Like every temperate zone region, April is a time of change here in Southern Victoria. Unlike many of my blogging friends, our world is cooling down and the daylight hours are approaching 11 hrs.
April is a time when we are winding up our beach camping. Instead of swimming and spending evenings on the beach, we gather around in coats, play music and sometimes drink too much.
April is popular time for international acts to visit Australia. This is related to the Byron Bay Blues and Roots Festival at Easter. Many acts add the capital cities to this. We saw Jethro Tull, Patti Smith, and as a duo, Billy Bragg and Joe Henry. All of these concerts had their excellence, with maybe Jethro Tull lagging a little. Having said that, Ian Anderson still is an extraordinary flautist and performer. I’m not sure what you pay in America or Europe for these acts but I am minus 350 bucks after these concerts. I am so lucky I can afford to pay it. I do hanker for the days when a concert ticket was the same cost as an LP. $5. As a kid I went to all the concerts.
Today is Anzac Day, a holiday commemorating the debacle at Gallipoli in 1915. A reposted a photo of my father in uniform on facebook. That is all I could do.
Later on I’ll tune in to the traditional footy match. I have a strong suspicion that my team will lose. That’s OK. It’s just big money making venture these days and I have childhood based allegiance I cannot shake.
Here’s some pics. May will be harder than April. Oh apologies for the sunsets – I like them. Added for Max
Looking towards Sorrento on a blustery day
Heading for our last site on Port Phillip Bay
Sunrise early April Rosebud
Looking NE from Arthur’s Seat
Reflections Port Phillip Bay
Enjoying our friends’ company at the beach.
Tee shirts one week
Coats the next
Yes, more sunsets
After the Jethro Tull concert on Southbank
Before the Patti Smith Concert. I was primed!
The venue just before the Billy Bragg and Joe Henry concert
As we approach the end of Summer we will be experiencing an unusual blast of Summer weather. It was only six months ago when I was in Rome experiencing a very similar end of Summer weather. February is not my favourite time to photograph. The light is too harsh except early in the morning and before sunset. Jo and I also spend a lot of time down at the beach to enjoy the mild to warm weather. Last weekend it snowed in our alps; a very very unusual event. Here’s some pics of the beach from a couple of weekends. For Max’s blog.
This dog has got swimming nutted out
The blue in the background is storm clouds
The Norwegian Star being towed back to port
Ailsa’s weekly post is neutral. Do I have some to fit the bill – yeah maybe
Neutral Sunset, Port Phillip Bay
This last weekend just has been an uplifting experience, spent with family and friends in wonderful weather by the beach. Glorious sunsets of course. We watched tonight’s set over the bay near Melbourne, on the drive home – we avoided all tunnels. These snaps were taken on Sunday while sitting at the beach with a beer, some cheese, biscuits, a ukulele, and good friends. Does it get any better than that?
Jo and I have been escaping to Rosebud on Port Phillip Bay, Victoria, every weekend. Just to soak up the last bits of Autumny Summer.
Hungarian Vizsla and master going for a romp
Busy beach, including a very loud Thai karaoke party
Our cozy annex and campsite
We’ve been back at Rosebud for a few weekends now. Its been a bit of frantic start to the late Summer beach visit; with the puppies all going in the first and second weeks of February.One is missing from this pic. She left us the previous day.
So we headed down to Rosebud, on the southern base of Port Phillip Bay in Victoria. I like to sit on the beach at sunset; have a drink and some nibblies. Take some pics. These were taken on February 16.
I took a few more last night, February 28. Apologies for the monotony.
Often after hot Summer days, here in Southern Victoria, a cool change comes through in the late afternoon. Today was not a killer Summer day; about 36° here where I live. The change came through with a 10° drop in temperature and light rain. Tonight, this was associated with a heavy blanket of cloud. If it wasn’t still hot, and the grass wasn’t so dry, you could be fooled into believing it was cold August day. Then the Sun dropped below the clouds and it was still raining lightly. Bliss! Sometimes we curse living in the middle of this big windy paddock; but not when this happens.
I took the pic below just before I posted these. A cool breeze is floating in through the fly-wire.And these little characters are oblivious to it all.
Another year of visiting our caravan down on Port Phillip Bay has come to an end. Summer was not real hot this year; nor Autumn terribly warm. It’s a long drive there and in many ways we are glad that it has come to an end. When we arrive there, however, we just love it. I think Jo and I are good candidates for tiny houses. We would have to back off on all the crap first! My “This to That” just emphasizes the great weather change we see there between February and April.