Rebecca (Walk) Hamer (Hall)

Trip Start Sep 09, 2011
Trip End Jun 29, 2012

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Deb's house! Mooney Ponds

Flag of Australia  , Victoria,
Monday, March 19, 2012

We arrived in Melbourne after a pretty long drive from Canberra, and when we arrived Bec's friend from Israel, Debs, was there to meet us. She took us back to her lovely little house in the Mooney Ponds part of Melbourne, where we would be staying for a few days.

The following morning Debs had taken the day off work and bless her, started that day off by making us bacon and egg muffins... what a hostess! Then, rather boringly, I needed to go see a doctor about boring stuff, but that required some faffing around getting an appointment etc. Then the rather glamorous task of going to the post office, before we headed off to eat sandwiches at Brighton Beach in St Kilda. What a gripping morning that was. As we sat there munching away, Debs revealed it was actually her birthday! I felt dreadful... here was I dragging her round picking up prescriptions and posting stuff home, and she hadn't even said anything. Apparently she doesn't really like celebrating getting older (which I think we can all understand) but even so... it can't have been the most exciting of birthdays for her.

Debs was back into work the next day, and Bec and I decided over the next couple of days to do a bit of an explore of Melbourne... which is one of the most awesome cities out there. Fact.

We caught the tram down to Federation Square and walking past the fantastic train station, went for a wander in St Paul's Anglican Cathedral. It dates back to 1880, and is rather grand inside with some beautiful mosaics and a stain glass door at the entrance. We decided that we would return later for evensong, and then made our way to the Royal Botanic Gardens.

This took us past... HAMER HALL! Hamer Hall is the Arts Centre that is currently being renovated. Obviously stood for photographs in front of the signs, before heading off. It's a trial being so famous, it really is.

The Gardens were lovely, and in the midst of all the flora was a lovely little cafe-restaurant called The Terrace which served proper cream teas... big fat scones with jam and everything. Lush.

After such a civilised lunch we headed to Hosier Lane, which is world famous for the graffiti featured there. Melbourne is very open to 'Lane Art' and many of the lanes, alleyways and streets are adorned with public art work and installations. It is a city which embraces creativity and expression, and I completely loved it. While we were there in the network of little streets we heard the unmistakable sound of a hissing spray can and the clink of the 'tooth' inside as someone shook it up and down. Just round the corner from us two artists were spraying over the layers already there to put their own mark on the surface too. It was cool to watch them, especially as it was being down fairly freely. It is not illegal, so people are able to come and add their own designs... although some of the pieces are considered 'local landmarks' so are left alone out of respect.

Checking the map, we saw that there was a 'Rebecca Walk' around the corner... so there is a Rebecca Walk and a Hamer Hall in Melbourne... it is my destiny to be here! Clearly we had to go there too and pose in front of the sign! Rude not to.

He headed back as planned for choral evensong at the cathedral, which was really beautiful. Bec had never been to a sung evensong, so it was a new experience for her!

While we were there I noticed a man came in late in an electronic wheelchair, operated using his mouth, as he appeared to be paralysed from the neck down. He watched and listened to the service, with his eyes shut enjoying the singing. It was very moving. I felt so sorry for him, and yet I am sure he would not want my pity. I also admired him. I don't know what I would do in the same situation. Would I still try and take joy in the few things that I could enjoy? I hope so.

We headed back to Deb's house and then zoomed out to the cinema to see The Hunger Games! It had only come out that day, but the cinema was pretty quiet. The film was good... not what I was expecting at all, but really well down for an adaptation from a very popular book.

Tomorrow we are headed to Sovereign Hill; a recreated gold rush town... should be hilarious!
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