Weekly Photo Challenge: Good Morning!

When I lived in Melbourne one of my favourite pass times was to go out for Sunday brunch.  Going out for breakfast in Australia is almost on par with going out for dinner as it is considered a highly sociable event and oh so many venues do it extremely well……not to mention the delectable coffee.  It is such a treat at the weekend having completed your morning exercise routine to follow it up over brunch with good friends.

It hands down smashes the traditional english breakfast (apologies to my mother land!) out of the window, which is so unhealthy and leaves you feeling sorry you ate it.  In Australia the art of cooking a good breakfast involves all manner of healthy alternatives and one of my favourites always involves avocado.  I am not sure the english would consider the avocado something that can be eaten for breakfast even though it is actually a fruit.

Last Sunday my “Good Morning” started by making a very simple avocado mash which I devoured sitting in my new garden…. I was in heaven and it was definitely a very good morning!

Breakfast on a tray.

Sunday morning breakfast…

Avocado Mash:

  • Mash up an avocado with lime juice, cherry tomatoes, feta and coriander.
  • Season with black pepper and Himalayan rock salt.
  • Serve on wholegrain/ seeded bread lightly toasted and a cup of Yorkshire Tea (I will go back to my roots for that!).
  • And if you really want a kick-start I sometimes add some fresh chilli or chilli flakes!

Spreading a little magic with the weekly photo challenge. 

Finding calm at Cranbourne…

In the chaos of packing and selling furniture on e.bay it has become rather unrestful at home and increasingly hard to find any inner peace with so much going on.  In fact there is no longer a table to eat at or a chair to sit on and I had to buy a beanbag just so I can camp out in the middle of the empty sitting room!  It is not so bad though…. it feels like I am at the moonlight cinema! 

Yikes…. it is now under two weeks to go until I leave the shores of Australia and the excitement and nerves are starting to become en-heightened along with the sad feeling of leaving behind good friends and familiar places.  See you soon is how I prefer to leave it.

In search of some calm at the weekend and an opportunity to squeeze in a final visit to another beautiful place in Victoria I visited the Royal Botanic Gardens at Cranbourne.

Here are some of my highlights:

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Pattern.

This is an amazing pattern taken from a vibrant piece of artwork I had the pleasure of viewing at the Eclipse Festival in far North Queensland, Australia back in November 2012.

It sends the eyes a little crazy if you look at it for too long!

Pattern.

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Out and about down under…

I have been out and about soaking up as much of the incredible Australian outdoors as I can as the count down to departure gets ever closer!

A very special place in Victoria and the furthest southerly point of this big red land is known as Wilsons Promontory.  I have just had the pleasure of staying down there for a long weekend on my mission to make the most of the bush.  It really is a glorious part of the world and seriously worth a visit if you can.

There are a wide variety of places to stay in this area and as the accommodation within the prom itself is extremely well sought after, especially during summer, it is not always easy to acquire so I stayed further west in another stunning spot called Venus Bay.  This area is also home to an amazing diversity of eco systems with varied temperatures and land types from the beach front to the wetlands behind.   Some one who knows all too well about this and the importance of preserving its native life is a lady called Mae who runs the Venus Bay Eco Retreat.  

Well what a joy it was to stay in her fabulous Correa Cabin which was full of hidden surprises and local treats, from delicious home-made plum and ginger chutney and tasty preserved fig jam, to soothing organic bathroom products.  The tranquil setting makes this a very special place where you can forget all about the hustle and bustle of city life as you listen to the sound of the crashing ocean, the wind blowing gently in the trees and all manner of chatter from the birds and wildlife. Wooden Cabin. From here it is possible to simply walk from the front door and explore.  You might even come face to face with a kangaroo or a wallaby as you stroll through the wonderful array of trees and listen to the different songs of numerous beautiful birds.  In fact I met many Australian characters on this trip and even had a visit from a certain kangaroo who came to check me out through the floor to ceiling window in the bathroom as I bathed.  I am not sure which one of us got the biggest surprise!

To get to the “Prom” itself it is about a forty minute drive and one well worth taking.  Be sure to drive carefully though, especially at dawn or dusk when the wildlife are most active; to be honest it is best to stay off the road during this time.

The landscape is breathtakingly beautiful from the coastline to the mountains to the wilderness and woodlands.  There is just so much to discover and I am going to leave that for you to do yourself when you visit.

So here is a little teaser to wet your appetite: