V/Line travel to and from Melbourne is improving all the time…


…with our rolling stock proudly made in Victoria.

Pre-pandemic we celebrated our wedding anniversary…


…with dinner aboard the Q Train…

…in our first-class cabin



Our next train adventure was a bit more modern

than the Old Queenslander…

…a real Red Carpet treatment on both mornings

and umbrellas to keep the rain off

as we boarded the second morning…

…and it was always expected that Canada’s

Rocky Mountaineer

would be something special.

Again we treated ourselves to the

Gold Leaf experience.

The Gold Leaf

cars are on two levels.

Upstairs, guests are seated and view the passing countryside

in the most comfortable train seats possible…

All dining is on the bottom level of Gold Leaf…

…while we were told that meals were brought to where guests

were seated in Silver Leaf carriages.

The difference between carriages is clear in the above photo.

Single versus double-deck carriages and

no rooftop viewing in Silver Leaf.


To wrap up our two-day journey a welcoming committee

greeted us upon our arrival in Vancouver



   Amanda                                Sandi       




Black and White Challenge.


Focussing mostly…


…on the sea this week.

With very peaceful sunrises…

…over Geelong’s

Corio Bay.

Even a relatively peaceful shot of

the area known as the Gibson steps…


…especially given that Bass Strait has a rough reputation.

And with weather coming directly from the polar ice cap

this past week has been a good week for ‘office work’.

Finally, two very calm and peaceful horses

Moorabool Valley











practical contact with and observation of facts or events

A few years ago My Good Wife decided that we would

take a Hot Air Balloon ride over Melbourne

to celebrate our wedding anniversary.


It did eventuate on our second try….the first time

being cancelled at 0345 the morning of the event

due to higher than wanted winds.

Ever since with the exception of COVID years,

it has been a wedding anniversary experience 


Earlier this year our experience was a day trip to

Craigs Hut which was featured

in the 1980-81 movie

The Man From Snowy River


Tom Burlinson and Kirk Douglas

At 1450 m (4757 feet) above sea level, even in early April

warm clothing was a must.