Ballarat the Beautiful Part I and another fab giveaway....

.... as many of you know, TraderVic and I escaped to Ballarat on the Cup Day weekend to stay with my uncle and aunt.  As always, they spoilt me rotten and we did some fun things together.  Do you want to see?

[Edit: I wrote a lovely long post the other day - it took me ages to upload the photos and write it all but then blogger just deleted everything- aaaghhh! So, I am starting again and my Ballarat adventures will now be over three posts - I hope that you enjoy reading all of them.]

So, first off we went to the Ballarat Springfest, set around the shores of Lake Wendouree on the Sunday:

Despite just having had breakfast we had to have a Bretzel to share (it was so good that we had to buy some more for morning tea on the way back!)

Then we wandered past all of the stalls.  There was lots to see and admire.  Like these wonderful birdhouses.

Here is my uncle, one of my favourite people in all the world.  He and I have been soul mates forever!

Black swans with their cygnets.  I tried to get a bit closer but the papa swan (on the left) started getting a bit aggressive, so I beat a hasty retreat.

Scenes by the lake.

A reminder that Lake Wendouree was the venue for the rowing at the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games.

Some scenes from Ballarat's gold rush days.

.... and then it started to rain so we went home to have some more bretzels!

Nancy from Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe is having another fabulous giveaway:

You can enter here and you have until the 30th November to enter.  Please tell Nancy I sent you.

Good luck.

Blessings on you all,


Linda said…
I loved seeing all the pics Kaye. Looks like you had a great time. Nothing like that where I live.

sharine said…
Love Ballarat. Great photos:)
Shirlee said…
What a fun escape Kaye! Loved seeing all the photos : ) Your uncle is quite a handsome man & looks to be very sweet. I know I owe you an email or two. I'm so far behind. I will try to catch up soon. {{{Hugs}}} to you & that handsome uncle of yours : )
Great photo's Kaye - did you bring any Bretzels back to share???
cucki said…
So much the bird houses..
Hugs x
Catherine said…
Looks like such a fun time!!!!
Vickie said…
Really neat! Love the black swans.
Margaret said…
The trip looks wonderful so far! Sorry Blogger deleted your post. What a bummer.
Chris said…
Looks like a lovely time away. Thanks for sharing!!
What a lovely place to visit!AriadnefromGreece!
Wendy S. said…
Love the pictures! Thank you for sharing! =)
Barb said…
I love the photos. As it is getting colder here, it is fun to see a place where it is getting warmer!
SoCal Debbie said…
Looks like so much fun, Kaye! Thanks for sharing your adventures with us. I entered Nancy's giveaway and told her that you sent me!
Valma said…
how great to share this moment with you
beautiful pictures of what really seems to a wonderful time
super :)

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