Archive for December, 2014

The Victorian Goldfields Railway
December 30, 2014

DSCN3413

 On Sunday, the 28th of December 2014, my niece and I chuffed our way from Castlemaine to Maldon on a steam train.

The Victorian Goldfields Railway is run by a band of volunteers using a former Victorian Railways branch line which closed in 1976.

DSCN3410

The action in Castlemaine

DSCN3406

 

DSCN3408

 

DSCN3425

 

DSCN3426

 

DSCN3440

DSCN3436

 

DSCN3417

DSCN3419

Muckleford station – a brief rail stop

DSCN3433

 

DSCN3435

 

DSCN3423

 

DSCN3430

 The destination – Maldon Railway Station

 

 

Advertisements

Mica Grange In Spring
December 23, 2014

DSCN3341

 This was my second visit to Mica Grange in Sutton Grange this year. I visited in autumn and now in spring on the 9th of November.

The spring experience was quite different to the first visit – there was a new sculpture exhibition and the spring flowers were blooming.

If you look at the photographs in autumn, you will see how dry the country was whilst in spring, the ground was carpeted with green.

I have decided to publish two posts on the spring visit – this one featuring the new sculpture exhibition and the second, the flowers.

DSCN3347

 Wire wrens hop about in Bede’s vegetable patch.

DSCN3353

I tried to be creative with some of my photographs.

DSCN3356

DSCN3367

Mica Grange provides a grand setting for the sculptures.

DSCN3368

DSCN3372

DSCN3378

 These ceramic poles with their whimsical figures attracted my admiration.

DSCN3374

DSCN3375

DSCN3376

DSCN3383

DSCN3393

I think this group would need to be purchased as a set as they represent the scattering of dandelion fluff.

Forest Edge – Muckleford
December 8, 2014

DSCN3151

 

I have been visiting ‘Forest Edge’ during Castlemaine Garden Festivals for many years now. It has been strange coming to the garden since my Aunt Anne died in 2012. ‘Forest Edge’ was our favourite garden and we noticed how it had expanded and developed on our visits. We spent many happy times picnicking in the shade or sitting on one of the garden seats admiring the view across the gentle valley. We both loved flowers and there is an abundance of blooms in spring. The property backs onto bushland so many bush birds visit the garden. Blue wrens (Superb Fairy-wren) hop about the lawns and flit among the shrubs. We would stand or sit very still to see how close the blue wrens would come to us. The males are like jewels; tiny with bright blue and contrasting black feathers.

My aunt could not resist the plant stall and we enjoyed chatting to the friendly owners, Jill and Graham Hiscock.

There was nothing about this garden we didn’t like.

This year, I visited ‘Forest Edge’ on Saturday, the 1st of November. It was typical ‘Cup’ weather – short periods of sunshine, great, black clouds sweeping across preceded by gusty winds then followed by brief down pours or scatterings of hail.

The garden has something to offer everyone including a large, organic vegetable and berry garden, fruit trees, ponds and rock features. However, when I reviewed the photographs I had taken on the day, I found the majority were of flowers so this is a very floral post. I hope you enjoy.

DSCN3152

Garden art among the flowers.

DSCN3146

 

DSCN3136

 

DSCN3138

 

DSCN3148

Groupings of pots add interest to paved and newly gravelled areas.

DSCN3149

 

DSCN3139

 

DSCN3143

 

DSCN3150

Creative use of a colander.

DSCN3155

DSCN3161

DSCN3162

These fierce creatures are a new addition to appeal to adults and children alike.

DSCN3166

DSCN3172

The garden is watered from dams on the property.