Meet …greet… and eat

Well everyone today was a big day..Phil and i headed off to Melbourne for my appointment with the rheumy..who was lovely and all of ten years old..but she knows her stuff so i felt quite happy with her and confident she has the latest in autoimmune diseases.
So we left home at 7am ..took 2 hours of painful traffic..had my appointment..had my bloods stolen..and left.
We headed to see our little girl (yes 29 and still my little girl) had a coffee and a chat and dang forgot to grab some figs that were growing like crazy in her backyard!

We then headed off to Lygon Street..home of little Italy and cakes cakes cakes…yes..

And who did we meet up with?

Well we had our little guest with us..we stalled his departure until tomorrow as we KNEW he had to say a quick G’Day to this special person…

Yes Bashful got to have a reunion and we got to have a face to face with the lovely Sharon or as Bacon calls her Aunty Sharon from Gentle stitches

Aren't we cute :)

Aren’t we cute 🙂

Bashful was so excited to see Aunty Sharon..the last time he saw her they headed to Japan!..seems when Bashful comes to Australia he takes mini trips within his trip hahaa 🙂

You want those cakes don't you!

You want those cakes don’t you!

It was so nice to meet Sharon and we had a great chat..about blogging,craft what makes us happy and of course food!

Bashful making a move on my cake!

Bashful making a move on my cake!

We met at Brunetti’s..THE best cake shop and a paradise for sweets lovers..talk about try and decide!!
Sharon had a Baba which looked amazing I got Fozziedad a Pistachio number and i had a spongecake that looked like a strawberry with a strawberry jelly inside….DELISH!

Inside Brunetti's

Inside Brunetti’s

The coffees were great and it was so nice to have an actual face to face ..when it was time to go we said our farewells and will catch up soon at my place as i have a spinning wheel to give to Sharon as i know it will have a good home and be given the workout it deserves! i also have three bags full (yes a nursery rhyme) of fresh wool for her..so i am happy that this will be used too 🙂

Sharon gave me a gorgeous little blue heart she had made because i had been in the hospital..it sits with the Simba she made me ..

Gorgeous :)

Gorgeous 🙂

Cakes everywhere...and this is not even the whole shop!

Cakes everywhere…and this is not even the whole shop!

It was a full day and we did not get home until 4..

Luckily i bought a take home pack of cakes..they are so divine…i think i deserved a treat for being jabbed don’t you?

Ooh la la....

Ooh la la….

I mean i was brave..just sayin…

Pisachio eclairs, chocolate custard cannoli,strawberry tartlets and sacher torte

Pisachio eclairs, chocolate custard cannoli,strawberry tartlets and sacher torte

Thank you again Sharon for a lovely chat it was truly so nice to see the lady behind the amazing crochet!!

Bashful says farewell to Australia

Well we have had a ball taking Bashful with us on holiday up to Cairns.
We tried to make sure he saw as much as we did and experienced all that the Northern part of our beautiful country has to offer…sun sand sea and rainforest.
I think he had a ball..this is the second time he has visited us and it was a long time in the planning!
In fact when we booked our holiday early in 2014 i spoke to Bacon and the plan was hatched! so we kept the secret for nearly a year..amazing for me!

This week the little guy will wing his way home..and i am sure he has many tales to tell..and i also believe he has a little explaining to do!! (more of that later 😉 )

So i have got a little group of pics to show as we bid our little mate farewell and say safe travels…

Bashful arrives for Xmas

Bashful arrives for Xmas

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We travelled from our home town up North

 

We stayed in Melbourne the night before..early flight the next day

We stayed in Melbourne the night before..early flight the next day

 

Airport in the distance

Airport in the distance

 

On board the plane..morning tea

On board the plane..morning tea

We arrive at our destination and head to the resort

We arrive at our destination and head to the resort

We have a break at Cairns..Bashful at the lagoon

We have a break at Cairns..Bashful at the lagoon

Resort arrival and Bashful is ready to relax!

Resort arrival and Bashful is ready to relax!

We unpack and head to the pool

We unpack and head to the pool

Bashful and i share a cocktail..let the fun begin!

Bashful and i share a cocktail..let the fun begin!

Bashful met a Rhinocerous beetle

Bashful met a Rhinocerous beetle

He had a chillax pool side

He had a chillax pool side

Met some relatives

Met some relatives

Had romantic dinners with Fozziedad and i

Had romantic dinners with Fozziedad and i

He hit the beach

He hit the beach

He enjoyed the warm temperatures

He enjoyed the warm temperatures

Loved the food

Loved the food

Dined alfresco

Dined alfresco

Loved the scenery out in the rainforest

Loved the scenery out in the rainforest

Enjoyed all the rest stops

Enjoyed all the rest stops


He didn't eat the crocodile curry Fozziedad had

He didn’t eat the crocodile curry Fozziedad had

But nibbled my calamari salad!

