Saturday, November 28, 2009

Melbourne vs Vancouver


These two lovely cities do seem to battle it out for top spot on the "most livable city" list. My husband is a Melbourne boy and I'm a Vancouver girl, so it makes for a fun rivalry. Vegemite vs peanut butter. We're back in Vancouver now, so back to November rain (isn't that a song?). I like to think rain keeps the skin young and fresh. One can dream.

I shot over 700 images while in Australia, so I thought I should show you a few more pics. Perhaps one more post next week as well then straight into Christmas!

These happy little boxes of hope look like they've never seen any post other than birthday cards, and postcards from faraway places. Certainly never an overdue hydro bill. Postboxes, like these, are dotted all over country roads throughout Victoria. Love the rakish look they all have.



This is Nelly the goat. She was the sweet and happy natural lawnmower belonging to Rob's sister Cathy, her husband Peter, and kids Frankie and Tom. Nelly passed away last week. She was about 20 years old. I feel bad because I yelled at her when she chomped on one of my lenses. Sorry Nelly. R.I.P.

26 comments:

DUTA said...

I've never seen postboxes like these shown in your picture. They're a novelty to me and I like the sight of them.

Sorry for the passing away of the goat.

Robe said...

Those mail boxes look so expectant. Hopefully they receive good news soon.
RIP Nellie - we'll miss your bleating.

redhedgingerbread said...

what is this mysterious "Vegemite"?? great pictures and sounds like fun!

Dragonfly said...

I vote Vegemite!!! I grew up an it and love it!
Hope you've had a lovely visit :-)

Pinecone Camp said...

I've never seen postboxes like these either Duta. So cute. As for Nelly, she had a happy life on the farm. She quite literally ate anything and everything!

To answer your question, Ms. redhedgingerbread, vegemite is made from extracts of brewers yeast - very salty. Kind of like an oxo cube. Good on toast if you have a hangover! I still prefer peanut butter.

Jane said...

Great pics. Am so pleased you had a nice time in the Best City in the Whole Wide World. I have never seen letterboxes depicted so nicely. Some of those properties are 1/2 hour drive to get the post. Vegemite is bliss hangover or not. Can't live without it. Lots and lots of vitamin B too so I make my children eat it. xoxo

kate / tinywarbler said...

those mailboxes are great! and so sad to hear about nellie.
and ditto for the peanut butter, vegemite makes my glands feel swollen like softballs.

Heather Cameron said...

Goats live for 20 years!?

koralee said...

Glad you are safe and sound back home...Peanut Butter 100%. I too love the rain and I know it is good for the complexion..tee hee! Can't wait for your Christmas posts..these images are lovely.

Courtney said...

I've never seen, let alone tried, vegemite. I'd like to be one of those mailboxes for a little while - just hanging out, watching the world go by.

Pinecone Camp said...

Jane I can't believe how those post boxes seem to be in the middle of nothing - does any post ever go missing? Love them though!!
H, I guess goats can live a long and healthy life, so don't worry about your "goat"!
To all: if you haven't tried vegemite, look for it at your supermarket. It is an acquired taste, if you were not brought up with it. Pretty tasty though.

Victoria Bennett Beyer said...

I love the post boxes, too! I love how they cluster, in the middle of nowhere, for some company.

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

My condolences to the little goat...I love goats....

The candy cup garland is fun with kids. I have a 3 year old neice and she loved this...use a crotchet hook to grab and pull the string through the candy cup...It was originally made with coffee filters...seemed like the little cups were cuter for kids to do...you can also just cut circles out of crepe paper...

Let me know how it goes....

More later,
kary

Lori said...

I've tried Vegemite and I can't say that I enjoyed it. I ate it for the sake of my hosts. I'd take Peanut Butter anyday.

Beautiful pictures. :-)

I'm sorry to hear about the goat. RIP.

Tracey said...

Hmm I've never heard of vegemite! I think I'll stick with my organic peanut butter :) Love that picture of all of the country mailboxes!!

Happy Monday!

:) T

tara said...

Peanut butter for me! :) Gald you are back home safe and sound...your photos are lovely as can be..something so fun about mixed matched mailboxes!

Couture Cookie said...

Vegemite is a new concept to me... I have to google it. And Nelly is so cute! Sorry to hear she's gone. :(

Pretty Little World said...

These pictures are gorgeous!! And what the heck is vegemite??

AuroraSuzette said...

I can't remember ever seeing mailboxes like that! Too great. And you're not dreaming (re youthful skin). They've done studies. I'm eating a lot of unsalted almond butter lately.

vintagelaundress said...

The post boxes are so marvelous - such a wonderful eye you have!

jan said...

wow, i never get any comments like this on my blog. i like it here. everyone talks!

my mom used to deliver mail to mailboxes in the country when i was growing up and i never saw anything like these either. they do look rather expectant in a positive way. maybe it's the blue skies that make it all so cheery.

and i'll chime in here and say peanut butter, as that vegemite, although i've never tasted it (that i'm aware of) i like the label design better, just looks (brown) and sounds (vegetables?) scary. oxo cube?

poor nelly.

Welcome Home said...

It's easy. One answer. Vegemite/Australia will always be yummiest :)

{little.happy.things} said...

Interesting post. I love those mail boxes. Nice pictures.

Jessica Cangiano said...

What a charming post, it reminds me of the ongoing (but entirely friendly) peanut butter vs Nutella debate that ensues every so often at our Canadian meets Italian breakfast table :D My verdict? Combine both, the result is nearly too scrumptious for words! :)


Thank you very much for your lovely comments and visits, sweet dear, I appreciate them so much!

Big hugs,
♥ Jessica

Creative Coquette said...

I saw the little photo of the Vegemite and Peanut Butter in the "you might also like" section and had to click.

I spent my life between Australia, mostly Melbourne, and San Francisco throughout the 90s. I think the only way to like Vegemite is to have been raised on it but I'll take a Four'N Twenty Pie right about now. :P

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Alli said...

Vegemite all the way!! We moved to Canada from Australia in November & to Vancouver 2 weeks ago. Our vegemite ran out about a month ago. I miss home so much. I'd have to say that right now I'd pick Melbourne over Vancouver, but my husband would definitely pick Vancouver!!
xx