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My Weekend In Melbourne

Last weekend I made a whirlwind journey to Melbourne for two days.  I was up bright and early (it wasn’t bright outside) and boarded the propeller Qantas plane at 6am.  I was a little nervous, which was silly because the flight was fine and I got free food too.

In the two days that I was there I sure did some walking.  My hips ached for 3 days once I got home.

Here are some of the places I went.

I got off the plane and my Dad and Jo were waiting for me as I got off the bus.

We headed up to the Victoria Markets, but first breakfast was needed.

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I only had a coffee as I had eaten on the plane, and it was delicious.

Then into the markets for a look.

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We then popped into a nearby pet shop as Jo needed to collect some dog treats and we looked at the cute puppies, I then proceeded to be told off for taking a photo of the cute puppy.  In my defence I did not see the signs that were displayed as  I couldn’t take my eyes off thedog, and the girl was standing in front of the sign that would have been at my eye level.

What are they hiding anyway?!

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Then into the mall.

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Melbourne

These guys were braving it in the 36 degree heat!

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We then headed to our apartment to get ready for my cousins wedding.

Arthur’s Seat

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L&R

L&R

L&R

The next morning I was up early (the only day I could have slept in and couldn’t) so I set off on my own.

I headed toward Chapel street, as our room was not far from there.

I found my way after catching a tram the wrong direction and then heading back the other way to my favourite shop in Chapel Street. IT WAS CLOSED

Apparently I didn’t think about the fact that it was Sunday and everyone was sleeping in.

So instead I headed to find some coffee as I hadn’t had one yet.

I discovered Market Lane Coffee

And it was so yummy, and the sugar was unrefined from sugar cane, never seen it like that before.

I then headed into the Prahran Market for some breakfast. This was my view above.

From here I found my way to the next tram and headed back to the city.

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Melbourne

Federation Square is a happening place. I saw camera clubs, car clubs, book stalls, and more in a matter of minutes.

I had a look through the National Gallery of Victoria I looked at the Flouresce exhibit and Fred Kruger (Not to be confused with Freddy Kruger)

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Then I went over to the Screen Worlds exhibition, which I thought was fantastic, and FREE!!

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Melbourne

Of course I had to take a photo of Darth Vader for my son

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and then Playschool for my daughter

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John Hamblin and Benita Collins

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and who did I see next? My favourite little robot boy.

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Melbourne

After looking through I walked outside to brave the heat and walked straight into this…

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Melbourne

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Melbourne

So next time you are watching Excess Baggage look for me in the background cheering them on!

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It was about lunchtime so I went in search of a place called The Journal which I read about on Photobat‘s photography blog.

I found it and had myself another coffee and a muffin for lunch. It was a fantastic atmosphere and I enjoyed not having to share my food!

On I went to explore more of Melbourne

One of the best things about Melbourne are the buskers. Theses guys were fantastic.

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That afternoon I walked and walked and walked.

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Melbourne

Had Starbucks and walked.

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Melbourne

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Melbourne

By the time I headed to the airport, I was wrecked. Then there was a thunderstorm with fork lightning and the airport got closed for a while. Flight delayed and I didn’t arrive home till 1am, but I had a fantastic time, you certainly know you are alive when you visit Melbourne!

Cahoots Photo Book Service

In my quest to find some quality photo book products within Australia, I came across Cahoots.  Cahoots was started in 2007 by  Catherine Bate and Suzanne McGrechan.  Photographers themselves they started the photo book company business where they saw a lack in providing a quality product  with extra help and support whilst making your photo book.

Cahoots  provide the service to make the book for you or they run workshops to learn how to create the books with their software.

I downloaded the software which was very straight forward, and began to create my book.  As usual I didn’t read the comprehensive help guide but chose to work it out on my own.

I selected to make the 30×30 Luxurious 40 page book with a leather look cover and off I went.

The program had the ability to sort my photos by filename which was great as I chose to create a book from a wedding I attended and all the photos were in a number order.  The auto feature was great, although I like to design things myself so I changed it around anyway.