But nibbled my calamari salad!

Gelati by the beach

Gelati by the beach

Pulled pork rolls poolside

Pulled pork rolls poolside

Yep that Bashful loves to eat!

Yep that Bashful loves to eat!

Prawn rolls beachside

Prawn rolls beachside

Oh and cakes of course :)

Oh and cakes of course 🙂

Bashful really wanted to stay at the resort

Bashful really wanted to stay at the resort

And all the staff were sad to say goodbye to him

And all the staff were sad to say goodbye to him

But all good things come to an end

But all good things come to an end

Resting on my cushion on the plane

Resting on my cushion on the plane

The ouchie toe needed some help when we got back..

The ouchie toe needed some help when we got back..

So off to the hospital for me and Bashful for an xray..

So off to the hospital for me and Bashful for an xray..

So it seems fitting to say bye bye to Bashful with some fireworks..we sat on the beach on New Years eve..eating fish and chips and watching the fireworks over the coral sea..Bashful had a great night and so did we..so adieu my friend and let’s do this again!
Loves Fozziemum xx

Travelling Tuesday

So today I continue the travel with Bashful I have been side tracked and now that I am getting some order in to my computers…yes still wrasslin two! i think it best I get on program!
So when we last left we were still in Mossman Gorge..and Rick our guide had kindly drawn a map of a watering hole close by..a safe one..no crocs!
So I will show you some more pics from inside the Upper Gorge walk ..I hope you do not find the amount of pics too much..just so hard to pick some…and believe me I have not even come close to the amount I took…I MAY have a problem 🙂

Vine creeping upwards

Vine creeping upwards

Vivid green of the rainforest

Vivid green of the rainforest

A view to the water

A view to the water

More revealed

More revealed

Boulders in the water

Boulders in the water

These actually move when there is a massive downpour of water!

These actually move when there is a massive downpour of water!

Perch swim in a waterhole

Perch swim in a waterhole

A heavenly spot

A heavenly spot

Water draws me..

Water draws me..

So quiet

So quiet

Full of life

Full of life

More amazing funghi

More amazing funghi

Believe it or not a Lillypilly tree!

Believe it or not a Lillypilly tree!

We say goodbye

We say goodbye

Cane tractor as we head out of the gorge

Cane tractor as we head out of the gorge

Canefields a  blur as we head to the watering hole

Canefields a blur as we head to the watering hole

We arrive at our destination..a seemingly odd place

We arrive at our destination..a seemingly odd place

Clearly the place to be!

Clearly the place to be!

Beautiful cool water

Beautiful cool water

Vibrant foliage hides the road

Vibrant foliage hides the road

Bashful meets  a friend at the watering hole

Bashful meets a friend at the watering hole

Fozziedad chilling out..looking at fellow rocks!

Fozziedad chilling out..looking at fellow rocks!

Views to die for

Views to die for

A quiet spot for me

A quiet spot for me

Truly a paradise

Truly a paradise

We hit the road after a dip..in search of food..the Flame trees line the roads

We hit the road after a dip..in search of food..the Flame trees line the roads

A cane train stands alone

A cane train stands alone

We had some lunch in Port Douglas..and I loved this little one refusing to walk!

We had some lunch in Port Douglas..and I loved this little one refusing to walk!

Lunch done a stroll on the beach..

Lunch done a stroll on the beach..

And in the distance a sweet female staffy...chasing the surf!

And in the distance a sweet female staffy…chasing the surf!

My favourite place to be the ocean..

My favourite place to be the ocean..

This girl every day comes with her peep to play..she wore me out! but never got close to the camera !

This girl every day comes with her peep to play..she wore me out! but never got close to the camera !

Little sand crabs make patterns like batik!

Little sand crabs make patterns like batik!

I waited for such a long time and they are so quick! but I got him !

I waited for such a long time and they are so quick! but I got him !

Day done we head back to the resort..views never a problem

Day done we head back to the resort..views never a problem

Our beautiful country!

Our beautiful country!

I jumped out f the car when I saw this couple..what a way to spend the first day of the New Year..on a sand bar ...

I jumped out f the car when I saw this couple..what a way to spend the first day of the New Year..on a sand bar …

Bashfuls New Years day adventure at Mossman Gorge

I was going to show you our New Years eve with Bashful ..the video for some reason will not upload to youtube..but we spent the evening on the beach at Palm Cove..watching fireworks on the barge at the end of the pier over the beautiful Coral Sea..we had a hankering for Fish and Chips but the only restaurant open was the Italian one..so they made us a kids serve and we ate this delicious food and enjoyed the fireworks and then headed back to our resort.

