So, not a great night of course and that’s cool. Did get my cuppa though which was great . Almost rang Mum to see what time her’s arrives at Da Home 😏

There is a lot of noise in a hospital but just people doing their job. Regular OBS of course and pain relief although still not much pain yet. Offered the heavy duty stuff 2 hourly rather than Panadol Pissweak 4 hourly 🤔 Yeah will wait until I need the strong stuff when nerve block wears off. Then memories came flooding back from shoulder surgery 2 years ago. When on pain relief constipation and no alcohol are your enemy. Thank me for zero alcohol beer at least I guess. I could see me snatching a bedside pee bottle for first few weeks 🤓 It does lead to a numb bum though , not that I can get out of bed yet anyway. Glad for the cool weather as don’t see water, soap and standing anytime in my near future .

At OBS time at 2 am with zero sleep did ask for cuppa again and seemed to help because I reckon I got 10 mins sleep before 3 am when the clown next door started coughing and talking. That was sleep for the night basically

Word on the street is all I need to do this morning is see a Physio and crutch so naturally hope it’s a Sheila 🤓 . Still in surgical gown and blankets from yesterday as still have the blood stains on the blanket! Not sure why they tell you to bring in night clothes etc .Pretty poor interaction really . The food mind you is very good as are the regular OBS.

Now just the wait for Physio.…..I may have started to doze off. Someone walked into the room and all I heard was something like “little prick” and I thought – bloody surgical gowns ! Turns out it was dose of clexane . Ok fair enough. “ I will show you the first one and then you give yourself the dose by needle over the next 28 days ! “ Say what.

Next up was the drug boy and he had quite a collection including two boxes of Clexane needles. Some Panadol ,some anti inflammatory and of course some Oxy when it gets serious . It was quite a sight

Finally the Physio turned up to show me how to use crutches. Sadly the only pair in the whole hospital only went to 5 foot 10. Kinda useless. Anyway went upstairs to gym , climbed up 2 steps, climbed down 2 steps and then back to room. “ Any questions “? Why would I , you have been so thorough.

Finally then it was time to head off after one more IV antibiotic. As always seems to be the case with hospitals they don’t tell you anything unless you ask. “Do I have to keep my foot elevated at night anymore” “Well of course you do for the next month “ Important info really. “How about the compression bandage on left leg. ““ As long as you can bear it really “. Great so I can take it off now then 🕺🏻Luckily I had already bought my own crutches that went to 6 foot 2 and we left. Quick check in back at Maryhole and then on the road to Flashman Inc. With foot elevated . Here is one I prepared earlier

Not the best time of day to be driving but as usual no complaints from CLP. Time then to work out how to get out of the car then but managed , maybe because of all that help the Physio gave me 😏

Spent a little time getting house ready for cripple and already made one mistake and put weight on foot momentarily . Hope no damage done 🙏🏻 Always hard to tell as nerve block wearing off and so some pain will be normal. Nothing can do about it now except be more careful in future. Must mean it’s time to practice for the next 10 weeks

And no, there won’t be daily updates . You can relax….like me.

Grind n Bind – The Start

Posted: June 2, 2022 in Uncategorized

Wednesday dawned another booteeful day and it was time for one more game of golf or as Hoges and I call it – a free schooner 🕺🏻

With two games in 6 weeks I played surprisingly well with an 82 off the stick, 2 over handicap. Hoges played his part and basically the last 4 holes were just acknowledging the crowd as closed them out 5/3. Peas. Shelled. A few beers and home to wait for my beloved to arrive .

Sadly she wasn’t in the nurses uniform yet 😏 We ticked boxes and crossed i’s all in readiness. I had bought a new coffee machine so took that for a spin. A few tweaks still needed but will persevere

A last drink ,or two, for condemned man while waiting for hospital to call with surgery time. By 430 pm I gave up and rang myself . 0930 for a 10:15 start . “ I hope you don’t work for Qantas I added and hung up” . Knowing I needed a negative RAT test thought would try one. Just for the hell of it and all sweet .

