During our stay at Lilydale we were invited to a party at one of the Guzzi club members house in Olinda which is right at the top of the Dandenong Ranges that sit to the East of Melbourne.The second photo is Olinda’s hall built in 1913.
Our hosts Pam and Rob deserved a medal for the catering for us all because in the end there were about twelve of us. It was a great party which was in honour of Keir’s birthday and mine too when they found out it was that week also, it was mostly Guzzi club members whom we already knew but it was good to meet up with some of the wives who don’t always attend club meets. Later on in the evening Rob raided the dressing up box with hilarious results as you will see. Nancy made the cake which was delicious.
Most of us stayed over and we enjoyed breakfast with a view despite the morning chill. Over morning coffee Rob was telling us that they were just about to go on a holiday to the U.S.A incorporating a cruise and would be away for seven weeks. “Have you got someone to house sit?” we asked, arrangements had been made but they were not ideal as the grass needed mowing and there were a few other jobs to do. Rob rang us a few days later and said “You’re on”.
Their house is in a stunning spot with views right down over Gippsland. In exchange we fed the chooks, collected their eggs (yummy), looked after Bridie the cocker spaniel (such hard work!), mowed the large lawns using a ride on mower, attempted to keep the rest of the garden tidy and emptied the bins. I also did a bit of work on some of Rob’s bikes.
Here are some photos of their garden, the last two are the arboretum.
Another bonus was the stunning sunrises well worth the really early wake up to view. The last photo is the same view during the day.
We also had a few visits from this cheeky cockatoo, they normally fly around in big mobs and you can hear their screechy call coming a mile away. We fed him a bit more judiciously as locals warned us that they can get a bit bolshie and destructive if they don’t have to find their own food. We wondered if this one was an escapee pet or had been ostracised by his peers as he always seemed to turn up on his own, he was a real character.He was looking over the edge of the table at Bridie who was trying to chase him off.
Next up – The Mods and Rockers run