Well I found out what the Dandenongs were. Not very
exciting. It probably would have been but when we woke up it was raining. Not
only raining but pouring. Melbourne weather is ridiculous. Everyone in
Australia knows that and, believe me, it’s true. You can wake up in the morning
and it can be cold and raining but not
too bad and then a big wind can get up and it can be REALLY cold and then the
sun can come out and it can be so hot you think you’re in Hawaii or somewhere
like that. Our Dandenong day was a bit like that. We headed off in the wet and cold and
travelled through heaps of traffic again until we got to the road up into the
Dandenong ranges. It was a very windy road and very pretty ….. if we could have
seen it, that is. It was misty and foggy but still it was nice. There were real
pretty little houses with beautiful gardens and the villages were just lovely.
Lots of beautiful craft shops. Yeah …. I know …… yaaaaawn!!!! But the Mum’s and
Momma’s love ‘em, aye, Zoe????? I wouldn’t let Mum take any pictures of the
craft shops. She’s not taking over my
blog. Those little girls’ dresses in my last blog is as far as I will let
her go. Besides it was too wet to take piccies. Mum wanted to go walking in
some of the gardens but they weren’t open.
We wandered the shops in some of the villages and had a Devonshire tea
at a cute little cottage and headed back down into Melbourne. I got a teeny bit
of scone with jam and cream but NO
ICECREAM! There were some lookout points on the road down and it was so
foggy you couldn’t see a thing and about halfway down, would you believe, the sun came out and so
did the heat. It was sooooooo hot. Mum was rugged up like an eskimo and was really sweltering so we
had to go straight back to our house so she could strip off a bit. We went to
dog park for my afternoon run and then back home once more. Tomorrow we leave
the big smoke and head off to our next destination, Rutherglen, Victoria. A
small country town known for its fortified wines. It is also supposed to be
extremely dog friendly. I sure hope so!
Well we made a final visit to the dog park before heading
out of Melbourne. Crikey it will be good to get away from all that traffic AND
those trams. What a nightmare but all in all Melbourne was fun. Dad and I had a
good time and I think, in her strange way, so did Mum. It wasn’t a very long
drive to Rutherglen but for some reason, known only to me, I was not the happy
little vegemite I usually am these days. I started barking very soon after
leaving the built up traffic area and Dad stopped the car and let me out
thinking I might need to ‘pwivacy pwease’. Well I did …. But no sooner was I
back in the car than I started barking again. Now Dad wasn’t a very happy
little vegemite. He thought we’d never get to Rutherglen. Mum and Dad decided
to leave the big highway and stop at another little village and give me a big
walk around thinking that would calm me down. This we did. We stopped at
Benalla and Mum spotted an antique shop. She collects children’s pushers.
You’ve probably never heard of them but Mum had one when she was a little girl
(who knew she was EVER little?) and she still has hers and for some reason or
other she started collecting them. She hasn’t got all that many and they are
the only thing she collects but
whenever she sees an antique shop in she goes to check if they have any. Mind you she has been to heaps of stores on
this trip and had no luck in picking one up but you guessed it …. At Benalla ….
Thanks to my barking ….she found a really nice little pusher for $5. Thankyou VERY much Charlie ….. now where’s my ICECREAM??????? Hmmmmmph … still no icecream but we did have
a big walk around the gardens and river at Benalla before heading off once
again and … thank goodness (said
Dad) I settled down nicely and behaved for the rest of the trip.
through lots of wheat and sheep country again but it was looking a lot greener
than it did on the way down to Melbourne. We did have quite a bit of rain
whilst there. Mum took some photos whilst driving along to see if they would
turn out. She thought as Dad is hard to stop once in driving mode and the
pictures of Melbourne turned out all right she might be able to get some photos
that she would otherwise miss.
|This is the one Mum took whilst driving along. Turned out ok, aye? She'll take more now. |
As we got closer to Rutherglen we started seeing
signs to wineries and also lots of grape vines.
|More vineyards but this had a nice old house!!|
We found our new little house
and I set out to explore it. Crikey …. How good is it?? Another garden for me
to discover. Well it got my stamp of approval and Mum and dad like it too.