New years eve ..Bashful watching the fireworks at the beach

New years eve ..Bashful watching the fireworks at the beach

Well the first day of 2015..i awoke with what appeared to be a broken toe…it was like an eggplant and pretty dang sore…a pity as we had plans..and no bad toe was going to interfere!

We had booked for a guided tour through http://www.venturedeeper.com as they do Mossman Gorge tours.
This tour was for 3 hours so my toe would just have to ‘man up’ .
Mossman Gorge is not far past Port Douglas and we headed off with Bashful in the pea pod hire car .
As we approached the Gorge it was starting to rain..still humid and very warm the rain was refreshing and after all we were in the ‘wet tropics’.
We entered the Mossman Gorge Centre and were met by Rick our guide,he had umbrellas at the ready and to our absolute joy we were the only ones taking the tour with him!
This was going to be awesome!
The rain stopped as we went with Rick and caught a mini bus to our destination for the beginning of our walk..we had chosen the Upper Gorge walk (great with a toe like mine!)
Rick was a great guide , very knowledgeable about the plants the trees the environment and a musician also so Hubby was of course impressed!
The walk was stunning..not at all stressful on the feet..the scenery magical the water and giant stones awesome..the air was fresh with the smell of mosses and funghi. The canopy alive with birds and the water so clear and clean and full of native perch a protected species.
Rick explained the way the eco system worked here and we were amazed at the amount of diggings in the ground from feral pigs..he said they were a big problem and one that the lands caretakers were trying to manage as best as possible.To say we were impressed with this beautiful place would be an understatement!
Halfway through our tour we stopped at a gigantic strangler fig tree..where Rick pulled out of his backpack some thermos’s of water with a bit of lemon in them for us..very much appreciated!,then the trail mix and chocolates..we sat and chatted about life ,music, nature and family..a lovely break and in such serene surroundings!
I must say to that the resemblance of Rick to the actor Sam Elliot was uncanny..tall slim cowboy boots and an air of being totally at home here.
In a very candid conversation he explained his love of nature..he and his older brother used to shoot roos..they did this for feed for their dogs (many moons ago he said) and many country people did this.
One day apparently his brother shot one and when Rick went to prepare it for his dogs his brother said “no just leave it”
Rick never shot another roo..he could not comprehend the pointlessness of the roos death…like I said a candid conversation and an event that profoundly changed a young man and turned him into the man who had such respect for nature today and was so proud to share with us.

Our break over we continued our tour and before we knew it we were finished..3 hours of the natural world at it’s best spent with a man whose love for this gorge shone through every word he spoke.

When we returned we asked Rick if there was a good place for a safe swim..he got a piece of paper drew us a map and voila we had a place to cool off..we said thankyou and headed into the café for what was one of the best coffees I have had in a long time! Rick headeoff to take his daughter for a flying lesson!!
The following are some of the pics from our day..i have to do the second part tomorrow as there are many more of the water features and where we headed to with Rick’s map!

Mossman Gorge Centre

Mossman Gorge Centre

Arriving at the Gorge

Arriving at the Gorge

Looking deep into the gorge wilderness

Looking deep into the gorge wilderness

Beautiful mountains

Beautiful mountains

The story of the mountain

The story of the mountain

Another view into the forest

Another view into the forest

Now this is impressive

Now this is impressive

Sticky bean tree

Sticky bean tree

The sticky bean tree story

The sticky bean tree story

I loved how the light fell on some little patches in the rainforest..highlighting them for just a moment

I loved how the light fell on some little patches in the rainforest..highlighting them for just a moment

The sky seems so close to the canopy

The sky seems so close to the canopy

A funghi lovers paradise

A funghi lovers paradise

Bashful chilling in the gorge

Bashful chilling in the gorge

A strangler fig..these roots sound hollow when you touch them..unbelievable they hold such giant structures

A strangler fig..these roots sound hollow when you touch them..unbelievable they hold such giant structures

More amazing funghi

More amazing funghi

The giant Strangle fig we stopped at for a break..Bashful really impressed

The giant Strangle fig we stopped at for a break..Bashful really impressed

The strangler fig story

The strangler fig story

Look at these beautiful toadstools

Look at these beautiful toadstools

The pattern on the trunk of this amazing tree looks like a tiger in the bush!

The pattern on the trunk of this amazing tree looks like a tiger in the bush!

Wow..i was so enamoured of this beauty..look at the colour!

Wow..i was so enamoured of this beauty..look at the colour!

