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We have just returned from a couple of weeks away in Victoria where we tested everything out including me, all of which will be blogged in due course but our holiday was good fun and I coped very well.
We now have a very busy couple weeks ahead of us as we plan our onward shipment to Canada at the beginning of April 2013 but I will endeavour to try to keep plugging away at the blogs. We are currently still at the beginning of the year.
Blog 240 Puffing Billy Jan 2013
Boxing day saw us out on the bike for a ride near Belgrave to the Monbulk Creek trestle bridge which we passed on a previous ride. This is reported to be 300 feet or 15 spans long and over 42 feet high. See if you can spot me by the trestle leg in the photo. Our luck was in we had only 10mins to wait before the regular steam train Puffing Billy went over.
Puffing Billy is quite well known in these parts and many flock to take a ride, it is the only steam train we know that allows you hang various body parts out of the windows!
It is a heritage narrow gauge railway initially opened in 1900 to serve the farming and timber community from the end of the Melbourne broad gauge line at Upper Ferntree Gully. A landslide in 1953 which blocked the line saw its demise and it officially closed in 1954. It is now open thanks mainly to the efforts of volunteers of the Puffing Billy Preservation Society who formed in 1955 when Victorian Railways still owned the line. The society have restored many engines to full working order and the line now runs every day except Christmas day as a very popular tourist train.
It’s route takes it through the station Lakeside at Emerald Lake park where it takes on water, it’s also where we rode to meet it again.
We took a wander around the park afterwards which was very relaxing and saw its amphitheatres and lakes
The strange looking object Kev is photoing is a tree fern stump, here is also one in its full glory.
We had to laugh when we saw the ducks only swimming in the shady side of the lakes, so it’s not just us that feels the heat…..
In our ever changing circumstances we moved to Craig and Paula’s to see the new year in, you may remember Kev first stayed there when I was in Epworth rehab. Craig and Paula had taken off on the bike for a week or so and we were dog sitting their two Airdales Molly and the three legged Teddy. They had said to invite a few friends over to celebrate, so it made a change to entertain Rob and Pam and some others. Here is our New Year photos.
Craig had a couple of scooters as he was intending to run a small business “Scoot Around Town” hiring out the scooters to get around the city. Scooters are the way to go in a big city light, nimble and in Victoria it is legal to park for free on the pavements with motorcycles. What a great idea, it needs to catch on in the rest of world. Now I was fit enough to ride again we took a scoot each into the city a couple of times to do the tourist thing.
We had bought ourselves new protective jackets as a Christmas present and because mine was munted (destroyed). Australia does a mesh airflow jacket designed for excessive heats a it was a pleasure to ride in them.
On this occasion we went to Docklands and as luck would have it so did the local AC Cobra club, here are some of the beautiful cars on display.
One was an original Carroll Shelby a very rare beast.
They were so polished I could get a reflection on the rear fender. Most had their bonnets up so we could gawp at the motors as well and one had a cobra gear shift.
We also wandered along the quayside to view the artwork and boats.
We even got to meet Dame Edna and friends.
In the heart of the city was a camera museum housed inside the current Michael’s camera shop. We headed there on our return. Michael’s has had five generations of the same family run the shop from the corner of Elizabeth street and Lonsdale street since 1916.
It had just about every make and model there ranging from ones we recognised using in our youth to the rarest of the rare. Ones that went to the moon and some that were gold plated. Kev even spotted his first real camera bought when he was 13, second hand from a camera shop in East street in his home town.
By now I was really flagging, it was the first time I had done any real walking for a length of time and I needed a coffee and a sit down. Michael’s staff recommended a local coffee house down the back streets. It was a fabulous place full of character although it didn’t look much from the street, we had bagels and we even got a face in the coffees.
Melbourne has a great mix of old and new rubbing side by side, here is some more architecture.
Next up – More from the city.