Adventures in Oz

Cat 243 Doverby Mary Jo

I delivered my overdue book 90 minutes before we left for the airport to fly to Australia.  I do not recommend this. <G>  But it did mean that when an east coast air traffic control meltdown caused us to miss our flight out of Los Angeles so we had a lazy day in LaLa land, it was not entirely a bad thing.  

Luckily I'd built in several extra days to allow some recovery time from jet lag, and Melbourne was worth the wait.  The Mayhem Consultant and I both loved the city, which had a vibe reminiscent of Boston or San Francisco or Seattle, all cities I love.  It's also a foodie paradise, which is never a bad thing!  (I'm told that hot air balloons floating over the city in the morning as in the picture at the right are a regular occurrence.  Fun!) View from Citadines of Melbourne

Plus, our Aussie Word Wench, Anne Gracie, lives in Melbourne, and she's a fabulous hostess for her city.  A highlight was when she took me, the MC, and Patricia McLinn, another featured American conference speaker and an old friend of mine, to the Healesville Sanctuary.  

 

Healesville is devoted to native Australian wildlife and does rehabilitation work as well as preservation.  And it's a hoot to visit!  It was hard to reduce the number of cute pictures.  The picture of me with the lorikeets, below, was taken by Pat McLinn.  The lorikeets LOVE being fed!  And Anne has bunches of them hanging out in the trees in her yard.

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The other great thing Anne did was take me off for a girls'-only visit to the Laneways. a great cultural feature of the city.  Originally service lanes, in the Victorian era fabulous shopping arcades were built, and most of them are alive, well, and irresistible.  It's also home to Corinna Chapman, the fictional baker Anne in the Arcadeprotagonist created by Kerry Greenwood, the mystery writer creator of the fabulous Phryne Fisher stories. 

Arcade, grandThe arcades are marvelous, with great arches, mosaic floors, and shops ranging from tiny to large and sophisticated.  We visited a silk shop where I could have happily taken up residence–the only thing I bought was a scarf because it would pack easily.  I also bought a lovely, comfortable sweater in dark red with flaring black pleats.  I want to go back!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Arcade granc mosaic

Cake shop, HopetounAnd there are cake shops, like the Hopetoun Tea Shop.  Indeed, there are cake shops!!!

 

The RWAustralia conference itself was wonderful.  It was held in the grandest hotel I've ever stayed in (our room had a fireplace!!!), and I knew from my last trip that Australian writers are the BEST fun!  They traditionally open the annual conference with a dazzling costume cocktail party. 

Here I am with Anne, aka the fabulous Dame Barbara Cartland.  My only costumey bit was the tiara, also for reasons of packing.  <G>  

MJP and Anne at costume party

The conference itself was wonderful, full of great people and great sessions.  I'll save New Zealand for another blog, since it's equally fabulous in a very different way. 

G'day to you all!

Mary Jo

 

 

 

110 thoughts on “Adventures in Oz”

  1. Love this blog, Mary Jo.It was such fun, showing you and the MC and Pat a little of my home town. It’s hard to remember it was only a couple of weeks ago — now that I’m back at work in my cave again. I suppose we all are.
    Oh well — next time 🙂

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  2. Love this blog, Mary Jo.It was such fun, showing you and the MC and Pat a little of my home town. It’s hard to remember it was only a couple of weeks ago — now that I’m back at work in my cave again. I suppose we all are.
    Oh well — next time 🙂

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  3. Love this blog, Mary Jo.It was such fun, showing you and the MC and Pat a little of my home town. It’s hard to remember it was only a couple of weeks ago — now that I’m back at work in my cave again. I suppose we all are.
    Oh well — next time 🙂

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  4. Love this blog, Mary Jo.It was such fun, showing you and the MC and Pat a little of my home town. It’s hard to remember it was only a couple of weeks ago — now that I’m back at work in my cave again. I suppose we all are.
    Oh well — next time 🙂

