Thursday, March 26, 2015

Smell the roses

Despite the somewhat gloomier weather, there's still much to celebrate in Melbourne - we seem to have an incredible amount of 'international' festivals throughout the Autumn months.  The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show started yesterday in Melbourne and has a particular focus on sustainability this year - probably not surprising given how resilient our gardens need to be in this city of four seasons and throwing climate change into the mix.  I love how rooftop gardens have become increasingly popular especially in urban areas.
Image via Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show
If you're after a laugh and a half (or more), The Melbourne International Comedy Festival also started yesterday and is actually one of Melbourne's most successful festivals in terms of box office numbers and attendance.
Image via Darebin Arts
I'm also starting to wind down from what has been a really hectic school term not helped by endless unexpected appointments - it's nice to stop and smell the roses and with that in mind, the Slow Food Melbourne farmers market at Abbotsford Convent is also on this weekend as well as the launch of 21st Century Heide at one of my favourite places in Melbourne - Heide Museum of Modern Art in Bulleen where the gardens outside are just as inspiring as the gallery spaces themselves.
Image via Heide Museum of Modern Art
Finally, I had lunch with my good friend Rina Chia today at CH James in Station Street Fairfield and it was good, if a little breezy with the door open.  It's not far from the MS Community Shop where Rina and I both picked up a couple of bargains, and right next door to Luna Yoga if you are in the area.  Rina's now sold her Take 2 market vintage clothing business but still holding the Strictly Vintage Market with Nicole Jenkins from Circa Vintage.

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