Back when I had long hair… (doesn’t that feel like an age ago while I wait for it to grow back out?!?!) we went to the Melbourne Garden and Flower show. Actually it’s probably on again soon so maybe we should go again!
This year wasn’t as interesting as the first year. I think the entry fee is quite steep considering it didn’t really include anything and most of the stalls were actually shops. I really dislike events which charge you to shop.
The competition entries of floral arrangements were really amazing to look at though!
Extremely fun to get macro shots in here!
I love my little clip on glass thing but I wonder when I will want to upgrade to a real macro lens.
I think I want a lens that has macro but is less depth of field-y?
How cute does Celina look with that short little bob hairstyle? She looks awesome with long hair too but this looks so chic!
This is pretty much our friendship in a photo:
The fun part of a flower show is that that they bring the bees too 😀
There was a display of those squishy bead things you can grow plants in and obviously we spent about 10 minutes just poking our fingers into it because they feel so weird. I wonder if we actually bought some if our stupid plants would stay alive…
This flower reminds me so much of the petticoat in my dress in the photo below 😀
I wonder what other kinds of these festivals are around that we haven’t been to yet! Excited to find some more this year!!
Last year we finally got our act together and visited the Melbourne Cat Cafe! I had been wanting to go for quite a while but never really had an excuse to until Valentine’s Day 😀 Cat date? Yes please!
The location we visited was inside a big Victorian style house near to the Vic Markets but I understand they have now moved to a different location on Guildford Lane and it looks totally different.
In the entry there was a gift shop and the ticketing area then you walked through the doors upstairs to find the kitties.
I was particularly excited to find Lottie the cat…
And I thought I did but then I overheard one of the staff calling her by a different name so apparently I wasn’t very good at cat hunting haha!
The cats were all very friendly and pretty much just lay around napping and enjoying the attention.
There were probably another 8 people visiting in the time slot we were in (mostly school girls) and the cats were spread out around several rooms so it was a bit awkward trying to find them without disturbing other people. I was expecting the kind of hustle/bustle of a regular cage but the whole ambiance was actually very quiet (no music playing) other than giggles when a cat did something adorable.
After wandering a bit, we found a room with table and chairs and ordered some snacks and drinks. There were no cats when we ordered but the second our food was brought up this happened…
Then I was the most popular person in the place haha!
The food was definitely the Australian version of a cat cafe. Here, the laws about food preparation are a lot stricter than other countries so you can’t actually have anything served open. The options were things like plastic wrapped muffins, slices and small bags of chips and bottled drinks or coffee from a vending machine. I had a slice and James had a muffin and they were ok for packaged food but it did feel more like a picnic than an actual cafe especially considering Melbourne’s ridiculous obsession with cafe culture.
The cats were definitely happy to pose for photos and they even let me use my macro lens!
All of the cats here are rescues so it’s nice for them to have so much affection from people now.
Overall while I really enjoyed myself and I’m glad we went to check it out, I can’t see myself going back to hang out.
On the way home we were caught up in the LNY celebrations in China Town!
Every year in December James and I do every day V-Logs 😀 Even though this year I haven’t been online much we decided to go for it anyway hoping that it would give us something to look forward to after what has been a really stressful year. Here are the first 16 days 😀
Illustrator. Strong tea, knitting, spinning, watercolours, stickers and writing lists. Living with her adorable boyfriend fiancé Jimmy, fluffy puppy Miss Lottie and Bergamot Bunny in Melbourne, Australia.