    Reply
  5. Love this blog, Mary Jo.It was such fun, showing you and the MC and Pat a little of my home town. It’s hard to remember it was only a couple of weeks ago — now that I’m back at work in my cave again. I suppose we all are.
    Oh well — next time 🙂

    Reply
  6. Hi Mary-Jo
    I am so glad you enjoyed our country and I am so disappointed that I didn’t make it to RWA this year in Melbourne I was really looking forward to being there but sometimes life gets in the way.
    I live in Sydney and I haven’t been to Melbourne for a few years now I need to get there again soon 🙂
    have Fun
    Helen

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  7. Hi Mary-Jo
    I am so glad you enjoyed our country and I am so disappointed that I didn’t make it to RWA this year in Melbourne I was really looking forward to being there but sometimes life gets in the way.
    I live in Sydney and I haven’t been to Melbourne for a few years now I need to get there again soon 🙂
    have Fun
    Helen

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  8. Hi Mary-Jo
    I am so glad you enjoyed our country and I am so disappointed that I didn’t make it to RWA this year in Melbourne I was really looking forward to being there but sometimes life gets in the way.
    I live in Sydney and I haven’t been to Melbourne for a few years now I need to get there again soon 🙂
    have Fun
    Helen

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  9. Hi Mary-Jo
    I am so glad you enjoyed our country and I am so disappointed that I didn’t make it to RWA this year in Melbourne I was really looking forward to being there but sometimes life gets in the way.
    I live in Sydney and I haven’t been to Melbourne for a few years now I need to get there again soon 🙂
    have Fun
    Helen

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  10. Hi Mary-Jo
    I am so glad you enjoyed our country and I am so disappointed that I didn’t make it to RWA this year in Melbourne I was really looking forward to being there but sometimes life gets in the way.
    I live in Sydney and I haven’t been to Melbourne for a few years now I need to get there again soon 🙂
    have Fun
    Helen

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  11. Hi Mary Jo,
    Fabulous blog. I am so glad you enjoyed our Marvellous Melbourne. Anne certainly took you to some of our very special places. It was great to meet you and I hope you come again!

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  12. Hi Mary Jo,
    Fabulous blog. I am so glad you enjoyed our Marvellous Melbourne. Anne certainly took you to some of our very special places. It was great to meet you and I hope you come again!

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  13. Hi Mary Jo,
    Fabulous blog. I am so glad you enjoyed our Marvellous Melbourne. Anne certainly took you to some of our very special places. It was great to meet you and I hope you come again!

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  14. Hi Mary Jo,
    Fabulous blog. I am so glad you enjoyed our Marvellous Melbourne. Anne certainly took you to some of our very special places. It was great to meet you and I hope you come again!

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  15. Hi Mary Jo,
    Fabulous blog. I am so glad you enjoyed our Marvellous Melbourne. Anne certainly took you to some of our very special places. It was great to meet you and I hope you come again!

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  16. Helen–
    Indeed, life often gets in the way of fun. But even if you can’t make a conference, Melbourne is well worth visiting sooner rather than later. Sydney is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, but Melbourne is–Melbourne. *G*

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  17. Helen–
    Indeed, life often gets in the way of fun. But even if you can’t make a conference, Melbourne is well worth visiting sooner rather than later. Sydney is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, but Melbourne is–Melbourne. *G*

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  18. Helen–
    Indeed, life often gets in the way of fun. But even if you can’t make a conference, Melbourne is well worth visiting sooner rather than later. Sydney is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, but Melbourne is–Melbourne. *G*

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  19. Helen–
    Indeed, life often gets in the way of fun. But even if you can’t make a conference, Melbourne is well worth visiting sooner rather than later. Sydney is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, but Melbourne is–Melbourne. *G*

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  20. Helen–
    Indeed, life often gets in the way of fun. But even if you can’t make a conference, Melbourne is well worth visiting sooner rather than later. Sydney is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, but Melbourne is–Melbourne. *G*

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  21. Oh, man, I hope I don’t find myself in your position, sending the book off right before we leave for the airport. I’m working hard to avoid that, but… Anyway, sounds like you had a great adventure!

