musings from the everyday, somedays

Web hosting

This website is coming up to its sixth anniversary. Until how I have used the same company for both domain registration and web hosting. For the first five years the domain registration was around $23/year and the hosting was $36/year. The company took the decision last year to remove this low-cost hosting and the price jumped to $108 for 2022/2023. I let it slide for one year to see how things would pan out for 2023/2024.

Ballarat and Bendigo

Day 15 and the last day of photos from our trip. We left Melbourne and headed for Ballarat with a view to spending some hours there before heading off to Bendigo. Drizzly rain in Ballarat hampered our sightseeing, but we did spend some time in the famous Lydiard St and had lunch by Lake Wendouree before travelling to Bendigo and having a look around there. Ballarat: Bendigo:

Parts of Melbourne

Day 14 was spent in Melbourne - wandering around South Yarra and the Yarra River with views of AAMI Park and the MCG. Punt Road bridge over the Yarra AAMI Park the 'G' overflow

Brighton - Mornington Peninsula

Day 12 was rainy and grey and so the few photos taken that day aren’t worthy of broadcast. Day 13 was spent heading south from Melbourne to Brighton then on to the Mornington Peninsula. Brighton: Arhtur’s Seat: Sorrento:

Great Ocean Road II

Day 11 began in Port Campbell and finished in Melbourne. The highlights along the way were the Loch Ard Gorge, the Twelve Apostles, and the sheer pleasure of driving (or being a passenger) along the Great Ocean Road. Loch Ard Gorge was named after a shipwreck in 1878. Of the 54 souls on board only two survived. I believe the ship ran agroud on the rock shelf on the far left hand side of photo eight, below.

Mt Gambier and the Great Ocean Road

Day 10 saw us traversing the first quarter of the Great Ocean Road to Port Campbell. We began with an early morning visit to the Umpherston Sinkhole followed by visits to the Bay of Islands, Bay of Martyrs, The Grotto and London Bridge before arriving in Port Campbell for the afternoon and evening. Umpherston Sinkhole: Bay of Islands: Bay of Martyrs: The Grotto: London Bridge: Port Campbell:

Mt Gambier

Day 10 began in Mt Gambier and saw us traverse the first quarter of the Great Ocean Road to Port Campbell. In Mt Gambier we began with a walk into the Umpherston Sinkhole before stopping to view the Bay of Islands, Bay of Martyrs, The Grotto and London Bridge before arriving in Port Campbell for the afternoon/evening.

Glenelg - Brighton - Port Noarlunga

For day 8 we decided to take a trip west to Glenelg (about 10-15km west of Adelaide) on the Gulf of St Vincent. We then headed south and visited the piers1 at both Brighton and Port Noarlunga. Glenelg: Brighton: Port Noarlunga: They are often referred to as ‘jetties’, but I think jetties are made of stone or rock and serve as breakwalls whereas a pier sits on piers(!). ↩︎


Day 7 was spent in Adelaide - looking at some of the street art (for example), walking along Rundle Mall, photographing buildings, visiting the Art Gallery and finishing with a quick tour of parts of the Botanic Gardens. bikes, bikes, more bikes Salvador Dali, apparently baubles a 2m high steel pigeon old and new. I prefer the old war memorial And a few photos from the Adelaide Botanic Gardens:

Eden Valley - Hahndorf - Mt Lofty

On Day 6 we left the Barossa and drove through the beautiful Eden Valley to the interesting-but-touristy Hahndorf, stopped at the Mt Lofty Summit and eventually descended into Adelaide. A cross overlooking the Eden Valley is a reminder of the Christian heritage of the area A few photos of the Eden Valley Hahndorf, as evidenced by the sign Adelaide city from the Mt Lofty Summit