Melbourne, Part One- That’s A Cow.

by Lori Dwyer on July 26, 2011 · 17 comments

I’m in Melbourne.

I have this theory, in the irrational part of my mind, that imagines people leaving trails of glowing green phorserance as they travel countries, cities, the globe.

It feels good to make new trails, fresh ones, rather than retrace where I’ve been so many times.

My mate Bunny and I did the 12 hour drive last night. Well, if I’m honest, Bunny did most of the driving. I slept a lot of the way. I did, however, take the first leg- from Paradise to Canberra. This involved a short cut that I found on Google maps.

Probably not one of my better ideas. A two hour drive on a dirt, corrugated road was not so awesome. We saw one house, one car, five letterboxes, one wallaby, two rabbits, five wombats (three dead, two alive). And a cow.

If you ever come across a black cow, on a very dark night, standing smack in the middle of the road, at half past two in the morning… well. Bunny and I were both squinting at a white blob, fifty metres ahead, when that blob suddenly materalised into a cow’s face. A very cranky cow’s face, who didn’t appreciate a car suddenly stopping six foot on front of him. A cranky cow who then sized us up and refused to move until I beeped repeatedly. Probably waking up every one of the six households within a two hundred kilometre range.


Tonight and tomorrow were supposed to be spent crashing at one of Bunny’s mates places. Bunny neglected to mention that this was in a house with not even one but two happy families- mummy, daddy, little kid.


They were absolutley lovely people, and beautiful kids, and I felt like a rude, ungrateful bitch when I said I could not stay there, I had to go to hotel…

I’m far too tired to explain. I’m sure you all understand.

I’m headed off to the CBD tomorrow to shop, eat, drink coffee, and shop some more. And just soak in the vibe. So far, Melbourne seems so organised and responsible and arty- even the freeways are interesting, with artwork and colour everywhere.

For a city with such a gray background, it already feels colourful.

Melbourne. The rainy city…. four seasons in one day. I Tweeted, announcing my arrival, and got these Tweets back, within four minutes of each other….

Hehe. Awesome.

More adventures tomorrow. Although, really, I’m not sure anything can top that cow*….

*Oddly, I’ve blogged cows in random places before. Top work, Lori. Scintillating.

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miasmummy August 3, 2011 at 10:23 pm

Just found your blog recently, and glad you were stong enough to go to a Hotel and not just shut up and put up! xx


Andrea August 2, 2011 at 7:39 pm

funny girl. you crack me up~! :-)


In Real Life July 28, 2011 at 1:31 pm

I hope that you have a fabulous time! That cow sounds scary! :)


Suzi July 27, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Corragated road LOL – perfect description of some roads near me! One of the mums at the kids school hit one of those big black cows a few years back doing 80. She was bloody lucky she wasn't hurt, stuffed the car though.
Happy Shopping!


Carmel July 27, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Heeeey.. you're almost on my doorstep. Just walk along the beach from Flinders, turn left past the beach camp ground and knock on my door!! Best latte in town.. if I may say so :) Have a wonderful break x


Mum’s the word July 27, 2011 at 2:46 pm

melbourne definately does get 4 seasons in one day! enjoy your trip!


Hear Mum Roar July 27, 2011 at 11:53 am

I'm sure the family would've understood:)

I'm going to Melbourne on Friday for blogger's brunch, it'll be my first time ever to Melb


Kakka July 27, 2011 at 9:50 am

Flying in tomorrow, love Melbourne and can not wait to get back there. See you Saturday. Oh by the way, I am trying to bring Sunshine and warm weather – let see how I go. xxx


Megan Blandford July 27, 2011 at 9:15 am

Welcome to Melbourne!


Cara1979 July 27, 2011 at 8:58 am

haha welcome to Wednesday morning in Melbourne, hope you enjoyed the coldest night and morning we've had for 3 years! Special huh?! Still at least the blue skies and sunshine are out. Have a great trip and make sure you check out 'little cupcakes' on Degraves St, AMAZING!!! and take a trip up to Brunswick St and Gertude St in Fitzroy if you get a chance. I think you'd love them both, loads of cafes, bars and quirky wee shops. enJOY! Carax


Shellye July 27, 2011 at 8:40 am

By the way, my husband and I were on a train trip to see my mother, and the train was delayed for two hours because of a cow on the tracks. Our train was supposed to arrive to her city at six that evening, but we didn't get there until almost ten. It was not a good trip up.


Shellye July 27, 2011 at 8:30 am

Glad you made it. Have a wonderful time!


Being Me July 27, 2011 at 8:21 am

I love Melbourne. Glad I live here! The weather… meh. It actually was raining and sunning at the same time, like whiterabbit said. But that brings rainbows and we saw a beauty literally right outside our front door :-)

Enjoy the new trails, mate xoxox See you on the weekend.


Kelloggsville July 27, 2011 at 8:08 am

It's sort of sad but fun when the roadkill count is the interesting part of the journey! I'm not surprised you didn't want to stay with 2 families, no matter how lovely they are, you need a different kind of break.

I don't like Melbourne at all and I am really looking forward to hearing all about your break so I find out why I should like it really. I know you'll find the best bits.


Steph(anie) July 27, 2011 at 6:28 am

I'm excited to read about your trip!


whiterabbit July 26, 2011 at 11:31 pm

To be fair, it was actually rainy and sunny today at the same time… Make sure to hit up DeGraves Street (near Flinders) for coffee, sushi and hipster-watching. :)


Denwise aka Denyse Whelan July 26, 2011 at 11:30 pm

You're getting a head start on us. Good for you to not stay there. Weird. How did that happen in the first place. Have fun hun. See you Sat – or Hello Blogger Friday night. Xx


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