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  22. Oh, man, I hope I don’t find myself in your position, sending the book off right before we leave for the airport. I’m working hard to avoid that, but… Anyway, sounds like you had a great adventure!

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  23. Oh, man, I hope I don’t find myself in your position, sending the book off right before we leave for the airport. I’m working hard to avoid that, but… Anyway, sounds like you had a great adventure!

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  24. Oh, man, I hope I don’t find myself in your position, sending the book off right before we leave for the airport. I’m working hard to avoid that, but… Anyway, sounds like you had a great adventure!

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  25. Oh, man, I hope I don’t find myself in your position, sending the book off right before we leave for the airport. I’m working hard to avoid that, but… Anyway, sounds like you had a great adventure!

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  26. Indeed your trip sounds lovely (to echo Reina).
    I would love to visit anywhere in Australia and especially at a romance conference. It isn’t going to happen except in books. But I’ve been there fairly often in books; I guess I will have to make that do!

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  27. Indeed your trip sounds lovely (to echo Reina).
    I would love to visit anywhere in Australia and especially at a romance conference. It isn’t going to happen except in books. But I’ve been there fairly often in books; I guess I will have to make that do!

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  28. Indeed your trip sounds lovely (to echo Reina).
    I would love to visit anywhere in Australia and especially at a romance conference. It isn’t going to happen except in books. But I’ve been there fairly often in books; I guess I will have to make that do!

    Reply
  29. Indeed your trip sounds lovely (to echo Reina).
    I would love to visit anywhere in Australia and especially at a romance conference. It isn’t going to happen except in books. But I’ve been there fairly often in books; I guess I will have to make that do!

    Reply
  30. Indeed your trip sounds lovely (to echo Reina).
    I would love to visit anywhere in Australia and especially at a romance conference. It isn’t going to happen except in books. But I’ve been there fairly often in books; I guess I will have to make that do!

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  31. Sue, do you get Netflix or have access to mystery DVDs? The Miss Fisher Mysteries, based on the Phryne Fisher books by Kerry Greenwood, are set in Melbourne in the 1920s, and they’re gorgeous, not least because Essie Davis, who plays Phryne, is gorgeous and she has a breathtaking wardrobe. Worth looking for!

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  32. Sue, do you get Netflix or have access to mystery DVDs? The Miss Fisher Mysteries, based on the Phryne Fisher books by Kerry Greenwood, are set in Melbourne in the 1920s, and they’re gorgeous, not least because Essie Davis, who plays Phryne, is gorgeous and she has a breathtaking wardrobe. Worth looking for!

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  33. Sue, do you get Netflix or have access to mystery DVDs? The Miss Fisher Mysteries, based on the Phryne Fisher books by Kerry Greenwood, are set in Melbourne in the 1920s, and they’re gorgeous, not least because Essie Davis, who plays Phryne, is gorgeous and she has a breathtaking wardrobe. Worth looking for!

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  34. Sue, do you get Netflix or have access to mystery DVDs? The Miss Fisher Mysteries, based on the Phryne Fisher books by Kerry Greenwood, are set in Melbourne in the 1920s, and they’re gorgeous, not least because Essie Davis, who plays Phryne, is gorgeous and she has a breathtaking wardrobe. Worth looking for!

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  35. Sue, do you get Netflix or have access to mystery DVDs? The Miss Fisher Mysteries, based on the Phryne Fisher books by Kerry Greenwood, are set in Melbourne in the 1920s, and they’re gorgeous, not least because Essie Davis, who plays Phryne, is gorgeous and she has a breathtaking wardrobe. Worth looking for!

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  36. Thank you for the suggestion. My husband watches the Miss Fisher Mysteries; I have seen glimpses of them and they look interesting.
    I don’t do much TV watching; I’ve been hearing impaired all my life and now that I’m nearly 90 I’m just plain deaf. I read much too fast for captions to help me; I also lip read to some extent. So I have partial hearing, lip reading, and captions for the dialog — none of which match up!
    I’ll see if I can join my husband and watch the Miss Fisher Mysteries without taking away his pleasure.

