Friday, 27 May 2016

RAINY DAY AT THE CREEK

Darebin Creek is a creek that runs through the northern suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It is the main watercourse of the Darebin Valley and a major tributary of the Yarra River. For tens of thousands of years it was used as a food and tool source sustainably by the Wurundjeri people, Indigenous Australians of the Kulin nation alliance, who spoke variations of the Woiwurrung language group.

The creek rises on the northern urban fringe of Melbourne north of the suburb of Epping, following a general southerly route and meeting the Yarra at Alphington. The creek forms much of the municipal boundary between the City of Darebin and City of Banyule. Formerly an intermittent stream, increased stormwater runoff with urbanisation of the Darebin Creek catchment has resulted in permanent water flow.

The creek runs through Darebin Parklands, a large nature reserve one or two kilometres northwest of the junction at which the creek meets the Yarra. The Darebin Creek Trail runs along the banks in the lower reaches of the creek. This is the creek at the Darebin Parklands in Fairfield.

This post is part of the Friday Greens meme.







Thursday, 26 May 2016

PHALAENOPSIS ORCHIDS

With Winter fast upon us, the florist shops and nurseries have begun to sell many hothouse favourites that can be used to brighten up one's home. One of these perennial favourites are the potted Phalaenopsis orchids. A dazzling variety of colours and various growing habits ensure that one will be to your liking.

Phalaenopsis Blume (1825), known as moth orchids, abbreviated Phal in the horticultural trade, is an orchid genus of approximately 60 species. Phalaenopsis is one of the most popular orchids in the trade, through the development of many artificial hybrids. It is native to southern China, the Indian Subcontinent, Southeast Asia (Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, etc.), New Guinea, the Bismarck Archipelago, and Queensland.

The generic name from Greek means φαλαινα + οψις "Phalaen[a]-like" and is probably a reference to the genus Phalaena, the name given by Carl Linnaeus to a group of large moths; the flowers of some species supposedly resemble moths in flight. For this reason, the species are sometimes called moth orchids.

Little recent information about their habitat and their ecology in nature is available since little field research has been done in the last decades. Most are epiphytic shade plants; a few are lithophytes. In the wild, some species grow below the canopies of moist and humid lowland forests, protected against direct sunlight; others grow in seasonally dry or cool environments. The species have adapted individually to these three habitats.

Possessing neither pseudobulbs nor rhizome, Phalaenopsis shows a monopodial growth habit: Α single growing stem produces one or two alternate, thick, fleshy, elliptical leaves a year from the top while the older, basal leaves drop off at the same rate. If very healthy, a Phalaenopsis plant can have up to ten or more leaves. The inflorescence, either a raceme or panicle, appears from the stem between the leaves. They bloom in their full glory for several weeks. If kept in the home, the flowers may last two to three months after which a Phalaenopsis Orchid will need to conserve energy for further leaf, bud and root development. Some Phalaenopsis species in Malaysia are known to use subtle weather cues to coordinate mass flowering.

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme.







Wednesday, 25 May 2016

BYE BYE EL NIÑO!

The latest El Niño cycle is over, which could lead to a wet winter, according to the Bureau of Meteorology in their bulletin today. El Niño events cause extensive warming of the Pacific Ocean This leads to lower-than-average rainfall and periods of higher temperatures across Australia. El Niño events occur every three to six years.

The bureau's modelling shows ocean surface temperatures across the tropical Pacific have cooled to neutral levels over the past fortnight. Waters beneath the surface have also cooled. Conditions are back to neutral and the bureau is now on La Niña watch. During La Niña events, rainfall in winter and spring is above average over northern, central and eastern Australia...

We had a rainy afternoon and evening today and more rain is predicted tomorrow with a maximum of 14˚C. I guess Winter is well on its way now.

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








Tuesday, 24 May 2016

AT DOMAINE CHANDON

The Yarra Valley is less than hour’s drive to the northeast of the Melbourne CBD and is the place where Victorian wine-growing started in the mid-19th century. As one goes past the outer suburbs of Melbourne, one encounters rolling hills densely planted with vines, beautiful verdant valleys and distant blue mountain range backdrops. There are lush pastures, beautiful forests and rivers with villages surrounded by bushland like Marysville, Healesville, Yarra Glen and Warburton.

There are many vineyards to visit, ranging from the small family concerns that produce boutique wine ranges in small quantities, to the larger concerns that have many hectares of vines and produce wine by the megalitre each season. There are hundred-year-old vineyards and wineries as well as the new arrivals that have just planted out their vines. One may sample the wines, tour some of the winemaking facilities, and there is no dearth of places to linger over a meal as one discovers the regional fresh produce, well-prepared food that is matched to the local wines in the vineyard restaurants. One may also choose to stay a night or two in a chic boutique B&B, a self-contained cottage, a winery retreat or even a five-star luxury hotel/resort.