A brisk few days around which means I get shoulder pain from about 3 am on but still slept ok all things considered . Also means about 4 pee stops through the night but who is counting. One last look to remind me why we are doing this

Woke up to no messages so all good at this stage , good being a relative term when fasting . Headed off early of course and arrived in plenty of time – for another RAT test. Then into pre admission and all happening quickly and then into Nurses room for a fitting . She was a perfect fit 🤓Suitably attired in the breezy gear we went to waiting room and Lo and behold called in almost immediately and only 10 am. Anaesthetic nurse was lovely lady but being Asian and wearing a face mask was hard to understand at times. Just hoped wasn’t signing up for another TURP. A needle here , a cuff there all good as lay on bed adjacent to OT.

For an hour. Oh well. Eventually the gas girl came out ,another lovely lady. Mentioned apart from GA also doing tow nerve blocks in legs. You will feel no pain ……for at least 24 hrs 😏 Then the Chief cutter arrived and looked at ankle . It almost seemed like first time had considered what he would do 🤔 He asked a few questions about how much did I want taken off with the lumps and bumps. “ Pal it has looked like a dogs breakfast for 30 years don’t care “ . Just make it as stable as possible and don’t shave anything of the length. And that was that , wheeled in and the rest is a blur.

Woke up in recovery – always a good sign- and soon wheeled back to my room. Looks FAD although maybe across from nurses station and those Sheilas can talk trust me

I am sure will settle down later . Got my priorities right and quickly ordered my next 3 meals and a doggy bag in case.

I had some sandwiches and a cuppa and have to say first impressions are very good . Then it was time for first look see . Probably better than a hard plaster ,maybe that joy awaits

And then it was time . Could not be avoided any longer. Nurse could I please have a pee bottle and make it a large opening . “Oh. Bragging are we ? “ Nope. I just have lousy aim………..🕺🏻

Dr Bali dropped in and have to say I like the cut of his jib. He dropped off a couple of X-rays and suggested I could hang around until lunchtime tomorrow but suggest I would rather get home and then onto Flashman Inc at Sunny Coast to start the process

Only one question remains then. It’s 430 pm…where is my dinner 👨🏻‍🦳

Duly arrived just after 5 pm and was tres impressive indeed even if they tried to slip an Apple Juice past me 😏 Filled up this little LBD .

Now will I get a cuppa before bed 🤔 You know ….. 630 pm

So, the room is very impressive especially the “entertainment “ hub. Watch TV, order meals , read the Bible …As always there are some issues with service . You ask for a second pillow to prop up ankle… never comes. Doubt will be changing into PJs anytime soon . First world problems of course and just glad it is all done now

Well that will do for one day . If nothing else over next 10 weeks. I have plenty of free time and a beck and call girl hanging on my every word .

As always CLP has been wonderful and would be lost without her 😘 She only needs 7 more merit points to move to next level and get closer to PLP

VtV – The Final Wrap

Posted: May 24, 2022 in Uncategorized

Yep, you thought I had gone but it was such an enjoyable at times and annoying at others last 24 hrs had to share. We bid farewell to Bendigo and family on such a glorious day and the town folk lined the platform to wish us well such had been the impact of our short stay. Warms the heart

Straightforward train trip except when the track bent had us walking the short 5 mins – as planned – for our one night digs thanks to Qantass changing our flights – a common theme it seems. The Grand is a misnomer although probably was back in its day ie 1860. Its a grand old building with the emphasis on old. You get what you pay for of course and were spoilt by Langhams

The reception area was odd to say the least but the room had all we needed including the train noise from nearby. Classic example of the service level

“Can we get a wakeup call for 5 am tomorrow please”

“Certainly Sir”

Later that night we noticed no phone in room! We didnt get our call naturally. Walking out at 5 am we noticed one phone in the hallway on our floor with note” Call 9 for front desk” . Another example – the fridge was not plugged in so even when you inserted the power card, 30 mins later the fridge stuff was still warm until you realised.

