I would like to wish you all a Very Happy, Safe, and Prosperous New Year!!!!
The weather for us has been perfect for New Year celebrations......30 - 35 degrees with a baker tomorrow of 40. I spent the night with friends and a clear view of the bay and the fireworks display from town to town. I thought I would take this opportunity to give you a little glimpse of where I come from.
This is an image of (not taken by me but J.Heratige ) of Mornington Pier during a fire works display.
Mornington is the central town close to where I live on the Mornington Peninsula which is the right hand peninsula of Port Philip Bay. The Bellarine peninsula is on the left hand side and the two meet with very little distance between them, I would estimate approximately 2 kilometres. The Heads allow the passage for Shipping to enter into Port Philip through channels to Port Melbourne. On the whole the Bay is made up of quiet beaches and coves lined with expensive Real Estate. There is very little threat of any ocean nasties such as Sharks but we do have to deal with the odd Sting Ray ( Mantaray...... poor Steve Irwin ) that we need to step over......... as long as we don't wrestle them like Steve we should be okay!! Out side of the Bay is Bass Strait which is lined with the stunning stretch of surf beaches. The images that Australia is so well known for.
I would like to acknowledge the original owners of the Mornington Peninsula , The Boonwurrung People.
This is Venus Bay we often holiday here and on surrounding beaches during the summer break. It was taken last year on a very hot overcast day during a period of heavy rain. ( thats Mia and Paul in the distance )It was the tail end of the weather pattern that caused the massive flood in QLD that wiped out thousand homes and hundreds of lives. Sadly this is the nature of the Australian climate, after drought comes flood.
I will touch on the drought and its effects another time.
The surf beaches are a sight to behold, breath taking, invigorating, exciting sometimes calming. It is a wonderful place to spend the sumer (and winter) and we have had many years holidaying all over Australia enjoying these beautiful destinations. The beauty of these beaches do however come with hidden dangers for locals and travellers alike. Being aware of your environment and swimming between the flags is paramount. On our approaching holiday I will be sure to take some pictures of the crowds and the surf patrol to give you and idea.
I am in danger of prattling on so i will sign off for now.
Happy holidays to you all!!
There is someone I would like to mention before I sign off and that is David from http://castleofgothichorror.blogspot.com/
Whilst Davids blog is not a blog about Miniatures I do enjoy it very much. So for any one who enjoys a mix of beautiful Artwork, Philosophy, Literature and just general good humour please have a look, I'm sure you wont be disappointed!!
ML Fi xx