Project 365 2014 – Day 95 – Not Mine

Day 5 - April Photo A Day - Not Mine

Day 5 – April Photo A Day – Not Mine

Thankfully these cockatoos aren’t in my yard because they just destroy tress like crazy. These guys were sitting outside my parents’ hour today and leaving behind a giant mess!

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Project 365 2012 – Day 334 – NZ Day 13

Day 334 - Tongariro Crossing

Day 334 – Tongariro Crossing

Day 13 – Taupo to Waitomo to Tongariro to Taupo

Today was an action packed day. We started by driving to Waitomo and I unfortunately forgot to take my travel sickness pills. It almost ended badly but I pulled through and we headed off into the caves. They gave us wetsuits and socks. We abseiled down into the caves, down a giant slide, across a flying fox, climbed up walls, jumped off ledges, and drifted gently through the glow worm caves. It was very physical, a lot of hard work, very cold, I got a lot of bumps of bruises, but it was so much fun and beautiful. I’m very glad they gave us helmets because I hit my head so many times. Also because the floor was uneven, I fell over almost constantly.

After getting semi warm showers and having some hot soup and bagels, we did a walk around the rainforest before heading off to Tongariro National Park. A few days before one of the volcanos erupted, but there was no sign of that there as they had reopened most of the roads and tracks. It looked very Lord of the Rings like, so pretty.

Project 365 2012 – Day 328 – NZ Day 7

Day 7 - Coasting

Day 328 – Coasting

Day 7 – Twizel to Haast Pass to Franz Josef

Today was another long driving day, which means plenty of opportunities to take photos when I wasn’t sleeping. I have to take travel sickness pills, but they make me so sleepy. At least it’s better than the alternative of throwing up all over the husband. I don’t think he’d really appreciate that.

We drove past Lake Hawea and Lake Wanaka and up into Haast Past, which is full of lovely winding roads. We stopped off a few times to do some walking and see waterfalls. It’s very pretty, even that giant hill we climbed up to get to the lookout of Haast Pass. We had some lunch in a cheap dodgy looking diner, but my bacon and eggs were amazing.

We saw some of the coast as well, no sand, just rocks, and encountered a little bit of rain. Today’s photo was taken driving along the west coast coming out of Haast Pass.

Franz Josef was such a pretty little town. We headed to walk up to the glacier, which you can’t really get that close to unless you’re on a guided tour, which makes sense because there are so many rock falls and stories of careless travellers getting injured or even killed there. It was still very pretty.

One of the things we had noticed today was that we hadn’t come across a single traffic light since we’d been here. Everything is well signed give way signs, roundabouts etc. I can’t believe it took us so long to notice. I suppose where we had been driving was all small towns though, so not that surprising.

Project 365 2012 – Day 327 – NZ Day 6

Day 6 - Postcards

Day 327 – Postcards

Day 6 – Queenstown to Lake Tekapo to Lake Pukaki to Twizel

I just cannot get over how beautiful New Zealand is. Everywhere you look is just like a postcard. We did a lot of driving today and saw so many beautiful things that it was really hard to decide what should be my photo of the day.

We started the day by checking out of Queenstown and drove up to Tekapo Springs. We went to the tube park, which was smaller than we thought it would be. Normally in winter it’s covered in snow, but since it clearly wasn’t, they had this synthetic track to go down the hill on. It was pretty fun going down together. It was small and cheap, but fun. We then relaxed in the hot pools for a while to admire the views of the lake. It’s just such a lovely pastel blue colour, which apparently gets its colour from all the particles of ground up rocks combined with the sunlight. It’s truly amazing.

We had lunch at a little restaurant near the lake and walked around on the rocks for a bit. There were these flowers called lupins lining the shore, which aren’t native, but kind of pretty. We also walked around the Church of the Good Shepard and saw the bronze statue of the border collie sheep dog. I’m not religious, but I do like some of the architecture of the old churches. This one was so quaint.

We drove back to Lake Pukaki, which was just as beautiful and bought some fresh salmon to have for an afternoon snack. After checking into our motel in Twizel, we headed out for a drive around the lake to the Mt Cook region, which is where the photo of the day was taken. There were some amazing reflections and views of the mountains. Although I think the husband was getting annoyed with me taking photos because when we stopped to take photos of some sheep, he almost drove off on me. I can’t help that New Zealand is so pretty!

Project 365 2012 – Day 324 – NZ Day 3

One Fine Day

Day 324 – One Fine Day

Day 3 – Te Anau to Queenstown

We drove back to Queenstown and enjoyed another great day of weather. We keep hearing about the rain in New Zealand, but apart from the tiny bit of drizzle on our first day, it’s been nothing but perfect. I don’t think I packed for this weather as I was expecting it to be much wetter and cooler.

We stopped off at a few lookouts, saw lots of cute sheep, drove through a red tussock grass reserve, which reminded me of something out of Dr Seuss. I can’t believe how clear and blue the water is around here. It’s so amazing.

We had lunch in Queenstown and took a wander around the gardens before meeting up with our guide for our Segway tour. Our guide, funnily enough, was from Adelaide. I’m beginning to notice that most people are on working holidays and we’ve met very few locals. I thought going on a Segway would be tough, but it was actually really easy and heaps of fun.

I have also discovered my new favourite New Zealand food, which is home made creme brulee fudge. It’s so amazing that I almost inhaled it, which my husband thought would be cute to name me the Greedy Fudge Monster.

When we went to check into our hotel, we were informed that they had overbooked the hotel because of a conference. However, we got upgraded to their sister hotel, which was nicer, better, and was closer to town. We don’t often have much luck, in fact lots of things that happen to us make me feel like we’re just a complete disaster, but this was pretty lucky.

We walked out to town for dinner and then had a walk along the shoreline after picking up some more fudge. Yes, it’s that good and highly addictive.

The photo of the day was taken at one of the lookouts on our drive. I’m pretty annoyed about that giant speck of dust on the sensor, but it can’t be helped and I’m not game enough to clean it myself, so there it will stay for the rest of the trip.

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 205

Sunny Day

I took a walk up to the shops at lunch on a beautiful sunny winter’s day. I happened to walk past a church on the corner, which I had never really paid attention to before. I’m not religious, but I just love the architecture of old churches. Being winter, the lack of leaves on the trees also mean that I can appreciate the sky.

Japan – Miyajima

We went to Japan in October 2010 for our honeymoon. Miyajima is a little island off the coast of Hiroshima. We travelled there by ferry and explored around whilst trying to avoid the hungry (greedy?) deer roaming the island. Admittedly they were much more tame than the ones in Nara. See out other photos here Tokyo Kyoto Nara Kobe Hiroshima.

Oyster farm

Stone wall on Miyajima with the floating Torii gate in the background

Floating Torii gate

Floating Torii gate

Floating Torii gate

Floating Torii gate

Itsukushima Shrine, unfortunately at low tide

Stone lanterns

Cute little town

Maple leaves

Sunset

Ferry port at sunset

Ferry coming into port