Following Ben Waters – back in Melbourne … and fond farewells

11th March 2018

So today we’ve had to say goodbye to Melbourne – such tearful farewells with our super gorgeous friends Kaye and Greg, who have put us up (and put up with us) for SO long … since 16th January to be precise.  We had almost 3 weeks back in their lovely home in Highett since returning from our New Zealand trip and it flew by.  Between the unpacking, washing, ironing and re-packing we’ve had many happy days and nights and this blog is a catch up on all our recent Melbourne activities.

A definite highlight was catching up on a few more of Ben Waters’ gigs – in various bars around Melbourne as well as in Geelong.  Enjoyed every performance and boogied along … its impossible to sit down while Ben plays!  We even got to go along to ABC studios to watch Ben and his band record a CD – very exciting!  And of course caught up with Ben for a few beers along the way!!

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Great venue in AC/DC Lane, Melbourne city – The Cherry Bar

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The ultimate showman!

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Ben sharing his keyboard with Reg and Derek

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Pistol Pete’s in Geelong

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Post performance drinks in Geelong – Ben and Reg 

 

Have made so many new friends in Melbourne too – spending such a long time here has made it feel like we live in Aussie, rather than just passing through.  Will miss the many new friends made and hope to see them again one day.

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Had a great night out in the City with Kaye, Greg, Shirley and Mark. Us ladies had been to the theatre in the afternoon to see ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time’ – absolutely sensational. Met up with our menfolk afterwards for drinks and dinner. Then caught the train back from Flinders Street.

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Fabulous meal at Fat Bob’s before the Man Cave party.  It was a great party with a live band, lots of dancing, drinking (of course) and pizza!!  Met even more of Kaye and Greg’s lovely friends.

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Discovered lots of new beaches – Chelsea, Mordialloc, Parkdale etc. Some walking days, some lounging and swimming days.

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Lovely to see pelicans on this stretch of beach

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Came across this chap, sunbathing on Aspendale beach – he wasn’t at all bothered about us walking by … just looked up momentarily and then carried on with his relaxation!!

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Incredibly clear water, warmish too. Perfect for swimming. Were joined by a stingray one day – he just glided past us – so we were pleased that it was clear enough to look out for anymore!

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This was a weekend day so pretty packed for an Australian beach!

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Took the train out to Williamstown one day, love this place. Many Irish settlers came in the 1800s due to the potato famine devastation – Hobson’s Bay.

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Caught the ferry back from Williamstown into the city

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Visited Geelong – had lunch down on the waterfront

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Geelong waterfront has lots of these wooden characters dotted around

 

And, in terms of keeping up our fitness – Steve has been MUCH better at this than me, running most days and getting to a Parkrun every Saturday.  I have been going to zumba and personal training sessions occasionally I might add!!

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Steve talked neighbour Chris into joining him at this Parkrun – Chris’ first time – they enjoyed running together

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Kaye and Greg organised a lovely fish and chips supper overlooking Sandringham Beach

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Stayed to watch the magnificent sunset

 

And so much more …

A fond farewell for now, we hope so much to return one day xx

 

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