Another fun weekend in Ballarat...

TraderVic and I popped up this weekend for a visit with two of our favourite people - my Uncle Ron and Aunt Iris (whom I am sure that I have posted about many times before).  We actually hadn't caught up with them since my Dad's funeral in August - isn't that shocking?  But time got away from us before Christmas and next thing we knew we were in London!

We arrived in Ballarat about lunchtime and had a very relaxing long lunch outside under the Medlar tree - so relaxing (the bottle of Prosecco that I shared with Iris may well have had something to do with it) that when we finished lunch around 3pm - I went to lay down for a little nap but fell into a deep sleep for two and a half hours!  (And what did TraderVic do whilst I was Sleeping Beauty - he walked around Lake Wendouree - TWICE! - that is 12kms!)

After my slumbers we went for a quick nosh at a local Thai restaurant on Sturt St (Brown Grain) - I had a delicious Pad Thai but NO more wine! lol!

Then it was a short walk to the Ballarat Mechanics Institute (founded in 1859) - a beautiful old building for some Spanish/Flamenco/Jazz music.

The musician was called Nancy Ruth who is a Canadian singer who lives in Spain. She and her band were amazing. The Gig was called "Sangria Jam".

One of my favourite of her songs was "Breathing in Indigo" - I found a video online of her singing it , if you are interested in listening - just click below.

 For some reason a statue of the poet, Robbie Burns, graces Sturt Street (must be all those Scottish miners in the mid-19th century).

There was more music in store for us today (Sunday), when we went to the Ballarat Jazz Club to hear the Royal Garden Jazz Band - they were great, too.

We are two very happy travellers, now ready for the new week ahead!

I hope that you all had a great weekend, too.



What a lovely weekend.Great photos.
You obviously needed to catch up on you sleep Kaye after all you travels :)
Anonymous said…
Hi Kaye so glad you and Vic had a wonderful time ,i have been listening to the video she has a lovely voice,thankyou for sharing xx
Julie said…
The Mechdmhcx Institute does look very spectacular, the library doors are fabulous - I do Ike old buildings.
You must have needed the extra little snooze. We'll done that man on a 12k walk
Linda said…
Looks like a fun weekend Kaye.

Clare-Aimetu said…
What a lovely post, it's always nice to see new places. It looks like you had a great visit with more memories made.
Barb said…
That is quite a lovely building! It looks like you had a great week-end!
What a great weekend with good company too.
Brigitte said…
Such a great time spent with friends - and everything else promising a good time like great food, some wine, music and some kind of sightseeing.
Bethan said…
Looks like you had a fantastic weekend x

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