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Dandenong Ranges

There’s something refreshing about driving out of a city, away from the high buildings, the chaos and towards the country, like a sense of calm. This is exactly what we did on Sunday, escaped Melbourne and headed towards the Dandenong Ranges. Before you could even whisper the word hike we got distracted. No surprise there. But can you blame us, look what we found in the forest… How surreal is this? Wild parrots and lots of them. It may have had something to do with the family armed with a bag of bird feed but let’s not spoil the story. That would be all down to Jonny and I slinking creepily close to the poor people until we managed to trick some naïve birds that we had food too. Queue our best Ace Ventura impressions. So sadly Jonny managed to finally drag me away, apparently trees are more exciting than wildlife. Your call? But we did go for a long hike through the forest trying to find the waterfall. Let’s just say what we ended …

Journeyman Cafe

Journeyman is another cafe that has been on our hit list for way too long but always seemed to slip through the net. We walk past it, kept seeing it from a tram window and occasionally on Instagram and yet still ignored it. Until Sunday. When I finally got my way and forced Jonny to take me for breakfast before that little boxing fight you may have heard about. I already knew what I wanted before we even walked through the door. Yep I know it’s boring but I have been dreaming about a Smashed Avocado literally all week (simple pleasures) And these guys do their smashed avo with hummus. Yes please. I did almost cheat on my decision because there were so many other things I wanted, this is a strong menu, more of an excuse to return I suppose. Jonny on the other hand decided on the Pulled pork Benedict in under 60 seconds. I’ve grabbed a takeaway coffee here a few times and my soy latte again did not disappoint. Mr coffee …

Nordic Cool Exhibit

When I heard there was a exhibition of Scandinavian furniture design at the National Gallery Victoria, I banked the trip for a rainy day. Today was miserable, so we went to check it out. I used to walk round vintage markets in London choosing the pieces that I’d furnish my flat with, only to look at the price tags and think “hmm, one day”. Well, that day is still a while off but I still like to take a look when the opportunity presents itself. I’ve always had a thing for the minimalist aesthetic and pleasing use of colour and materials of the furniture from this time. ‘Nordic Cool’ at the NGV, is exhibiting pieces from 1920’s-1960’s and isn’t just limited to the type of design you sit on. Theres also ceramics, glass, lighting and textiles to have a gander at and it’s a little more interactive than Tumblr. You’ll probably return to your home with an urge to throw away your current cheap furniture but if by the end, your appreciation for chairs and ceramics …

Gin Pop-Up Bar in Prison

There’s not much that can beat a good Gin. No, really there’s not much at all, big Gin fans over here. So when we saw a special Gin pop-up bar this weekend I was already half way through booking the tickets, then we saw it was in the old Melbourne Prison and could there be a better Friday night plan? See the only thing I like more than Gin is a ‘unique’ experience. Strangely in the last week we have been looking into doing a prison tour to be more ‘cultured’ and explore more of Melbourne, beautiful coincidence don’t you think? It was such a great evening and so different from your average Friday drink in a bar, for starters you walk into a prison…that’s special enough on it’s own. The building itself is so imposing and eery as it gets darker. Pick up a G&T and then you’re free to wander around, up the two stories and in and out of various cells listening to the live jazz band playing away on the first floor ‘scaffolding’. Certain cells had special displays with different …

Lately

Every so often you have one of those Sundays. You know the one… literally the definition of a duvet day. Not helped by the fact we may have been a teeny bit hungover but we spent most the day napping, eating, watching films and snacking on everything in sight. I almost cried at David Attenborough. That type of day. In the spirit of fully embracing our somewhat fragile states we went through some recent rolls of film from the last few weeks. So here is a little photo round up of some of the things we have done recently. A little visual trip down memory lane…

Melbourne Moonlight Kayak Tour

Don’t you agree the best way to explore a new place is to walk around for hours and see what you stumble across. But is this the funnest? Perhaps not. What about taking in all the sights of Melbourne from the ‘comfort’ of your kayak as you drift along the river through the city. And did I mention the part where you stop and are served fish and chips in your little raft whilst watching the sunset? Don’t tell me you’re not intrigued. This is exactly what happened when we went on a Moonlight Kayak Tour with Jonnys parents and my sister. Going to be honest I was absolutely terrified, I hate, hate, hate the water, and I was being partnered with my sister in a kayak for 2.5hours, who’d be as useful as a chocolate teapot, so things didn’t look promising. But as we floated around it hit me that I was actually really enjoying it. My biggest fears were mainly capsizing, drifting away, and mostly a shark attack, but thank fully we survived with nothing more …