There’s heaps of room and it is VERY clean and tidy.
|Our Rutherglen house!!|
|Exploring the backyard!|
|Smelling the roses!! Always a good thing to do ...|
|Yeah ... I think it passes!!|
|This beautiful gumtree is growing next door but Mum took this from our yard!! Pretty, aye??|
Wonder what we are
going to do tomorrow!!!!!
Wanna run …. Love, Charlie!!
Too bad about the weather in the Dandenongs.but looks like you've got good weather at the wineries!ReplyDelete
XXXOOO Bella & Roxy
Yeah! It's all good now. Bit too wet for the Dandenongs!Delete
Oh! so many questions I have! I'll google so's yu don't have to fill up space answerin me.ReplyDelete
Sure looks purdy! Hope yu get a ton of ice cream real soon.
Crikey Zoe ... I don't mind answering questions but google is a lot more reliable than me. NO ICECREAM YET!!!!!!Delete
And you didn't get to go on the Puffing Billy in the Dandenongs.....hmmm I wonder if it is still running. Loved seeing all the pics of home. I lived in melbourne for a few years and know it pretty well :)ReplyDelete
Crikey ..... I missed the Puffing Billy????? Noooooooooo! Hmmmmm ... didn't see any sign of it. Maybe it has gone but then it was VERY wet and VERY foggy.Delete
I am so glad you barked and got mom to stop and buy that pusher! One question though, what does one use a pusher for? Mom has never seen one! You are finding some of the cutest places to stay on this trip. We are really enjoying the scenery, thanks for sharing the pictures with us!ReplyDelete
A pusher is a little utensil used by little peoples to push their food onto their spoon, Buddy. It's to teach them how to eat with a knife and fork, I s'pose, though why you'd want to eat with a knife and fork is beyond me. They used to come in a set of 3. A fork, a spoon and a pusher.Delete
Whatever happened to using one's fingers to push stuff onto your fork? Whatever a fork is? BOL!Delete
Yeah ... much to Mum's disgust the Grandkids eat with their fingers most of the time. Seems completely natural to me, although why not just eat with your mouth like I do. Much easier!! Those knives, forks and spoons look like hard work to me.Delete
Great travels and tails about your furmily's dogventures!ReplyDelete
Growlmy knows what a pusher is!! She used one as a wee kidlet, too...BOL! They are quite common in Europe, I think...
Growlmy says she thinks a lot of her residents could make good use of one of those things...maybe less messes would get on the floor!
I won't tell the secret though, Buddy...
If you go back to my blog from March 30, there behind me you will see some of what growlmy collects...drummers! Over 300 of them throughout our den...too bad they couldn't drum up the basketball score yesterday, BOL!
I know what Growlmy means about her residents needing a pusher. When my Nan came to stay with us she sure needed a pusher although I didn't mind cleaning up the floor after she finished her dinner.Delete
Mr JF Sir we went back and looked at your March 30th blog and couldn't see any drummers. I couldn't get passed the beads. I still can't believe I saw you wearing THEM!!! Maybe Growlmy can take some pictures of some of her drummers for us to see. Mum and I are both curious!!!!
I will try to remember that...or I will BARK at them! BOL!Delete
Dat garden do look like a fun place to explore!ReplyDelete
It is Whitley .... it is!!!!! There's a chook pen! No chooks unfortunately but the smells are still there.Delete
Wemme gess! A chook r a chiggen, wite?Delete
What a pretty place you're stayin'!! and great photos, too!ReplyDelete
Thanks Finley .... Mum's having fun taking the photos.Delete
Oh, DAT r a poosher! Momma wuz finkin' it wuz sumfing wif wheels dat a lil' kid holds ontu an' pooshes awong while him/hur r wearnin' tu walk! BOLBOLBOL :DReplyDelete
We call them a walker, Zaidie. Sometimes we call a pram a pusher. Too confusing, aye??Delete
Oooops. Gotta ged notibied!ReplyDelete
Ni ni .... sleep tight!!Delete