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  37. Thank you for the suggestion. My husband watches the Miss Fisher Mysteries; I have seen glimpses of them and they look interesting.
    I don’t do much TV watching; I’ve been hearing impaired all my life and now that I’m nearly 90 I’m just plain deaf. I read much too fast for captions to help me; I also lip read to some extent. So I have partial hearing, lip reading, and captions for the dialog — none of which match up!
    I’ll see if I can join my husband and watch the Miss Fisher Mysteries without taking away his pleasure.

    Reply
  38. Thank you for the suggestion. My husband watches the Miss Fisher Mysteries; I have seen glimpses of them and they look interesting.
    I don’t do much TV watching; I’ve been hearing impaired all my life and now that I’m nearly 90 I’m just plain deaf. I read much too fast for captions to help me; I also lip read to some extent. So I have partial hearing, lip reading, and captions for the dialog — none of which match up!
    I’ll see if I can join my husband and watch the Miss Fisher Mysteries without taking away his pleasure.

    Reply
  39. Thank you for the suggestion. My husband watches the Miss Fisher Mysteries; I have seen glimpses of them and they look interesting.
    I don’t do much TV watching; I’ve been hearing impaired all my life and now that I’m nearly 90 I’m just plain deaf. I read much too fast for captions to help me; I also lip read to some extent. So I have partial hearing, lip reading, and captions for the dialog — none of which match up!
    I’ll see if I can join my husband and watch the Miss Fisher Mysteries without taking away his pleasure.

    Reply
  40. Thank you for the suggestion. My husband watches the Miss Fisher Mysteries; I have seen glimpses of them and they look interesting.
    I don’t do much TV watching; I’ve been hearing impaired all my life and now that I’m nearly 90 I’m just plain deaf. I read much too fast for captions to help me; I also lip read to some extent. So I have partial hearing, lip reading, and captions for the dialog — none of which match up!
    I’ll see if I can join my husband and watch the Miss Fisher Mysteries without taking away his pleasure.

    Reply
  41. Sue–
    You can easily click on subtitles at the beginning of each Miss Fisher episode–we do it just in case some of the Aussie accents get thick, and because we can. A quick glance at the subtitle, and then you can enjoy the gorgeous settings and costumes. A visual feast!

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  42. Sue–
    You can easily click on subtitles at the beginning of each Miss Fisher episode–we do it just in case some of the Aussie accents get thick, and because we can. A quick glance at the subtitle, and then you can enjoy the gorgeous settings and costumes. A visual feast!

    Reply
  43. Sue–
    You can easily click on subtitles at the beginning of each Miss Fisher episode–we do it just in case some of the Aussie accents get thick, and because we can. A quick glance at the subtitle, and then you can enjoy the gorgeous settings and costumes. A visual feast!

    Reply
  44. Sue–
    You can easily click on subtitles at the beginning of each Miss Fisher episode–we do it just in case some of the Aussie accents get thick, and because we can. A quick glance at the subtitle, and then you can enjoy the gorgeous settings and costumes. A visual feast!

    Reply
  45. Sue–
    You can easily click on subtitles at the beginning of each Miss Fisher episode–we do it just in case some of the Aussie accents get thick, and because we can. A quick glance at the subtitle, and then you can enjoy the gorgeous settings and costumes. A visual feast!

