2014 has a different feel to it than the past couple of years. Something needed to change. I mulled it over for a couple of months. And faffed about with other things, joining Pinterest and Instagram, until inspiration hit me…
I’ve given elladee_words a makeover, and my other WordPress blogs elladee_images and elladee_places are on hold but images and places posts will continue, for now incorporated with the elladee_words content of this blog.
It took some work but the export and import processes were quite straightforward (kudos to WordPress) other than a bit of mucking around manually adding images that had fallen off imported posts. To begin with it was a nice trip down memory lane but patience isn’t my thing and after repeatedly scrolling through 2 years of posts, I just wanted it done.
I like having all the pieces of elladee together. As my revamped About page remarks “I scare myself sometimes by imagining what would happen if I gave in to my crazy grandma hippy leanings and let my world become a potpourri of psychedelic, pattern & rainbows. This blog is as close as it gets…”
Let me know what you think.
In early March the G.O. and I fulfilled a commitment to visit my sister who relocated to Melbourne early last year – our spirits were willing but time had been lacking. Given the busyness of this year if we didn’t go when we did it would be August before we could think about it again.
I’m notorious for cramming as much as possible into trips away – you can sleep when we’re home – and my sister is no slouch as well. The G.O.’s head is still spinning.
Friday was St Kilda day but we made a pit stop at Queen Victoria Markets where my sister met us after our lunch at Ant’s Dumplings and took us back to her place via a stop at Balha’s Pastry and Harley City at Brunswick.
After a breather at my sister’s hanging out with the cats Addy & Nutmeg, the 3 of us jumped into a cab and headed to St Kilda. We started at the top wandering down Fitzroy Street to the [wonderful] Tolarno Hotel where the G.O. and I were staying the night. Seduced by the afternoon sun we had a beer at The Prince before a walk along Acland Street. It’s a decent walk so a drink at the Espy (home of RocKwiz) looking over Port Phillip Bay, was necessary on the way back to Leo’s Spaghetti Bar for dinner. And of course too much is never enough so after dinner we strolled up to The George for a couple of drinks at the footpath tables with a vantage point for nightlife watching.
The next morning the G.O. and I set off for an early walk as the day before we’d overheard talk of farmers markets. We found the Veg Out St Kilda Farmers Market next to the Veg Out community garden, and enjoyed a circuit and a snack before speed walking back to meet up with my sister for breakfast at Baker D.Chirico.
After croissants and coffee we took the scenic route, unintentionally, to my sister’s en route to a late tapas lunch at Wesley Anne walking the strip of funky shops at Northcote via Thornbury and back through All Nations Park.
Checking in at the [not so wonderful] Rydges Bell City preceded drinks at my sister’s and dinner at Pizza Farro with her friends. Weary, we begged off further revelry, and crashed at the hotel until a 8 am Sunday morning text from my sister checking if we were ready for breakfast, which we eventually roused ourselves for, at the Kitschen Pantry.
After breakfast, a fast stroll past Sydney Road’s proliferation of bridal stores, and browsing festival stalls we made good our 1 pm appointment in the audience of my sister’s friend-houseguest singing in a pub choir at the Sydney Road Street Festival – Brunswick Music Festival before my sister dropped us at the airport. We were done.
In contrast to the rainy dull Sydney weekend we missed, the bright warm (i.e. glary) Melbourne weather and the whirlwind pace of the weekend occasioned few pics but there are just enough I hope to ring in the new mode of elladee.