Left Broome at 7.00pm at night and arrived in Perth about 9.30pm then almost a two hour wait for the ‘red eye’ to Melbourne. Wedged between two rather large gentlemen on each aisle seat so no arm-rests for yours truly and the slim gentleman next to me so sleeping was not an option, that’s for sure!
My darling daughter met me at Melbourne Airport which was more than welcome after my long flight and it was off to Yarraville to Claire and James’s great little Air BNB in Avoca Street. Think I have mentioned this once before for any travellers seeking a comfortable stop close to the city (they reckon it’s the most comfortable bed in Melbourne by the way!!) Check it out at http://abnb.me/vESf7J6R9L
Thoroughly enjoyed being in Yarraville once again with its lovely restaurants, cafes and pubs. Weather was warm enough to sit outside and enjoy a drink on Friday night. Then off to choose a restaurant from the many on offer. In the end we settled for a pizza at Godfather’s Pizza and thoroughly enjoyed it!
Amy and I took a trip down to Mornington on Saturday and visited my friend Delwyn in Parkdale. Seemed strange to be back in my old ‘stomping ground’ but can’t say I felt any deep connection to the place any more.
I’m not a great believer in going back, prefer to keep moving forward, exploring new ground, new experiences, meeting new people and making the most of all that this wonderful life journey offers. But definitely it’s always good to meet up with old friends, with whom you can just resume the friendship in comfort, rather like sliding feet into favourite old slippers I always think.
Sunday saw us drive over to Footscray’s very ‘hipster’ Footscray Finds https://www.footscrayfinds.com.au/indoor craft and second hand market … full of interesting stalls with clever crafts, jewellery, clothing, pottery and the like. Really enjoyed looking around, especially the innovative use of recyclable materials in the adjoining cafes.
After our visit to Footscray Craft Market we went over to Williamstown where I visited one of my favourite shops called https://www.back-to-basics.com.au/page/contact_us.html and, as previously, was tempted by the array of books, crystals and jewellery.
All in all I enjoyed being back in Melbourne and experiencing a ‘cool change’ but can honestly say that after being on ‘Broome time’ for the last eight months, being immersed in the motorway traffic congestion once again was pretty daunting!
Looking forward to the next stage of my journey over the ditch to Auckland!