We went to see French-Canadian film Heartbeats at Melbourne’s Rooftop Cinema on top of Curtis House in the CBD. And, unbeknown to Bianca, one of her old primary school friends from Canada was in it!

- Melbourne, Victoria

St George’s Theatre. Sadly in a bit of a sorry state and in need of some TLC.

- Yarraville, Victoria

House on the corner of Simpson Street

- Yarraville, Victoria

The Corner Hotel

Richmond, Victoria

(© B Soucek 2012)

Getting ready for London 2012

- Footscray, Victoria

After inadvertently walking for 3 metro stops (in the wrong direction) in 35 degree heat, a litre of brain-freeze-inducing slushie was all that would do.

Sandringham, Victoria

(© B Soucek 2011)

Boxing Day on an (almost) deserted beach

- Pirate’s Bay, Tasmania

Tasman Arch

- Eaglehawk Neck, Tasmania

Top: Me tucking into Christmas dinner. Bottom: The best things about Christmas.

- White Beach, Tasmania

Vest? Check. Santa hats? Check. Cliché? Check.

- White Beach, Tasmania

Top: Bianca preparing more Czech potato salad than anyone could humanly eat in two days (I tried). Bottom: Czech breads - a Soucek-Robertson (and now Packwood) Christmas Eve tradition.

- White Beach, Tasmania

Bianca knitted this awesome little snowman which was probably about as close as we were going to get to the real thing in Tassie at Christmas. To the left: a roaring log fire, to the right: a makeshift Christmas tree made out of twigs and a bucket.

- White Beach, Tasmania

The incredibly English-looking Hampden Road in Battery Point.

Hobart, Tasmania

We took a ferry to the Isle of the Dead where the 1646 convicts who died whilst serving time at Port Arthur were buried. Lovely day for it.

- Port Arthur, Tasmania

Apparently Port Arthur used to be referred to as “hell on earth”, but as museums go, it wasn’t so bad.

- Port Arthur, Tasmania

(© B Soucek 2011)