Selasa, 28 Oktober 2014

Classic cars, weekend away and chemo tomorrow!

Sunday we left early for Melbourne making sure that Charlie (our siamese cat) had plenty of food namely his free range chicken to eat, plus a cat food and lots of water to drink and a comfortable bed for the night to snuggle into a thick blanket that we leave on the lounge room chair for him to cocoon himself in.  Just as well because that night we had the worst lightening and thunderstorms across the State of Victoria. 
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/wild-weather-huge-storm-hits-melbourne-and-regional-victoria/story-fni0fit3-1227103101936?nk=cc586aca6db9a4a60f896e473e12b59b

This photo was submitted by Herald Sun reader Terry Davis. He took this photo at Bundoora
 Sunday morning we went to http://www.motorclassica.com.au/about-concours-delegance/
Exhibition Building, Carlton gardens Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.  
The organiser of Melbourne's Motorclassica event is confident it can keep support from carmakers.

Motorclassica lays down challenge to motor shows

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Organiser of successful classic car display says there is not room for three major motoring events in Melbourne.
The organiser of Melbourne's Motorclassica event is confident it can keep support from carmakers. The organiser of Melbourne's Motorclassica event is confident it can keep support from carmakers.
Melbourne's Motorclassica attracted thousands of enthusiasts across the weekend, along with attention from blue-chip brands such as Mercedes-Benz, Maserati and Jaguar.
It's the nearest Australia came to hosting a motor show in 2014 and event director Paul Mathers is happy with how the nation's premier classic car event is tracking, just as long as you don't call it a motor show.
"To be honest I'd like to distance our event from being a motor show," he says.
A classic Bentley Continental fetched more than $1 milllion during Motorclassica's auction. A classic Bentley Continental fetched more than $1 milllion during Motorclassica's auction.
"I think the name 'motor show' has a negative connotation right now. It's something that is defunct and broken.
"Motorclassica is not a motor show at all. It doesn't want to be and doesn't need to be that."
Held in Melbourne's heritage-listed royal exhibition halls each year, Motorclassica is fast-becoming a must see for automotive enthusiasts.
This classic Porsche 356 convertible was also a hit at the show.

 Next it was a short drive to Balwyn (suburb of Melbourne) to MacLeay Park for the annual (AussieFrog) French car display where we met my brother Chris and his wife, my SIL Cheryl for lunch and a walk around the cars.  They were celebrating their first wedding anniversary on this day - what better way of celebrating then looking at beautiful cars!



 Next a scenic drive to South Yarra where the 4 of us were staying the night in Amity Apartments.  A beautiful sunny and warm Sunday afternoon - a short walk to the French Fantasy cafe where we sat outside with croissants, lemon tart and good coffee/green tea and enjoyed people and poodle watching!
That evening we went to a Greek restaurant and sat outside to enjoy the sidewalk dining and cooler air!
During the night very scary thunderstorms and lightening.  Lucky for us we had a midday checkout as the traffic in Melbourne that morning was at a standstill due to the the heavy flooding and storms!  When we left the apartments hardly any traffic on our way home.

An early start tomorrow for chemotherapy and an appointment with my oncologist in Melbourne.

During the week I received an email from Italy - a sister of a lady who has just been diagnosed with mesothelioma.  She had been told of a lady who lived in Australia who was a long term survivor so had looked me up online and bingo found this blog.  Thanks to social media it is possible to connect worldwide with mesothelioma so that no one is on their own ever!  There is support online and contacts to be made with others and various groups.  I was able to put this family in touch with a very good oncologist in Italy.

To all those who are doing it tough at the moment my heart goes out to you.  Sending you love and strength.

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