Wednesday, 16 April 2014

CREEK AFTER RAIN

Darebin Creek running through the Darebin Parklands, which after some rain began to flow a little more heavily. Melbourne is experiencing some mellow Autumn days currently.

This post is part of the Waterworld Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Outdoor Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme.



Tuesday, 15 April 2014

EASTER SHOPPING IN COBURG

Coburg is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 8 km north of Melbourne's central business district. Its local government area is the City of Moreland, although a handful of properties on Coburg's eastern boundary are located in the City of Darebin. At the 2011 Census, Coburg had a population of 24,977.

Coburg's boundaries are Gaffney Street and Murray Road in the north, Elizabeth Street and Merri Creek in the east, Moreland Road in the South and Melville Road, Devon Avenue, Sussex Street and West Street in the west. Coburg is designated one of 26 Principal Activity Centres in the Melbourne 2030 Metropolitan Strategy.

The main commercial activity in Coburg is the precinct between Coburg railway station and Sydney Road. Coburg doesn't have an enclosed shopping mall, though it does have four shopping arcades on the west side of Sydney Road. Coburg's main commercial precinct comprises about 250 shops, a small indoor market, several supermarkets and discount stores arranged around large, ground level car parks.

In the 1990s the Victoria Street pedestrian mall was revamped with native trees and bluestone paving and has become an extremely popular place for locals to congregate and enjoy cheap coffee. While Coburg Shopping Centre is very busy during the day, its modest number of restaurants, cafes and bars means that it can be quiet in the evenings. The commercial strip of Sydney Road is continuous from Coburg's southern neighbour Brunswick, but it has a very different character, having so far remained ungentrified.

This post is part of the Our World Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Ruby Tuesday meme.










Monday, 14 April 2014

WARRANDYTE BAKERY MURAL

Warrandyte Bakery is all about location, location, location. It is hard to do better than sit at a table by the Yarra River! Not to mention the lush bush surroundings, calling birds and fresh smell of vegetation and the wood smoke from the bread oven. The fresh bread range made in the wood fire oven on-site is the best, although there are some sweets available (some better than others, but not patisserie quality). Coffee rather expensive and not on par with Melbourne City's (although that is putting the bar up high). Staff could be politer too...

The lovely mural adorns the wall facing the main road and is a delight, merging with the plantings around it. Native birds and native flora decorate the wall, which has two painted shutters and the prominent "Bakery" sign. The mural was painted by Debra Goldsmith.

This post is part of the Monday Mellow Yellows meme,
and also part of the Monday Murals meme,
and also part of the Blue Monday meme.














Sunday, 13 April 2014

WARRANDYTE

Warrandyte is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 24 km north-east of Melbourne's Central Business District. Its local government area is the City of Manningham. At the 2011 Census, Warrandyte had a population of 5,520.

Warrandyte is bounded in the west by the Mullum Mullum Creek and Target Road, in the north by the Yarra River, in the east by Jumping Creek and Anzac Road, and in the south by an irregular line from Reynolds Road, north of Donvale, Park Orchards and Warrandyte South.

Warrandyte was founded as a Victorian town, located in the once gold-rich rolling hills east of Melbourne, and is now on the north-eastern boundary of suburban Melbourne. Gold was first discovered in the town in 1851 and together, with towns like Bendigo and Ballarat, led the way in gold discoveries during the Victorian gold rush. Today Warrandyte retains much of its past in its surviving buildings of the Colonial period and remains a twin community with North Warrandyte, which borders the Yarra River to its north.

The Warrandyte Road Bridge over the Yarra River connects Warrandyte with North Warrandyte. The first bridge was built in 1861, but after its demise, the current bridge was built in 1952.

This post is part of the Scenic Weekends meme,
and also part of the Sunday Bridges meme.









Saturday, 12 April 2014

LA TROBE ST REFLECTIONS

At the corner of La Trobe St and Elizabeth St in the City, a City Circle tram makes its way through the traffic. Above the glass and concrete towers reflect some blue patches of sky.

This post is part of the Weekend Reflections meme,
and also part of the Weekly TopShot meme.




Friday, 11 April 2014

CATHEDRAL SUNRISE

View down Bourke St, towards the East and St Patrick's Catholic Cathedral, early one morning...

This post is part of the Skywatch Friday meme.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

MELBOURNE STREET TREES 69 - MAGNOLIA SEEDS

Magnolia × soulangeana (saucer magnolia) is a hybrid plant in the genus Magnolia and family Magnoliaceae. It is a deciduous tree with large, early-blooming flowers in various shades of white, pink, and purple. It is one of the most commonly used magnolias in horticulture, being widely planted in the British Isles, especially in the south of England; Australia, South Africa and in the United States, especially the east and west coasts.

The first photo below was taken several months ago in Spring and shows off the abundant flowers of this magnificent tree. Now in Autumn, in the next three photos show that seed has set, the pink seed pods and bright red seeds looking quite striking as well!

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme.




Wednesday, 9 April 2014

REVISITING QUEENS PARK, MOONEE PONDS

Queens Park is a significant Municipal Park in Moonee Ponds in the City of Melbourne, Australia. It is located in central Moonee Ponds bound by the following roads; Mount Alexander Road, The Strand, Pascoe Vale Road, Kellaway Avenue. Early travellers heading for the goldfields met here because fresh water was available in the lagoon. Burke and Wills camped here on their fateful journey to cross Australia.

A picturesque cottage is the focal point of the park with its idyllic surrounds and lovely public art pieces, such as mosaics, statues and monuments. A gravel path surrounds the lake where seats and picnic tables are provided beneath old established exotic trees, with the lake a haven for a variety of birds, making for a magical milieu. A rose garden and a sunken garden are part of the many attractions of the park. Music concerts and other entertainments are common on weekends.

This post is part of the Waterworld Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Outdoor Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme,
and also part of the ABC Wednesday meme.