Thursday, February 19, 2015

Gambolling in

Happy Chinese New Year to you!  I have found 2015 to be more than a little bit overwhelming, despite my best intentions of keeping things simple, so I for one am happy to start the year all over again.  I wish you and your loved ones a happy, healthy and prosperous year in this Green Wood Year of the Sheep/Goat/Ram - may it be kinder to you than the Year of the Horse.
Image via Downloadable Calendar Templates
So what does it all mean?  Hopefully a more calm and gentle year than last year, perhaps more inwardly focused as well.  The Sheep belongs to the same family as Pig and Rabbit so you if you are born in those years, 2015 is meant to be lucky for you as lovers of beauty, creativity and the arts.  I'm no astrologer so if you want to find out more about your own sign this year, you can do so here.  I also think this Australian Chinese Zodiac is a bit of fun as well.
Image via Melbourne Chinese New Year 2015
This weekend is looking big in Melbourne not only with celebrating Chinese New Year but also White Night on Saturday 21 February (along with a whole heap of other events - take care if you are in the city).  It's meant to be hot so I'm tipping that there'll be a lot of people hitting the streets of Melbourne to celebrate this annual Arts event, which is also celebrated in other global cities.
Image via White Night Melbourne
Closer to home, the Eltham Jazz Food & Wine Festival is being held this weekend while the Ivanhoe Makers Market is on this Saturday.  There'll also be a Chinese New Year Celebration held at Manningham City Square in Doncaster where you'll actually see my Dad performing in his band, The Silver Echoes, on Saturday afternoon.  Also a tip if you are contemplating yum cha in the area, besides Golden Dragon Palace and Taipan, the Age Good Food guide has given Secret Kitchen at Doncaster Shoppingtown a big tick for both its yum cha and its duck...maybe it's not so secret anymore!

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