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- whats with the dang weather????????

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My chum Gillian lifted us from our hostel (THE BEACH, 97 Beaconsfield Parade Melbourne - great no complaints, clean and friendly) and we headed to her house to start our Christmas celebrations, she had the Christmas food in and l was to help prepare it.

So all was good - well nearly all was good - the weather - what had happened to the weather????????????

Where was the Christmas on the beach - the BBQ turkey, the prawns on the barbie - that Australia was famed for??? It was blowing a gale and the weather was freezing - so much so l had to change out of my short pants and go to the bottom of my suitcase to find my jeans and a jumper which l had thought l would not need until l arrived in New Zealand! Apparently some the mountains around Melbourne had a snow fall!!! The Ozzies said they were grateful as it put out the bush fires and the temps the week before had been hitting 40 c - YEAH WELL THIS DIDNT HELP ME!!!!!!!!!!! It was apparently the coldest Christmas in Melbourne since 1935!

Typical l should have known - when in Thailand a few years ago the rainy season arrived early and we were drenched every day!! We are bad weather jinx's!

So Gill had turkey and all the trimmings arranged and a big pavalova for afters - we provided the booze!

Mid afternoon Paul and l started to feel the effects of long haul travel and went for a 4 hour kip - we got up had another drink and headed out into wet & windy Melbourne for a session!

Due to the Ashes being held on boxing day the pub was full of the Barmy Army (or as l like to say the entire population of Manchester and surrounding areas - honestly everyone we spoke to were from this area!) l dont think there was an Australian in the pub to be honest!

So the night ended with Bundy & Coke and us combatting jet lag with alcohol! Worked a treat - slept right through the night like babies!

26th Dec 06

We woke around 7am and got up - headed up the street and found a great place for breakfast - and a fabulous berry smoothie! The weather had not improved - still cold and rain showers!

The tram stopped right outside the front door of the hostel so we were able to jump on one and head into the CBD.

We decided to visit Old Melbourne Gaol first - famed for being the last home of that outlaw Ned Kelly. It was a nice way to pass an hour or so and quite interesting to wander through.


We then wandered around Melbourne which was in the throes of the Boxing Day sales! Took a few snaps of the city then arranged to head out and visit Fiona - an old work colleague of Pauls.


It was on the tram ride out to Fionas place in West Preston we encounter the most amazing kindness and friendliness - we got out at the wrong stop basically and we had stopped a lady to ask for directions. Turned out we were around 10minutes from where we should have been! No worries - we would just hop on another tram (we had day passes after all!) and head out to where we should be! NO she wouldnt hear of it insisted we jump into her car and she drove us there - totally out of her way - l was gobsmacked - you would encounter such kindness like this at home everyday! So to that random lady in Miller Street, Fitzroy Melbourne THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

After our visit with Fiona and Dave and baby Ameilia we headed back into town to the Casino complex to meet up with Gill. Her mum and sister (whom we know!) had arrived over from Northern Ireland too so we all met up for dinner and wine! I was however starting to flag and feel very tired! Still l managed to stay up until around midnight!

Posted by Purdy 12:37 Archived in Australia

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