We recently visited the Domaine Chandon winery near Yarra Glen.

This post is part of the Our World Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Ruby Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Trees & Bushes meme,
and also part of the Travel Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme.









Monday, 23 May 2016

IN FAIRFIELD

Fairfield is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 6 km north-east of Melbourne's Central Business District. Its local government area are the cities of Darebin and Yarra. At the 2011 Census, Fairfield had a population of 5,946. Its borders are Grange Road to the east, Heidelberg Road to the south, Darebin Road to the north and borders Northcote to the west. Yarra Bend is a locality in Fairfield. Thi is the suburb I live in!

The Station St shopping district currently has 89 businesses operating within it, with 23 cafes/bars/restaurants and 17 food and wine specialists. This strongly reflects the gentrification of the suburb and the shift towards upper-middle class residents. Fairfield has still maintained a multicultural and diverse atmosphere throughout this period, with 20% of Fairfield residents being from non-English speaking backgrounds. Fairfield has significant Greek and Italian communities, with 10.9% and 10.5% of residents being of those ancestries respectively. There are also strong numbers of Chinese, Dutch, German and Indian residents in the suburb.

I like living in this suburb as it is conveniently located to the centre of the City, it is well-supplied with public transport, is fairly quiet (although there is much new building and redevelopment going on presently) and also there are ample parks and parklands and nature reserves all around it.

This post is part of the Monday Mellow Yellows meme,
and also part of the Blue Monday meme,
and also part of the Through my Lens meme,
and also part of the Seasons meme.







Sunday, 22 May 2016

PEEK-A-BOO!

This little dog was having a dip in the Darebin Creek at the weekend. Seemed to be a little shy, but nevertheless enjoyed the water (eventually)!

This post is part of the Saturday Critters meme,
and also part of the Camera Critters meme,
and also part of the Friday Greens meme.



Saturday, 21 May 2016

YARRA SUNRISE

Rowing on the Yarra River has been a popular activity since the beginnings of Melbourne as a City in the mid-19th century. Melbourne's historic rowing boathouses on the banks of the Yarra River in Alexandra Gardens are home to the following Melbourne rowing clubs:
    Banks Rowing Club [1865]

    Mercantile Rowing Club [1880]
    La Trobe University Rowing Club [1969]
    Melbourne Rowing Club [1862]
    Melbourne University Boat Club [1859]
    Yarra Yarra Rowing Club [1871]
    Richmond Rowing Club [1863].


As the sun rises over the Yarra, one can see the members of the various rowing clubs exercising their chosen sports on the cold waters of the river.

This post is part of the Skywatch Friday meme,
and also part of the Orange you Glad It's Friday meme,
and also part of the Saturday Silhouettes meme,
and also part of the Weekend Reflections meme,
and also part of the Scenic Weekends meme.





Friday, 20 May 2016

AT THE FOOTY OVAL

The Australian Football League (AFL) has numerous grounds upon which senior VFL/AFL games have been played. This list comprises current grounds in use, former grounds in use (both major and minor), regional pre-season grounds and international grounds. In accordance with the Laws of Australian football, a ground must be grassed, have a minimum length of 135 metres (443 ft) and a minimum width of 110 metres (360 ft).

Most Australian rules football grounds are also used for cricket, which is also played on a grassed, oval-shaped ground, and it is commonplace for a ground to be used for football in winter and cricket in summer. Due to the popularity of Australian rules football, particularly in southern Australia, most of Australia's largest stadiums by capacity are used for Australian rules football; and it is therefore common to use those stadiums for other high-drawing events, particularly sporting events. Sports such as Rugby and soccer can be readily played on an Australian rules football arena, as their rectangular fields are typically small enough to be set on the larger oval.

We are fortunate in Melbourne to have many other football grounds that are used for junior and regional games. Each suburb may have several of these, which are maintained by the regional councils and each ground is host to one or more junior and/or amateur teams. Here is the Seddon Reserve in Ivanhoe, an inner suburb of Melbourne. The West Ivanhoe Roosters Junior Football Club participates in the Northern Football League and has its home ground on this reserve. There are teams in the U9, U10, U11 and U12 age groups. Games are played on a Sunday morning from April to August.

This post is part of the Friday Greens meme,
and also part of the Skywatch Friday meme.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

THE AUTUMN GARDEN

Our garden is showing it full range of Autumn colours and there is plenty of fruit, flower and leaf that is putting on quite a display.

This post is part of the Skywatch Friday meme,
and also part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme,
and also part of the Friday Greens meme.
Ripening olives
Autumn colouring of Nandina
Pomegranate fruit bursting open
Lilly Pilly fruit 
Red flowering sage
Tree dahlia
Yellow bush daisy
Red gum tree flowers
Plane tree
Chrysanthemum
Crepe myrtle leaves
French lavender