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It's nice to almost be on track again and health wise both physically and mentally, it's been a tough year health wise as well as all the other challenges. I've been out and about again and thought I'd give you an update on all the things I've been doing.
MOVIES TO SEE -
Last week I went to see the latest Mission Impossible movie called "Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation". I LOVED IT! I love a good old action movie and know that Tom will always deliver being the pro that he is, despite his personal life and religious beliefs. I highly recommend it.
A few weeks ago I went to see "Far from the Madding Crowd" quite a different pace from Mission Impossible, but equally a FABULOUS film. The scenery, acting and especially the dialogue was wonderful. Not to mention the leading actor who is Belgium born, an amazing actor who's character was so romantic, soft, gentle, manly and with the kindest most beautiful eyes on screen. He had me at "hello"...lol.
OPEN HOUSE MELBOURNE WEEKEND 25/26 JULY 2015.
I had a dinner to go to for the Wheelchair, Disability and Friends Social group that I started on Meetup in the city at Southgate at 5 pm so I thought I'd just do the buildings in the city or the central zone. As there are buildings open to the public all over Melbourne that was the best place for me to be. I also wanted to land up at the NGV gallery on St Kilda Rd as I haven't been there for ages. As well as take my camera for that hasn't been used in a long time.
I studied the website for many a day before going and had a very good idea of what I wanted to see. Two of those buildings were the RMIT buildings in the city. The architecture on the outside is amazing and I thought it's be the same on the inside. How disappointed was I! They were so boring that in fact I took not 1 photo. I got to the city at about 11am and had finished the buildings by 11.45am. I purchased a book that the volunteers were selling to see where I could go next for $10, a rip off but none the less. I then had to buy a magnifying glass to read it and especially the very very badly laid out maps. I even asked the young guy in the news agent who landed up having 20/20 vision if he could read anything in the book and he couldn't. Even the locations of the buildings were not positioned well, nor the major streets like Swanston St clearly printed. There was no pattern or logic to the way the numbers were set out so I threw the book away and went and did all the other things I wanted to do.
I couldn't believe that as I travelled along Swanston St towards the NGV how many food places there were. In fact almost every shop now on the Myer side of the street all the way to Burke St Mall is a food shop or takeaway food place. Foods mostly Vietnamese, Sushi, Dumpling shops, Ice cream, and all things Chinese.
I headed into Myer to look at some clothes and on a 14 degree day was shocked to see all their stock was Summer! I think the retail industry is crazy and just doesn't believe in global warming or use their logic around the changing dates re traditional seasonal dates and patterns. And they wonder why people shop online!
Eventually I had a fabulous burger at Grill'd at Southbank and watched the boats on the Yarra and people walking around. Then time to head off to the gallery.
The NGV on St Kilda Rd - I was so surprised as usually there are loads of people at the gallery but it was very quiet. They had no major exhibition on and nothing in the foyer. However they had some fabulous paintings from the 1500's, 1700's, 1800's and a painting that is their largest painting that took 10 weeks for them to restore. The NGV gallery is such a wonderful place to visit in Melbourne. I highly recommend to go and visit regularly, as well as the NGV at Federation Square which also has 3 floors of brilliant art.
In a wheelchair permanently since early 2010 due to a disease called NMO. I am loving getting out and about in my wheels. My blogs capture my journey.