Melbourne with the Muzzbotts…

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The Gang jumped into the Dreadnought last week for a quick dash to Melbs to pick up the Muzzbotts/have a pre-xmas fall-about with Granny (…with the sub-plot of Sir Galahad’s Exotica-ca Tour de Banksy) and what a jolly good romp it was. Fast and furious, just the way we likes it (as in get in, get out.) Especially at this time of year, when the city’s at its most frenetic; summed up so perfectly by Banksy’s Christ with Shopping Bags…

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Fabbo. All that and more, but perhaps we’ll put it in some sort of vague order…

First up we hung about the Queen Vic Night Market with the Murray boys, as you do…

Chef Iain

fanging

Marky Mark
Ging, Granny and those Murray boys

And then we had our Big Art Fix; Banksy (what else?) Which didn’t disappoint, always so much cooler in the flesh, eh…

Have a nice day

…and, of course, the man himself has the last word…

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Heaps more to see (we just chucked in our personal faves) – totally worth the bother.

And then we were off to our Christmas treat with Granny; High Tea at the Windsor followed by our habitual bevie with Chloe…

Granny and Chloe

…one of our favourite, and enduring, cultural observances.

And then we forgot to take our camera with us on our night out with Marky and Cormack…

…but we had it the next day at Din Tai Fung (where, omg, we thought we’d died and gone to heaven – best dumplings EVER)…

Din Tai Fung

And then we caught up with the lovelies at The Warehouse Pizzeria…

Pizza maestro Norm

Anthony and Adele

…and sugar artist extraordinaire Tina at Sugardrops Cake Studio…

Tina and Iain

xmas gingerbreads from the Sugardrop Cake Studio

…before finally Beating the Retreat…to Toora – for a wind-down in Bevie’s gorgeous garden followed by a divine day at Wilson’s Prom (our first ocean swim of the season)…

foraging with Bev

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Perfeck.

Open studio…

Yesterday marked our first annual Prisoners of the Crown Open Studio day…

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prisoners of the crown

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prisoners of the crown

prisoners of the crown

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prisoners of the crown

And so we had a lovely steady trickling through of ridgy-didge retrogrades for the Mugshot parade…

[Though we did miss a number of you, sorry – couldn’t cover all bases. We’ll make sure we have a dedicated snapper on hand next year. n(Ed)]

Big love to Nicky who drove down from Canberra and back just for the day (sterling effort!) and Meegs for the gladioli and Pimms (fab!)

Next public PoC Open Studio Day: Sunday 12th November 2017

Chevrons…

Megan Bottari, Don't fence me in; Yardbird #2 (from the Chevron series)

Megan Bottari, Don’t fence me in: Yardbirds #2 (from the Chevron series), fused glass, vintage police fence paling.

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Megan Bottari, Don’t fence me in: Yardbirds #2 (from the Chevron series), fused glass, old police fence paling.

We quite like it lurking in the vicinity of Strap-on Neddy – puts us in mind of his arch nemesis Fitzpatrick (the sleazebag police constable who hit on Kate Kelly, precipitating the whole sorry Kelly Gang saga.)