ART, NATURE, WILD LIFE AND PLACES OF INTEREST In this section we decided to write about our own local travel. Hopefully the budget will get better and we will write something on exotic overseas advertures. We will write about what got us excited and we will place some good photos here too. We do not publish what we did not like but rather what places we gave five stars for their good vibes.
Roger Roberts - oils on canvas art of delicate nests (we believe some exotic birds they are for their colorful feathers), very detailed art! Orbiter is here:
Rose Knight art works are very simple and distinctive: like Retirn to Innocence (the colors are alwasy amazing). You need to be there at Manyung to experince the magic of her landscapes:
2. http://www.studioflinders.com - The Studio At Flinders Artist Run Gallery We have seen a lot of galleries around Victoria and Queensland but did not imagine that such a small and modest place could contain so many talents under one roof; the talents whose art creations could easily beautify New York Museum of Modern Art. Raine Edwards. Clay and paintings creations:
Judy Armstrong. Frankston clay artist. Her amazing clay statues are graceful and ful of power like Carlos Castaneda's warriors:
Diana Gyngell Taylor, handmade porcelain jewellery: earrings, pendants, brooches and cufflinks. WE have not made a photo of her earrings with cats. This is the only photo of her works I found on the net:
What got our attention were the pictures on the wall in the main hall, actually not pictures but rather well preserved colletions of rare antque pieces put together and framed. Eeach piece has got a story written about it right under its location on the board:
And the ocean with unbelievable views - only 5 min walk:
6. Cape Schanck Lightstation. Amazing view from Cape Schanck and breathing ocean:
7. Vision Gardens at Bittern. Very beautifully decorated with lots of sculptures, good quality plants and amazing food. Vegetable garden:
Quiet meditative corners:
And late winter blooming flowers:
8. Abundance of wild life:
9. Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm: strawberries, strawberries, strawberries everywhere... But we start with tulips garden in the front of the farm:
In the shop - strawberry produce variety:
10. Main Ridge Dairy farm - goat cheeses and more. Very freindly owners, great quality cheeses and excelent vibes:
11. Boneo Community Market - third Saturday every month. Boneo PS Reserve, Boneo Road (cnr. Limestone Rd), Boneo. Unique crafts, devonshire teas, fresh produce, plants, mobile animal farm, pony rides and fortunes told. Run by the community. the largest we have ever seen in Australia. Very cheap and good quality plants, local organic vegies - very fresh and not expensive...
...and yes... calamari in cones - YUUUUUUUMMMMM!!! - $12.50 a cone - worth every dollar you spent: tender, juicy, melting in your mouth, right from the sea, fresh, very generous serve and we guarantee you will want more! Just found them today on facebook: The Flying Calamari Brothers
Gardens, gardens and more gardens....
10. And we noticed more art displayed in the local information centre. Bea Nambooka Edwards - Bea's paintings have been exhibited nationwide and she has won numerous awards for her artwork. Bea paints the patterns handed down to her from her grandmother who also taught her basketry and fibre arts. Paintings of feathers and gum leaves:
12. Peninsula Hot Springsin Rye. Amazing place, remarkable service, 100% rejuvenation! We went to Peninsula Hot Springs in Rye last weekend. If you never been there consider you never visited a world of relaxation and natural rejuvenation at all. Water, water and water is everywhere and it is all about water. It takes away your worries and anxiety, your stress and your negative thoughts. Time disappears there and there is only one thing: yourself. It replaces all the programs in your rushing mind with healing mineral water's own program: ALL IS LIFE, LOVE, NATURE! What we had: Drive 1.5km from Melbourne Budget $30 fee for entry (Entertainment book saving is 25% for up to 6 people in your group) which made it only $45 for two of us. Bath House: 20 pools and water experiences: foot bath, hand bath, bubble waters brooks, warm baths, hot baths, super hot 42 degrees baths, Turkish steam bath (wet), Sauna (dry heat), barrels for babies, cold showers of different types, water cave for ultimate "forget -the-world experience in the dark) reflexology walks in water, very cold wells (two of them), waterfalls of any kind and shape, natural stones and marble around, water armchairs and much much more... You forget the real 9 to 5 world after an hour being there. Please do not overdo it as the water does its healing only to the level it needs to be done! If you overdo it you will feel tired and exhausted as the water takes what it gave you... so be reasonable and take in fair amounts! Three hours is more than enough for everything even your teas and lunch after bathing. There is also Spa Dreaming Centre which we did not have time to see and visit (will save it for the next time) As we read in the instructions the waters contain sulphur, calcium, magnesium, potassium and many others and are classified as a “Sodium Chloride Bicarbonate Spring” (Na-C1.HCO3) with Ph of 6.82. Some photos here: