Saturday, 22 November 2014


There are some delightful late Spring days when the temperature is just right, there is no wind and the sun shines. What better place in Melbourne than on the Yarra River, close to the Kew Boathouse for a spot of rowing?

This post is part of the Weekend Reflections meme,
and also part of the Weekly TopShot meme,
and also part of the Photo of the Week meme,
and also part of the Scenic Weekends meme.

Friday, 21 November 2014


Coburg North is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 10 km north of Melbourne's central business district. Its local government area is the City of Moreland. At the 2011 Census, Coburg North had a population of 6,576. The suburb lies north of Coburg, and has the same postcode (3058). The majority of Coburg North is zoned residential, though there are some industrial pockets. The major commercial strip on Sydney Road is primarily automotive-related businesses. Merlynston has a small shopping strip with some cafés. The rest of the suburb is reliant on corner shops for everyday needs.

Along the Merri Creek as it runs through Coburg North are some open spaces, parklands and former industrial areas. This view is from the former site of the Kodak factory. About 600 Victorian workers fell victim to the digital age and lost their jobs when the photographic giant Kodak closed its film manufacturing plant there at the end of November 2004. The site is about 20 hectares and located to the east of Edgars Creek. It is surrounded by residential properties along Elizabeth, Boyne, Ronald and Tilley Streets. The site, renamed 'Coburg Hill' is to be redeveloped for residential purposes.

Here, we are looking South towards the City, and all of the open land visible here will be built up in the near future. In the first image, the red asterisk down the bottom, centre, indicates where the photos were taken.

This post is part of the Skywatch Friday meme.

Thursday, 20 November 2014


Our local nursery proclaims that it's high time in Melbourne to plant our tomatoes so we can harvest the first ones before Christmas. There is a bewildering variety of cultivars available and they all look wonderful on the colourful labels of the seedling trays, while the descriptions wax lyrical about the taste and texture of the fruit...

We always put in a few tomato plants every year, a couple in the garden amongst the rose bushes and a couple in pots. I must admit, that although a bumper crop is not assured us each year, even the few tomatoes harvested (whatever the variety) are infinitely better than the plastic ones sold in the greengrocer.

So, off to plant the tomatoes, with lots of organic fertiliser and a good supporting frame, hoping for a good crop for the Christmas salads!

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme,
and also part of the Signs, Signs meme.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014


Fairfield boathouse was established in 1908 by John St Clair as a picnic, camping and refreshment room area. John St Clair was a piano tuner from Smith street Fitzroy, with a vision. He firstly wrote a letter to the Premier suggesting that he open a refreshment room and boat shed area, with motor boats at Fairfield Park.

In 1985 the boathouse was restored and reopened. The derelict building had recently housed squatters and possums. The project took 30,000 hours of restoration work. Meticulous work and an eye for detail was required for rebuilding. Even the gardens have been restored to encourage native birds.

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 Wild Bird Wednesday meme.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014


With only 36 days till Chirstmas, all of the Christmas decorations are up in the City. As usual, the decorations are sumptuous at 333 Collins St, and the customary Christmas tree only adds a minor festive note to the ornate interior of the main foyer.

333 Collins Street is possibly the most ambitious of all post-modern projects from the 90s office boom. The building is the latest reuse of a bank which dates back to 1891. The CBA building was significantly modified in the 1930s with a modern chicagoesque facade. The 333 Collins Street project maintains the original banking chamber dome of the CBA, via a complex feat of engineering.

On top of this the building adds a mass of granite and glass in a step back form. The tower culminates in a copper dome reminiscent of Flinders Street Station, making an impression on the skyline. The effect of cascading masses gives a picturesque silhouette to the building. The Collins Street facade was again remodelled to a semblance of the original Victorian classical building, and a podiums which are sympathetic to neighbouring buildings. This gives the post-modern ability to be read as either a collection of buildings or the one.

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

Monday, 17 November 2014


Rone ( a street artist who has become known for his paintings of glamorous yet enigmatic women, in particular an often recurring image of the so-called "Jane Doe". Rone’s work on the cusp between beauty and decay, the lavish and despoiled, creating an iconic form of urban art with a strongly emotional bent.

Producing many of his early works either through a process of stencilling or screen-printing however, like fellow Everfresh member Meggs, Rone’s movement toward a more freehand style of practice has enabled a certain amount of openness and looseness to seep into his images, a rawness which can perhaps be seen to have enhanced the affective quality they contained.

A key individual in the Melbourne street art scene then, Rone’s images have not only appeared all over his city itself but have increasingly began to appear all around the world too, his trademark figures, his heroic, alluring, cinematic icons manifesting themselves in ever larger, more elaborate and emotive forms.

The mural below is located on the side wall of a single-fronted, one-storey, Victorian terrace house at the corner of Mater St and Wellington Pde in Collingwood. The striking face of the young woman, which is the trade mark of this artist is located next to the flowing text: "Won't Stop", which is painted on some trompe l'oeil cracks and peeling paint in blue and grey. The painted cracks merge with the real cracks on the wall!

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

Sunday, 16 November 2014


The cultivation of elms in Australia began in the first half of the 19th century when European settlers imported species from their former homelands. Owing to the demise of elms in the northern hemisphere as a result of the Dutch elm disease pandemic, the mature trees in Australia's parks and gardens are now regarded as amongst the most significant in the world.

American Elm (Ulmus americana); Chinese Elm (Ulmus parvifolia); Dutch Elm (Ulmus x hollandica); English Elm (Ulmus procera); Wych Elm or Scots Elm (Ulmus glabra) and many others can all be found growing in the temperate climate zones of Australia. The largest number of elm species are found in Victoria. The most common species found in older parks and gardens are the English Elm and the Dutch Elm. In Melbourne, boulevard plantings of elms were established from the latter half of the nineteenth century in Royal Parade (shown here), Victoria Parade and within the Fitzroy Gardens, and are registered as significant by the National Trust of Victoria.

The magnificent trees shown here outside the University of Melbourne provide welcome shade in summer and the green canopy is a welcome sight in the urban environment.

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

Saturday, 15 November 2014


The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre is the name given to two adjacent buildings next to the Yarra River in South Wharf, an inner-city suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Owner and manager of the venues is the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Trust.

The new Convention Centre, on land adjacent to the Exhibition Centre, was completed in 2009. At a cost of A$1 billion, the development consists of a 5541 seat Plenary Hall that can be divided into three separate theatres, 32 meeting rooms of various sizes, a grand banquet room as well as a Hilton hotel, office, residential and retail space.

Polly Woodside is a Belfast-built, three-masted, iron-hulled barque, preserved in Melbourne, Australia, and forming the central feature of the South Wharf precinct. The ship was originally built in Belfast by William J. Woodside and was launched in 1885. Polly Woodside is typical of thousands of smaller iron barques built in the last days of sail, intended for deep water trade around the world and designed to be operated as economically as possible.

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

Friday, 14 November 2014


Webb Bridge (or Web Bridge) is a walkway/cycleway across the Yarra River from the southside housing developments to the northside entertainment, shopping and dining venues at the Melbourne Docklands. It's an interesting, unique-looking bridge which is part of a Melbourne public art project.

Webb Bridge was designed to represent a Koori (Australian aboriginal) eel trap. The bridge reused the remaining sections of the disused Webb Rail Bridge. But because the framework of the bridge does look like a mesh or web, the name Web Bridge may become the more common appellation.

Crossing Webb Bridge from the Yarra River southside area known as Yarra's Edge brings you to Docklands Park on the north side and thence to Victoria Harbour Promenade, Harbour Esplanade with Etihad Stadium on the right, and on to NewQuay and Waterfront City on the north side of Victoria Harbour.

This post is part of the Skywatch Friday meme.

Thursday, 13 November 2014


Trachycarpus fortunei (Chusan palm, windmill palm or Chinese windmill palm) is a palm native to central China (Hubei southwards), south to northern Burma and northern India, growing at altitudes of 100–2,400 m. It is a fan palm, placed in the family Arecaceae, subfamily Coryphoideae, tribe Trachycarpeae.

Trachycarpus fortunei grows to 12–20 m tall on a single stem the diameter of which is up to 15–30 centimetres. The trunk is very rough with the persistent leaf bases clasping the stem as layers of coarse fibrous material. It is a fan palm with the leaves with the long petiole bare except for two rows of small spines, terminating in a rounded fan of numerous leaflets; each leaf is 140–190 centimetres long, with the petiole 60–100 centimetres long, and the leaflets up to 90 centimetres long.

It is a somewhat variable plant, especially as regards its general appearance and some specimens are to be seen with leaf segments having straight and others having drooping tips. The flowers are yellow (male) and greenish (female), about 2–4 millimetres ] across, borne in large branched panicles up to 1 metre long in spring; it is dioecious, with male and female flowers produced on separate trees. The fruit is a yellow to blue-black, reniform (kidney-shaped) drupe 10–12 millimetres long, ripening in mid autumn.

Trachycarpus fortunei has been cultivated in China and Japan for thousands of years, for its coarse but very strong leaf sheath fibre, used for making rope, sacks, and other coarse cloth where great strength is important. The extent of this cultivation means that the exact natural range of the species is uncertain.

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme.