Sunday, August 20, 2006

A Pleasant Sunday Drive

We went for a Sunday Drive today, just up into the Dandenong Ranges, nearby home. We went to Olinda Falls, which were quite pretty, but not much water was flowing unfortunately. This is just a view from the path on the way down to the falls.

The walk down to the falls was an easy one, but the walk back up ... well, let's just say that I discovered just how unfit I am !!! I think I need to do something about that, and soon !!

The trees in the Dandenongs can be veeery tall. I just love standing underneath one, and looking up ... makes me realise just how small we really are in the world !

There were beautiful tree-ferns along the path. This one must've been mighty old, to have grown to this height !!

We also drove up to the lookout at the top of Mount Dandenong, where they have newly renovated the Sky-High restaurant. Last time we were there it was quite derelict. Anyway, I forgot to take a photo of it, but this one is of the view of Melbourne. Unfortunately it was a bit hazy, but beautiful, none-the-less.

It was a lovely, if shorter than I anticipated, drive. The weather was glorious. We stopped for lunch on the way home.

I hope your Sunday was as pleasant as mine.

Take care,



Granny said...

Wonderful Australia. I love looking at the photos.

Dick said...

I like your photos and it sure doesn't look like winter to me. If the weather here was that good in the winter I wouldn't even consider going farther south, especially with gasoline over $3 a gallon! Those macros from your yard are neat, too.

Michelle said...

Those tree ferns look prehistoric!
Lovely :o)

Meow said...

Granny ... thank you. Australia is a beautiful country, it is a pleasure to live here.

Dick ... thank you. We have had a pretty mild winter, and as I have said, we never get snow where I live, only in the alps, which are about 3 1/2 hrs away from here. Lots of Victorians, however, do go north to Queensland in winter, to get away from the cold !!

Michelle ... they do, don't they. Thanks.

Take care, Meow

Devil Mood said...

Hmm it looks for fresh and wild, I love it. And the view of Melbourne is amazing, like a little lego town ;)

FruitfulSpirit said...

My Sunday is just starting! I hear hubby in the kitchen with the granddaughter while she colors. Soon he will be starting waffles. Me I get yogurt and fruit :(.

Your pictures are just wondeful. I have never seen a fern tree. Very pretty. And I like that the skyline is hazy. It adds a bit of different feel to the pictures. All just great shots.

You do good girl!

Peter said...

Hi Meow, nice pics again it's very pretty in the Dandenongs.
Thanks for the note about best audio codes I'll look into it.

Heidi said...

Beautiful pictures.

I'm on vacation and I don't even have a digital camera to share photos..ugh!

Badoozie said...

that is awesome!!

BarBarA said...

I want to move there! It's just so beautiful. Sunday drives are so nice aren't they?

Meow said...

Devil Mood ... thank you, it is beautiful up in the ranges, still very much in it's natural state in the majority of places.

Fruitful Spirit ... thank you. I agree about the haze, it does add something different to the pictures. Mmmmm, the waffles sound yummy !!

Peter ... thank you. Good luck with the audio codes thingy !!

Heidi ... thanks. What a shame, no digi camera, hope you at least have a film camera !! Hope the holiday is going well.

Susie ... thank you.

Barbara ... yay, do move here, you'll love it. Sunday drives are wonderful ... shame they can only be once a week !!

Hope that all of you still on Sunday have a great one, and a wonderful week ahead.

Take care, Meow

Kali said...

Good morning to you dear Meow. Your photos of the weekend are really special. I think Melbourne is such a great much to experience, but then again, that's how I feel about all of this beautiful country of ours! It's rather special hey?
I love the Dandenongs...I loved going on the Puffing Billy.
Wow, what about the blossoms coming straight out of the trunk!! Isn't nature so interesting?
Did you get your rice pudding made? I was told mine was good, though I didn't get a chance to have one, only licked the pot...heh heh, always good!
Well my friend, wishing you and yours a lovely week...take care ~ hugs, Kali :)

PEA said...

I wanna go to Australia!!!!! Such beautiful pictures and how I would have enjoyed that walk with you! I can't get over the size of the trees and the!! Take care and hope you have a wonderful week:-) xoxo

Bossy♥'s YOU said...

great pics..i want to come visit you..

now take me some pics of a wallaby and a dingo..mmaky?


green eyed girl on planet earth said...

you have surpassed us yet again, I love the rocking kitty !your other pic,,,,, wonderful place , it is splendid , absolutely divine , I am green as grass with envy but am glad some one as nice as you gets to enjoy this garden of eden!
love and HUGS freind

LoraLoo said...

Oh my - the one photo from the bottom of that huge tree looking up - breathtaking.

Glad you had a great weekend!

Kyahgirl said...

Hi Meow! I love looking at your photos and hearing about your place. Have a great week.

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Those are magnificent pictures. I wish I had been with you.

Nicole said...

Sounds like a fabulous day all round. When I was five, we lived in a house at the foot of Mt Dandenong.... Montrose. I went to Billanook Primary school from grade 2 to grade 5. Small world, yes? Thankyou for sharing your day pumpkin pie. Much love xox.

Meow said...

Kali ... thank you. Yes, Australia is an amazing place, soooo many wonderful places to see, and things to do ... you and I should be ambassadors !!! Unfortunately, I haven't made the rice pudding yet ... hopefully tomorrow !!

Pea ... thank you. It would have been lovely to share the walk with you !!

Bossy Britches ... thanks. I will try to take photos of wallabies and dingos next trip, OK !! I'll see if I can find some !!

Greeneyes ... thank you so much. Don't be green, I too am envious of where you live ... such rugged beauty. Glad you liked the rockin' kitty. Hugs to you, too.

Loraloo ... thank you ... it sure was a big tree !!

Kyahgirl ... thank you, and I love sharing.

Nick ... thank you. Maybe on your next trip down under I can be your tourguide !!!

Nicole ... thanks. Small world, I went to school in Kilsyth from grades prep to 3 !!! We lived in Kilsyth. My cousins lived in Montrose and their kids went to Billanook !!

Take care, Meow

Raggedy said...

Thank you for the wonderful tour. I love the pictures! The skeery tree was really cool. I have never seen one one like that...The picture inspired me to play ominous piano music...
Even with the fog you can see pretty far.
I am glad you had a wonderful Sunday!
Thanks for sharing it with us!
(=':'=) hugs
(")_ (")Š from da Raggedy one

Connie and Rob said...

Thanks for taking me on your drive. Just wonderful photos.

Take care,

Meow said...

Raggedy .. thank you, it wasn't really a scary tree !! There are some amazing trees out there, I want to photograph them all !!

Connie ... thank you. It's great fun sharing my world with you all.

Take care, Meow

Jeanette said...

Hi Meow
Lovely Sunday drive glad you had your camera to capture these lovely photo's of the dandenongs..

thank you for your well wishes hugs

Tigersan said...

Me Sunday was hot... we had to fix the AC ;) What lovely pictures :) Me wonders how old some of your oldest trees are... we don't have many old ones due to all the typhoons here.

Tab said...

love it meow!!!
that sounded great and I love those pictures too.thanks for sharing~

oopseedaisee said...

Thanks for taking us along for the tour. I love waterfalls. Ours are down to a trickl now as it is late summer and the snow is almost gone from the mountains.
You have a lovely garden. I love the onset of spring, daffs are my favorites.
Bambi is wuite a looker! Very photogenic pussums.

angel, jr. said...

Thanks for taking us on a walk and drive with you.

CiscoKid said...

Great shots....Hazy days make all cities look the same..
That could have been L.A., Las Vegas, Denver....


Saur♥Kraut said...

BEAUTIFUL. Thank you SO much for sharing these. It's making me itch to travel!

Meow said...

Jeanette ... thank you. I rarely go anywhere without my camera, you never know when a photo opportunity will arise !!

Tigersan ... hope you got the AC fixed !! I'm not sure of the age of the trees, but I imagine some of them are 100s of years old.

Tab ... thanks, and I'm glad you enjoyed them.

Oopseedaisie ... thank you. It is great fun sharing my photos with all my blog friends.

Angel .. you are welcome.

Cisco Kid ... thank you, and welcome.

Saur ... thank you. I have that same itch !!!

Take care, all ... Meow

Autumn said...

awesome photos from both days!

poet said...

great pictures, meow. both posts. i'm with pea, i wanna go to australia! happy week!

Meow said...

Autumn ... thank you.

Poet ... thank you. Please come and visit, I'm sure you'll like it here.

Take care, Meow

dragonflyfilly said...

WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! and WOW again! that is all i could say as i scrolled through the photos...georgeous!

Val said...

Your post reminded me that I'm way overdue for a trip to the Dandenongs. (Did you have Devonshire Tea?).

Dad and I went up to the Sky High restaurant last year and were surprised how they've done up the place compared to the last time we were there. Yes, derelict was the right word for the way it used to be. That garden they planted must be coming along nicely too.

We got some rain, but not as much as you describe. I'm jealous! I think this year has been much drier than last year, unfortunately.

Meow said...

PJ ... thank you so much.

Val ... no, we didn't do devonshire tea, but wanted to !! The garden maze they planted is due to open some time this year, but I don't think it will ... the trees don't look big enough. The rest of the gardens are beautiful, and they have cut back lots of the older trees so the view is amazing again !!! Yes, it has been lots drier this year. It has been raining most of the night here, though !

Take care, Meow