And two weeks ago, during the Festival of Minda, also known as my birthday week, Steve sent afternoon tea to me at work and a beautiful box of Burch and Purchese arrived. For those that watch Australian Masterchef, may recognise the name as Darren Purchese is a bit of a sweet thing king. He has also taken last year's second runner up Kylie Millar under his wing and together they are confectioners extroadinaire.
I didn't eat them all at work and brought them home to share with Steve. Our favourite was the mini gold bullion bar of chocolate with salted caramel. The chocolate was like a delicate shell with this amazing crisp crunch. That's not to say we didn't enjoy the smashed white chocolate slab speckled with intense freeze dried mint and freeze dried strawberry slices and the mint, white chocolate & pistachio persuaders which are like crumbly biscuits and so good with a cup of tea.
We caught a train (first time on a cross country train for me) which was comfortable and headed to Moe where we were picked up by two colleagues who work at our Yallourn office.
So what is at Yallourn? You will find one of EnergyAustralia's brown coal power stations which supplies approximately 22 percent of Victoria’s electricity needs and approximately eight percent of the National Electricity Market. It is a huge and towering sites - the lift goes up to level 18 and the views are pretty spectacular.
You can see on the left hand side of the picture of the view a pipe heading uphill to the power station. That is part of a massive conveyor belt that transports the brown coal from the mine to the power station.
The mine itself is vast and the machinery is so huge it's like watching Transformers. The picture above is the dredger which slices down the mine removing the top layers to get to the coal. Then the huge Caterpiller (there's a picture above with lots of people on it) scoops up the coal. I was surprised by how soft the coal was - like soil and how huge the Caterpiller was.
It was a really interesting day out and definitely gave me a better understanding of the business I work for.
I'm not sure if I mentioned this but whilst we were on holiday during Christmas break we came up with a list of restaurants we want to try in 2013. Other people make resolutions, we come up with an eating has plan! That has kept us busy in the last few weekends.
We've expanded the dates though and last night had dinner with friends too.
And this weekend is Chinese New Year too. So how are we celebrating? Well we haven't had Chinese food although we did take a walk along the Southbank and enjoyed the festivities and decoration.
We spent Saturday morning shopping and having fun buying gifts to take home. Gifts for this little one pictured below...