Farewell to Tucker and Alison

Yesterday was our last full day with Tucker and Alison and we made the most of it!

We started our day with a visit to the huge Queen Victoria Market. Our two favorite farmers were very impressed with the produce that was available.

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Peppers at the market.

Then we were off to the town of Werribee, to the west of Melbourne for a 3-day major equestrian event. Alison grew up riding horses and now owns a horse and she participates in local horse shows so this event was of great interest to her. I know nothing about horses or these types of shows so it was super interesting to me and I learned a lot. We started by watching the dressage event~such control. From there we walked most of the multi-mile cross-country course for the horses and was amazed and impressed with the size and number of jumps that the horses need to get over. It was a great time at the National Equestrian Centre and I now have a better understanding of what Alison does when she and Toro (her horse) go to these shows.

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Dressage

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One big jump on the Cross-country course

 

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Some of the jumps were very clever!

A quick stop at home before heading to the CBD of Melbourne. We got a bit of culture by visiting the National Gallery where there was a special Monet exhibit. Lovely.

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From there were took a high-speed elevator to the top of the Eureka building, 88 floors up! The sun was just beginning to set and what a beautiful view of the city, from all directions! 

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The Eureka building

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View from 88 stories up!

By then we were getting hungry again so we went to the Southgate area, where we snagged an outdoor table at a very popular bar where we had drinks and appetizers while waiting for Jim to join us.

Our evening activity was the footy game at the Melbourne Cricket Grounds and what a game we saw. The 2 local teams put on quite a show and Essendon won by 5 points! There were 82,639 very loyal fans in the “G” so the place was rocking! 

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The “G”

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Footy action

This morning we take Tucker and Alison to the airport. Their time with us went by too quickly, but we enjoyed every minute! We had such fun showing them our temporary city and country. 

Jim and I are off for a couple days of backpacking at Wilson’s Promontory this long weekend. Monday is a national holiday~the Queen’s birthday, so Jim has the day off. There will not be a blog until Monday night, I hope.

 

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4 comments on “Farewell to Tucker and Alison

  1. Ann says:

    It sounds so fun to have had Tucker and Alison visiting. Enjoy the long weekend backpacking!

  2. Liz says:

    Your seats at the footy match look pretty good – are you getting into the game?

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