Just after I cut my hair short we went to the Melbourne Show! I love these kinds of things!
Of course the first place we went was the animal farm.
These baby goats were having a serious throw down hahaha!
And this one spat the hay feed all over me >_>
Oh yes, I am that person.
As soon as we were finished, we made our way to the dog show! So lovely!
Enjoy Celina’s reaction to me telling her a dirty joke 😀
This overpriced lemonade was also overrated 😀
And of course, obligatory knitting and crochet show…
We tried to play some games but they were pretty overpriced as well.
So we played the adult version where James threw $20 at a guy at a shop and “won” me this awesome dog toy!
Being a grow up is pretty great.
A few years ago when I started getting into spinning I happened upon an ad which was offering free alpaca fiber on a farm up near Mornington. Sounded like a pretty great excuse for a road trip right?
It took us ages to find the actual farm but on the way we happened upon an actual alpaca farm where you could pay to feed them. Omg winner!! They were so friendly and cute!
After all of that we went cheese hunting and found a yummy place to have some lunch!
And the result of that? A bajillion garbage bags of raw fiber!
A good chunk of it was no good for spinning but there was some really nice stuff in there too, totally worth it!
That kept me spinning for quite a while haha!
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!!
A long time ago we took a trip to the Mornington Peninsular with Celina and Toby but I never ended up putting the photos up *_*
Obligatory goodbye photo with Lottie!
It was so scenic but WINDY so all of my photos ended up like this…
We were so fancy with our non-alcoholic champagne!
James cooked up the mother of all steaks from Costco. Seriously this thing was like a kilo of steak *_*
And yet he still managed to eat the whole thing!
The next day we spent chilling out. Everyone else got up super early to go see the sunset but I stayed in bed.
They came home with some flowers which made them waking me up at like 4am slightly more tolerable haha!
This is how you should do knitting with breakfast!
James cooked the entire trip for us and it was awesome!
The next morning I woke up with a spider bite on one of my eyes so I spend a lot of the day like this…
But it didn’t stop me from knitting so I did some mini projects with my handspun yarn.
And then it was time to wander off home! I love this bag from Typo so much but it really doesn’t fit ANYTHING in it >_>
How cute are these tiny little berry things??
I don’t know what they are but I know I want a garden full of them!
We could hear the little penguins rustling about in their burrows but couldn’t see any.
And on the way home we stopped off at a road stop which was selling beans with salt and butter in a cup and it was the bessssst snack I’ve had in a long time!
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!
Definitely a good day!