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Mornington Peninsula & Melbourne

Next stop was Dromana, a seaside village on the Mornington Peninsula about 20 minutes south of Mornington where friends Di and John and Lorraine and Keith live. We fell in love with this region as it really does have it all – beautiful coastline and beaches, fertile farmland and scenery and full of history and art. We reckon these lovely beach huts epitomise the locals’ laidback approach to life!

A Boat shed 1

John kindly organised 3 great visits for us. The Old Aeroplane Company in Tyabb had Ian in hog heaven checking out the restoration of antique planes. Very knowledgable volunteers both assist with restoration and guide visitors around the hangars. Read Judy Pay’s story about just one plane – the Curtiss P-40F Warhawk – that has been restored. These are passionate people.

A X-1 replica A Sopwith A Prop A P-40 A Old Aeroplane Co 1

Next visit was to Tyabb Packing House Antiques. This brings together many collections of antiques, art and books plus we enjoyed lunch at their cafe. You could spend days there. Just not sure who is going to buy all the old large heavy furniture, books and homewares any more though – they don’t seem to fit with many Gen X or Y homes or tastes?

Final stop was the McClelland sculpture park to marvel at the variety of works on display among bushland and lakes – very inspiring.

A Sculpture 1 A John & sculpture A Sculpure 3

A wonderful moment for us in their inside gallery was to find magnificent WA Landgate prints of the Pilbara landscape on display – we felt VERY homesick! Anyone who has flown through and round the Pilbara and the Kimberley as we have done so often, will know this scene of red sand dunes and salt lakes – very picturesque from altitude…

A Aerial photo Pilbara

Ian enjoyed attending the veterans’ heart health program with John and Keith – he’s been missing his vet mates in Perth! Us gals joined them for lunch at Gem Cottage (best corn fritters ever!) one day, and then went off to see the Archibald art prize winners’ exhibition at the regional gallery in Mornington. This was a first for us, and although we thought that the winner was well deserved there were many other beautiful or quirky portraits that caught our eye! Check them out here

Another first was being in Victoria on the first Tuesday of November for ‘the race that stops the nation’. We were invited to spend Melbourne Cup Day at Heather and Graham’s home overloooking Mt Martha, and what a fun day it was! We frocked up for champers on the lawn at 1 pm and the day just got better and better. Apparently horses ran, some won and some lost on our little sweepstake…

A noshup A Ginny A Dianne & Bilco A cool Keith

Took the train into Melbourne to catch up with son Cameron and reacquainted ourselves with the great tram system and magic food.  Favourites were Lucyliu’s in Oliver Lane – sort of Asia meets tapas style (we’re all still raving about the Korean style crispy pork hock), and the  Waterfront Seafood Restaurant in Southgate – great lunch.

A Melbourne 3 A Melbourne 2 A Melbourne 1 A Chloe

Also enjoyed the beautiful glass ware and artistry at Kirra Galleries in Federation Square. Ian caught up with his old Melbourne squeeze – the lovely Chloe at Young and Jacksons as well…

All in all, we have had a wonderful time here, but time to move a little further west…