Melbourne Days

Pictures of our time in Melbourne… all in a very random order not in sequence of the days we were there but for you to see more of where we were and how marvelous our time in this city truly was…

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Lots of time on the train, tram and buses… but we did walk AT LEAST 2-3 miles EVERY DAY!! Trying to do that here at home as well isn’t as easy when you have a car to drive to the grocery store..

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We lOVED our Australian COFFEE and miss it very much..

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Sooo good to catch up with so many old friends and meet new ones too!

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Christmas day loving… Below on our way to the church (we got there an hour early on accident :) )

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If only we had REAL lemon lime bitters in America.. just missing that right lemonade and lime cordial… So good.


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The below pictures we started our day early with brunch at Tall Timber (one of the best we had – and we had a lot of brunch!) then took a short tram ride to the Royal Botanical Gardens.

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After walking around the gardens touring a bit we made our way to the Docklands… it was just over 7 miles and the perfect way for Cordie to see parts of Melbourne we had yet to visit!




And a great way to end our time in Melbourne – exhausted yet full of life, new friendships, laughter and trust for what 2015 has in store for us as individuals and as a couple.


Osborn + Doery Wedding

On Friday January 2nd, 2015 my little brother married the girl of his dreams.. Hannah Elisabeth Doery in the Burnley Gardens… it was a glorious 100+ degrees sun was shining…seats were full… ice cream was delicious.. great convos…music playing and a beautiful ceremony.

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The ipad got overheated so there was a nice 5 min break in the middle of the vows – which the bride and groom both said was really nice so they could take in everything. :)


We love you Donald & Hannah!!!


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Proud Parents on both sides.

Below is right after the photographer told us to cry… maybe because they will be living so far away??


This is the only Doery grandchild at the moment.. he turns two in March! Such a stud!

My wonderful mother looking especially gorgeous on the day another one of her children got married. :)

For more pictures of the ceremony and reception CLICK HERE


It’s A NEW YEAR ll 2015

On New Year’s eve we got together at a park to celebrate Jo Rose Boot’s 24th Birthday with the Doerys and a few of her friends…


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From there we headed into the downtown part of the city to wait for the fireworks to go off! Below is Flinders Station


Love my sister. :)

In the Treasury Gardens (about a 6 min walk from Flinders Station) while we waited for the fireworks to go off there was a large light box with music playing… we all went and danced/goofed around for a couple of hours – which really helped keep you warm as it was freezing by 10pm!


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LOVE my siblings so much! Can’t wait to be all together again…

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Had so much fun with these girls!!!


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It was so much fun to just hang out with everyone and relax before the BIG Wedding Day!!!

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They have lollies that look like teeth hence the above photo. :)

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Celebrating Christmas 2014

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On Christmas Eve we got to spend some time with our dear friend Rebekah Page – she is like a sister to both Elizabeth and I – before she left to London for her holidays… We were blessed to stay at her apartment for the remainder of our time in Melbourne.

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For dinner the Doerys had us over for a lovely Christmas Eve meal… there was lots of laughter, amazing food, beautiful decor, Christmas carols and learning some Australian Christmas Traditions (like the hats you see on mine and Hannah’s heads above)

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The Osborn’s & Doery’s have 5 kids on each side not including partners… Unfortunately we didn’t get a picture of everyone at the table but we were missing Jo (4th daughter on the Doery side) and her husband Ezra along with my brothers Michael and Bobby who arrived the next morning.

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After a wonderful Christmas service at Bridge Church a few of us went to find a coffee shop that was open and hung out for a few hours… It really is nice celebrating the holidays in warm weather!

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In the afternoon us ‘Osborns’ headed out to the beach to spend some quality time together! We were just missing Hannah who had to work on Christmas Day.

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After spending quite a bit of time at the beach we drove south to see the house we lived in 4 years before in a little ‘village’ called Black Rock…the front wall is blocking the pool we had in front of the house.




How beautiful of a city.. in an amazing state of Australia.. Elizabeth, Cordie and I took a short 50 min flight from Melbourne to see Tasmania for the first time (for all of us) over the weekend.

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We had an amazing dinner on the wharf (pier) at Tavern 42 degrees at 3pm since we had been up since 3:30am our internal clocks were a bit off… our food was absolutely wonderful though we sat there for 3 hours just enjoying each other.. the view.. wine (Tasmania is known for their homegrown Rieslings)… food and atmosphere!

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Mt. Wellington


We drove here first thing after arriving into Hobart to see the beautiful overview of the city below…. it was freezing up top even though it is summer here… :)


Wineglass Bay

Our first full day here we packed up the car and drove down to Coles Bay for a couple hours hike to reach the infamous Wineglass Bay Beach… Below is a lookout on our drive there and a wallaby hanging around the parking lot…

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We had about a 30 min walk to the ‘lookout’ point picture of Cordie and my sister Elizabeth below… can you see how the coastline resembles a wineglass?




Richmond Bridge 

On our drive back to Hobart we stopped through the historic town Richmond… this bridge is the oldest in all of Australia and where most of the convicts were taken across before going to prison.. the town was completely closed down by the time we reached it but it was a nice short stop to see the bridge.




Salamanca Market

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Cascade Brewery

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Cradle Mountain

I won’t do justice trying to explain the different hikes/day walks one can do in this National Park but if you look at the above link you’ll get an idea that there about 20 different options you could take!


Above and below is at the end of our trek at Cradle Lake after walking two hours around Dove Lake up to Marion’s Lookout and back down again…

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Isn’t it just beautiful?! If you ever make it to Tasmania.. you MUST spend at least one day here hiking/walking see the amazing views and landscape.

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Our way down from Marion’s Lookout we went via Rooney Creek where there are known to be many wombats… you can see Elizabeth and I walking the bridge ‘searching’ for them :)

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The way the grass and landscape reminded us all of The Lord of the Rings.. to say the least it was an amazing day!

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I can’t express to you how excited all three of us where to FINALLY spot a wallaby in the wild… and just as we were 15 mins from our destination! This guy started at the top of a hill…. slowly making his way down towards us…



Went underneath the bridge we were standing on… then continued on his way.. can you spot him behind us? Yes, I am squinting to see if he/she is in the frame.. :)



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After this guy we saw three more on our way back… and after an 8+ mile walking/hiking day we were thoroughly content that we got to see some more wildlife to finish it off!