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A Day in Yarra Valley

SIX AM… I had to write it like that cause I can’t do 6 as capital letters and didn’t want to downplay the way I felt on Friday night when David told me I had to wake up so early Saturday to go to Yarra Valley with Friends and Family.

Yoiks! 6am! The plan was Domaine Chandon (and Green Point Wines) for some tasting and to pick up some favourites then De Bortoli for lunch. Craig and Mark were coming, along with Sharon (David’s mum), Peter (David’s dad) and Jody (David’s sister).

We did the family thing, three kids in the back seat parents in the front and just for a little fun the three of us in the back (now all 30+) decided to act like kids. A lot of “Are we there yet?”, “Mum, Jody’s on my side of the seat.” and “Mum, Jody’s touching me”… let’s just say that last one lead to a whole lot of in appropriate comments, some even from Sharon. It was an event filled ride.

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The Birthday

Bowling Final Game Final Score

The morning started off with chopped chicken on toast, topped with melted cheese.

Then off to the city to pick up David’s present, a paster roller, cutter for the KitchenAid.

Back to the Pub at Crown Casino for the usual fantastic fair, in for a spot of Rapid Big Wheel (we came out about $2 ahead) and down to bowling at  Strike inside the crown complex.

On the way home we stopped in at the Cheesecake Shop, where we got a half-half, Cheesecake and Orange Poppyseed (David’s favourite).

We’re out tonight to Viva Zapatas in Williamstown, an old favourite.

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Melbourne Zoo

Female Low land Gorilla at Melbourne ZooA great day was had at Melbourne Zoo… can’t spend too much time blogging this week as family is visiting and I don’t want to appear anti-social… watch Flickr for photo updates from the Zoo.

Note to anyone planning on visiting the Zoo, I’d hold off for a while if you can. The price has gone up since we were last there, now $22 for adults (up from $18) and almost a quarter of the zoo was unavailable due to refurbishment… displays being upgraded or animals off display due to “them being affected by the noise of the building works”.

So while I’m sure they do have Tapier, after two visits I’m still yet to see it. We missed the Orangutans, Lemuers and some other animals.

We’re off to Ten Pin Bowling tomorrow, followed by dinner at Viva Zapatas in Williamstown.

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1000 Steps – Maybe next time

1000 Steps Kokoda TrailOn April 25th, with good intentions, we ventured to the Kokoda Trail in the Ferntree Gully. This track was named as a local memorial for the real Kokoda Track in Papa New Guinea.

David, Craig, Mark and I drove nearly two hours to get there, stopping on the way for lunch.

Being ANZAC Day it was very busy and way too many runners for such narrow trails! Don’t those guys and girls have anything better to do on a public holiday.

Anyway as I said we went there with good intentions but the walk to the base of the 1000 steps was enough for us all. Hey at least we saw the steps. Took some pics and walked back down…

And because it should be documented lunch didn’t turn out so well for all of us… not sure what the deal was but I’d suggest the chicken in my Chicken Ceaser Salad wasn’t quite right and the trip home was interesting to say the least.