Years ago, I was in Melbourne for one of the World Blind Union conferences and I’ve got lots of great memories of this city that still retained the charm of a much smaller town. Now I’m on my way back with my Baking Blind adventure .
I particularly remember a whole series of water features along the popular river bank area that is the centre of social life. Each water feature seemed at least 10 foot tall with water running down the outside and, at night, great gas jets lit up from their tops with amazing whooshes. It wasn’t just one quick burn off but the whole line of water features would come to light in series and patterns of burns – it was just magical for someone who couldn’t see to get a sense through the sound and heat. And there was another water feature of jets that sprang from the pavement – and the children could be occupied for hours dodging between the sporadic spouts.
I remember taking a boat down the river to the sea for a visit to the tiny island crammed with little penguins.
This new visit promises another wonderful series of memories. I’m being hosted by Colin, another former royal Navy Commander, who is arranging for me to cook with Australian Defence Force trainees. Maribel has been championing Baking Blind with local professional chefs so that, between the pair of them, I’ll have a whole variety of cooking experiences.
You can keep in touch with my adventures on YouTube.