Preparing Your Home For The Holiday Season...

It’s that time of year we all love! Christmas parties, holiday planning, (work cramming), present shopping and late night wrapping. Preparing for the festive season is so important, and it’s not just about the Christmas shopping list. If you’re heading away on holidays you need to prepare a to-do list for getting your property in order. It will protect your home in your absence, and make your return so much smoother. So, get yourself a checklist, and start planning. Now is not a moment too soon! This 20 point checklist should help you tick everything off and set you on the path for a stress free holiday, and a smooth return to reality... 1. Are your pets booked into holiday accommodation o

Focus On: Mt Eliza

Recently ranked as the 14th best suburb in (greater) Melbourne by, Mt Eliza residents would prefer to keep Mt Eliza a secret. Sitting snugly between Frankston South and Mornington, Mt Eliza is a gateway to the Mornington Peninsula. A bustling seaside suburb, the area has a certain ‘je ne se quois’ about it. It’s somewhat elegant and refined, and indeed prestigious, and within an easy 45 minute reach from Melbourne’s CBD it provides a comfortable commute for city workers. The area is bordered Kackeraboite Creek, Humphries Road, Moorooduc Highway, Wooralla Drive, the Mornington railway line, Oakbank Road, Manyung Creek and Port Phillip Bay, and there are several beaches to enjoy

The Local Files: Penny & Clive Blazey

Owners of Heronswood and The Diggers Club, Penny and Clive Blazey are a formidable team. Married for over 50 years, the couple met in 1963 when they had just finished school and wed in 1967 when they had finished university. Clive studied Commerce at Melbourne University (to which Penny attributes Clive’s marketing prowess) and Penny studied History and Anthropology at Monash University (a subject that was first introduced to Victoria in 1964). Clive Blazey is horticultural aristocracy. His father founded Hortico in Melbourne in 1946 and it was his upbringing that stimulated Clive’s obsession with plants. Says Penny, “When I first met Clive in 1963 he talked a lot about plants and knew all

The Racing Spirit - Mornington Racecourse

In the spirit of Melbourne’s Spring Racing Carnival, we couldn’t help but feature the Mornington Peninsula’s very own Mornington Racecourse. Located on Racecourse Rd (of course) in Mornington, this rather spectacular venue was voted the number one country racecourse in Victoria on three separate occasions and is a premier destination for thoroughbred racing, corporate entertaining and major events. The Mornington Racing Club was formed over 125 years ago in 1899 (a successor to the Baxter’s Flat Racing Club which first raced in 1856 near Baxter Park). That's some history. After a hiatus of six years from 1903 to 1909, the Club reformed and racing was established on the Peninsula with some se

Talking Beach Boxes...

Our beautiful Mornington Peninsula offers vibrant coastal villages, a breathtaking hinterland, award winning wineries and acclaimed restaurants, manicured gardens and mazes, geothermal springs and of course renowned golf courses. However with about 45 km of coastline and 26 beaches, it’s the Peninsula’s colourful beaches boxes that have become icons of the area. These stretches of bay beaches are home to more than 1300 beach boxes, many of which have historic and cultural significance. The beach boxes are dotted the length of the Peninsula, from Fisherman’s Beach and Mills Beach in Mornington, Moondah Beach and Ranelagh Beach in Mt Eliza to Mt Martha, Safety Beach, Dromana, McCrae, Rosebud,

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