So pop back tomorrow and I shall continue our trek through Mossman Gorge..a day that was yet again spent in awe of our amazing world.

Bashfuls New Years Eve day

Back we are with the travels of our guest Bashful
New years eve for us usually involves staying put at home with all the furries..of course we were away this time so we needed to do something a bit different.
We decided to spend the day at the Great Barrier Reef.
I have had the absolute joy of visiting this reef 4 times..this time we were at the top part of the reef so I was really looking forward to this!

The company we went with was http://www.silverseries.com.au and the catamaran we took was the Silverswift which left from Cairns.
The day started early in the morning..on board all drinks and morning teas were included and the lunch was a smorgasboard of salads and cold meats and prawns, hot meals and breads the whole works also afternoon tea, cakes and cheeses and crackers and we would be glad because with 3 different reef stops and a total of 5 hours in the water we worked up a huge appetite!
Please enjoy a snorkel with us as we show you our own beautiful Wonder of the world..and yes I noted some coral bleaching has occurred and so we must all play our part in being gentle with the environment ..as much as this Great Barrier Reef is Australian through and through it belongs to YOU to..it is there for the whole world and let us hope it continues to be.

I hired an underwater camera for the day as I was not keen on fiddling with settings etc and knew he camera would be already set for the underwater pictures..the photographer, continuing our small world discussion used to live in our state not far from hubbies uncle and was in the CFA there..small world..

Awaiting the catamaran for our departure at Cairns Marina

Awaiting the catamaran for our departure at Cairns Marina

Looks like Bashful is ready for another down under adventure!

Looks like Bashful is ready for another down under adventure!

A perfect day for a reef trip

A perfect day for a reef trip

Fozziedad took Bashful in his special scuba gear so I could capture his day

Fozziedad took Bashful in his special scuba gear so I could capture his day

The scuba divers bubbles look so pretty with the light reflecting off them

The scuba divers bubbles look so pretty with the light reflecting off them

Crazy Fozziedad..him and Bashful photo bombing

Crazy Fozziedad..him and Bashful photo bombing

Such pretty coloured fish

Such pretty coloured fish

More cute fish

More cute fish

Reef structures

Reef structures

Elusive fish..followed him for awhle

Elusive fish..followed him for awhle

The Photgrapher having a moment with the Maori Wrasse..he was a very inquisitive fish!

The Photgrapher having a moment with the Maori Wrasse..he was a very inquisitive fish!

More beauty

More beauty

Birds eye view

Birds eye view

Near the surface and the fish all gather

Near the surface and the fish all gather

The Wrasse back for more fun

The Wrasse back for more fun

Coral and colour

Coral and colour

Hi there cutie!

Hi there cutie!

A meeting place

A meeting place

Hey Bashful has the hang of this alright!

Hey Bashful has the hang of this alright!

Imagine the fun of a big kiss from this guy!

Imagine the fun of a big kiss from this guy!

Got to be quick to catch these guys!

Got to be quick to catch these guys!

Hi Bashful!

Hi Bashful!

Wow what an amazing fish..i got to pat him and pure muscle! I have never been that close before!

Wow what an amazing fish..i got to pat him and pure muscle! I have never been that close before!

And a great pic with our guest Bashful!

And a great pic with our guest Bashful!

Day over and we head back home

Day over and we head back home

Bashful thanks the catamaran pilot for a great day!

Bashful thanks the catamaran pilot for a great day!

And  I learnt that the 'watch yourstep' signs on the catamaran shoud be duly noted..5 times I stubbed this toe...ending up with a super sore toe that looked like an Eggplant!

And I learnt that the ‘watch yourstep’ signs on the catamaran shoud be duly noted..5 times I stubbed this toe…ending up with a super sore toe that looked like an Eggplant!


I will continue with our New Years Eve tomorrow! have a great day xx

Sunday side trip with Bashful

Hi guys, yes WP is an inspiration..thanks to the way it drove me nuts I was inspired to get off the computer and get out.
I have not yet finished with Bashful’s travels up North .
But the weekend we decided to get out and have an adventure in our own backyard of Victoria.
Hubby installed the doggy door for the pups which has now, with the totally safe yard, given us a chance after 3 years to go and have a day out without stressing…awesome!

So off we went…Bashful in tow!
Now I am not sure if any of you are familiar with the 1975 mystery movie called Picnic at Hanging Rock..by Peter Weir.

I will pop some links to info at the end of this post for you.
Well hubby and I have never been there and it’s only a 40 minute drive from home..so off we went ..picnic basket and our international guest on board!

