Sustainability Circuit Map

The South Melbourne Market where sustainability is the buzz word for September.

There is a sustainability tour you can join and take with a leader to tell you the behind the scenes stuff  or you can pick up a map and followed the route at your leisure. Sustainability covers everything: Stall holders supporting small farmers whose approach to farming and animal welfare they know and approve…

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St Kilda Twilight Market

St Kilda Twilight Market O’Donnell Gardens 2016/2017

December arrives and the fabulous and fun St Kilda Twilight Market is up and running again.  It’s on again this Thursday, the 8th of December and goes right through summer until March next year. Every year during summer the St Kilda Twilight Market brings the local community and visitors together on Thursday evenings with…

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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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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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Gewurzhaus – scoop your own salt and spices

I have been meaning to write about this fascinating shop in Lygon Street for some time.  It wasn’t until an overseas friend joined me in Lygon Street for coffee and we browsed the strip that I remembered it.  She loved it and it was hard to drag her out of the place. She kept…

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Secret Melbourne – under the Tourist Radar – Middle Park Post Code 3206

Middle Park – preserved Old Melbourne Tourists to Melbourne often see this city as the CBD and Lygon Street in Carlton.  That was the way I saw Melbourne when I first visited here. I came a couple of times a year re-newed my friendships with these spots and of course the cake shops in…

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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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