We are lucky in Australia to be home to beautiful and different animals. Growing up with a mother who knows the name of every Australian animal and flower, I especially love our birds. Major Mitchells, Pink and Grey Galahs and Rosellas are among my favourites. But the Rainbow Lorikeet is the best of them all. Look at those colours! This post is dedicated to how much I love living in this country, even if I want to go and discover more of the rest of the world. Sometimes I have to remember that beauty is just in my backyard.
Sometimes, okay a lot of the time, I take Melbourne for granted. But with a night like last night, sometimes I take a moment to take her in. Her big city lights, her sunsets, and her delicious food. I took Mum out for dinner at Saké, just below Hamer Hall on the Yarra on Southbank. It was a gorgeous night to spontaneously decide to go out for dinner. The night was finished with THE. BEST. ICE. CREAM. IN. THE. ENTIRE. WORLD. Tutto Bene’s Mandarin gelato is just incredible. I don’t even have words for how much I love it. While it may not be every ones kettle of fish – it renders me speechless.
Growing up, one of my favourite movies was Blinky Bill so finding these chocolates at the Royal Melbourne show was a trip down memory lane. Please pardon this change in format of blog post, but I just couldn’t help myself from sharing these videos from the movie. The first is the original trailer – it doesn’t actually start until about 30 seconds in – and the second is a few of the best songs from the movie, though not my two favourites so I still want to track down my CD. I still seem to know every word to these songs – that is a testament to how many times my mum had to listen to that CD!
Blinky Bill even followed us to the States, where we shared watching Blinky Bill with two of our closest friends – Maggie and Stewart. I still remember not long after we moved to America when the four of us dressed up and re-enacted the whole movie. So while Blinky Bill is so perfectly Aussie (based on a beautiful children’s book), he really reminds me of moving to Mid-West America and sharing our Australian culture in the only way a kid can – dressing up and singing.