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Victoria/South Australia: Cave Gardens, Mt. Gambier

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The gardens are located almost in the centre of town making them very unusual. They have made the most of a sinkhole. There are lots of them in the area.

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2014 in review

One of the things I love receiving from WordPress at the end of the year is the ‘Your xxxx year in blogging’ report. It’s a succinct recap of the year that was: how many posts I posted, where my readers come from etc.

In reality, my year had ups and downs the same as anyone. The highlight was watching my nephew grow in his first year. Babies are so much fun, there is something new every day. And my holiday to Darwin was my travel highlight. The photo below is probably my favourite of the holiday which included trips to Kakadu and other national parks.

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Below is the report issued by WordPress if you would like to read it. It helps me set goals for this year such as posting more than the 208 times I posted last year. I would love to be able to post every day but that’s not always possible.

Thank you to all of you for reading my blog. I love having this outlet for my writing.

https://deliciousfoodandtravel.wordpress.com/2014/annual-report/

Cruise from Melbourne to Williamstown

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For my birthday I decided I wanted to do the cruise to Williamstown. It’s something I’d wanted to do all Summer and thought my birthday was the perfect opportunity. It’s a one-hour cruise along the Yarra and Port Phillip Bay.

So Mum, Dad and I set off to the city in the pouring rain. However, this being Melbourne, soon after arriving in the city, the sun came out and it got hot very quickly. We bought our tickets and boarded the boat. Soon after we set off to pick up more passengers. I heard a bit of a commotion at the back and turned around to see some very concerned-looking people. I soon saw acrid smoke filling the cabin. There was a small fire at the back which was quickly put out with a fire extinguisher. We had to dock and abandon the cruise instead of picking up passengers.

An hour later, after getting a refund from that company and buying tickets for another, we were on our way. We sat in the open air part at the back so I was able to take photos. When we arrived in Williamstown we looked for somewhere for lunch before settling on a fish and chip cafe. They have an eating area in the courtyard at the back of the shop. It’s really nice area and we sat back and relaxed while eating our lunch. After that we went across to an art gallery on the other side of the road. It was really warm by then and we had a quick walk around before going back to the dock and waiting for the boat to take us back to the CBD.

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Dining in famous company

In yesterdays post I wrote about the food we ate at Rosetta Ristorante.  Today I’m writing about our small brush with fame.

I had my back to a lot of the restaurant and after a while my friend pointed out that Jimmy Barnes (legendary Aussie rock singer) and his wife were eating at a nearby table.  I’m a massive fan of Jimmy Barnes but am so reserved around people I don’t know that I would never approach him.  He was in town for A Day on the Green concert in the Yarra Valley the next day.

The funnier story (well not so much for my friend) is that her favourite comedian, Judith Lucy, walked into the restaurant while my friend was telling me about Jimmy Barnes.  We had a laugh about the fact that she was eating at the same restaurant we were eating at.  Next minute we found Judith sitting at the table next to us.  The gap in between each table is quite small; just enough to squeeze through side-on to the seats.  In other words, very close to us.  We couldn’t help laughing that someone that famous was sitting just centimetres away.  In the end we decided not to disturb her lunch.  We felt bad disturbing her when I’m sure all she wanted to do was go and enjoy lunch with a friend.