I flew down to Melbourne last Friday. It meant driving over the Great Dividing Range to Canberra Airport, leaving the car in the long-term carpark, using the check-in machine, negotiating the security check during which I realised my nail scissors were about to be thrown out again, so I opted to return to the car and leave them there. …. relaxing in the brand new terminal building, (which I shared with you last year), and enjoying a pleasant flight to Tullamarine on the outskirts of Melbourne. I was quite shocked to see how brown the country was. There is no hint of green in country NSW or Victoria at present. Everything is crispy dry and brown. Smoke haze from bushfires covered the country for as far as I could see, and later in Melbourne City I could still smell the smoke. Luckily for me temperatures that had been up to 43 degrees C earlier in the week had dropped to 25 C maximums for the weekend.
The reason I went was to meet a very important person, the newest member of the family. He is here with his parents for five weeks, and although they will be coming to see us soon, I really needed a sneak peek and some cuddles! From the airport I caught the city bus, then managed to buy a transport card and with only a few small detours, find the train I needed. Later a taxi delivered me to their door in a leafy inner city suburb. Melbourne does have a very easy transport system.
I was thrilled to see my son and his family, and we laughed to see that we were both dressed in blue. Please take a photo I asked!
Of course the priority was to meet my grandson … who of course was totally gorgeous, laughing and smiling, and trying to put everything into his mouth as 4 month olds do. This is my youngest treasure! His parents are keen that he does not have a media presence, so I have blurred his darling face, and I am not mentioning his name.
When not playing on the floor or in the garden we went walking around the local streets, in a suburb with great variety from extremely large mansions to tiny tenements. Leafy streets and busy traffic-ways made an interesting environment. These flowers were hanging over the footpath from a giant Lillypilly tree, buzzing with excited bees!
On Saturday morning I caught the train into the city again to go to the Walking Shoe Company and buy some light shoes for our next overseas trip. It was fun, and I found a wonderful pair of shoes by Merrill …. very light, washable, and using barefoot technology, so there was lots of space for my toes. The idea is that your toes actually grip the sole as if you were walking barefoot. The salesgirl did suggest that I might use thick socks when walking on cobblestones, a worthwhile idea I am sure.I flew home yesterday, driving back down the mountain just in time to teach my evening yoga class, which I had prepared in advance. Today I have been catching up with life, and hoping soon to catch up with my blogging friends too.