Archive | January 2013

Word a week photo challenge: Cloud (1)

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I took this photo from high up in the stands at AAMI Park (Melbourne) a few weeks ago. It was a really warm day and as the sun began to set, these clouds rolled in from the west.

Details of this challenge can be read here: http://suellewellyn2011.wordpress.com/2013/01/05/a-word-a-week-photo-challenge-cloud/

Weekly photo challenge: Resolve

2013 album cover page

One of my passions is scrapbooking. I am a Creative Memories consultant so know the value of keeping my memories and memorabilia. However I’m not always up to date with my own albums so this year I want to make sure I complete my 2013 album. The best way to do this is by completing it within a few days of taking the photos. This album contains the delicious food and travel stories as well as the little things I do on a day to day basis.

More of Metung

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This sculptured boat was on the banks of Lake King, just across the road from where we were staying. It has been cleverly placed on the banks so that if you stand in the right spot it looks like the boat is floating on the water.

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The Metung Galley is a great cafe. We stopped off for a cocktail on the way to the hotel for dinner the night before. I spotted a watermelon cocktail on their list earlier in the day so wanted to try that. I love watermelon cocktails. Most of the time they are very refreshing.

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Bancroft Bites is a cafe that has been listed in the 2012 Age Good Food Guide. It didn’t disappoint for breakfast. Mum treated me to Eggs Benedict because I hadn’t been able to buy that particular breakfast when we were in New Zealand. It was delicious and worth waiting for.

We were only spending one night in Metung. Our next stop was Lakes Entrance, another great town on the Gippsland Lakes.

Metung

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Last February my parents and I went to Metung, a tiny village in the Gippsland Lakes in eastern Victoria. It is such a beautiful, isolated place. There’s no passing traffic so it’s very quiet and is a bit of a mecca for families and retirees. It’s the sort of place where you have to relax, unwind and maybe try some fishing.

From the internet we booked one nights accommodation at the The Moorings at Metung in a two-bedroom two-storey townhouse. It was a great apartment and we wished we were staying more than one night. I’d love to come back and stay there again. Although the village is small and everything is pretty much within walking distance, the Moorings was only about 100m from the village green and the few restaurants there.

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We stayed in the 2nd townhouse from the left.

For dinner we went to the Metung Hotel which overlooks the lakes.
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Entree of smoked salmon bruschetta

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King George Whiting and chips. This is my favourite type of fish but is normally quite expensive.

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After dinner we walked around to the bay to watch the sun set. It had been a warm day so it was really nice after dinner.

My 2012 year in blogging

One thing I didn’t realise until the other day is that WordPress produces an annual report full of statistics for the year. I couldn’t work out how to show it like some of you have done so I thought I’d pull out a few stats to share with you.

First of all though I thought I’d share with you why I started blogging. As mentioned in other posts I spent the first three weeks of 2012 in New Zealand. I started my first blog as a way of privately sharing photos and stories of my holiday. Unfortunately I discovered how bad the lack of internet access was when I got there so it fell by the wayside. However I still wanted to share those stories and photos so in May (after requests from several friends) I started a new blog (this one). I love going to restaurants and travelling so decided to call this Leanne’s Delicious Food and Travel Adventures. Coming up with a somewhat catchy and memorable name (well, to some anyway. An inside joke that one of you will understand) was the difficult part but I’m happy with the name.

So, now to some stats:

* 2400 posts (although this was much higher by the 31st Dec. I think they issued the report too early in December)
* 155 new posts
* 813 photos
* visitors to the blog have come from 52 countries. That blows me away.

The thing that surprised me the most is that my post about my Yum Cha at Lucky Chan at Crown Casino https://deliciousfoodandtravel.wordpress.com/2012/05/28/yum-cha-at-lucky-chan-crown-casino-melbourne/ was my most-viewed for the year. Although the food was delicious and the meal remains one of my favourite of the year.

In closing I want to thank all of you who have read my posts and shared my 2012 journey. I’m committing to posting every day in 2013 after missing only one day in the last three months. So I know I can do it. I’m also looking forward to reading many of your blog posts during the year.

Weekly Photo Challenge: my 2012 in pictures

This weeks challenge is a little tricky for me. It sounds so simple. Share your year in photos. It was suggested we include one photo per month but after going through the 8,000 or so photos I took last year I narrowed it down to 43 photos. That was my first achievement. The bigger challenge is to try and reduce it to a number closer to twelve.

The reason it is so hard is that 2012 has been a brilliant year for me. It started with my spending the first three weeks in New Zealand. I did a coach tour of much of the South Island before my parents came over to join me. We travelled together around the rest of the South Island before catching the Interislander ferry to Wellington and flying home from there.

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Near Haast. Such a beautiful, peaceful spot to stop and stretch our legs.

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View from the Skyline Restaurant in Queenstown

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Mirror Lakes

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Larnach Castle, NZs only castle

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Despite it being eleven months since the Feb 2011 earthquake, there was still so much apparent damage and destruction. When I was there I read that only approx one third of buildings that had to be demolished had been.

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NZ fur seal lazing away the day in Kaikoura

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Extremely fresh Crayfish at Nin’s Bin, just north of Kaikoura

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Picton, the closest I’ve been to paradise. It is such a gorgeous part of NZ, right in the Marlborough Sounds.

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Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

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Iconic view of Wellington

I’ve eaten some beautiful food in beautiful restaurants with often picturesque views

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Tried some new recipes

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Attended many sport events such as cricket, footy and soccer

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The most exciting thing is that my team, Sydney Swans, won the 2012 AFL Premiership

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