Dandenong Festival of Lights and other stuff.

Good news!   I have a job – yay!    Bit of shock to the system, its been a while.    But its nice to be out there doing.     I have this theory that everything happens in my life for a reason. This job came in three days after mums apartment was finished.  I was wondering how I was going to fill my days.  Which explains why I haven’t been very stressed about not working,  (It’s not quite finished but the dude is still in Europe and what he has to do will only take 10 minutes)

Yesterday out of the blue a post for the Dandenong Festival of Lights showed up.   It was a bit spur of the moment, but we went anyway.   It was a nice evening, everyone was well-behaved and it was surprisingly uncrowded.   Its only the second year its been running.   It’s on for another 10 days or so at the Dandenong Show Grounds.

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12 months later – still here.

Its been radio silence here for a while.   I think I’ve said it before, but I need to have things to say to blog.   I can’t just blog for the sake of stats.   As of today I’ve been back for 12 months, and I’ve been trying to think where the time has gone.   I feel like I’ve done nothing but when you put it on paper I’ve achieved quite a bit.

As I said we bought a property (still being built) in Footscray, sold our house in Ringwood, bought an apartment for Mum, and we’ve put her house on the market – hopefully that will go soon.  (Not too soon – it’s still full of my stuff that I stored there when we went away).  Her house is 90% sorted out, and when it sells it will only take a couple of days to pack the last of her stuff up.   My stuff over there is a different problem all together – but that’s for another time.  And we bought an apartment on behalf of one of my sisters, I only had to turn up and bid on that one – but I’m including it anyway.

We’ve got the keys for mums apartment now, and have just started doing some small renovations.   It’s just a bit “tired” so updated bathrooms (2) and kitchen, new lighting, air con, and curtains.  It should all be complete within a month – famous last words.    It’s a great little apartment, light and airy, can’t be built out, fabulous views over Flemington Racecourse, no stairs anywhere, and a coffee shop on the ground floor.  Theres a gym, apparently a theatrette – but I haven’t found it yet,  secure parking and storage are an added bonus

The work situation is still a bit up in the air, I’ve been getting some casual stuff, and doing some outsourced work, but I’m looking forward to something more permanent.   At the end of the day everything happens for a reason.   If I’d been working full-time there is so much I wouldn’t have been able to get done.

On the downside – I looks like mum needs to have a hip replacement, the specialist appointment is in June – it will be all confirmed then.   She’s trying not to let it slow her down, she’s headed off to Longreach Qld, with one of her sisters, for a couple of weeks.   She’s packed drugs, and a walking stick and is getting on with it.

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School holidays V3

Reminder for my Facebook people.   You need to click on the link to see all the photos.

We spent a day in Williamstown, the plan was to go to Science Works but there was a queue.   Williamstown coffee shops outrank queues any day.   We found a place that overlooked the Naval Dockyards so godson could look at the carrier being built – from a distance.   HMAS Castlemaine is also moored up in Williamstown, and open on certain days for tours.   We had a great couple of hours looking around, our guide had served on her when he was in the navy.   Its tiny compared to the other boat being built.    The Sea Shepherd  Steve Irwin was also in dock, but we didn’t visit, maybe next time.

Trying a hammock

Trying a hammock

Steep ladders up and downstairs

Steep ladders up and downstairs

On the deck.

On the deck.

Checking out the models

Checking out the models

Tin hat

Tin hat

On the gun turret.

On the gun turret.

The Endeavour returning to Port.

The Endeavour returning to Port.

HMAS Castlemaine

HMAS Castlemaine

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School Holidays V2

Also at St Kilda beach – coffee & chip stop.   A local dog groomer and her poodles.   Artistic.  I think she said she trains people to be dog groomers, didn’t get her card or name – sorry.DSC_0010

Poodle 1

Poodle 1

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School Holidays

The weather has been glorious today.   I’ve got my godson with me for a week over the school holidays.   A big event for all of us!   We walked and scootered from Elwood to St Kilda market and back, then went for a drive to the airport, dropped his mum at the train station and then went to see the penguins at the St Kilda pier.   It all culminated in sudden tears while he was reading a book.   Over tired me thinks – hopefully.

We took jackets with us thinking it would be cool at the end of the pier but it was just beautiful.   The penguins were good, lots of them to see. They are so fast in the water.  Camera flashes are banned, rightly so, which means no good photos of them as they won’t stay still for long enough for me to get a good shot.

Incoming penguins

Incoming penguins

St Kilda pier at sunset

St Kilda pier at sunset

Big Star Fish

Big Star Fish

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St Kilda pier sunset

St Kilda pier sunset

Selfies

Selfies

Fairy penguin - no flash.  Very cute.

Fairy penguin – no flash. Very cute.

Silhouette

Silhouette

Yachts in the sunset

Yachts in the sunset

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Coffee

Our local coffee shop has some very talented latte artists.   I struggle to draw stick figures so am very envious.   Give it a try if you are in the Elsternwick area.  Loco Coffee.    Their breakfasts and cakes are pretty good as well.

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Progress!

Well I’ve been back home for nearly 10 weeks now.   We’ve moved house three times in that period.  Both of us are now actively looking for work.   And both of us have had interviews – hopefully they will lead to permanent employment soon.

In the mean time we have been looking for an apartment to buy.  We were very excited by one of them but pulled out at the last minute as there were just too many negatives and it wasn’t in an area that we loved enough to compromise that much.

However today we signed – different apartment, different area.   Yay us!  Completion due end of 2017.  Footscray here we come.

Following are pictures taken from the 4th floor of an adjacent building – I think our view will be better as we will be on the 11th floor – but this will be our view.  The docks are moving to Williamstown, so all the red cranes will be parkland.   That will also open up the view of the Maribyrnong River – which is just one block away – lots of walking and bike riding to be had.

Looking towards Footscray.

Looking towards Footscray.

Home Sweet Home.

Home Sweet Home.

View of the city

View of the city

Looking over the docks.   These will be going in the next couple of years.

Looking over the docks. These will be going in the next couple of years.

View towards the Westgate Bridge

View towards the Westgate Bridge

View towards the city - the bridge over the Maribyrnong.

View towards the city – the bridge over the Maribyrnong You can just see a glimmer of it.

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