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Greenhouse, Perth

It was a delight to find Greenhouse in Perth. We stumbled across it while looking for breakfast. Like many stumblings, it was just what we were wanting, even though we didn’t know what we were looking for! I was entranced.

How can you go past a place that has pot plants covering its outside walls?

(Photo copyright: Anne Lawson, 2014)
(Photo copyright: Anne Lawson, 2014)

Or has spades as doorhandles?

(Photo copyright: Anne Lawson, 2014)
(Photo copyright: Anne Lawson, 2014)

Or gives away compost?

(Photo copyright: Anne Lawson, 2014)
(Photo copyright: Anne Lawson, 2014)

But what really sold me was a visit to the toilet. 🙂  The hand basin was integrated into the toilet cistern. So, when you washed your hands the water flowed back into the cistern, rather than be wasted down the sewer. How neat is that? And how easy?!!

And the food and coffee were pretty good too. 😀

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Odds and ends in Mildura

We went to the market in Merbien, about 20 km out of Mildura. The book stall was doing a roaring trade. We helped out by buying 5 books, for only $18. We also bought some vegetables that were so fresh we were still able to eat them over a week later.

I love asparagus and this was fresh and fat. I stood the bunches in cups of water. (For those of you who don’t know caravans, the white thing in front of the asparagus is the pump tap over the sink.)

(Photo copyright: Anne Lawson 2013)
(Photo copyright: Anne Lawson 2013)

You can see how fresh the eggs were! (I did wash them carefully before breaking them open.)

(Photo copyright: Anne Lawson 2013)
(Photo copyright: Anne Lawson 2013)

I loved walking down by the river. This duck family only had 12 ducklings. I saw one with 16!

(Photo copyright: Anne Lawson 2013)
(Photo copyright: Anne Lawson 2013)

How could you not love it when the light is like this in the evening?

(Photo copyright: Anne Lawson 2013)
(Photo copyright: Anne Lawson 2013)
(Photo copyright: Anne Lawson 2013)
(Photo copyright: Anne Lawson 2013)
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Mildura

(I have had a quick diversion because I wanted to let you know about the botanic art exhibition in Melbourne. I went to it this morning and, if you are in Melbourne, it is definitely worth a visit. Now I want to get back on the road, and continue to tell you about the caravanning trip I have just finished.)

In the last post about the travels I mentioned that we were headed almost directly north, through the Mallee Country.

Mallee Country -- flat road and a wheat silo. (Photo copyright: Anne Lawson 2013)
Typical Mallee Country — flat road and a wheat silo. (Photo copyright: Anne Lawson 2013)

Mildura is so different to the little country towns like Hopetoun. It has a population of over 300,000. It bustles, because it isn’t just a one-industry-wheat-town. While some of the industries, such as the big citrus orchards, might be floundering, there are others that may pick up some of that slack. It is a service hub. It is also a point where many routes cross — north to Broken Hill, west to South Australia and further to Western Australia, east to towns further up the Murray, south to Melbourne and north-west to Inland Australia. It makes it a great place for the grey nomads (is that us?!) to stop and revive, and stock up for the next leg of their journey.

Once paddle steamers sailed the Murray, transporting cargo up and down the river. Many of them carried wool from the inland stations along the Murray and the Darling Rivers to ports like Mildura and Echuca, where the bales were shipped to the major cities.

(Photo copyright: Anne Lawson 2013)
(Photo copyright: Anne Lawson 2013)

There are some quite nice art deco buildings. I even found a latte that was so good I had to have another. And they did suspended coffees!

(Photo copyright: Anne Lawson 2013)
(Photo copyright: Anne Lawson 2013)
(Photo copyright: Anne Lawson 2013)
(Photo copyright: Anne Lawson 2013)
Sunset over the Murray (Photo copyright: Anne Lawson 2013)
Sunset over the Murray (Photo copyright: Anne Lawson 2013)
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I would like to thank.... Kindness Travels Uncategorized

I would like to thank…. #3, and a small update on suspended coffees

This time I would like to take the time to thank a man who took the time to help us.

A couple of weekends ago the Fella and I went off holidaying in Alice the Caravan. Now before we start our journeys we always check her lights. Usually I can give the thumbs up every time — all working beautifully. However, this time the brake lights didn’t show up. The Fella cleaned the connection, another check and everything was lighting up as it should. Off we went.

Not far down the road, while stopped at traffic lights, the Kind Stranger came and told us the lights weren’t working. We pulled over, cleaned the connection and checked the lights again. All okay, so off again. We stopped a few more times to check and everything was fine.

A big THANK YOU to our Kind Stranger, who took the time to get out of his car to let us know. And a Thank You to all of you who have done the same thing, saving potential accidents. New cars have globe failure alerts, but Alice is a caravan of the more mature variety! Such technology has completely passed her by.

And an update on suspended coffee….

(If suspended coffee is a new idea, have a look here. If you want to catch up with what has been going on in my little suburb of the bloggersphere, have a look here.)

Today I went to my market coffee shop, Coffea Coffee, and asked if they would like a leaflet about the suspended coffees I have been buying. The chap taking the money remembered me as the “suspended coffee lady”! He willingly took the leaflet and seemed interested in following it up. As he said, “Too easy!”