Project 365 2013 – Day 26

Filler - Into The Unknown

Filler – Into The Unknown

Another filler today. It’s been a busy day. My cousin recently made a huge change in her career. I was helping her out today on her new venture, and it was a hard day because it wasn’t as successful as she anticipated. It’s hard to see her so down when she’s normally so bubbly, but it’s new and different. Hopefully she’ll learn from this experience and next time it’ll be amazing. I’m very proud of her for following her dreams despite not knowing where she’s going to end up.

Oh yeah, happy Australia Day!

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Project 365 2013 – Day 21

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Cobblestone Gutters

There are some lovely little cobblestone lane ways around my area that have been left the way they were. They look so pretty, but are very difficult to walk on. I’m glad that some of them have been preserved though.

Project 365 2012 – Day 307

To The Ground

It’s been a really long week at work and it’s been crazily short staffed. I feel burnt out and tired and no one was in a good mood today. I also have a heap of work to do next week and I’m working tomorrow on a Saturday. Although my day turned around when I went over to my parents for dinner and the made Bun Xeo (Vietnamese pancake). No photos of the food because I was so hungry that I devoured it before thinking of taking a photo, so I’ll have to settle for this photo of the ground.

Project 365 2012 – Day 273

Overhead

It was my friend’s birthday today so we drove out to her place in Oak Park and then went out to dinner in Flemington at Laksa King. I love that place. The food is so good and cheap. Every time I go I have to get the chicken roti rolls. Anyway, this is a pic of the overhead wires for the trams along Flemington road. They’ve removed a lot of the overhead wires now, but some still remain.

Queensland Roadtripping

Last November we had some free accommodation on the Gold Coast which came about when the in laws had booked a holiday but then had to cancel. We took the opportunity to go on a road trip to visit my brother in law up on the Gold Coast, the husband’s aunt and cousins, and we also stopped by Canberra on the way home to see my brother and his new girlfriend. It was also nice to get away after a sometimes stressful year.

We ended up seeing a lot of the rainforest and doing lots of walks, went to the beach, met up with a few friends and family, went to ALL the theme parks and discovered the awesomeness of sour watermelon slushies. My favourite was finding the best fish and chips and then eating them on the beach like hobos while watching a storm roll in. You couldn’t do that in Melbourne without freezing to death.

We had a great time driving through the  beautiful country and my little Astra did quite well on the trek. We also discovered when driving home from Canberra on the last leg that my car has cruise control. The Mr was not happy with this discovery as I was convinced for 6 years that it did not have such a magical function. Would have been useful to know at the start of the trip!

So many tumbleweeds in NSW. There were so many that got stuck in the car’s front grill

Pit stop in a random park in NSW

Turkey bird (well that’s what we called them) who kept pecking at a cigarette

Moss in Springbrook National Park

Steps in the rainforest at Natural Bridge

Waterfall at Natural Bridge

Waterfall at Natural Bridge

Waterfall at Natural Bridge

One of the many waterfalls you can see from Canyon Lookout. It was a great rainforest walk

Grass

Yellow flower in the sun

View from Canyon Lookout

View from Canyon Lookout

Moss

Trees in the rainforest at Springbrook National Park

Walking behind a waterfall. So pretty but had to protect the camera!

Strangler vines. They make such interesting patterns

More vines

Tall trees at the skywalk at Mt Tambourine

Vines

More vines. I love how different the plant life is in Queensland compared to down south in Victoria.

We accidentally took a wrong turn and drove into a paddock. Hello there cows

More cows

Lovely paddock. Silly GPS taking us down a road that doesn’t exist!

Not sure what this plant is but the red flowers are striking

Red flowers

Native plants look like little pom poms

White flowers. I have these in my backyard

White flowers

White flowers

Driving into the sunset

The lonely road ahead

I love driving though the countryside

My City

We went out into the city to see the Game Masters Exhibition at ACMI and the Flight of the Conchords at Plenary Hall a few weeks ago, and got some shots of the city. I love Melbourne but I really don’t get out into the city enough to fully appreciate it.

