Thursday, October 27, 2011

A photo journey through the Yarra Valley

I had planned to spend the two days following the Problogger conference in the Yarra Valley. I had a lovely cottage rented. Unfortunately, I ended up spending Saturday in hospital in Melbourne. That's a story for another day, but I will say that if you're going to get sick in a foreign country (fail), please do so in a city where you have a friend who is a doctor who can help you navigate the system (win). Thanks Felix.

For now I will offer you this bit of hastily-formed opinion on Australian vs. U.S. emergency medical services:

Australian health system:
  More efficient
  More affordable
  Friendlier doctors

American health system:
  Better drugs

So there ya go.

Okay, now, let's move on to the Yarra Valley. To get to the cottage I had to wind through narrow, tree-lined roads that looked like this






I stopped in Healesville for lunch and bought a necklace at a local artist's co-op.






About an hour later I arrived at the cottage




And straighaway saw that I needed to take a bath. A really, really long bath with candles and incense.





I fell asleep to the sound of kookaburras and awoke to find the refrigerator was stocked for breakfast.




There was a light rain outside and a mist fell over the valley.







On the way home I took a few detours to visit more artist's studios. I bought this mug





...and these painted rocks.




I was grateful for the borrowed set of wheels (thanks again, Felix).





So grateful I stayed on the left side of the road the entire time (unless there was only one lane).





I returned home to a friend's house that evening and was greeted with this.




Seriously Felix, you've outdone yourself.

Can't believe I actually had to go home the next day.



11 comments:

  1. I have to agree - if you are going to get sick, you could do a lot worse than getting sick in Australia !!!!!

    Safe and happy travelling.

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  2. Oh that looks divine! So sorry to hear you got sick.

    Hope you're well lovely lady! xx

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  3. Next time you won't be leaving anymore :)

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  4. We're not big on drugs here in Australia, we're more whack on a bandaid and get back to work (or barbecueing). I love our tree-lined winding roads.

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  5. Glad you got better so you could enjoy the rest of your stay. That bath is glorious. I would want to stay in there for several hours.

    I bet you were happy to see your kids when you got back.

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  6. One day, you and I will be in Australia at the same time and we shall drink wine and eat yummy cheese. I will not drive you to the hospital because you will not get sick. Your trip looks gorgeous - just gorgeous.

    Kirstyx

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  7. All looks magnificent and wonderfully bountiful.

    Next time I get sick... I'm flying to Oz.

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  8. Me, I want those drugs... as well as the better health system.

    I want to know where you stayed, that looks awesome! Perfect for a getaway, especially all by yourself. The peace! The serenity! Ahhh....

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  9. Beautiful photos! It reminds me a little of my corner of Oz (south-west WA)...Such serenity! I hope you enjoyed your travels :o)

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  10. Thanks Chantell - that's one part of Oz I've never been to (WA) but heard the SW corner is very beautiful. Hope to visit one day.

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  11. Me too! (so grateful you stayed on the left side of the road!)
    :)

    Great to have had you here!

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