Archive for November, 2015

Mica Grange Blooming Still
November 19, 2015

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Sunday was a brilliant Central Victorian spring day – mid 20s, not a cloud in the sky, bright sunshine, a slight breeze. I was standing on the slopes of Mt. Alexander, together with a 1,ooo flies, looking out from the Mica Grange garden at the view. Everything around me could be seen in the sharpest of detail – the atmosphere was so clear  – no dust, smoke, heat haze or humidity.

The spring sculpture exhibition was in full swing and so was the garden.

This post concentrates on the garden whilst the next post will feature the sculptures.

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The fairy garden is a new addition.

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It was interesting to compare the garden this spring with last year’s spring garden. This year, the roses were triumphant whilst the proteas were still getting in their stride………..

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………..However, these were the exception.

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This planting of succulents was very eye catching.

 

 

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Port Fairy In Words
November 11, 2015

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This plaque was the genesis of a series of photographs taken when I was holidaying in Port Fairy in September. The notable historic buildings have similar plaques attached to their walls or fences. This sparked my interest in other signs on buildings or structures in the town. Below is a photograph of the historic Methodist Church.

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Some of the plaques have weathered quite a bit unlike the bluestone former courthouse. I didn’t need to read the plaque to know the original purpose of the building as its design is typical of courthouses.

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An apothecaries hall was a first for me. The building which is now a private home, bears an image of a pestle and mortar.

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The Lecture Hall was another first for me. Inside were beautiful examples of pressed metal and painted cherubs.

The plaque on the wall said:

Lecture Hall

1881 – 1882

Land grant 1864

to Belfast Temperance and Philharmonic Society

(Port Fairy was known as Belfast for some years)

The building is still in use as a lecture hall. I attended a lecture given by Clive Blazey, one of the founders of The Diggers Club, as part of the Port Fairy Festival of Words.

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In front of the Lecture Hall is an area of new bluestone paving.

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Perhaps the Russell Clarke reserve was a place Grandma Jean liked to frequent.

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This sign had a sternly serious tone…………

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………….whilst these were light hearted.

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Indulgence, Wheatsheaf
November 2, 2015

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‘Indulgence’ in the tiny settlement of Wheatsheaf was the second garden I visited on the 30th of August this year during the Gardens of Glenlyon open gardens event.

I am ashamed to admit I ran out of puff touring this extensive garden and didn’t quite make it down to the lake. However, there was plenty to see and appreciate:

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Quirky garden art and ornamentation

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Daffodils

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Very serious vegetable garden protection with fancy doors

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Tough shrubs

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Early blossoms

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And this goose and its companions.