Anyhoo we had a couple of final hours in Melbourne so first up checked out a recommended coffee place – Higher Ground – which was certainly an impressive place. Coffee a tad on the warm only side – now only my second worst pet peeve. More to come

Then onto State of Grace with a rooftop bar for a final sherbert or two. It was a fancy looking place , especially the downstairs bar, but of course my now number one pet peeve – Scan and pay at table crap. Set up account as you have to and then had a couple of very good cocktails. Then thought with a tab what the hell I will get a pot of Stone & Wood for $8. Las bought out a large schooner and as placed it down said “think you only ordered a pot” ? “Yep and thats all I paid for” Oh well, my bad she says with a wink. Things were looking up

Then back home to The Not So Grand for whatever sleep we could get before our next morning started at 5 am for a 6 am car to airport for an 0830 flight. Heaps of time – Qantas Club here I come. This trip with Qantas had been problematic from start and once again there had been trouble checking in online but when we left Bendigo we had checked in and had boarding passes etc. Sweet. A couple of SMS during the day from Qantas to check in ! Clowns. Then one at 10 pm at night woke us up still asking whether we had checked in. Fuck me slowly. Upgrade accepted – ASSCLOWNS!

Get to airport and drop off bag and head to club. Lined up for 15 mins for a coffee and just sat down when get an SMS. Qantas – we have had to cancel your flight and are looking at alternatives . Yeah right. We decided to be proactive knowing there were no more Qantas flights SCHEDULED for Sunshine Coast that day. Went to service desk and after some haggling were offered a Jetstar flight leaving at 10:15 am. The lady seemed surprised we had dropped our bags off as “that Sunshine Coast flight was cancelled a long time ago!” We had to go downstairs and retrieve bags ourselves from “Oversize Bags” desk and then walk out of building and about a klm to Terminal 4 and Jetstar “How is the Qantas Club in Terminal 4” I ask. “It doesnt exist”: she replies with glee. Relying on how incompetent Qantas were we went back up to Qantas Club and checked back in with a boarding pass for a flight that no longer existed . Small victories… On way in got an SMS from Qantas saying we had been booked on a 2 pm Qantas flight to SC. FMS!

I was a tad fuming by now but luckily CLP spent the time on Jetstar site and got us exit row seats and a boarding pass! We then trekked to Jetstar and did another bag drop and got frisked again – twice in 2 hrs so the day wasnt a total loss 🙂 Sat with the GU for the next 90 mins and then boarded our plane by step ladder.

The exit row seats were excellent and we even scored a $20 food package so had a very good toastie each. I only have one plan though to cope with low cost carriers.

We got home about 2.5 hrs later than hoped but all in all no complaints with Jetstar. I still had to drive home to Maryhole so those 2.5 hrs lost were a pain but it was a good trip home and house still here so all good for a quiet week now until surgery next Thursday . There was an easy way to see I was back home too – a look in the backyard

And now its definitely Goodnight from him.

VtV – Day 8

Posted: May 21, 2022 in Uncategorized

The government may have changed but the weather hasn’t . One of Albo’s first proclamations will be Victoria is now to be called The Sunshine State while Queensland will be known as …….Atlantis

A quiet day then planned at this stage but one must get out and about a bit in this glorious weather so a quick trip into Castlemaine this morning for a coffee and calisthenics. It’s a lovely Main Street that we have walked a few times but it has never looked better than today

Not many shops open but the one that counts was . Time to introduce brother to a new fave

Back home then for rest of day although am sure will duck out some time and roam the property . It’s too nice to stay indoors all day. First up though at lunch have to start working our way through some leftovers from all the delicious meals Lorraine has prepared and we were not able to do full justice . Sadly only empty bottles of wine lying around at this stage 😏

Thought we might have a Picnic at Well Hung rock instead

I carried the chairs up and found the flattest spot and it was lovely and quiet . Sweet.

Then I realised why. Moe, Larry and Curly haven’t shown yet . Ah, that sounds like them coming now

We then spent a lovely couple of hours up there under clear blue skies and not even a breeze

Eventually it was time to roll back down the hill for a coffee as someone forgot to bring the Nespresso machine up apparently – and lay some power lines . Not a bad thing of course because as we all know once coffee is done can only be about 90 mins to afternoon drinkies time. Wonder what is in store today . Hope it has a little sting…..

Sun……Yardarm…..🤔

Some quiet time for brothers to reflect . Another convert to Honey Sting but we had to be wary as some Shiraz beckoned

Time for some sparking Shiraz then just to confuse the palate

One last glance before we moved indoors then. What a glorious vista at sunset at this time of year

Once indoors the sparkle went out of the Shiraz but not my eyes . Another lovely dinner and dessert accompanied by at Italian Shiraz finally concluded our eating and drinking journey at last 😏

Or so I thought…….

