Thursday, April 12, 2012

Melissa in Australia

Melissa came out to visit us for 8 days and we were both VERY excited to see her. While Henry and Tony worked, Melissa, Emma, and I played. One of the eventful days Emma and I took Melissa down to St. Kilda for the day. It was a fun just hanging with the girls. St. Kilda is a trendy little suburb located right by the beach with lots of restaurants, bars, shopping, etc. It was a lovely day to hang out by the beach.

We found a community garden area called Veg Out that we explored for a bit. It is an "organic, chemical free garden run by volunteers. Formerly a lawn bowling green, the land Veg Out is situated on is administered by the local council for the State of Victoria, and has been permanently reserved for public use since 1881. We have over 140 plots, where members, friends, families and community groups enjoy getting their hands into the soil." Very creative I must say.

Luna Park is another place we saw, but we didn't go inside. It is an amusement park that has been around for 100 years and it has rides and other attractions. It's a bit scary looking if you ask me, but an attraction that draws people from all over. Kind of like Disneyland and Knotts Berry Farm.

Our last stop was to the St. Kilda Pier, which is also a very popular place to visit. At the end of the pier you can find a colony of little blue penguins. They are found in the rocks, or you might even be lucky enough to see them come ashore. At dusk the penguins return to their nests/burrows in the rocks after feeding. Henry and I went previously, but we didn't see any penguins, that was a huge bummer. BUT the three us of saw a few blue penguins in the rocks. That made our day. They are so cute!

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