Found a New Favourite Place

I love exploring new places and of course revisiting my old favourites. I came to this gorgeous place a few weeks ago. Lavendula Lavender Farm is situated about 10 minutes away from Daylesford and is close to Mt. Franklin in country Victoria. It was a beautiful summer day and great to soak up some sunshine. A botanical oasis in the middle of nowhere, I would really rather keep this secret all to myself.

There is a restaurant at the property to have a meal or coffee, sit by the lake, and enjoy the surroundings. I had a lavender lemonade to quench my thirst accompanied by a croque monsieur, also known as cheese toasted sandwich for lunch. I think altogether we wandered around the farm for a good couple of hours. There is a homestead there that has been kept in it’s original condition since the first Italian family moved into the property. The land is self sufficient with a herb and vegetable garden. It even has it’s very own resident emu (pic below).

I loved how serene the gardens were not too mention well maintained. The venue is perfect for weddings! Lavandula is at it’s peak in the summer months especially during lavender harvest time. As much as I knew I where I was, it felt like I could have been somewhere in Europe. This is definitely going to remain one of my favourite places to visit and enjoy the beautiful lavender fields.

 

Hope your Christmas holidays have been enjoyable and looking forward to ushering the new year in with you lovely lot xxx

Scenes from Alcatraz

Wishing all of you lovely readers a Merry Christmas!! So, I have completely bypassed Christmas on the blog, but that’s just because I work in the retail industry and I have been completely bogged down by the craziness of it all.

Christmas was a lovely day. I spent it with my husband and his family which started with opening of presents with the kids, Christmas lunch which rolls on to dinner. We had to have an afternoon nap with all that good food and pudding. The scorching heat did not help either. All in all, Christmas was lovely minus the pre-Christmas and post Christmas aka Boxing Day shopping craze. Hopefully now, the storm is over and we can usher the new year in.

This is a continuation of my series of photos from the US. On our trip to San Francisco, one of the main attractions we visited was the Rock, better known as Alcatraz. It was an interesting visit to Alcatraz, we were a little tired and not to mention hungover but nonetheless it had to be done.

To get over to the island, we got a ferry after the queues and the waiting we finally got there. Alcatraz is about 15-20 minutes on the ferry away from the San Francisco mainland. Upon arrival on the island, we were given a briefing and then proceed into the building. I would definitely recommended taking opportunity of the audio tour which was informative and you can do it at your own pace which I love. One could easily spend 2-3 hours there walking the grounds and exploring cells, if that takes your fancy.

All in all, our visit to Alcatraz was I guess a slight eye-opening experience as I have never been into a prison and this one it particular has been popular due to it’s inhabitants such as Al Capone. Alcatraz is also the oldest standing lighthouse. I would encourage anyone travelling to San Francisco to visit this place as it is historical and also big in popular culture. One of my favourite movies that features Alcatraz would have to be the The Rock (1996) which has Sean Connery and Nicholas Cage.

            I hope you enjoyed my travels so far. I have some more adventures coming your way so stay tuned. xx

 

Slice of San Francisco

As a kid, my parents sent me postcards every time they travelled to different countries and I have a distinct memory of the one my mum sent me from San Francisco. It had the Golden Gate Bridge on it, all lit up at night. I must have been about 5 but I had always hoped to visit the place on that postcard. I still keep all of these postcards in a box somewhere.

I did not leave my heart in San Francisco but in October this year, my husband and I embarked on our honeymoon to the United States. Our first stop was this beautiful city by the bay, San Francisco. Our journey there on the plane felt like it was never ending at 15 hours but we were happy to land.

As much as we were tired and had been awake for hours, the excitement of being in a new city and continent altogether was exhilarating. We stayed in the Union Square district of the city which was central and definitely touristy. Actually most of San Francisco is touristy! Everywhere we went, there were queues but it’s got to be done to tick some of those things of the list- things one needs to do in San Francisco.

I don’t mean to go on but jet lag was a killer but when we surfaced some 24 hours later, we went on a bus tour. One of those hop on hop off double decker bus things, but I would definitely recommend it for those of you that don’t have a lot of time in a city and would like to explore and see the best bits. It was easy and convenient especially in a place like San Francisco, where it’s vast and hilly. Fleet week was going on the week we were in the city which was great. For those that don’t know, fleet week is when the US Navy and Coast Guards dock and there are loads of activities that happen at port. We bumped into a parade that started at Pier 39 and saw some sailors!

San Francisco is a beautiful city. I loved the architecture of the terrace homes similar to ones like in the movie, Mrs Doubtfire.

View of the Coit Tower and Bay Bridge

Crookedest street- Lombard St

We spent 3-4 days in the city (including time to recover after flying) and we managed to cover most of the highlights including Golden Gate Bridge, Pier 39, Alcatraz, ate lots of good food and climbed and walked a lot up and down the slopes of San Francisco.

One of the many street cars around

My most favourite thing by far in San Fran was the cable car ride. We did two on the entire trip and would have done more however the queues were always long. Although it is a typical thing to do, it is a must! It was exhilarating going up and down the steep slopes, a bit like a subtle roller coaster.

 

 

Hope you enjoyed this travel post. Please let me know what you think, I’d appreciate the feedback xx 

Perspective in Sydney

 

I have always liked photographs with cool perspectives. It is a play on angles, shapes and depth. This is a photograph I took in Sydney in July earlier this year whilst walking around the city. Architecture and landscape photos are something I delve into as I naturally enjoy and appreciate what I see around me. 

Hope you like this short and sweet snippet. x

Animal Love at the Melbourne Zoo

When I was 7, I went to the zoo with my school for the first time- well as far as I can remember anyway, and my experience then was marred by a bird doing it’s business on my brand new bag. Surprisingly, that did not put me off going back there again.

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I shot these images almost 6 months ago, but for some reason hadn’t posted them. I think life got in the way however I think one should never let imagery go to waste. This was my first visit to the Melbourne Zoo. It is a great expanse and lots of room around to roam. It definitely makes a great out with family and kids ( if you have any!) I went with my husband and in-laws and spent a good 3-4 hours there.

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When I visit any zoo my favourite animal by far has to be the elephants followed by fur cats such as the tigers. I guess the biggest thing that drew me were the elephants. The Melbourne Zoo has a huge elephant enclosure with about something like 10-12 animals there (not forgetting a baby). We were fortunate enough to see elephants at bath time. It was so much fun to watch the interaction between the caretakers and elephants as they each had their baths. Food was definitely motivation for them! I could sit watching for hours and it amazes how animals so big as them are so well-trained to follow certain instruction so they move around accordingly to get their scrub down.

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The zoo is a great place for kids (and adults!) to learn more about animals and nature however it was a little disappointing when some of the animals were not in their enclosures or asleep but nonetheless they need their rest too. For those of you who haven’t been to the Melbourne Zoo, do check it out. It is easily accessible by tram no 55 or if you prefer to drive there is a huge car park outside. It’s a great activity to do especially for the coming summer months.

 

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Till next time, S xx