Tomorrow we bid farewell to family as we train back to Melbourne before early morning flight on Tuesday . It’s been an amazing week so will sign off now . When next we here from our hero it will be post Grind n Bind and a whole lot quieter . Stay tuned

VtV Day 7

Posted: May 20, 2022 in Uncategorized

Another glorious start to day . Gotta love some of Old Whiskers’ recent work with the brush and easel. Either way you look it’s a very pleasant outlook . One you actually have to get out of bed for 😏

Todays plan involves a trip to Heathcote to check out some wineries . Hard pressed ( winemaking humour) to beat the winery we are staying at in Harcourt North mind you. Tasting sizes are enormous and varied and the platters huge ! Oh, that was a share plate you say 🤠

Another belter of a day here while it rains in Maryhole 🤔 That Mother Nature is a funny bitch eh. Freddo says we will leave at 0915 for the 40 minute drive. Factor in years of experience – be ready by 0900 at latest 😏 As I always say though

First stop then was Sanguine Estate noted for its Shiraz. Kinda spooky because when people think of a sanguine person I am usually foremost in their mind. Did I mention it was a glorious day ?

Anyhoo the 4 Musketeers eagerly lined up for our first tasting of the day . All for one and more for me as they say

The staff were very friendly and well informed but for me the reds were a bit on the young side and while no doubt would improve with some cellaring I was a man in a hurry and passed on any purchases. Freddo of course did the family proud anyway

Then it was time to head more into Heathcote town and check the wares at M. Chapoutier on the main drag. Luckily Freddo knew of this place otherwise not sure why one would stop at an unassuming shopfront like this. Glad we did

Great selection of the foreign stuff and we were able to put together a mixed dozen to ship back home . Always great to sample some French and Italian wine not normally aware off. After sharing some photos on Facebook just for a change a friend suggested a short 10 minute detour to Tooborac where they have a quaint bluestone hotel that sold beer. Well, I have tried every other form of alcohol last 2 days why not 🤔

Great day to be sitting outside and watching the world pass by but of course eventually we had to head home to our lodgings for the night . Luckily the hosts have been known to leave food and drink out for any strays that may turn up.

Restful couple of hours before starting up the fire pit again under simply stunning skies . I could get use this .

It’s a we’ll own fact that fires make you thirsty so thought we would settle in with a martini and teurini . A rare combo but could take off

It was BBQ time tonight with some snags and lamb steaks and a couple of choice salads . Just need something to wash it down. Hey look over there

Another lovely day and night as we settled around the table chatting but then something strange happened. The lights dimmed as ominous music started. Oh no, this could only mean one thing that happens every year as winter approaches

THE TWINS HAD RETURNED

VtV – Day 6

Posted: May 19, 2022 in Uncategorized

Up in country Victoria now where the weather is brisk and the sheep are nervous . A picture tells a thousand words but in this case only has 67. Shrinkage I assume even if not in the pool.

The sun is rather lazy around these parts and doesn’t get out of bed until about 7 am or just after breakfast time for me normally. I am slowly resetting the body clock just wish could reset some bones and joints . The cool weather does bring it with some arthritic pain but I will soldier on in true Anzac tradition. At the rising of the sun …..

I got out of bed. I see Flannos in immediate future .

An army can’t march on an empty stomach so after running around and waking everyone up accidentally it was breakfast time . Todays plan involved some shopping I believe back in Bendigo. I hope anything the ladies buy they can Return to Sender 🕺🏻

Drove to Bendigo and then went our separate ways based on gender and ability to shop for clothes > 5 mins. Bendigo is a very picturesque town especially in Autumn on a glorious day .

I did walk past one store that had an outfit that couldn’t resist especially as it came with its own woman in tow

Then it was time for an excellent lunch at El Gordo . Well known for its Gin range and classic Tapas et al. The Gin was nothing special mainly because a tad on the meagre side nip wise but the Bocadillos were delish. Bocadillos are like Pecadillos but tasty.

