Down the garden path …

Melbourne certainly is buzzing and with this Indian summer slowly coming to an end and autumn beginning to make its mark (bye bye daylight savings) my latest outing revolved around the changing of the seasons and what better way to experience the transition than to see it through the eyes of nature. So, yesterday I headed down to the Carlton gardens for the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show to have a peek.

I have been attending the show for many years now, marvelling and being inspired to be a better gardener but this year it was a little different. Last year I completed a floristry course, hence my absence from posting, and this year my perspective of the show was completely different now that I was armed with the knowledge I gained through my course. I noticed elements of design that I would’ve normally been oblivious to, paying attention to the mechanics of how installations were constructed and I guess for the first time I really appreciated the show and all the hard work that is poured into it.

They say that pictures speak volumes so I guess I’ll let these snaps show you what a wonderful event this was and how inspired I am to continue making flowers and gardening apart of my everyday life. It truly is the best kind of relaxation therapy and a wonderful way to slow down and connect with the simpler elements in life, especially when modern living seems to revolve around being switched on 24/7. So with that, let me guide you down the garden path, as we stop to smell the roses at the Melbourne flower show.

Hail, Tomato!

  

I love tomatoes and have been growing them for years. It’s such a humble staple in my garden so the thought of a festival dedicated to this wonderful ingredient is always going to grab my attention and time. So without hesitation, dear husband and I trekked to Edendale Community Farm in Eltham today to help celebrate the Melbourne Tomato Festival’s second offering. 

Like last years inaugural event, there were many local producers on hand to share their knowledge and give us an opportunity to purchase some of the goodies they had on offer. Other noteworthy aspects of the festival included cooking demonstrations from the likes of celebrity chef’s Guy Grossi, Karen Martini, and Matt Wilkinson as well as passata and mozzarella making workshops for those interested in making their own.

As an avid gardener, I found the in conversation pieces highlighting the art of organic composting from the Diggers Club, and the informative session from Rooftop Honey on the importance of bees a particular bonus. But on a whole there really was just about something for everyone … and with the sun beaming and the endless amounts of yummy treats along the way it was a lovely way to spend a lazy Sunday in the Summer sun.  

   
    
   

Tea, scones, Mum and the Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher …

Over the mother’s day weekend dear sister and I decided to treat our mum to a bit of a girls day out at the beautiful Ripponlea estate to take in the Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries costume exhibition and oh what a treat it was.

We’re all avid Miss Fisher fans so it was a delight to see what new offerings series three would present. Without doubt the costumes coupled with the opulence of the venue really make it a match made in Art Deco heaven and I always feel as though I am stepping back in time each time I visit.

Like the previous Miss Fisher costume exhibition that Ripponlea hosted a year or so ago visitors are again encouraged to play dress ups as you tour the house, as well as solve a little murder mystery with an interactive Inspector Robinson offering clues along the way. All in all a hoot of an experience.

To cap off an enjoyable day we retreated to the stable cafe on the estate which has been converted into a replica of Phryne’s sitting room to enjoy a spot of Devonshire tea and yummy scones. And I must say it just doesn’t get any better than that … a perfectly lovely day indeed!

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A walk in the park…

After a long, lingering and oh so delicious brunch this morning at St Ali North, dear husband and I decided with puppy in tow, to make the most of this lovely autumn day. A walk in the park would be the perfect way to not only spend the rest of the afternoon soaking up the sun, but also walk off some of that yummy food.

So with that thought in mind we headed to one of my favourite spots … the beautiful Carlton Gardens. And here are just a few pictures I wanted to share of our little adventure today … a very enjoyable way to spend a lazy Saturday that’s for sure!

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And they’re off! Hudson taking Dad for a walk…
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My two favourite boys!
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Down the garden path….
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The magnificent Royal Exhibition Building…one of my favourite architectural pieces in Melbourne.
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Hudson amongst the autumn leaves…
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Trotting about the leaves…
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Quietly observing the ducks in the pond…
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Autumn foliage…
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A beautiful Elm in all it’s glory.
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A view of the dome…
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Time for a break on the lawn.
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The gushing fountain…
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Dense and imposing canopies of the trees in the Gardens.