Jan/Feb 2016

We started in Perth WA, then to Melbourne VIC & a Ruby re-union, then Singapore on the way home. A great trip.

Grand to see the family again, lovely start to our break, although Perth was getting a bit too hot for us in the end....

Always a poignant place in Kings Park Memorial Drive
view from the park
Sue Kings Park
Kings Park one of the few pics of G in sunglasses
Cannot recall where this was taken G and Peter

Yippee, whilst we were there the Perth Fringe was on.
Before we went to show we ate at Luck Chans Laundry & Noodle Bar table for 9
After we saw La Soiree, here with one of the stars, G, Gloria, Sue Gloria was pinching my bum whilst this shot was being taken. Then she had the cheek (no pun intended) to ask if another pic could be taken.

No it's not Bonnie & Clyde, it's Sue and bro Dave
At the Feral Brewery in Swan Valley Dave & Harmo who finished all of her beers except the Melon flavoured one. Why would you want to make beer out of melons in the first place?

Harmony's brilliant suggestion, we went to Midland to a somewhat eccentric cafe/restaurant. Cafe Mueller, run by a very jolly German.
Going in G, Harmo & Dave it's byo with no corkage. The rest of our stash is out of shot.
G, Harmo & Sue
Artwork everywhere in fact when we arrived the proprietor said Have you come to see my art gallery? You haven't come for the food have you? Food's terrible here, they do much better food next door

At Padbury G and dogs Rusty as usual cannot stay still enough to be captured on camera
At Kent Street Weir off for a paddle Dave
Whilst I joined the locals for a Uke bash

Caught up with old chums
Chris & Bobbie
Bobbie, Chris & G not that we are getting old, but we first worked together late 60's
Went for a meal at City Beach Kate, Peter & G
Sue and Kate met up with an old friend for lunch, here Kate & Lucy

It was a splendid Ruby re-union, meeting up again with Julie & Manuela was just wall to wall fun. They are fantastic, happy company and we had the most fabulous time seeing them again.
Here is Julie in full swing
Manuela & Julie at City Road apartment. Manuela is obviously trying out her craniopathy, I must remember to keep my head away from her hands...
Manuela & Sue
and at a Vietnamese restaurant

Looking down the Yarra from the bridge at Flinders Street
Visitors Centre
Doing the tourist bit view from boat trip on Yarra
Here on the front porch of the house we stayed in Prahan G writing his travel log and having a slurp
Sue outside house
Much is made of the Victoria market in Melbourne, but just for food I think Prahran Market is equally good
Same market

Drove out to Hanging Rock on the Sunday
A bit of the rock
Julie, G & Manuela
Julie, Sue & Manuela
Manuela, G & Julie
Nearby to Hanging Rock this is called Lake Sanitorium probably named after where you'll end up following spending time here being eaten by mosquitos

Botanic Gardens in Melbourne Sue
and ditto
Another fine example of Australian Commemorative Artwork, this is entitled Cobbers
and is dedicated to those Australian forces who were killed in France at the Battle of Fromelles July 1916

We both enjoyed the tour of the Big G aka Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Sue with tour party, our excellent guide in striped blazer
This was taken in the media interview suite

Headed West on the Great Ocean Drive It was a bit chilly by comparison - 14 degrees, like a summer day in Bowes G wearing a jumper
Some of the 12 Apostles
Sue feeling cold
Also just a few miles down the coast Loch Arg Gorge
an unforgiving part of the coast named after a ship that perished on cliffs like this
and this

Went to the theatre with the girls to see Ghost. Theatre in question was the Regent, lovely interior, and an exceptionally generous amount of leg room. Here is the foyer
And here we are terrible shot though

Had a brilliant time with Ben & Vas
Sue & Vas
G & Vas Thanks to Kate for the sarong
Sue & G

At the Botanical Gardens
In the magnificent Orchid Garden
and more
It wasn't just the Orchid Gardens G somewhere else
here is a rather ornate arched pathway
And a whacking great walk-in waterfall G

It was still within Chinese New Year celebrations time so
There's more to Singapore's ethnic areas than Chinatown, we also enjoyed Little India, here is one of their Temples
And this reminded of us of old friends at home they know who they are

Natch, we had to make the obligatory pilgrimage to Raffles. What visitor doesn't?
Had to wait a few minutes before we could get in
G, Ben, Vas
G, Sue, Ben
G, Sue, Vas
Sue with one of them

After Raffles we walked down to Marina Road, Sue poses en route and the Fullerton Bay Hotel. Ended up at LeVeL33. This is a restaurant and bar with a balcony which provides a great view over parts of the city. Here on balcony Vas,G, Sue, Ben difficult to get a pic with so much light behind
And as the light went down, the area was illuminated in some style
L33 one
L33 two
L33 three
L33 four
L33 five

Gardens by the Bay
Singapore have done a great job with this project. Built on reclaimed land, it's a wonderful combination of gardens, constructed giant greenhouses and elevated walkways.
The large domed building on the right is the Cloud Forest
inside the Cloud Forest
Still in the Cloud Forest Interesting driftwood like art

There is a constructed walking trail called the Southern Ridges
Much of it is on an elevated treetop walk
There are a few of these signs on the walk
Stopped for a drink at a cafe near the top Sue Vas, Ben

Labrador Park housed a six inch gun to protect the straits interesting
From Labrador Park, you can walk round the bay, there are plenty of developments going on, with some very pleasant locations off these man made canals

In Singapore, there are a number of properties referred to as Black and Whites. These were built around the turn of the 19th Century up to WWII and typically housed well off Colonials etc. Mostly all of them have other lodgings in the grounds which used to house servants, although at least one also had an associated Elephant House. They were, and still are, prestigious buildings, often occupying prime positions. This one overlooks Keppel Bay and is perfectly placed

After spending time sightseeing and walking around in the humid conditions, Sue takes a dip
In Ben & Vas's pool

To those who wonder why there are not more pics of Sue, all I can say is that the censor has been at work. The editor is powerless in this case and must cede to the Ayatollah

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