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The City View I Wanted   Leave a comment

A lovely sunny day.  Blue skys and mid 20C temperatures.  Time for a day out.  Furthering our exploration of the Melbourne area, Kerry and I took a trip to Williamstown.   The views of the city, across the bay, were amazing from the marina and park area, as you can see from the pictures. On the whole Williamstown was a little disappointing though. The main streets were made up of nothing more than coffees shops, ice cream parlours (do we still call them that?) and resturants.

A selection of my favourite images from this blog are available to buy at stefanpalmer.photium.com

Stefan Palmer

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March 2012 – 12 by 12   Leave a comment

The final post of our highlights of one year of marriage.

So here we are one year on and what a year.  This month we moved to our temporary new home in Altona.  A busy day was spent with the hire car ferrying house stuff from IKEA and our existing gear from the hostel.  Wine and a Chinese takeaway were our reward.Kerry got into the flow of her  new job.  I launched my very own photography sales website with some of my favourite photographs from our travels (and a few before we set off).  I bid a sad farewell to my travel converse.  They served me well for a year.  Walking along the seafront in Altona was a nice way to reflect on one year of marriage and what we have seen and done in that time.  It was also great to imagine what the next year will hold.  What country will we be in for our second anniversary?

By Stefan Palmer

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Stefan Palmer

February 2012 – 12 by 12   Leave a comment

February turned out to be a pretty quiet month.  As Kerry and I neared our first wedding anniversary, we were busy looking for a semi permanent home to settle in Australia due to Kerry getting a job.  What a find we made with firstly Blyth Street and Altona in general.  The lease was signed and a moving in date of 9th March was set.  Then the plotting started.  What and where do we get furniture from on a miniscule budget?  In between the planning further exploration of Melbourne was made.  A walk in the Park in Carlton Gardens, more catching up with friends, packing our gear once more for the move to Altona and Kerry was getting into the swing of the whole work thing.

By Stefan Palmer

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Stefan Palmer

January 2012 – 12 by 12   Leave a comment

Further continuing the highlights of our first year of marriage

We finally finished our dive master courses. It felt like nothing happened for a long time then suddenly we were visiting the island for the last time.  A couple of days later we bid a sad farewell to Alana and chelsea and before we knew it were on the plane heading for Melbourne.  We had a few days in a very nice hotel then checked into the excellent space hotel where we became long term residents while I looked for work. It took about 3 weeks until I found a great job in my field.  In between job hunting we visited the botanical gardens, went to the tennis and met up with friends.

By Kerry Feely

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Stefan Palmer

So close you can smell the saltwater   Leave a comment

We are comfortably settled into our new home in Altona (see post link here). We are two minutes walk from the beach. Having never lived on the coast before, it feels like being on holiday. So far I’ve been for a run along the beach track, cycled a little bit around the town and had a few morning swims in the sea. If only I could get hold of some cylinders, I’d go for a dive…….mmmmmm. With so much coastline around Philip Bay, all close to Melbourne, Altona appears to have missed out on all the trendy sea front bars and resturants. The town centre is made up of a supermarket and a handful of hairdressers, bric a brac shops, average to poor coffee shops and restaurants providing food from various Asian countries. None of which concerns us.  We are here for the views, and the smell of the sea.  On the beach there is a lifeguard station, a pier and a few grassy areas before sand and sea. The sea itself is very shallow for a good 30 metres out. Due to the lack of surf, around Altona, Kite surfing is very popular. A walk by the beach is guarenteed to give you the opportunity to watch the guys in action. Because the area is so flat the skyline of Melbourne is nearly always visible. I had the coolest view the other day running along the beach looking at both the sea 10 metres away and the hazy skyscrapers in the distance some 18km away.

I do like this seaside living.

A selection of my favourite images from this blog are available to buy at stefanpalmer.photium.com

Stefan Palmer

A New Home   2 comments

It took some time but Kerry and I have found a permanent (well 6 months at least) place to live.  It’s in Altona which is a suburb of Melbourne.  Nice and handy for Kerry to get to work on a bike. Yep those that know Kerry didn’t imagine that, I did use the words Kerry and cycling in the same sentence.  It’s a 2 bedroomed ‘unit’ as the Australians call it.  It’s a link detached bungalow in my estate agency view.  Basically the property is attached on both sides by our neighbour’s garages.  Four properties, of the same style, make up the little cul de sac.  So I could play my music pretty loud without anyone hearing….If I had any decent speakers that is.  The property comprises a lounge, kitchen with dining area off it, shower room and the two bedrooms.  There is a garage and a paved rear garden.  It is ideal for us.  We looked at a few cheaper places, mainly apartments but after 10 months of sharing accommodation either in hostels, hotels or house shares we were keen for our own proper space.  Its 5 minutes walk to the beach and sea front in Altona, great for my running and in zone 1 for trips back into Melbourne city centre.

We have signed a 6 month lease on the place and now our biggest challenge has been finding stuff to fill our new home.  What we could carry or tow across the world doesn’t fill much space.  We are in a bit of a dilemma.  We don’t want to buy too much, because we could be returning to the UK at the end of the tenancy, if Kerry doesn’t get sponsored.  Or if she does we will get our furniture and appliances, in storage in the UK, shipped out here.  So far we have decided on a futon for the lounge and we will use the mattress to sleep on in the bedroom at night, a couple of beanbags and some patio furniture that doubles up for indoors and outdoors.  We have also been to a couple of garage sales looking for a fridge and freezer.  We will hand wash clothes for six months and play that one by ear.  It such a difficult position to be in.  We have made a great job of making the place look like home so far.

Despite my initial concerns there are a lot of young people in Altona.  When we visited a couple of weeks ago to sign the lease contract the town was full of old people.  So old they appeared to have lost the ability to count money while in a cafe queue, you known that feeling when you are in a rush and despite the queue and the prices on the board they don’t even have their purse out when they are given the total price. Grrrr.  I’ll leave that pet annoyance of mine there.  Just for the record I love talking to old people and listening to their stories but……….

I plan to join the local Triathlon club and Kerry and I may join the volunteer lifeguards.  Crikey we are more than used to being in the water after our Divemaster training.  It will be a great way to meet people in the town and another way to stay fit.

Here’s some pictures of our new place.

A selection of my favourite images from this blog are available to buy at stefanpalmer.photium.com

Stefan Palmer

So here we are.   Leave a comment

Today marks the 300th day Kerry and I have been on the road!  In the last 50 days we have moved on from our Divemaster training in Townsville, Kerry has got a respectable job (she may have to rename her blog now), we have found somewhere to live for the next 6 months here in Melbourne and I’ve started training for the Melbourne half marathon in October (easy).  I have also launched my photography website and got my first sales from it.

Roll on the next 50.  Crickey, just thought, that will be almost a year on the road!

A selection of my favourite images from this blog are available to buy at stefanpalmer.photium.com

Stefan Palmer