Patra's Other Place

I started out with Patra's Place, primarily dedicated to my linen collection and stitching projects. But I kept getting side-tracked, so I decided to create Patra's Other Place for anything not related to embroidery topics. So you now have a choice. If you are interested in me, read this. If you only want to see my linen and stitching, visit Patra's (original) Place! (Please note that by clicking on any of the photos, they will be enlarged to fill your computer screen.)

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Location: Melbourne, Vic., Australia

I am married to Ken. We have no children except a cat and a collection of Australian parrots, finches, canaries and a dozen hens.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

If you want to see My Melbourne, read on.

Melbourne like all major cities, has its share of problems. The rest of Australia scorns Melbourne's weather - 'wet, windy, cold, hot' - so what? At least we change on a daily basis, not like some places where it is hot and steamy for weeks on end! Crime? Violence? Drugs and alcohol? Yeah, we have that too. But don't you all?? Suffice to say, as much as I love ALL of Australia, I'm glad I live in Melbourne instead of anywhere else. My suburb is actually on the outer fringe of the metro area, but the CBD is only half an hour's drive away.

The city of Melbourne is vastly under-rated by many of its citizens - including me occasionally. But when I go there as a tourist in my own town (not to shop, that is), I see a beautiful city, both modern and historic. Oh I know - we have such a short history compared to the rest of the world but hey, it's OUR history and we are proud of it! Well, I'm proud of it anyway.

Last week my friend Val and I went on a little tour of Melbourne, visiting specific spots planned in advance. I've now produced a blog with my photos and commentary of the day. It is called Marvellous Old Melbourne and if you want a guided tour, just click on the link. I thoroughly enjoy seeing my blogger friends' hometowns this way, and I do hope you will take a few minutes to walk around our city with us....and please leave a comment to tell me what you think!

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