I love this idea! WickedCampers.com.au is have a special promotion at the moment where you can get one free day’s rental if you turn up naked to pick up your campervan. And they are serious! You can visit their website to view all the people who have turned up and put in the extra effort to save a day’s rental. Classic!
It’s been so nice having Greg down in Melbourne this week. He actually has a busier social life in one week when he comes to Melbourne than I have in a whole month. So far we have eaten out a tonne of times, gone to 3 movies, watched a stack of British made comedies and sunk many G&Ts. This is always the most popular time for visitors coming to Melbourne. More arriving next week!
We all love a good bargain. Down on Elizabeth Street a book store has moved in to the old Strathfield Car Radio Store (near JB Hi Fi)… okay so I didn’t record the street number. It’s called Deep Discount books. It has some real bargains on the ground floor, but it’s upstairs where you can find some dirt cheap books. All books upstairs are $4.99 or 10 for $10 ! Of course I went for the 10 books and ended up staying longer than I wanted to as I started to look too hard through the masses of books. My personal favourite is the book called “Hotel Hobbies”… like how to build a balcony scarecrow.
It constantly surprises me that the Greater Union cinema on Russell Street in the CBD of Melbourne is still open. It has the same original Greater Union carpet from the early 80’s and many of the seats are twisted or completely broken. The airconditioning is turned up higher than normal to keep the rank smells in the cinema down. But hey… we had free tickets. We saw Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon in “Invictus”. It was quite a good story. I didn’t know most of it. Not a big surprise there.
As my birthday treat Greg took me out to a “mystery movie” at the Rooftop Cinema on Swanston Street on Sunday night. I’ve never actually been to this cinema before and it was a lot of fun. To begin with you can pre-book on the Rooftop Cinema website. Then you have to climb the stairs to the 7th floor where you enter the rooftop area. They have those lie back deck chairs all lined out. The venue is licenced with a bar and also has a BBQ where we had tofu burgers and chips for our dinner. Luckily we wore hoodies and could rent a thick blanket… because man it got cold up there!
And the surprise movie was Puberty Blues. Fantastic! I had never seen this Aussie made 1981 flick before. It was a lot of fun because it reminded me a lot of growing up in the 80’s. I’m sure we’ll be going to the Rooftop Cinema again sometime soon.
I just spotted this funny ad on TV for the upcoming Australia Day. It’s a national holiday here in Australia and the Government is asking us to be a bit more patriotic this year.Australia Day
Oh wow. I just had the most fun weekend I’ve had a long time. I flew to the Gold Coast to see my little brother Troy marry his girlfriend Da. And I was to be the wedding photographer!
The wedding was to be a fairly small affair at his mate’s house on the banks of the river at Tweed Heads. The day was perfect! In the morning I dropped my SLR camera from a height on to concrete and somehow it survived. That could have been a disaster! I had never shot a wedding before so this was going to a challenge for me. When I photograph something different I think about who the photos are for and what I would want to see if I were that person.
Apart from the great shots and perfect day, I got to see friends and relatives that I had not seen for over 10 years. None of my family live in Melbourne so I don’t get to see them much. After the official ceremony we headed to the house next door where the party was quickly getting underway and the wedding band started playing. Everyone started to get boozey and dancey… it was so much fun!!!
Here are just a few of the hundreds of photos I took on through the day.
Mum and Dad dressing the wedding car.
Da’s first photos by the pool.
My sisters Donna and Debbie pose with Da.
My brother Greg, Donna, Da, Debbie and me pose before we leave for the wedding.
Da poses in the back of the wedding car.
My dad and Da on the way to the wedding.
Troy waits patiently for the bride to arrive at the river in Tweed Heads.
And finally the wedding is underway!
The wedding celebrant with Troy and Da.
The family. (Left to right) Debbie, Braden, Donna, me, mum, Troy, Da, dad, Emma, Greg, Sarah and Jamie.
Peace from Queensland.
Time to party!
My Aunt Kerrie posing with Da.
Posing with some of my brothers.
Party girl Donna gets ready for your debut in the wedding band.
Having a sing along with the band.
I wanted to put this photo into a post of it’s own. This is my little brother rocking it out with the band after his wedding over the weekend. I’m so proud of Troy having gotten married and seeing the large group of friends who came along to party with us all afternoon. Of course my sister couldn’t resist getting in on the act as well!