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National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) Free exhibitions.

One of the current free exhibitions at the NGV is called ” Exquisite Threads – English Embroidery 1600s to 1900s.” These days we aren’t used to seeing embroidery that is done by friends and family and most of us don’t do it ourselves.  As I walked in I tried to remember any of my…

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Jamie North at the NGV with Rock Melt.

The National Gallery of Victoria can be an amazing place.  It is possible at times to walk into the main big gallery and be blown away by what is no display  That happened to me over Easter.  I drifted in and was stunned by the display in the Federation Gallery.  This display is by…

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Chalk Paint(TM) at French and Co

Annie Sloan’s Chalk PaintTM colour, Provence, has rejuvenated this old French shutter and made it into a striking feature.   Don’t you love these colours?  It was the colours all displayed on wooden spoons that drew my attention to this paint.  The first time I walked into French and Co I saw these  tins…

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Melbourne Cafes


Dandelion – Vietnamese food in Elwood

Dandelion is a very unobtrusive Vietnamese restaurant in Ormond Road, Elwood.  I often work in the Elwood area and I find I hardly notice Dandelion.  In fact when I was invited to a birthday lunch there I found it hard to place it. I think this is partly due to the fact they are…

Melbourne Parks


Werribee Zoo, coming face to face with a gorilla.

Melbourne’s Open Zoo at Werribee is exactly what it says – an open Zoo.  Therefore the animals are all living in large spaces and are able to roam about in these spaces, freely.  A great plus for the animals but there is a down side for the patrons of the Zoo.  Some of the…

Melbourne City


Bell’s Hotel – South Melbourne

Bell’s Hotel has had a make-over.  It is open, light and roomy.  On one hand the real pub feeling that you would find somewhere like The Local in Port Melbourne has gone.  On the other it hasn’t  a real gastro pub vibe like Lamaro’s in  Cecil Street.  It seems to have decided to be…