Ceiling decoration at ACMI. Looks simple to do but effective

Decoration at ACMI

 

Rainbows at ACMI

Federation Square pavement. Love the colours and textures

Inside Federation Square

Federation Square ceiling

 

St Paul’s Cathedral

Bikes for ride Melbourne program

 

Degraves Street

Umbrellas at Australia on Collins

Colourful umbrellas at Australia on Collins

 

Underneath the umbrellas

 

Umbrellas at Australia on Collins

Random arcade. Love the ceiling

 

The husband sick of me taking photos gets some revenge

Outside the Melbourne Town Hall

 

Flower bed outside the Melbourne Town Hall

Shot tower at Melbourne Central

 

Indoor plants at Melbourne Central

Indoor plants at Melbourne Central

 

Indoor community garden at Melbourne Central

Yarra River Southbank

Spencer Street

 

Fairy light trees on Southbank

Open House Melbourne 2012

I’ve wanted to do Open House Melbourne for a while, but every year I kept forgetting. This year I remembered and dragged along the husband and a couple of friends. Open House Melbourne  “is a not-for-profit association that runs annual events providing the public a free and rare opportunity to discover a hidden wealth of architectural, engineering and historic buildings nestled around the city.”

It was a great opportunity to explore Melbourne and take photos of course. It was a shame that it was so cold and rainy, but it was still a fun day. I’m looking forward to next year’s event because there are so many places that I didn’t know about that I’d love to see. There are amazing photos on Flickr for the photo competition.

I am now much more inspired to head into the city and appreciate all that Melbourne has to offer. I think that often we take the granted the city we live in.

Here’s my selection for the day. Beware there are a heap of photos.

Dulux dog. I want one!

Federation Square pavement

Federation Square

Lamp outside St Paul’s Cathedral

Inside St Paul’s Cathedral

Organ pipes at St Paul’s Cathedral

St Paul’s Cathedral

Eagle podium at St Paul’s Cathedral

Candles St Paul’s Cathedral

Hopetoun Tea Rooms. Looks delicious

Block Arcade

Orchids in the Block Arcade

Myer Mural Hall set up for high tea

Old money chutes in Myer

View of construction site of the old Myer

My friend’s awesome shoes. Love the laces

Lyons Office architecture firm. Concept model layout of the office space.

Lyons Office architecture firm. Concept models

Lyons Office. Cool way to keep cords neat and organised. Looks like a spine.

Lyons Office. Sample swatches

More swatches. Love the colours and patterns

Lyons Office

Lobby of the Lyons Office building. Wall texture

Market Lane

Lunch break at Ito Cafe.

Spring Street

Steps of Parliament House

Outside Parliament House. Popular wedding photo shoot location

Bourke Street

The Hotel Windsor

Spring Street

Spider brooches in the Windsor Hotel

More spiders

Lighting in the lobby of the Windsor Hotel

Spring Street

Books inside the Old Treasury Building

Gold bars in the Old Treasury Building

Collins Place

Looking up at some random buildings

Colourful building

Stopping for frozen yoghurt at Cacao Green. Yes it was cold, but it was yum

Blueberry waffles at Cacao Green

Cool bookshelf and wood panelling at Cacao Green

State Library of Victoria reading room

State Library of Victoria reading room

State Library of Victoria reading room

State Library of Victoria reading room

State Library of Victoria reading room ceiling

State Library of Victoria stairs

Swanston Street outside the State Library of Victoria

Swanston Street

Garden bed outside Hamer Hall

Flower sculpture outside Hamer Hall

Project 365 2012 – Day 127

Moody Skies

It’s been a tough week for me this week and been hard to be inspired. I started work at a new place where everyone is still very nice, but it’s not my own team and I don’t feel like it’s my home like I did at my old work. I want it to be though, but it’s been stressful working with new people with different processes and protocols and relearning how to use different equipment. I’ve come from a place where I’ve been totally comfortable and competent to feeling like a complete idiot who has no clue. I’ve never really adapted that well to change and I want to be better, but this week was a bit of a wash. However, as displaced as I’m feeling now I know that I’ll eventually adapt to my new home and the sun will come out again. It’s just hiding behind the clouds at the moment.

Project 365 2012 – Day 120

Blue Skies

It was a beautiful autumn day today. We went out to brunch with my in laws and on the way back stopped by Target to get some laundry bags because all the zips fell off my current ones (read: got ripped off by our vicious washing machine). Unfortunately Target being the evil entity that it is, sucked us in with 25% off quilt cover sets. What was meant to be a quick trip turned into a very bad breach of our shopping ban and some inevitable buyer’s remorse. Our motto at the moment seems to be just do it and don’t ever look back. At least we have new sheets in pretty patterns!

Photo today is us driving far far away from the evil lure of Target.