Phillip Island

January 17, 2017 - 9 Responses

It is high summer so I thought a post about the seaside would be appropriate.

I have been sorting through my photographs and happened upon my 2007 holiday on Phillip Island.

Phillip Island is a major holiday destination in Victoria being an easy drive from Melbourne. It has many attractions for holiday makers and day visitors including international visitors.

Probably the most popular attraction is the Penguin Parade in the warmer months of the year when Little (Fairy) Penguins emerge from the ocean at dusk and scurry across the beach to climb into the sand hills to their underground nests where their hungry chicks are waiting to be fed. It is not easy being a penguin parent, out fishing all day, returning to shore exhausted in the evening, checking for predators, then a dash across the beach in front of excited humans, followed by an arduous climb home. …………then out again before dawn next day.

Whilst this post contains no images of penguins, it does illustrate other island features which appeal to me.

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There are rugged coastlines and surging seas on the ocean side of the island.

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The sheltered,Western Port, side of the island has beaches where you can swim, paddle and fossick to your heart’s content.

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There is coastal vegetation to admire……..

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…. flowering pig faces

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……… grassy tussocks ……….

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……… and enough lichen to keep lichen lovers satisfied.

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In addition to penguins, there is this seagull rookery at the Nobbies, koalas and seals.

Long Term Project Completed At Last!

January 11, 2017 - 11 Responses

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Like many people who knit or crochet, I have projects I have been working on over a number of years –  picking them up and putting them down again for a while as other, smaller projects take priority.

This week I completed this rug which I started about five years ago. It is a mixture of eucalyptus coloured wool and novelty yarns. The wool I inherited from my mother’s stash. Most of the rug is knitted with the exception of the three crochet motifs and the border.

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‘Hmmm, this is nice and snuggly, Margaret.’

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I am planning to give the rug to a family member who lives in a pet free household.

Fryerstown Cemetery

January 4, 2017 - 7 Responses

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Fryerstown is another former booming gold town whose glory days are behind it. Once home to 15,000 people and boasting 25 hotels and 5 breweries, it is now a quiet township of approximately 320 people.

As with other towns in the district, the cemetery is an interesting place to wander around.

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There are the old and modern graves.

 

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Old head stones tell the story of the pioneer families.

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New head stones have been erected by a current generation of Australians to honour their pioneering ancestors.

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These grave sites are distinguished by distinctive images, words and ornamentation.

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Lichen at Llandia, Taradale

December 28, 2016 - 8 Responses

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Llandia was another garden I visited during the 2016 Castlemaine and District Festival of Gardens.

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Australian natives were flowering including grevilleas………

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………and this mint bush.

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The lichen growing on mature deciduous trees was very photogenic.

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It was very pleasant sitting on the verandah enjoying afternoon tea whilst looking out over the garden in the gently falling rain.

 

Down and Out

December 21, 2016 - 4 Responses

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Back in March, some friends and I travelled to Malmsbury on a drawing expedition. I made two drawings that day – one of the Malmsbury Botanic Gardens and this one.

One of my friends likes to draw derelict buildings and these abandoned structures were ideal subjects. Situated beside the Old Calder Highway, they look very forlorn.

I used wax crayon in this drawing.

Forest Edge, Muckleford 2016

December 11, 2016 - 8 Responses

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I have happily revisited Forest Edge during Castlemaine and District Garden Festivals over many years. It is easily my favourite garden and it did not disappoint on Monday, the 31st of October.

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Forest Edge is a large country garden with rural views.

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It has flowers…….

 

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……..lots of flowers……..

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…..lots of roses…….

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……a multitude of rock roses……..

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……….dense with bees……..

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…….. many irises………….

 

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………succulents imaginatively displayed……….

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…………..lots more flowers………..

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………even a moist, shaded corner where Solomon’s Seal can flourish………

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………..There are garden ornaments and garden art to intrigue and delight……….

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……..and finally, these two photographs give only a hint of the productiveness of the garden.

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Gold Coast Souvenir

December 4, 2016 - 9 Responses

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In early August, I visited the Gold Coast in Southern Queensland to see family members and take in some of the sights. After returning from my holiday, I decided to create a collage using tourist maps and images from tourist brochures. This is the result.

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Serenity, Newstead

November 27, 2016 - 7 Responses

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The Castlemaine and District Festival of Gardens was a very busy week. During the week, I visited two open gardens in Newstead – Lacey’s which I posted a few weeks ago and Serenity.

Serenity is right in the heart of the township. It presents a modest frontage, but there is more to Serenity than initially meets the eye. The property extends way back behind the house. As we stood in the back yard, one local remarked she had walked past the property many times and had no idea how big it actually is.

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The garden is heavily planted with members of the daisy clan – reliable performers in Newstead’s tough climate.

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I admired the effect of blue, white and green in this planting.

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I don’t often see foxgloves. There was quite a show in this garden.

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The owners clearly like lots of colour in their garden.

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The owners have added decorative elements to add interest.

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They clearly want to sit and enjoy the garden.

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This garden retreat at the rear of the property is still a work in progress. The interior is not quite finished but the verandah is a joy to behold. It is so inviting.

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Malmsbury Village Fayre 2016

November 20, 2016 - 12 Responses

Today, Sunday the 20th of November, I went to the Malmsbury Village Fayre for the first time. The numbers of people attending the Fayre swelled the population of this small township.

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Motor vehicles lined the roads in all directions.

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The Fayre is held in the Malmsbury Botanic Gardens and adjoining town hall.

 

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The geese listened appreciatively to ……

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…….. the singing of the Yiddish Choir who had travelled from Footscray, a Western suburb of Melbourne and………

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……..the playing of the Gypsy band.

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Fayre goers who were feeling peckish started lining up at the stall selling Halal food …….

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……… whilst the belly dancers swung into action.

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Members of the Malmsbury CFA (Country Fire Authority) were busy feeding people the traditional sausage in bread.

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No Fayre would be complete without instruction in how to load and fire a musket or ……….

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……… a demonstration of medieval sword fighting.

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Green Monster

November 13, 2016 - 15 Responses

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The Castlemaine branch of the Country Women’s Association receives donations of knitted squares which the members make up into rugs which in turn are donated to an organisation in Bendigo which supports women and children escaping domestic violence.

I decided to make a toy using two of the donated squares and adding limbs and features to create this friendly monster. Whilst they are fiddly to make, I wanted the monster to have hands with fingers. I obtained the pattern via a link on another blog.

I had a lot of fun making this toy and I hope there is a child who will enjoy playing with it.