Month: June 2014

Top ten things to do in Melbourne (on a budget)

This isn’t going to be your average top ten list. Everyone can open a guide book and read about the Eureka Tower Skydeck, or the Melbourne Aquarium, or the latest glamorous restaurant. I’ll leave those ‘blockbuster’ attractions for you to discover on your own. Instead, this list is made up of personal recommendations from this Melbourne Local to you — specific aspects of Melbourne that resonate most strongly with me as a local. And, of course, they can all be done on a paper-thin budget. So, without further ado, let me present my top ten.   1. Walk the laneways. This is one of the first things I do with visitors. Melbourne’s laneways are one of its most characteristic features; this is where many of its most loved institutions — its street-side cafes, its hidden bars, its street art — can be found. So, try this short walking tour: Begin with the Platform Artists Group in Campbell Arcade, then make your way up through Degraves Street and into Centre Place. From here, ‘do The Block‘ in The Block Arcade, then …

Foster a cat with Paws and Tails

Many of us love animals but find it difficult to commit to keeping a pet — perhaps we travel, move house often, or simply don’t know where we’ll be in a year’s time. If you’re a cat lover currently living in Melbourne, there’s an answer — one that involves helping others as well as feeding our own selfish need for cat cuddles. Paws and Tails (PAT) is a privately run organisation operating in the inner western suburbs to rescue and re-home cats and kittens in need. The organisation is always looking for foster carers to take in cats until they have found a permanent home. The carer is responsible for feeding the cat and worming it where necessary, but any vet bills are covered by PAT. My share-house has been fostering cats and kittens for almost a year now. In that time, we’ve cared for over a dozen animals. As some of these cats have come to us a little traumatised, the adjustment period after the move has sometimes been a bit challenging, but in the …