    Reply
  46. You’re too modest to tell this story, Mary-Jo, so I will! I had the privilege of sitting next to you at the ARRA book signing. One of your fans trundled in a bag on wheels full of at least thirty of your books – all clearly beloved. With great charm you signed every one. You made her day (and mine!)
    best wishes and glad you’re home safe,
    Eliza Redgold

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  47. You’re too modest to tell this story, Mary-Jo, so I will! I had the privilege of sitting next to you at the ARRA book signing. One of your fans trundled in a bag on wheels full of at least thirty of your books – all clearly beloved. With great charm you signed every one. You made her day (and mine!)
    best wishes and glad you’re home safe,
    Eliza Redgold

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  48. You’re too modest to tell this story, Mary-Jo, so I will! I had the privilege of sitting next to you at the ARRA book signing. One of your fans trundled in a bag on wheels full of at least thirty of your books – all clearly beloved. With great charm you signed every one. You made her day (and mine!)
    best wishes and glad you’re home safe,
    Eliza Redgold

    Reply
  49. You’re too modest to tell this story, Mary-Jo, so I will! I had the privilege of sitting next to you at the ARRA book signing. One of your fans trundled in a bag on wheels full of at least thirty of your books – all clearly beloved. With great charm you signed every one. You made her day (and mine!)
    best wishes and glad you’re home safe,
    Eliza Redgold

    Reply
  50. You’re too modest to tell this story, Mary-Jo, so I will! I had the privilege of sitting next to you at the ARRA book signing. One of your fans trundled in a bag on wheels full of at least thirty of your books – all clearly beloved. With great charm you signed every one. You made her day (and mine!)
    best wishes and glad you’re home safe,
    Eliza Redgold

    Reply
  51. You’re too modest to tell this story, Mary Jo, so I will! I had the privilege of sitting next to you at the ARRA book signing. One of your fans trundled in a bag on wheels full of at least thirty of your books – all clearly beloved. With great charm you signed every one. You made her day (and mine!)
    best wishes and glad you’re home safe,
    Eliza Redgold

    Reply
  52. You’re too modest to tell this story, Mary Jo, so I will! I had the privilege of sitting next to you at the ARRA book signing. One of your fans trundled in a bag on wheels full of at least thirty of your books – all clearly beloved. With great charm you signed every one. You made her day (and mine!)
    best wishes and glad you’re home safe,
    Eliza Redgold

    Reply
  53. You’re too modest to tell this story, Mary Jo, so I will! I had the privilege of sitting next to you at the ARRA book signing. One of your fans trundled in a bag on wheels full of at least thirty of your books – all clearly beloved. With great charm you signed every one. You made her day (and mine!)
    best wishes and glad you’re home safe,
    Eliza Redgold

    Reply
  54. You’re too modest to tell this story, Mary Jo, so I will! I had the privilege of sitting next to you at the ARRA book signing. One of your fans trundled in a bag on wheels full of at least thirty of your books – all clearly beloved. With great charm you signed every one. You made her day (and mine!)
    best wishes and glad you’re home safe,
    Eliza Redgold

    Reply
  55. You’re too modest to tell this story, Mary Jo, so I will! I had the privilege of sitting next to you at the ARRA book signing. One of your fans trundled in a bag on wheels full of at least thirty of your books – all clearly beloved. With great charm you signed every one. You made her day (and mine!)
    best wishes and glad you’re home safe,
    Eliza Redgold

    Reply
  56. It was a great day at Healesville, with you, Anne, and a certain gentleman. 🙂 And it was surrounded by so many other great days in Australia and New Zealand. Encountered such wonderful people! (And creatures 😉 )

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  57. It was a great day at Healesville, with you, Anne, and a certain gentleman. 🙂 And it was surrounded by so many other great days in Australia and New Zealand. Encountered such wonderful people! (And creatures 😉 )

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  58. It was a great day at Healesville, with you, Anne, and a certain gentleman. 🙂 And it was surrounded by so many other great days in Australia and New Zealand. Encountered such wonderful people! (And creatures 😉 )

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  59. It was a great day at Healesville, with you, Anne, and a certain gentleman. 🙂 And it was surrounded by so many other great days in Australia and New Zealand. Encountered such wonderful people! (And creatures 😉 )

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  60. It was a great day at Healesville, with you, Anne, and a certain gentleman. 🙂 And it was surrounded by so many other great days in Australia and New Zealand. Encountered such wonderful people! (And creatures 😉 )

    Reply

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