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Archive for August 2013

For my recent trip to Melbourne I was looking to stay in a motel or apartment chain, but K persuaded me to look into a holiday rental. We wanted to stay close to the CBD, but not right in the middle of the city. The main thing we wanted to see in Melbourne was the Monet’s Gardens exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria, so Southbank was the perfect fit for us.

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We found Southbank Royale on Stayz and the description suited us perfectly. We like a bit of luxury and we didn’t want to share a room so two bedrooms with a bathroom each suited us to a tee. It’s located on the top floor of a secure building so the view from the balcony was amazing.

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The kitchen was fully equipped which meant that K and I could cook up roast lamb and veggies that we picked up from the South Melbourne Markets (within walking distance). And for picking up those bits and pieces or a bottle of wine there’s and IGA and Chemist Warehouse just across the road.

From this Southbank location it was a three minute walk to tram stop 18 on St Kilda Road and we also walked to the Yarra riverbank, the National Gallery of Victoria, Federation Square, the Botanic Gardens and South Melbourne Markets.

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I went to sleep to that… and woke up to this 🙂

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I loved creating this page. The background paper screamed France at me, so I’ve been saving it for a Paris layout. I’m glad I did, the colours work really well with these St Germain photos.

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Once I laid down all the photos it seemed a bit dark, so I added a little glitter to brighten it up. I’m not normally a fan of glitter, but I recently came across Martha Stewart glitter tubes. The glitter comes in a range of colours and the best thing about it is the fine texture. I think I’m converted!

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The things I can scrap about cause I don’t have kids!

Coca Cola ran a campaign in Australia in 2011 where people’s names or relationships (dad, nan, etc) appeared on cans and bottles and it really appealed to me. I loved it when I got a can that said ‘Have a Coke with your brother’ and I was always on the look out for names of people I knew.

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So when I was shopping in Woolworths one day and I saw a row of ‘Have a Coke with Belinda’ I couldn’t help but take a photo! Even two years later it still tickles my fancy when I see this photo and remember turning all the bottles to show the label the same way.

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After a day of travelling I arrived in Melbourne before K so I ventured into the city for a bite to eat. K doesn’t like Asian food so I made my way to Chinatown to get my Asian fix before she arrived.

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I’m of the opinion that you don’t need fancy surroundings to have quality food, so when I saw this bustling Vietnamese restaurant it called to me. I had the sliced beef pho and it was spectacular – just the thing I needed after narrowly dodging a downpour after I hopped off the tram.

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To avoid the rain I window shopped my way around Melbourne Central and after a couple of hours made my way home via Flinders Street, snapping a shot of the beautifully lit station on the way.

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The next morning K and I walked from Southbank to the National Gallery of Victoria to see the Monet’s Gardens exhibition. I find it really interesting how many beautiful everyday things are everywhere, but no one sees them.

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Sometimes all it takes is a different perspective or some time to observe. Looking up opens up a whole new world. I love capturing the architectural details on buildings, and Melbourne has a wealth of them.

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When I made this card out of leftover scraps a few years ago I loved it so much I made a second one straight away. I gave the first card to a friend as planned, but I’ve been hanging on to the second one for a few years.

I didn’t want to part with it – it feels silly saying this out loud (so to speak) but it was like I was giving away a little part of myself. But in the spirit of de-cluttering and making way for new things in my life it was time to let it go. The second one went to a colleague who appreciated and admired it, and that was enough to make it okay.

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