temple always make us feel good.”

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Monday, 10th of August, 2015

We just booked another trip to Berlin for a family reunion, meaning in ten months we are going to be in Berlin with a lot of family members. We are already very excited about this!

The other day we booked a train-trip to Melbourne and return to Dapto. This means, this coming Friday we are going to take the day- train to Melbourne, where we are going to stay with our son Martin. On Monday we travel back home on the Sydney night-train. We are getting off at Moss Vale. From Moss Vale there is a railway bus that takes us down Macquarie Pass to our home-town, Dapto, where we arrive early on Tuesday morning

We are thinking of visiting the Nan Tien Temple some time after our return from Melbourne. We have not been at the temple for quite some time and are very much looking forward to experiencing again its calm and peaceful surroundings.

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.Every day we eat a few cherries, usually with yoghurt or ice-cream or custard.


We can pick parsley like this  close by near a lane
This is a gift a neighbour gave me out of her garden.

DIGITAL CAMERAView from our kitchen


Meeting with Granddaughters in Melbourne Two Years ago

I copy here a blog that I published two years ago. At the time we had spent a lovely evening with Justine and Lauren. Both their birthdays are in June. They are six years apart. Justine lives in Melbourne and Lauren lives in Newcastle. Because it is their birthday this month, I thought I republish this blog which has a few lovely pictures with the birthday girls.

Famous sculpture at the Yarra River in Melbourne.


Peter, granddaughter Lauren and I had been waiting at Flinders Street Station for granddaughter Justine who was going to meet us there after work. It was a happy meeting after not having seen each other for sooo long!


Uta and granddaughters at the Yarra River
Uta and granddaughters at the Yarra River


Dinner at Il PRIMO POSTO, Italian Restaurant
Dinner at Il PRIMO POSTO, Italian Restaurant




After dinner we strolled to a Gelato shop that was still open. We each had a little tub of this delicious gelato and sat down at a large table with a terrific view of the Yarra.








This was a lovely night out with the granddaughters. Justine caught the train back home from Flinders Street Station. Peter and I went with Lauren by train back to Essendon where our son Martin was waiting with the car to take us home.

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

“Malcolm Fraser cites the Melbourne-based Asylum Seeker Resource Centre as providing the kind of support that should be coming from the government. The ASRC, through a small permanent staff and about 900 volunteers, gives asylum seekers help with legal issues, medical care, training, accommodation, food and more.”

You find the above comment here;

“Watch Michael Short’s full interview with former prime minister Malcolm Fraser.”

This interview took place two years ago and was published in THE AGE.


I find it significant that Fraser voiced an opinion that this kind of support like the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre should come from the government!

Essendon, Melbourne




The first two nights in Melbourne Caroline and Matthew stayed with Matthew’s family in Boronia, while Peter and I had some quiet time with Martin in Essendon. During these couple of days Martin and Peter went out a few times to some near by shops. I was happy to stay home and give my sore knee a good rest. I went around the house a bit though taking some pictures. Martin did some beautiful home cooking. He also played a few games of Scrabble with us.

Occasionally we watched a bit of television. However I had set my mind to it that I would not open up any of my blogs, that is I planned not to touch any computer until I would get home to Dapto. Instead I wrote notes in my notebook that Secret Santa had provided me with. A very good pen came with the notebook. This made writing into the notebook a pleasant and rewarding task. I told myself that I wanted to find out how I would fare with my writing if all of a sudden there was no electricity for instance. Well, I just would have to get used to handwriting again. Of course, I am still able to do a bit of handwriting. I can do it if I have to. And it can be enjoyable for a while. Do I prefer typing for most of my writing? I would have to say ‘yes’ to this!

Since I suffered in Melbourne still quite a bit from soreness in my knee and leg I looked up a lot about arthritis in a little booklet that I had with me. I copied many notes about what it said about arthritis. My notebook is full about these notes now. I have to come back to them one day. The most important bit in that booklet seems to me to be the advice to try and loose weight. So, for some weeks now I try to get used to eating less overall, but to eat vegetables as often as possible. This eating a bit less seems already to improve my well being. I do not have this chronic pain in my knee anymore. So, I am happy to say that I do not need a walking stick any more!  I am hopeful now that my walking will soon be back to normal.

After lunch on Saturday, the 27th of December 2014,  Caroline and Matthew came to Essendon to stay with Martin, Peter and me. The five of us went on a lot of outings. I never had to walk far. Whenever I had to walk a bit I used my walking stick and I walked very, very slowly.

On the following Monday, the 29th, Caroline and Matthew went by train from Essendon Station to meet some friends for lunch. Peter drove Martin and me to an outside swimming pool on that Monday where Martin did swim some laps and I did some gentle exercises in the water to make my knee feel a bit better. And bingo, these exercises in the water did make me feel good!

The top three pictures show our different outings the five of us did on three different nights in Melbourne:
Maylasian Food Restaurant, where we had an excellent dinner,
MESSINA Ice-Cream and Haxtaburgers.


A good cup of coffee on a Sunday
A good cup of coffee on a Sunday
Good Selection of Cakes to choose from
Good Selection of Cakes to choose from



M asked for a knife for cutting all five pieces into smaller pieces!
M asked for a knife for cutting all five pieces into smaller pieces!

All five of us ended up tasting a piece of cake of most of the different pieces!


All this happened on Sunday the 28th of December 2014 at the Monarch Cafe in St Kilda, Melbourne.
It was our morning coffee break so to speak. Later on we drove on to Essendon to have lunch at the cafe of the Poynton Nursery. This is where these cakes were available for desert.


However we ordered only lunch with drinks and no deserts. After lunch we had a look around the nursery.








Walking out of the Cafe we inspect bottles of wine.
Walking out of the Cafe we inspect bottles of wine.