It is my birthday on Saturday (yes I am a typical home loving, home obsessed Cancerian hence my interiors passion :-)) and for my present I decided I was going to Decoration and Design in Melbourne to see what is on offer and share it on the blog. When my husband found out he of course pulled out the footy programme to see what matches were on and discovered his team, Carlton, are playing on the Friday night. So of course he wanted to come. We then decided we might as well drive rather than deal with kids and planes, plus we love a good road trip. Then I thought “ooh at this time of year I may see whales if we go the Great Ocean Road way to Melbourne”. And so, a little “me hopping across to Melbourne for the weekend”, has become the whole family (minus my 19 year old son) hopping in the Prius on Sunday and heading to Victoria from South Australia, via the Great Ocean Road. That is just how we roll 🙂

Great Ocean Road - image from visitgreatoceanroad.com

Great Ocean Road – image from visitgreatoceanroad.com

I have blogged about a number of the amazing designers and events across the 18-21st July at Decoration and Design in the lead up and here is a list of my “must meet and see” people.

Ash Allen/Tom Taslveski
Dan Moderne
Lab De Stu
Lindsay Blamey
Linen and Moore
Forestry Tasmania
Frankie and Swiss
Ingrid Tufts
Ink and Spindle
Marc Pascal
Mark Douglas Design
Martinich and Carran
Megaria Pty Ltd
Pacific Blue Furniture
Polywood Australia
Tane Design
Tasmania By Hand
The Mod Collective
• Thea and Sam
Walter G

There are more in fact, but you get the picture. I am going to be RUNNING to see them all, chat, take pics and attend the three wonderful speaker seminars as well:

And I am very excited!

In the meantime I will be hoping to get some great pics of whales along the way, maybe some seals, sunsets, sunrises and a few cafes I hope! And spending time with my family on the road which is always one of the best times of my life. A couple of years ago we drove across the Nullarbor from Adelaide to Perth, twice, that is over and back in 17 days in a camper van! I am a whaleaholic and I got to see whales and their babies at the head of the Bight on both directions. A highlight of my life. Yep it was a pretty cool and crazy thing to do! Last year we spent a month in Tasmania while I worked on my PhD and did some wonderful trips around the island. So I guess we have this one in the bag – Melbourne and back in 7 days.

Here are some pics from our Nullarbor journey. It is such an amazing journey, if you have never done it, do. And if you can do it in September when we did, do it. Wildflowers and great weather.

whales in the bay

When I saw this, I started RUNNING!!

whale 1

And there she is 🙂

Mum and Bub

Mum and Bub

Mum and Bub 2

Mum and Bub 2

Border Village

Border Village

Don't think we will have to worry too much about this on the Great Ocean rd!

Don’t think we will have to worry too much about this on the Great Ocean rd!

See you from the Great Ocean Road!
Helen

 

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  1. Kym Shaw on July 11, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Good Morning Helen
    This sounds amazing…”.Wide Open Spaces to Refresh The Soul” & then Melbourne! My FAVE Australian City, A Monet Exhibition Is currently on display at the National Gallery however I think you will need a few more days to fit this in as well!!!!
    Wishing you a magical celebration for your BIRTH-DAY on Saturday…..:-)
    Have a WHALE OF A TIME, I look forward to catching up upon your return.
    Big Love & Save Travels
    Kym Shaw
    In The Moment Ceramics

    • Kym Shaw on July 11, 2013 at 9:07 am

      OOpppps Typo correction for above message: SAFE Travels. x

    • Helen Edwards on July 11, 2013 at 4:45 pm

      Hi Kym thank you for your beautiful wishes! and you made me laugh! OOOH Monet, hmm may have to drag the kids there too!! thanks again Helen xx

  2. Helen wilde on July 11, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, happy Birthday dear Helen, happy Birthday to you! May the Goddess be kind and smile on your journey, sounds UMazing!

  3. Helen Edwards on July 11, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    thank you Helen!!!Very nice singing!! I will send pics!! 🙂

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