Then it was home for a quiet afternoon before the fun and games start up again late afternoon .

All good things come in threes and so we planned the drinkies accordingly . Afternoon drinkies were G&Ts by the firepit

Then it was time to move inside for the late afternoon drinkies of the grape variety and a delicious dinner of roast pork . A Viogner and a Burgundy Pinot Noir covered all bases and let the liver know we were serious

Then it was time for cheese and the sweet stuff. We did move back out to the firepit briefly and it was a beautiful starry night but rather chilly

And so another wonderful day with family comes to end and we look forward to more festivities tomorrow

VtV – Day 5

Posted: May 18, 2022 in Uncategorized

And so our short stay in Melbourne comes to end and time to actually find that V Line camp and catch one to Bendigo . It’s been a fantastic few days and even though will be back briefly on Monday for a layover before flight home we will be counting days until we can return. Ok, it’s 4 . Ya got me . Finally then one last breakfast at Bond’s Tore where I assume you can only wear underpants 🤔 Ah, it’s Bond Store, that makes more sense …..

Bid farewell to Langhams and it is a keeper especially in the corner deluxe river view King rooms. Very quiet and spacious . Cab to the station in plenty of time just to make sure our Myki cards are working !

Of course the Taxi took 25 mins to travel the 2 klms to station through Melbourne traffic. Train left on time and made sure I got a good seat

Settled into the Quiet carriage for a peaceful 2 hr trip. 40 mins in and noticed a missed phone call being a good lad and having had phone on silent. It was from the Surgeons Office – never a good sign. Stood in the corner like a dunce and phoned them only to find out I was being offered an early bird special for grind and bind. We can do it a week earlier next Thursday ! A quick Brains trust meeting confirmed this was not a good idea not getting home until next Wednesday especially as no discount offered 😏 Back to Roy and HG .

Arrived in Bendigo about 10 mins late and then we went to lunch in Bendigo at Harvest Food and Wine with Sis in Law Lorraine . Very tasty. Fair to say the city has gone Elvis mad with images and memorabilia everywhere . Viva Las Bendigo

Then it was time for our booked visit to the “ Direct from Graceland “ extravaganza. You would think it would be easy to find but really it was just luck on our part 🤓 At least it wasn’t in the ghetto part of town.

As with all things the Bendigo Art Gallery does it was an amazing exhibition and the recurring theme that strikes one is Elvis must have been a bit smaller in stature than you realise judging by the numerous actual clothing items on display.

It was an easy exhibit mostly to walk around with numbers limited for each 30 minute period. The Elvis fans must go a tad ga ga . But of course all good things come to an end and as the saying goes

Time then to head back to Windy Hill in Harcourt North to wait for the worker (hee hee) to arrive home at 530 pm. There could be drinking involved but of course I will be sensible as here 4 nights. Yeah right.

Some Champers of course to start the ball rolling then or at least the eyes. As always Freddo finds the good stuff we would never consider. He also drinks a little faster than Lorraine so was already onto the Chardy

Time for some food then I guess while Freddo rummages through the cellar for that next exquisite treat . I think it was called Starfish Surprise and I bet they were when they were thrown in the oven . Delicious .

We had some dessert so naturally the dessert wine came out and it wasn’t lonely and bought a friend 👍🏻

Then of course discussion turned to Rum and all the varieties you get these days and I mentioned rather smugly I enjoyed Zacapa Guatemalan Solero 23 but it was $100 a bottle . I will see you and raise you $100 says Freddo . Well hello Zacapa Centenario Xo. One bottle , two brothers – only 1 ending

As always a wonderful evening of chat, eating and drinking when we catch up with our southern friends and the good news is we are here another 3 days and the weather will be brisk ……3 – 15 and Sunny.

In QLD we would call that rum drinking weather .

Looks like a visit to Dan Murphy and an ATM tomorrow 😏

VtV – Day 4

Posted: May 17, 2022 in Uncategorized

Good things come in threes – except broken joints – so this morning it was time for Tradition #3 . Coffee and Breakfast at Seven Seeds in Carlton. In previous years have walked the walk and talked the moan but wiser heads will prevail this morning as we tram it up and back the main drag . Still some traversing hill and dale at either end but let’s see if it helps. Certainly plan to reduce protein intake today after the couple of cows inhaled in recent days .

