Archive for September, 2012

memorable two days … now on with the holiday!

What can I say about the last two days?!

Yesterday morning, we headed off to our o/n unit on Albert St, E Melbourne for the special Frontier Services worship service to celebrate the 100th anniversary of John Flynn founding the Australian Inland Mission, and a few years after, what we know now as the Royal Flying Doctor Service. This was a good move and much better (looking back) then driving or training back afterwards!

So yesterday, we thought it would be nice to take the Sorrento to Queenscliff car ferry across Port Philip Bay. This was lovely … glorious weather. After doing a few things en route we made it (thank you Navman) through Melbourne’s CBD to our unit. This turned our surprisingly spacious, tidy and practical. Tripadvisor knows this now too!

Nice afternoon tea with Harry & Jan T down from our Oxley church for “the” event and we head to Dallas Brooks Hall for rehearsal. We’re not there long before we meet Ted Egan AO … national living treasure … outback icon et al. Ted remarks how lovely Dale’s voice is as per demo mp3 of “Cross this land tonight” and Dale finds herself singing the song with Ted; me on guitar. Song went well, though not convinced the guitar was very loud in the mix. Anyhow, such a great honour for me, at such a memorable occasion, alongside Ted Egan and with Dale involved; and that – at Ted’s suggestion! Thank you Rosemary Y &Frontier Services.

Great service, with a range of musical components. Thought my song held up very well against the considerable one: “Resilient and free” written by Bruce Prewer and Colin Brumby for the service. Loved Julie Perrin’s new second verse for “For you deep stillness”. Such an evocative song. So much more in service including some special words from Andrew Dutney, Tim Fischer, Simon Crean and local aboriginal elder. Some special prayers, images and symbol used. Loved Ted Egan’s John Flynn song! Nice catching up with people over coffee afterwards.

Today? A bit of the tourist. We left car (fortunately) at the unit and apart from having morning tea at Federation Square (over- rated architecturally is my verdict, sorry) we did our own thing. Dale checked out Queen Victoria Markets & some shops; I headed for the National Sports Museum @ the MCG. Fitted in short trip on the free City Tram.

We got back to our Rosebud base camp around 4 pm in time for a lovely swim at the large indoor heated pool.

Quiet dinner, TV & reading followed.
The next few days we’re looking forward to some laidback days. … with some exercise and local sightseeing thrown in. Come Monday, off for a three -day jaunt featuring Ballarat/Sovereign Hill … then to the Great Ocean Road.

Oh … a Melbourne Storm win in- between!











enjoying doing very little … almost

It’s great being on holidays here at the Nepean Country Club, near Rosebud on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria.
We’re not exactly the sporty types so to date, apart from a nice swim in the heated pool, we haven’t exactly taken up the options of tennis, squash, gym, water aerobics or golf. The great thing is that we have 11 more days!
Because of its location in the middle of nowhere (well, not really) we either have to drive to get ‘somewhere’ OR just ‘veg’ out … which we’re doing plenty of!
What have we done (apart from much sleeping, relaxing & reading)?

* checked out Cape Schanck lighthouse – stunning views & stunning winds
* enjoyed “The Sapphires” – one of the most touching movies we’ve ever scene
* watched the second NRL prelim final “live” (yes!!) on GEM
* enjoyed a lovely drive down the coast road on eastern shores of Port Philip Bay from Mornington to Sorrento
* delighting in the quaint, coloured iconic beach huts at the various beaches
* returned the Budget hire vehicle after 1 day – aircon faulty!
* enjoyed the beautiful countryside around here

That’ll do for now. Plenty more to see & do but for now, we’re just enjoying going for once at our own pace. Gee, it’s nice!

Wednesday morning we head into Melbourne CBD for the Frontier Services/AIM 100th birthday celebration, where I’ll be involved with Ted Egan in the leading of my ‘Cross this land tonight’ song.












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