25 December 2014

Merry Christmas 2014

Merry Christmas!

Luke 2:11 (NIV)
11 Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you;
he is Christ! the Lord.

The year 2014 has indeed been a very busy, busy year for us and it has taken me away from posting regularly many of the interesting happenings in the year. I hope to remedy this in the coming year.

Meanwhile, here's hoping that this greeting finds you and your family well and that you will all have a lovely, enjoyable and safe festive celebrations!

And remembering the main theme of Christmas, may Jesus bless you with all manner of blessings and good health.  May His favor precede you in all your endeavors, prospering you with life and life abundantly that it overflows to your household, your extended families, friends and workplace that the name of Jesus and through Him, your name is made known with much favor.

Margaret + Simon

My Christmas song selection for the year is:
Hallelujah – Lyrics have been rewritten to honor Jesus

"A Hallelujah Christmas" by Cloverton from Ross Wooten on Vimeo.

Here again is another video of the Hallelujah Christmas Version by Cloverton with the lyrics.

28 September 2014

Healesville - A Santuary

Healesville is a small country town about 52km north-east from Melbourne's central business district. It is a major tourist destination, located in the famous Yarra Valley grape growing region. The town itself is surrounded by mountains, forests and rolling hills dotted with wineries, fruit and berry farms.

Healesville is also well known for its Healesville Sanctuary, just four kilometres south of the town centre. Healesville Sanctuary first opened in 1934, a nature park with hundreds of native Australian animals displayed in a semi-open natural setting.

The town is a santurary from the hussle and bussle of the city and is one of our favorite places to get away to in spring or autumn when the days are cooler. During spring, many Rainbow Lorikeet appear in this season to feed on the nectar of the flowers from the trees along the shady tree-lined boulevard of Nicholson Street. They can be quite 'noisy' but they are part of the attraction of the town.

Nicholson Street features a large selection of speciality shops, hotels, cafes, and a modern shopping complex built around a major supermarket. A stroll along the footpath, is a leisure way of spending the day, relaxing and you just might snap up some bargains in one of the speciality shops or second-hand shops.

One other favorite attraction of the town is the Healesville Hotel, an old world charm with new world style cooking. It has an award winning restaurant, Quince Dining and if you do not fancy a restaurant type lunch or dinner, there is the cafe-pub corner called the Hotel Bar and Garden which serve very good pub food which always go well with good cold beer from the tap.

Everytime we come into town, we have our lunch at the hotel. The following are photos of the food served at the Quince Dining restaurant.

These are photos of pub food served at the Hotel Bar and Garden.

The Beechworth Bakery is also worth a stop over: for some coffee and cakes. The original Beechworth Bakery, is located in the town of Beechworth, north-east of Victoria near the border of NSW. The bakery in Healesville is the latest edition to the Beechworth Bakery chain and is the first one to be purpose built from the ground up.

27 September 2014

Healesville - Badger Creek

Badger Weir Park, located at the end of Badger Weir Road, off Don Road in Healesville/Badger Creek, 7km from Healesville township and is located 3km east of the Healesville Sanctuary. It has a weir constructed in 1909 and is a water catchment area for Melbourne.

The park is a popular picnic area and as it is a short drive from Healesville, a couple of friends and us decided to do a little bush walking to the weir. Just a goal we set for ourselves to go out into the bush, to enjoy the fresh mountain air and forest walks that passes through ancient fern gullies and across clear mountain streams.

There are a couple of trails we could have taken to the weir and we know that it was a short 1 to 1.5 km walk. However, we did not come prepared with a map of the trails but we were determine to do the morning walk before going back to Healesville for lunch.

So once we parked our cars at the car park, we just took the most obvious or visible trail. As the trail is wide enough to take a four wheel drive, we were quite confident that we will not get lost in the park. So of we went.

The trees are tall and ancient. They looked majestic. The hollows in the old trees along the trail to the weir provide homes and nesting sites for many of the native mammals and birds, not that we will see any with the amount of chatter we make. As anticipated, the air was cool and fresh.

Soon the trail took us deeper into the park and away from the fast flowing streams that runs along some parts of the trail. There was a time we wonder if the weir was much further than we thought. We felt like we must have surely walked more than 1km by now. Are we lost? We thought not likely for it is a well built trail. Having then decided we walk for another ten minutes more before turning back, we were rewarded with the sound of fast flowing water again.

We thought this must be it. We venture on further down the trail following the sound of running water. We came to a fork, the right goes up, the left goes down. We opted for the left and sure enough we found the weir. It was a rather small weir. So after spending ten minutes or so, reading the information board about the weir, taking in the view and some more photos, we start our walk back to the car park and to lunch.

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