Weather looks a little dicey as we head off or as we say in Melbourne – normal. Will be a cooling of temps when we hit Bendigo tomorrow – Darool Darool. The tram was easy to find and a short walk downhill had us at Seven Seeds. The coffee was very good but sadly not hot enough , a pet peeve of mine. Food was tasty and plentiful but we ordered too much 😏

It was time to Ponder then what to do next ? Hands up anyone who wants some more kulcha

So we walked across a couple of blocks and caught a different tram which not only went in opposite direction to first one – kinda obvious when u think about it – but also crossed the river without getting wet . Before you could say pick ur asso we were at the National Gallery of Victoria . As were 3000 school kiddies it seems. Using the cane to bat them away we made our way inside and then out the back where the Ponder exhibit was on

I don’t mind dipping my toe into Kulcha but think CLP went a bit far . We had been out for a while now so did get caught a bit short in the ablutions department. Let’s just say there is a new sculpture at the gallery that won’t be on display if you get my drift 🤠.

Must say the walking cane has helped a lot . In fact let’s dance

Another fun packed morning only left one question . What to do for our last afternoon ? Let’s spend first hour waiting on phone with Centrelink . Sweet, that just leaves another 5 .

‘‘Twas a relaxing afternoon which meant it must be time for a Beer from a foreign land of course . What are our options you may ask

Ok, that leaves Belgian then I guess . To Google Maps we go . 300 m ? Sweet

Guess we better have dinner now so let’s stroll along Southbank for something fishy . Wait a minute – is that the gin joint Yarra Botannica I see . Can’t hurt to have a couple of 4 Pillars Bloody Shiraz surely against this magnificent backdrop

It didn’t . Ok , now it’s dinner time. Pure South kitchen looked the part with some great fish dishes and a very tasty scallops entree. Throw in a couple of Pinot Grigio and the night fills itself in really

So once again a no real plan approach worked a treat with a couple more memorable moments to savour. It’s off to Bendigo tomorrow on a train for some freeloading with da family after we drop into Graceland to see The King. We will miss Melbourne but shall return no doubt

Flash has left the building 🕺🏻

VtV – Day 3

Posted: May 16, 2022 in Uncategorized

More tired than seedy as another day dawned. For once the sun certainly beat us up even in Melbourne. Speaking of being beaten up a couple of my constituents ( election speak) had signed a petition citing elder abuse and demanding an enquiry. Rather sneakily the left knee had now aligned with the right ankle in a United Party type nonsense campaign of whingeing. I told them they were lucky I wasn’t the size of Clive Palmer or else they would have something to moan about. Whip smart as they are they suggested I could be by end of this holiday judging by first day. When they are right they are right eh

Only planned events today are a few cocktails at Gimlet at 4 pm and a catch up with Number One son Tony later who is down for work at the major hospital in town. I suggest there could be a Bex and a lie down before that but first we need some caffeine this morning methinks.

It shouldn’t be this hard really. Our second tradition in Melbourne is our favourite Crepery – Le Petite Chateau in the Block Arcade. For the second day we went past they were not open at advertised time of 0830 so thought we would try Brother Baba Budan just for a coffee on Little Bourke Street. We did line up to be fair but then thought better of it as it was slow going and instead checked out some more murals and added them to last nights selection .

By now we were back in vicinity of Frenchie so thought one more try – and he was open. The crepe was great as always but the coffee was ordinary

It was a beautiful day indeed so happy to walk/hobble the streets a little and check some more murals and a little shopping. When at Frenchie did note a posh Pom place next door that amongst other things sold some swish walking canes with impressive knobs . Feeling a natural affinity with said walking canes and La posh lady said they were handcrafted in Italy and a steal at only $335. It wasn’t easy trust me but I literally ran from the store. And into the chemist next door where I got a collapsible walking cane for $25. It actually does help a bit and at least less odd looks when walking around like Kayser Soze for no apparent reason previously

After some relaxing hours it was time for The Gimp with the Limp to head to Gimlet at Cavendish House