It was easy to select background colours, there were heaps of page layout options with the ability to sort the templates by how many photos you wanted on a page.

I could also edit photos within the software itself which I found very helpful if I needed to do that extra crop I may have missed beforehand.  The only distracting thing I noticed that even though I started with the auto feature, it gave me a warning that all the pages were too close to the centre, so I had to go and adjust them, even though that is where the program put them.

I also kept going to move the photo within the frame but ended up moving the whole frame.  Habit from using other programs but this feature would be handy, although there are other ways to move and place your photo.

You can add text, frames, and coloured backgrounds, I added some text to the front page but that was it.  More font and background colour options would be great as there was only a small selection to choose from.

I could also upgrade the album cover from a leather look to a photo cover at an extra cost, but I actually wanted to see the quality and look and feel of the leather look, so I went with that.  In choosing the leather look, the barcode that would normally be printed on the back page of the cover (if a photo cover had been chosen) would now be printed on the last photo page.  Something to consider when placing your last photo.

The whole process was easy and I had fun putting the album together.  Sending off the saved file was a simple process also, it took about 20 mins to upload the book.  I had to email Suzanne a few times with a couple of questions and I received a very quick and friendly response.  The service was fantastic.  It takes the albums between 10-15 days to be completed so now I had to wait.

It took a little longer to receive my book as I was informed the ladies were very busy completing orders, not surprising at this time of year, but it was worth the wait.

I opened up the parcel to find a handwritten note, which was lovely.  I love the cover, I think it gives the album a classic look.

I am firstly impressed by the page of vellum covering the text I had printed on the first screen.  I don’t recall reading about the vellum page so that was a nice surprise.

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The images look fantastic, they are true to the colours on my screen, they look great presented in an album nice and big.  I struggled and squinted to see the printing dots which is great, as I don’t want to see them!

The layouts look great, and I love my double page spread.  The paper is nice and thick to turn, and the pages have a nice shine to them but still are somewhat matt.

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The only issue I came across is with the pages I have selected to have a black background, there are visible marks, perhaps roller lines I assume from the printing process.  It is only on the pages that are black, the white and other colours are fine, and the actual image itself is fine, just the background I noticed.  Which is a shame as I really wanted to give this book a 10/10!

Other than that, the whole process from start to finish was simple, enjoyable and I received a lovely book.

Prices for Cahoots books start from $49 for a small 21×21, from $55 for a 21×30 Classic Landscape, from $75 for a 30×30 Large Luxurious, and from $95 for a 30×42 Large Landscape.

I would definitely recommend  Cahoots products and personalised service.

 

UPDATE:  27/1/2012  The couple I gave this wonderful photo book too called me and said their book had stuck together.  Unfortunately they had left it wrapped in the plastic over summer and the book melted.  I contacted Cahoots and they very quickly offered to re-print the book.  I cannot fault their service.  So please don’t leave your printed books wrapped in plastic, or in a hot place like a car, any books should be stored upright, and with plenty of air ventilation.  Consider purchasing a box to store your book in, as long as it is made from acid free materials.

**Disclaimer In return for this blog post I received a voucher to test and try the product and service. All opinions expressed are purely my own personal and honest opinion.

My Baby is Walking

Well it has been an eventful couple of weeks, it started off with my big boy being unwell, he is not often unwell but when he is, it is very quiet so we had a quiet weekend that week.

Then my husband has been home for two weeks on holiday, and I just find I can’t get my normal things done the same way I can when he is not around.  So I am afraid blogging took a back burner – as it should, family comes first.

Sunrise came to town and I forgot my camera, it would have been fun to blog about that but never mind, sometimes you just have to live in the moment.

Then last weekend we had a wedding to attend which was wonderful to spend a whole day being adults, without children to watch out for, and getting dressed up is a lot of fun, and I don’t get to do it much.

Kev and I
At the very end of the weekend, just this past Sunday, our little boy started really taking off walking, he was so proud of himself.
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walking

So that’s been my last two weeks!