Sunday, July 31, 2011

Every Man & his Dog

 With such a beautiful sunny day as we had today it was not surprising to see lots of people at the Daylesford Sunday Market. It was also a given that people would have their dogs out walking with them, but oh my goodness I have never seen so many dogs in all my life. Now don't get me wrong I do love dogs but at some points when there were a few dogs with their owners you couldn't walk past without stepping over a dog.
There were big dogs, little dogs, happy dogs, angry dogs - all sort of dogs.

Dog Day Afternoon at Daylesford Sunday Market
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

My Little Road Trip

Last week while in Daylesford I took myself on a little road trip. First stop was Creswick - I haven't been to this little town for years. When my son Shane was at Melbourne University doing Forestry he lived in Creswick as this is where their Forestry Campus is.


Creswick was built on the proceeds of rich gold deposits mined from the 1850's, Creswick today proudly displays fine examples of the grand architecture so reminiscent of the era. A stroll down the main street will reveal a number of historic buildings including the former State Savings Bank, Post Office, Library, and Havilah Masonic Lodge.

Talbot was originally first born for servicing a mining population of over 15,000 during the 1850s, today only a few hundred people live in Talbot. The town retains a number of historic buildings from its prosperous gold mining days which can be observed by taking a stroll along Scandinavian Crescent in the heart of the town.


Clunes was the site of Victoria's first gold strike. It is located in a steep valley surrounded by rounded hills, which are actually extinct volcanoes (they can be best seen 3 km south along the road to Ballarat).
Clunes is one of the most intact 19th-century towns in the Central Goldfields, boasting numerous bluestone and brick buildings. Fraser St, the commercial centre, is wide and elegant, full of 19th-century shops with original store-fronts and distinctive verandas. Fraser St has been the setting for many films including 'Mad Max' and 'Ned Kelly'. The Djadja Wurrung people were the first inhabitants and these people occupied most of central Victoria. The words Djadja Wurrung defines the name of the tribe and the language they spoke. It is a combination of 'djadja' (yes) and 'wurrung' (speech). Being called the "yes people" suggests that the tribe were considered to be a friendly group of people.



When Mark Twain visited Maryborough in the 1890s he described it as 'a railway station with a town attached'. The Maryborough Railway Station is a really a wonder to behold. It is huge and gracious: a vast 25-room edifice which is surely Maryborough's finest building.

Erected in 1890, it is a red-brick structure with plenty of stucco trimming for contrast. Highlights include the ornate clock tower, Flemish gables, massive portico, marble dressing tables in the women's toilets, some attractive wrought-iron work on the veranda, oak wall panels and the longest platform in Country Victoria.


Friday, July 22, 2011

O'shea Ryder Clohesy

I have finally met my grandson O'shea today. He turns 1 week tomorrow and is very cute indeed. I think he is a mixture of his Mummy Stacey and Daddy (my son) Shane. I have spent my day today cuddling him and when he hasn't been in my arms I have been taking photos of him. But I just have to share this photo of my boy with his boy with you. When I first saw it my heart just melted.
Shane & O'shea

O'shea Ryder Clohesy

I just feel like the luckiest person in the world with two wonderful children who have met and fell in love with two wonderful partners and now given me two wonderful grandchildren. I love my life.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

My new baby Grandson

Well I did have a post all organised to publish today but I have some way way better news. My new little grandson has finally arrived. His name is O'shea Clohesy and he arrived this morning at 8.20am - 2 weeks late and weighed 3.27kg (8.2lb). I don't have a photo as yet but as soon as I do and his parents Stacey & Shane say it's OK for me to put one online you will be the first ones to see it.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

My "F....." Week

No it's not what you think - but yes my week has been an "F" week. 
Farewell - Monday was the farewell day,as I dropped Shane of at Melbourne Airport
for his 10 days in Darwin.
Darwin Sunset
Friends - Tuesday I had lunch with some old and new Angel Friends.
These lunches are always so enriching. I always head on home on a bit of a high.

Family - Wednesday was very special as I had dinner with my beautiful
daughter Rachel and my gorgeous grandaughter Clare.
Fun - Wednesday was also time for some good old fun with Arch. My leg finally
felt good enough to head down the park with Arch to throw the ball around.
Arch loves his ball
Freeway Frenzy - Today (Thursday) my "F" experience was definitely freeway frenzy.
On the freeway I was driving along is currently having lots of road works happening
and there is no emergency lane and some poor person had broken down.
I always feel sorry for people who break down but oh my it did cause a bit of havoc.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Overdue Update

I have been so slack lately with updating my blog, although I have had a few things on. So what have I been up to since I last posted. I spent most of the week in Melbourne doing a bit of work at "Homing Instincts". I haven't worked there for about a month and Jennie has got lots of new groovy stuff in, so of course I ended up partially spending my wages. I have had the stitches taken out of my shin and the Dr was very pleased with the healing of the skin graft. For those who remember my posting about my allergic reaction that makes my throat/tongue swell, well I think I may have found out what it could be. I also had an appointment with the specialist last week and he also thinks I may have had a bit of  a breakthrough. I have always been a bit of a coke-aholic. I have always loved my diet coke and drank a lot. But I have not had any since April 10th and the allergic reactions have all but ceased. Apparently my body has decided to react to one of the additives. I really hope this is the problem. My next grand baby was also due last Friday, but he is way to cosy and doesn't want to emerge just yet. So hopefully sometime this week I will be able to share him will you all. I am now back in Daylesford  and have just spent a great weekend with some girlfriends who came up for the weekend - fun fun fun. So that's my recent adventures and now onto my life for another week.
Waiting for "Shaggy"

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Well I Never!!

Back in Daylesford for the weekend, breakfast for my guests was all over so Shane and I decided to go for a drive to Castlemaine. Castlemaine was originally started in the gold rush days but a lot of employment now is farming and one of their main pests are foxes. As foxes are an introduced animal in Australia they can be very devastating to a paddock full of sheep. Driving along the road we came across something I have never seen before. Someone has had a busy day getting rid of their enemy and from their display they are pretty proud of themselves. ### Thats 35 times proud ###. Can you believe I didn't even have my camera with me - so I had to take this shot with my phone. Bit blurry because it was pretty windy and I was getting blown around.

Good Bye Castlemaine Foxes