Sunday, 8 July 2012

been missing for a little bit.... we have been away on a road trip for the past week travelling around our lovely State of Victoria, well at least parts of it. We even ventured interstate on occasion when we crossed the mighty Murray river in different places. No 3 son got some 'L' hours up doing most of the driving. He did a great job. I got to sit in the back and do some work on my second Swan Lake border. About 3/4 of the dollies is done, including arms and heads. Strangely sitting in the back I don't get car sick but in the front seat I can't even look at the road map without getting nauseous.
We made our way up to Mildura via stops at Euroa, Yarrawonga, Albury (across the border), Rutherglen, Corrowa, Echuca then made our way home passing through Stawell and staying two nights at Halls Gap, not far from Stawell.
We got beautiful mandarins from Mildura that were just off the trees, tasted wines in Rutherglen and visited some beautiful patchwork shops. Spotted, I might add, by Hub. 
We didn't take too many pics but you knew there were going to be some coming, right?
beautiful Hume weir, the water was so clear and blue

paddle steamer at Echuca

view from lookout above Halls Gap, in the Grampians
a ride on a 100 year old steam powered paddle steamer on the Murray river at Echuca.

Mackenzie falls near Halls Gap. That's me at the foot of the falls with the blue top. All those stairs, care going down them but boy did we feel old making our way up them back to the car park!

At Halls Gap there were so many Kangaroos and they were quite happy to allow people close as long as you didn't try to pet them.
I don't tire of seeing these beautiful animals, I still get a buzz seeing them in the wild.

this rather large joey kept jumping in and out it's mother's pouch. So cute!

this big boy was outside our cabin this morning. Joe captured him at the moment he was licking his lips, it looks like he is poking his tongue out lol.

Hope you haven't nodded off with all that tourist info.
Next time pics of craftiness completed and goodies purchased.

ps will catch up on everyone's blogs this week as we only had limited internet access while away.


Grit said...

Traumhafte Fotos.
Liebe Grüße Grit

shez said...

what a wonderful trip Marina and you have some beautiful pics also,glad you are back.xx

Narelle said...

Beautiful photos!
Sounds like a wonderful time away and well done to hubby for quilt shop spotting :)
A ride on the paddle steamer would be so romantic! Just like in 'All The Rivers Run'

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

We have missed you!!! so pleased you had a fantastic spectacular is our country.....welcome home..

Oddbjørg said...

It seems that you have had a good time away! Thanks for sharing the photos.

Mistea said...

Always nice to play locally - Looks like you had lots of fun, that certainly is a lot of KM's.
Lovely kangaroo pics.

Susan said...

Sounds like you had a lovely time. I love driving around Victoria - things seem closer and more varied. A more interesting way of making up driving hours too.

Fiona said...

You went to some lovely places.... it's a pity some of them require steps isn't it? great pictures...

Maria said...

Thanks for sharing your great holiday photos.....

Els koetsier said...

What a lovely pictures you let a see abut youre trip.
I thaught also where is Marina,now I know you where on holiday.

Charlie and Wendy said...

Wonderful photos Marina, amazing scenery, I love the joey photo. Good on hubby spotting the quilt shops!

Christine M said...

Sounds like a great trip. Looks like you've had some nice weather too.

Bev C said...

Hello Marina,

Thanks so much for sharing your holiday snaps. Love the waterfall picture. Good to hear that you were able to sew while son drove. Getting those hours up is always hard.

Happy days.

Michelle Ridgway said...

Lovely pics Marina.....putting those places on our 'must visit' list.

Marina Brito de Campos said...

What a wonderful
trip you made. Love the pictures and the fairytale names of all the places.

Lib said...

Lovely pics (my favourite is Mackenzie Falls - went there a few years ago with my brother and sister-in-law) but where are the pics of all your purchases from the quilt shops......and don't try to tell us you bought nothing :)

Carrie P. said...

I enjoyed every photo of your trip especially the lake. Stunning! the blue colors. WOW!

Dorothy said...

Wonderful photos Marina. Thank you for sharing them with us. I would have loved to see the kangaroo with the joey in it's pouch, I think it is fascinating!