Ann-Marie, you’re a star

I’ve been in my new home in Myrtleford, Victoria for well over a week now.

Progress: my car (Cedric the Sissy car) arrived this morning, the telecommunications guy came and connected the phone, and my goods and chattels will arrive on Monday. Oh, and Minx the cat has finally set her paws outside after being spooked by all the strangeness of this new place.

Lack of progress: it’ll be 3-7 working days before I have internet at home. Thanks  to the generosity of the library and also the pesky tourist who lives here, I do have access until I can be independent.

I want to tell you about the initiative of Ann-Marie, one of the staff at the local Foodworks supermarket. She had a little brain wave, spoke to the owner about her idea, and the result is this display of tempting fruit which the little ones can sample for free.

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Good on ya, Ann-Marie. (And I made sure to spell your name correctly.)

I’ll no doubt tell you more about this cool (in all forms of the definition) little town, as I get to know it a bit better. It’s late winter/early spring, and the trees are going overboard with their blossoms. This prunus is at the entry to the court I now call home.

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Should I go along to one of these sessions? Do you think it could be a laugh?

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64 responses to “Ann-Marie, you’re a star

  1. I hope your move is less traumatic than ours, Yvonne? Are you now in a temperate climate (=cold + wet). If so you can grow proper British plants now :-))

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  2. I’m laughing too, and following your nice blog

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  3. Looks like there’s a big welcome mat out there, and a tree that would cheer me up every time I passed by. Have pity on us poor English, faced with winter now! I’m not sure about the laughter yoga, I think the real thing does it for me, but ya’ know? May your home be a happy one. Oh, and thanks for giving my humble blog a follow. We need ya!

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  4. Glad to hear from you again Yvonne, MGW says Myrtleford is a nice place. I have never been there that I can remember. However, I have participated in ‘laughing’ professional development sessions. Will be interesting to read your report. BTW welcome to the Garden State 🙂 Time has slipped away…thought you were not moving for a while, yet.

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    • Myrtleford seems quite nice, everyone is very friendly, lots of smiles and g’days! And, Victoria has so many interesting places, not so far apart as those in Queensland.

      I haven’t gone to the laughter yoga yet, but I’ll do my best, Wooly one.

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  5. I have never heard of laughter yoga….I would have to go, at least once, out of curiosity!!

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    • It seems that I’ll have to don some comfortable clothes and give it a try, Mary. Then, depending on the experience, I might report back.

      Thank you for wandering into my blog.

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  6. I think my ordinary attempts at yoga could be used as a starting point for laugher yoga. 🙂

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  7. I hope you enjoy living in your new home Yvonne. I love the fruit idea for children and would love to see the large grocery chains hop on board.

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  8. Rob C

    So, what’s wrong with Adelaide then? 🙂 Congrats on the move, we’ll be down-under at Xmas, no Venice for us this year.

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  9. Andrew Hall

    Nice to be near your family. Glad the move is going well. What are the logistics of that long north/south journey? Is your furniture brought by road or air? And most importantly is it still relatively easy to get to Italy? Regards Nosey of Westcliff on Sea.

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    • Hi, Nosey. The furniture was packed in a shipping container and went by truck to Cairns (it took about half the space in the container). Then, it had a train trip to Albury, NSW, and then it was moved to a truck once again to come to my new door.
      I’ll have to get to Melbourne for flights to Italy. That will involve driving to Albury, plane to Melbourne, then flights to wherever. It was probably easier from Dismal Swamp!!

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  10. Welcome to your new home. Beautiful tree! Go to the yoga class. Laugh with merriment. :)))

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  11. I think you’ve arrived in Myrtleford at just the right time of year. If you’d arrived mid-winter or mid-summer, you may have formed negative opinions rapidly.
    I love that area. Mainly for the wineries. 😉

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    • You’re so right, MoSY, it was just through luck, not good planning. You’ll hear me whine when summer arrives.
      The wines up here are pretty darn nice. Will they budge me from my love of South Australian wines? Probably …

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  12. So glad things are shaping up. I’d try the laughter yoga, I would. Or you could just gaze at that tree!

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  13. Sounds like your new home will be perfect for you. Enjoy!

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  14. Thank goodness you’ve survived the move and are settling in nicely. It sounds like you’re already making friends. That tree must have heard you were coming and put on its best dress. It’s gorgeous!

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  15. I gogled to know where Myrtleford, Victoria was . I found ;
    It looks like a attractive and welcoming town where you will be able to go to the laughing Yoga! 🙂
    And your cat already found hid new play ground ! 🙂
    Go Australia!
    Love ❤
    Michel ( France)

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    • Good morning, Michel. Everywhere I look, I see mountains and woodlands. It’s very pretty. The people are friendly, which is a nice thing to have in a new place. (And, they have many vineyards in the area, another bonus.)

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  16. Best wishes in your new home. That cherry tree is just like the ones near my mother’s apartment in Tokyo. I get to see them in full bloom when I visit her in March.

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  17. So glad you are settling in. I’d be laughing in any yoga class just trying to get down on the floor and back up again….or is that crying.
    I think it’s a lovely place that has blooming trees (here we have a steak house that claims to be Australian that serves bloomin’ onions), free fruit for kids and people don’t take yoga seriously. Welcome home. And watch out for that truck that PN sent from Tel-Italia to install your internet.

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  18. I am really happy that you moved home okay Yvonne. No more Dismal Swamp where the shop would have put out a basket full of kids 😉 ❤

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  19. No, don’t go to the laughing sessions. Seriously.

    Only joking!

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  20. The great difference between Myrtleford and sleepy hollow is that up in QLD it is always hot and dry or hot and wet. In Myrtleford it is going to be cold and wet and cold and dry and hot and stinking hot and wet and as dry as a camels armpit and everything inbetween. And there used to be a lot of Italians there growing hops and tobacco so join the history club and start telling us all about it. So get on with it.

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  21. Janet Graham

    Lovely blossom, a great time of year,

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  22. All the best in your new home. It looks nice and free fruit for the kids too.

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  23. Susie L

    I’m glad to learn you, Minx and Cedric (the car that gets no respect) are settling in. I hope you cleaned Minx’s offering off of poor Cedric before he was moved!

    Your new town looks lovely and it certainly sounds interesting! Does Ann-Marie know that she is about to become a bit of a celebrity?

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    • Yes, to her bemusement. She thought I was with the local paper, but I explained she’d have an international audience.

      Cedric looks like cr*p, he’s all grungy from his long trip down here.

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