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Steve and Shirley Down-under

The Rees’s Down-Under

We are two weeks into our six week visit to the lovely country/continent of Australia.  Already we have celebrated an American Thanksgiving complete with turkey and pumpkin pie, no marshmallow sweet potatoes though.  The Aussies were flabbergasted that anyone would melt marshmallows over perfectly good sweet potatoes!  The pumpkin pie was not received too well either as pumpkin is eaten as a vegetable and not a dessert.  The pecan pie and the apple dumplings were the hit of the dessert table along with an amazing Australian dessert called Pavlova – baked meringue with whipped cream arranged into a cake and filled with fresh fruit.  I admit I was taken with that one!

The Melbourne area is so like our own northern California, it is hard sometimes to remember that we are in Australia and not California.  The fact that Australians drive on the left hand side of the road helps me to stay oriented as I am always it seems  entering the car on the wrong side – “so you want to drive, do you Shirley?!”

This past weekend we were awed by a holiday ‘venture, as our three year old granddaughter called it, along Victoria’s southern coast.  We followed The Great Ocean Road from Geelong to Warrnambool; if you go to Steve’s facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000070541178

we have posted pictures there for your enjoyment.  It’s a beautiful coastline and the colors of the water are magnificent turning from turquoise to teal to other varied hues of blue; at least those were the colors when the sun was shining.  The weather did turn cold and rainy and the ocean reflected that change with slate blue and gray depths, but the trip was still a wonder.  Besides marveling at the beautiful water and the cliffs and beaches of the Oceanside we went inland a bit and experienced a treetop walk in a Gum tree rainforest.  This was spectacular!  High above the forest floor a walkway had been built that allowed you to experience the rainforest from the top down.  When the wind blew, which it was doing that day, the walk swayed giving you the sensation of floating.  I wouldn’t recommend this walk if you are height or motion sensitive!




2 thoughts on “Steve and Shirley Down-under”

  1. G’day Mate! Glad you’re having a marvelous time in Melbourne. While you’re there, try to get in a visit at the Melbourne Zoo. Thirty-plus years ago it was a wonderful place to visit. I still have friends who live in Melbourne. I met them when I was in the Navy and we’ve stayed in touch ever since. Wish I was there with you!

    Would you consider getting the recipe for the Pavlova and bringing it back with you to share? Oh yes, don’t forget to try a meat pie! Absolutely delicious.

    Have a great visit with your family. May HaShem bless you all and continue to give you safe traveling mercies.


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