It’s interesting to observe how people may treat you differently when your handicap is more apparent although to be fair CLP is usually by my side . Ouch . Ok we made it to Gimlet for our 3 mini cocktails and bar snack. They were delicious as were the Sydney rock oysters

As usual our general demeanour encourages folk to engage so Alphonse from the wrong side of the bar was chewing our ear off Van Gogh style when we mentioned we would have liked to have eaten dinner here but all full. “ Nah, we always have walk ins” “ I cleverly asked what a about walk outs that walk back in “ ? He was non plussed. Anyhoo called Lurch from the front desk over and asked if could make a dinner booking for 3 for 6:15 pm and rattled my cane. He said “ Of course Sir and thank you for your service.” First up though time to meet Tony for a drink at Rooftop bar at QT. It was a jumping

We then returned to Gimlet for dinner and went with the Tomahawk share plate as a challenge . We also went with full size cocktails just for a change . It was a great meal and also wonderful to catch up with Tony

And so another day chock full of highlights and memories comes to an end. One last full day in Melbourne before the serious eating and drinking starts .

Help.

VtV – Day 2

Posted: May 15, 2022 in Uncategorized

It’s a quiet room on a high floor so slept ok , sleep of course being a relative term these days. We have a special dinner tonight so will try and be a quiet day in the drinking and eating caper but 6 pm seems a long way away at present . Time to look for some coffee first up and so I hopped to it. Here is one I prepared earlier

We ended up walking a bit further than first planned as first option didn’t open until 8:30 am. Bloody Victorians 😏 Next option then was Brick Lane and as always with Google maps always head off in wrong direction initially 🕺🏻 . We did find it though down yet another laneway which wasn’t called Brick oddly enough. As it was now approaching 8 am we stayed for breakfast as well and not disappointed . In fact could not finish it all

Across the road there was a cat cafe and if wasn’t full certainly would have tried the Persian Porridge but like I said was fully sated and certainly didn’t need a furball as well.

Melbourne has always had a great street art scene but some more have been added now with Flash Forward laneway murals. We had a map and noted a few near us so when in Rome……try the Burmese Bruschetta.

Hopefully will see more over next few days . Now it was time to roll back down the hill and head home for a breather before some shopping at DFO given that must naturally stand for David Ferguson Outlet ?

Did I mention my ankle is fucked already 🚶

So a 30 min rest so the Osteophytes could line up again and off to DFO. CLP keeps an ear out ( pay attention) for any cultural events in our vicinity so maybe should have been alerted when she suggested we walk through the Convention Centre in case it rains. Well it is Melbourne. And I walked right into it. Well limped . There was a Van Gogh exhibit on at The Lume . There goes the next 60 mins of drinking time. To be fair it was rather brilliant and glad I talked her into it . Photos can’t do justice to the immersive spectacle but when has that ever stopped me. Cutting down the 40 I took was the tricky part especially as the great ones are usually easy to pick out – I am in them 😏

While the display was great standing for an hour wasn’t so I needed liquid sustenance and a nubile nurse . Ok a beer and a frisky fraulein would have to do so we headed to Munich Brauhaus

Then it was off to the the shops cleverly avoiding any large indoor structures along the way. I had minor success with a new pair of dress pants but that was about it folks. By now the ankle was gone and still had to make it back home a few klicks. And then it did rain……

Somehow made it home and time to chill for a few before our anniversary dinner tonight at Grossi Florentino. One morning of kulcha is enough for this LBD

Well, what a superb meal that was after a dodgy start. We arrived early so settled in at bar at the 3 level establishment . Sadly , Basil Fawlty in a dress was the bartender. Hopeless service and attitude. Then we went upstairs into a whole new world. The level of service and attention to detail was simply exemplary. We had looked at Gran Tour degustation on line and not impressed but the menu presented tonight intrigued so we hooked in and added the paired wines. Our first degustation many many years ago was here and it bought back wonderful memories. The food was varied , plentiful and delicious and they didn’t skimp on the wine servings. A perfect meal takes time but you don’t notice and neither did we after 4 hrs! Some great fun people watching – we had The Kardashians behind us, Jared Kushner and family next to us , a group of money launderers adjacent and Red Dress in the corner. Which just leaves the photos

Tomorrow mornings plans are currently on hold …..