Part 1: It’s been a long time coming….

Wow so we have finally got the internet. And I can finally start typing in the blog again. Only been about two months. So we have a lot to catch up on. MEGA POST ALERT.

So we moved into the new place on St Kilda Road.

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Right opposite the Golf course.

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Right next to work.

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Now while the place was nice… The lady was a complete nutter. So we only lasted there for 6 weeks. A few episodes included:

  1. Each pan has an allocated oven hob – you cannot mix and match
  2. There are wooden spoons for cakes and for other food – you cannot mix
  3. Cutlery must be stacked in the cutlery draw
  4. There is a flour sieve and a vegetable sieve – do not mix
  5. The list goes on

I woke up most days to a letter about how I should clean the house ‘How to Keep the Place Tidy’ was the title of one.

On another note, I do think she was actually a little nuts. She had quotes all over the house about ‘self-love’ and ‘self-acceptance’. Pictures of herself were all over the house and on a set of four mugs.

She had a while shelf of self-help books about being happy. And I think she has seen a few shrinks about how to be less of a nut job.

Needless to say, we were happy to leave.

So now we are living in Albert Park (the posh area of Melbourne) with a lovely couple – a Kiwi and a Ukrainian.

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We had a house warming the other weekend and I found out he can make a mean Espresso Martini, so I am pretty happy. He also has an extensive red wine collection and shares.

So I suppose I should cover off what we have been up too. So highlights over the past few months are….

 1) Lake Eldon – my first Ozzy camping trip

Well I think the most epic was the Lake Eildon camping trip. It was a long weekend in Victoria and we wanted to escape the city (on a budget), so we borrowed a tent and a car and off we went (all pre-planned by Mr Fawkes).

Lake Eildon is only a 2 hour drive north-east of Melbourne. The lake was formed by a man-made dam, originally built from 1915-1927. Since then it has been enlarged twice and now has a capacity of 3392 million cubic metres (larger than Sydney Harbour). The lake is surrounded by the amazing Lake Eildon National Park and there are loads of great hikes in the area.

We stayed at Candlebark Campsite. And managed to get the tent up without too much hassle – just before it got dark.

Jules cooked up a storm on the BBQ and we sat around the open fire pit chatting to a group of middle-aged men, who had managed to escape from their wives and kids for the weekend. They had some pretty entertaining stories.

We set of to Lake Side camp ground the following morning to hike. We did the Estate Spur circuit. I think the description of ‘reasonably steep trail heading up the hill’ is slightly misleading. I have never walked up anything so steep.

The photos do not do it justice. The view from the top was completely worth it however.

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After our hike, we drove to the Cathedral Ranges, a spectacular seven kilometer ridge of sharply upturned sedimentary rock. We were only going to stop off and see if we could drive to a lookout point (considering we were so close) but got persuades into walking up Neds Peak. What was only meant to be a 2 hour walk, turned into 3 ½ due to my inability to rock climb at speed…. What the walk description failed to tell you is that 1) this is fricking steep 2) you will need to climb across, over and under some rocks to get to any decent viewpoint.

The view was well worth it however – as I am sure you would agree.

We managed to make it back to the car just before dark.

 2) We managed to escape from an Escape Room

Ok so we were rubbish in the first escape room that we did for my birthday. But now we have an expectation of what we were letting ourselves in for, we thought we would give it another go. The room was called ‘Kellar’s Magic Emporium’.

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The story: You have been short-listed for the role of Magician’s Assistant. Arriving at Kellar’s Magic Emporium, you are tasked with solving a series of puzzles in order to prove your skill. You’ll need to pay close attention to pass this test, as things are not always what they seem…’

We worked really well as a team. I did all the thinking and Jules undid the locks (joke, I think the contributed to solving one clue!).

Now it is winter time, we might try and do one a month.

That’s it for round one of the updates. I will post another MAMMOTH post shortly :-).

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