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Sunday, 20 April 2014

Easter Sunday Lunch

Easter Sunday Lunch at my place with the family - 7 children under 10, screaming, yelling little blighters, food spilt, a delightful mess, drinks tipped over and best of all, those wonderful ear splitting screeches when they don't get their own way. Is there anything more wonderful than the sound of children's voices raised in kiddie warfare? And that's only the children - you should hear the adults! You need either super-sonic hearing to make yourself heard or a loud-speaker to get you point across.

Did you know...

The commercialism of Easter, that in which children collect chocolate Easter eggs, chocolate bunnies, and fancy baskets to put them in is a tradition that stems from the old pagan religions as part of the celebration of spring. They believed eggs represented fertility and rebirth.

The story of the Easter Bunny

Ever wondered how a rabbit came to be associated with Easter? Since ancient times, rabbits have been associated with springtime, It is said the Anglo-Saxon Goddess of Spring, Eostre had a hare as her companion - the hare symbolises fertility and rebirth and much later, Christians changed the symbol of the hare to the Easter bunny. In Germany about 500 years ago, the Easter Hare acted as a judge and determined if the children had been behaving themselves or not. The tale took off from there, in 19th century Germany, eggs were made from pastry and given to good children, today the eggs are chocolate eggs.

The Spirit of Easter
Kindness is the essence of truth, when we are kind toward others it reflects our true self. The Spirit of Easter is about hope, love, and joy. Seeing things with new eyes, a rebirth of starting afresh.

I wish everyone a happy Easter and may your day be filled with love, laughter and merry memories. This is a time when we should remember those less fortunate than ourselves, someone, somewhere, some place, is cold or hungry or lonely and perhaps in some small way we can help make their day a little brighter. It can be as simple as a smile - it costs nothing yet can help make someone's day just a little brighter.

Today's quote: It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow ~ Robert H. Schuller.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Theme Day - Triangles

Le Gâteau de Triangle

Once again we have Theme Day and this month it is triangles, instead of spires, wires and architecture, I give you ~ Le Gâteau de Triangle. Photo taken at a friend's party, and, btw, it tasted as good as it looked!

Above: Le Gâteau de Triangle

Today's quote: A compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way that everyone believes he has the biggest piece ~ Ludwig Erhard.

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Monday, 17 March 2014

Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh - Happy Saint Patrick's Day

Well now, today is Saint Patrick's Day, the day all Irish people and those who wish they were Irish celebrate the wearin' o the green, drink Guinness (made by Arthur Guinness, who founded the brewery in Dublin in 1759) and have a rip snortin' good time.

Above: St Ali Loos Sth Melbourne

Not having a recent photo of one of the many Irish pubs around Melbourne, I searched for all things green and came up with this -

Why is St. Patrick's Day celebrated on the 17th of March? Because that is the date of his death back in 461 Anno Domini. Saint Patrick's Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early seventeenth century and commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland as well as celebrating the heritage and culture of the Irish. I myself have a Shillalah - an Irish walking stick or cudgel, very handy for knocking heads about! I must take a photo and post it up one day.

I leave you with this Irish blessing:

May your days be long and filled with happiness
May your children be many and full of health
And may you live in peace and harmony.

Today's quote: I come from an Irish family. St. Patrick's Day was our big holiday. The night before we'd hang up our stockings and in the morning they'd be full of beer ~ Sean Morey.


Sunday, 2 March 2014

Theme Day ~ People on the Street

Anyone for a Beer?

Above: Outside the Leinster Arms

On a sunny Saturday afternoon, what better than sitting outside a local pub downing the amber fluid with a few mates? Convivial conversation, relaxed atmosphere, these blokes have the right idea.

Hidden in the quiet back streets of Collingwood, the Leinster Arms is a well-loved and popular favourite with locals. Built in 1863, it's the only single storey pub ever built in that era and has an "Irish" feel to it.

Today's quote: There's nothing I value more than the closeness of friends and family, a smile as I pass someone on the street - Willie Stargell.

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Sunday, 2 February 2014

Theme Day ~ Entry

Grandeur of the 1880's

Above: The Staircase

This is the entrance of the Grand Hotel, Healesville. It is an elaborate hotel designed by the famous architect, William Pitt. With fifty rooms, the large two storey solid brick hotel was built in 1888 for Mr. Edgecombe. The bricks are hand-made and came from the local brick-works of Clarke and Phillipie. It has an unusual French mansard-style roof of curved corrugated iron with protruding attic windows. Originally there was an iron-lace verandah along the front which was removed when the present large brick and concrete Bauhouse-style verandah was constructed during the World War II and the two street facades were cement rendered.

The Grand Hotel is historically significant and is registered with Heritage Victoria.

Today's quote: Look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else ~ Tom Stoppard.

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Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Theme Day ~ Photo of the Year

Above: Bird on a Rock
Photo taken mid morning at Queen's Park lake.

A bit of trivia
Early travellers heading for the goldfields met here because fresh water was available in the lagoon. Burke and Wills camped here on their fateful journey to cross Australia.

Today's quote: No matter how high a bird flies, it has to come down for water ~ Old American

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Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Happy New Year 2014

Wishing you a New year
Which will look as one as one for you
May you be able to walk even though you are drunk

Before starting the new year celebration
Make sure that you are calling a Taxi
To take you home
Happy New Year


Today's quote: Let our New Year's resolution be this: we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word ~ Goran Persson.

Melbourne Daily Photo

Hello, I created this blog because Melbourne is my city and I want people to see what a beautiful place it is. So come with me on a journey of discovery as we traverse the dining precincts, the culture, the laneways and hidden gems that make Melbourne marvellous.