Anyway! Our trip.
Firstly it was so great to see Chris and Dan again. We've not seen them since our Bali holiday last August. Too long ago!
Highlights, the many meals out and in, Annie, Victoria Market, a trip to Healesville Sanctuary and last but not least..... feeding and cuddling the Kangaroos!
So meals! I lost count of all the places we ate out at - either lunch or dinner, they were all totally great. But, I really loved the meal we had at home. Lloyd and Dan cooked the main courses and Chris made a pear tart. It was a lovely night
Dan and I went to see a matinee show of Annie, I love musicals and going to the theater and thankfully so does Dan, so when we go to Melbourne he organises an afternoon for us. He always manages to get amazing seats as well! It was brilliant! The acting, songs, stage sets. All magical!
However, my favourite thing, maybe my favourite thing EVER! Was going to Healesville. It's a huge animal sanctuary, actually part of Melbourne Zoo. There are no cages ( well the snakes are behind glass!) the enclosures are huge, in fact some of the animals seem to have free range. It is a wonderful place. They do a thing called a magic moment and ( for a small fee!!) you can go right in to pat, cuddle and feed the animals. I did the Kangaroo Magic moment and it was totally brilliant! The lady who was doing it with me did tell us all about the kangaroos and loads of other, I'm sure, interesting stuff, but I wasn't listening at all! I was just grinning like a looney!
Here's a tiny fraction of what we saw...
Red kangaroos, the red one is the breeding male.
Pelicans, really close up! They were super tame. They look like they've been painted.
The Flight Show also deserves a mention. Parrots, owls, birds of prey, all flying right over our heads, in one case, touching my head!
Best part! Super cheesy grin. I was so happy!
The kangaroos were so gentle, they used their wee hands to sort of pat me when they wanted a little bit more carrot! They were just totally gorgeous!
The sanctuary is an amazing place and the work they do is invaluable, I would say. There are a lot of animals there that are close to extinction. It's a rare chance to see all of these amazing creatures! There's even duck billed platypus
(which are actually small! who knew)
Then it was off for a late lunch and one of the Wineries in the area - The Innocent Bystander. Lunch was great ... as was the Moscato!
Dan and Lloyd, enjoying the winter sun.
Poor Chris had to go to work :(
Thank you Chris and Dan, we had the best time. See you over here in.....February...maybe???
A wee addition, here. This morning I got an email from mum, she sent me this! Just goes to show, I've always loved going to wildlife places, even when I was tiny! This was Blair Drummond Safari park in Perthshire, Scotland. I think I would have been about 5. My brother would have been 4. I remember this really clearly. They also had monkeys that used to jump all over your car and pull the windscreen wipers off! Probably not allowed to do stuff like that now.