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Street Libraries – do you have one in your hood?

Street libraries have been in the news and on facebook. These cute little libraries are just on the side of the road.  They come in different shapes and sizes, are waterproof and have a see through door.    My attention was drawn to them by a reader of this blog.  Thank you! I went to…

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Laneway Learning, Melbourne

Have you heard of Laneway learning?  It’s what I’m talking about at the moment . I have been getting updates on their courses for a while now but I have only just attended one – ‘Write Your Own Short Stories’.  That’s something I’m trying to do along with writing a book that I mentioned…

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Melbournalia – Melbourne souveniers, showcasing local art and craft work

Visiting Melbourne or just browsing the CBD. How about finding a piece of Melbourne to take home, or a piece of Melbourne for a present or something essentially Melbourne to have in your own home, to remind you of what an interesting and creative place Melbourne is – not that you probably need reminding…

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Op Shopping at Sacred Heart, Chapel Street, Windsor

January and February are great times for Op-shopping.  An item in our local newspaper quoted Kate Dear, General Manager of Red Cross in Victoria as saying, “Instead of throwing away your dud presents, why not re-gift them?” I believe people are doing that and some businesses are also ‘gifting’ some of their excess stock…

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French and Co in Carlton North

Recently I have been indulging in French food, La  Parisienne Pates  and Noir you can flick back to them to catch up.   This has been a very very satisfying and pleasurable trip and it has given me a new  type of entertainment.  I can keep indulging by inviting friends over for wine and…

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Melbourne City Library – a great pleasure.

Libraries hold a magic for me.  As a child I found them a treasure trove, a sort of Aladdin’s cave, I could wander around taking books from the shelves browsing then putting them back and grabbing another.  I could read magazines and when I became a news-junky, the newspapers. I had lived in Melbourne…

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NGV – National Gallery of Victoria – a great place for a Melbourne souvenir

Souvenirs!  Mementos!  Gifts from Melbourne! Christmas presents for relatives and friends overseas?  Whatever we call them we all need to buy them at sometime. There are clip on koalas, painted boomerangs,  cuddly Kangaroos with a Joey in the pouch,  cute wombats,  beautifully painted didgeridoos – difficult to travel with………. Great souvenirs but once you…

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Kay Craddock – Antiquarian Book Seller

Books – old, new, first editions, read once and passed to another reader – there is a charm in these old books. As a student I wandered the corridors of the University Library, stroking and gazing at all the books.  I loved being amongst them.   Many were old and had worn covers suggesting a…

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