Basically the film tells the story of some schoolgirls who vanish in eerie circumstances at ‘the rock’ never to be found again..it was at one stage almost an urban legend that it was a true story..strange things have been mentioned by many visitors indeed..so of course..i have to go 😉

The girls adventure

The girls adventure

The pathway to the Hanging  Rock..yes another steep one

The pathway to the Hanging Rock..yes another steep one

Amazing rock formations

Amazing rock formations

One of the many amazing rocks ,can you see Bashful?

One of the many amazing rocks ,can you see Bashful?

Hmm

Hmm


Wonderful views over Mt Macedon the area devasted by the 1983 Ash Wednesday bushfires

Wonderful views over Mt Macedon the area devasted by the 1983 Ash Wednesday bushfires

Where is Bashful?

Where is Bashful?

Awesome

Awesome

More steep paths

More steep paths

What a lovely view

What a lovely view

Look at the character in this rock

Look at the character in this rock

Bashful and I having a break

Bashful and I having a break

Bashful right at home

Bashful right at home

More views to die for

More views to die for

Great little nook

Great little nook

Hi there!

Hi there!

Reaching the top hubby takes Bashful for a better view..

Reaching the top hubby takes Bashful for a better view..

No mean feat these rocks are slippery!

No mean feat these rocks are slippery!

Goodness Bashful this is daring..watch your step !

Goodness Bashful this is daring..watch your step !

Of course I ALWAYS find some new friends..these cute lizards under their rock

Of course I ALWAYS find some new friends..these cute lizards under their rock

Gorgeous lizard

Gorgeous lizard

My usual awkward ankle twisting look while trying to get wildlife pics

My usual awkward ankle twisting look while trying to get wildlife pics

I always get my man hahaa

I always get my man hahaa

We get to Hanging Rock with Bashful

We get to Hanging Rock with Bashful

Come on Bashful..we are in the rock..where the schoolgirls disappeared...

Come on Bashful..we are in the rock..where the schoolgirls disappeared…

How's the view...eerie indeed

How’s the view…eerie indeed

Yikes

Yikes

Come on dude you can't stay here!

Come on dude you can’t stay here!

Looks like I have to rescue the little guy!

Looks like I have to rescue the little guy!

Remember the girls Bashful!!

Remember the girls Bashful!!

This waterfall though dry still ha some sprinkles of water falling...like a little rain shower

This waterfall though dry still ha some sprinkles of water falling…like a little rain shower

Again I   try and get a good shot

Again I try and get a good shot

The very top of the waterfall..so pretty

The very top of the waterfall..so pretty

Back at the bottom and it's picnic time

Back at the bottom and it’s picnic time

Bashful and hubby resting

Bashful and hubby resting

At the café we grabbed a coffee and Bashful said G'day to this cutie

At the café we grabbed a coffee and Bashful said G’day to this cutie

So another adventure down..please check out the link to this magical spot

http://www.visitmacedonranges.com/natural-attractions/hanging-rock/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Picnic_at_Hanging_Rock

Bashfuls day in the Hot Air Balloon

Hi folks..i am continuing Bashful’s holiday with us by re visiting the Hot Air balloon ride..i had not shown his pics of the day as I was doing a more ‘serious’ as such post on the event .

But trust me the little guy WAS there and had a blast..you can read about the day here  https://dinz1234.wordpress.com/2015/01/02/floating-gracefully-into-2015/

I also remembered our Pilots name Shaun..so that was a bonus! Please enjoy some more pics of our fantastic morning in our beautiful Balloon..

 

Filling the Balloon in the morning

Filling the Balloon in the morning

Ready to go!

Ready to go!

And away

And away

Bashful admiring the beautiful scenery

Bashful admiring the beautiful scenery

Such stunning colour..no work needed on these images

Such stunning colour..no work needed on these images

Bashful up in the air

Bashful up in the air

Look at the gorgeous balloons

Look at the gorgeous balloons

All alone in the clouds

All alone in the clouds

This Balloon had finished for the day

This Balloon had finished for the day

I love the peach coloured sky

I love the peach coloured sky

Wow

Wow

As this Balloon comes down the Cattle move on..the calf was very curious!

As this Balloon comes down the Cattle move on..the calf was very curious!

Up in the air..the Balloon takes our picture!

Up in the air..the Balloon takes our picture!

Look who is in my safe hands up here in the sky!

Look who is in my safe hands up here in the sky!

Bashful thanks the pilot Shaun

Bashful thanks the pilot Shaun

Bashful also thanking Merv for picking us up and bringing us safely back to the resort

Bashful also thanking Merv for picking us up and bringing us safely back to the resort

So stay tuned as the holiday continues and there is more fun wit Bashful to come!