Tuesday, 17 January 2017


The Substation in Newport is one of Melbourne’s most exciting arts destinations, and is quickly establishing a name for itself as a vibrant artistic hub for the people of Hobsons Bay and beyond. After a 15 year restoration process led by a small band of committed volunteers, The Substation opened in 2008 as one of Melbourne’s community-based, contemporary arts venue.

It aspires to be one of Melbourne’s leading presenters of the Arts across all art forms, and boasts a 250 seat, flexible performance space, creative development studio, visual arts workshops & studio spaces, as well as the western suburbs’ most extensive gallery space. The Substation seeks to establish a unique brand of programming that seamless brings together innovative community-based projects and the best of contemporary arts programming. Another initiative that sets Melbourne as the Arts Capital of Australia.

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

Monday, 16 January 2017


It was a hot Summer's day in Melbourne today and what better place to spend it than walking for a while under the shade of the trees by the Darebin Creek in the Parklands.

This post is part of the Weekend Reflections meme,
and also part of the BlueMonday2 meme,
and also part of the Through my Lens meme,
and also part of the Seasons meme.

Sunday, 15 January 2017


The Merri Creek path in Clifton Hill, used by many walkers and cyclists. The Bridge supports Heidelberg Rd, on the right towards City, on the left towards Heidelberg.

This post is part of the Our Beautiful World meme,
and also part of theFriday Greens meme.

Friday, 13 January 2017


The olive (Olea europaea) is a species of small tree in the family Oleaceae, native to the coastal areas of the eastern Mediterranean Basin (the adjoining coastal areas of southeastern Europe, western Asia and northern Africa) as well as northern Iraq, and northern Iran at the south end of the Caspian Sea.

Its fruit, also called the olive, is of major agricultural importance in the Mediterranean region as the source of olive oil. The tree and its fruit give its name to the plant family, which also includes species such as lilacs, jasmine, Forsythia and the true ash trees (Fraxinus). The word olive derives from Latin olīva which is cognate with the Greek ἐλαία (elaía) ultimately from Mycenaean Greek 𐀁𐀨𐀷 (e-ra-wa - "elaiva"), attested in Linear B syllabic script.

The word 'oil' in multiple languages ultimately derives from the name of this tree and its fruit. The climate of the Southern parts of Australia are conducive to the culture of the olive and numerous olive groves are now to be found in Victoria and South Australia. In Melbourne olive trees are common in gardens, but also planted in nature strips along streets. Here are some olives in the Darebin Parklands, showing the clusters of still small fruit.

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

Thursday, 12 January 2017


Lycium ferocissimum (African boxthorn or boxthorn) is a shrub in the nightshade family (Solanaceae). The species is native to Cape Province and Orange Free State in South Africa and has become naturalised in Australia and New Zealand. It is listed on the Noxious Weed List for Australian States and Territories and is a declared noxious weed in the United States.

African boxthorn is a large shrub which grows up to 5 metres high and is covered in spines. The leaves are oval in shape and are 10–40 millimetres long and 4–10 millimetres in width. The solitary flowers emerge from the leaf axils and are purplish. The species was first formally described in 1854 by British botanist John Miers in the Annals and Magazine of Natural History. His description was based on plant material collected from Uitenhage in South Africa.

African boxthorn is an aggressive invader of pastures, roadsides, reserves, remnant bushland and waterways. It forms an impenetrable, spiny thicket that inhibits the movement of stock and provides a haven for feral animals. Many insects, including fruit fly, the common house fly and the tomato fly, breed in the fruit of this weed.

This plant is toxic to humans and will cause discomfort and irritation, but is not life-threatening. The berries, leaves, stems and roots are all poisonous, and can cause nausea, vomiting, breathing difficulties and unconsciousness. Get the person to an emergency department of a hospital ASAP, especially so if they are unconscious.

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

Wednesday, 11 January 2017


Summer is here in Melbourne and last weekend the place to be was at the beaches and on the water. Fun in the sun is something that Melburnians do well, and of course there is an embarrassment of riches in terms of waterways and beaches that they can choose from.

Aspendale is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 27 km south-east from Melbourne's central business district. Its local government area is the City of Kingston. At the 2011 Census, Aspendale had a population of 6,622. Aspendale is bisected by the Nepean Highway and the Frankston Railway line. These provide the main connections to inner Melbourne.

On the beach side of the highway, there is more medium density development, and land prices are very high. Some larger blocks with older houses remain in this area, although many of these larger blocks have been subdivided into flats and units in the past two decades. On the other side of the Nepean Highway, housing is typically low-density, and land values are not as high.

The Eastern boundary of Aspendale is the Mordialloc main drain. This area is very picturesque, with eucalypts and a long gravel track that extends from Mordialloc Creek, past the back of St Louis De Montfort's School to the Edithvale wetlands. The historic Doyles Bridge Hotel is situated at Number 1, Nepean Highway, Aspendale.

This post is part of the Travel Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Wednesday Waters meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme,
and also part of the ABC Wednesday meme.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017


The Yarra River or historically, the Yarra Yarra River, (Aboriginal: Birrarung, and Wongete) is a perennial river in east-central Victoria, Australia. The lower stretches of the river are where the city of Melbourne was established in 1835 and today Greater Melbourne dominates and influences the landscape of its lower reaches. From its source in the Yarra Ranges, it flows 242 kilometres west through the Yarra Valley which opens out into plains as it winds its way through Greater Melbourne before emptying into Hobsons Bay in northernmost Port Phillip.

The river was a major food source and meeting place for indigenous Australians from prehistoric times. Shortly after the arrival of European settlers land clearing forced the remaining Wurundjeri to neighbouring territories and away from the river. Originally called Birrarung by the Wurundjeri, the current name was mistranslated from another Wurundjeri term in the Boonwurrung language; Yarro-yarro, meaning "ever-flowing".

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

Monday, 9 January 2017


Summer is finally here in Melbourne and we are beginning to experience the heat, the dry weather and the visitation of a multitude of insects, mostly of nuisance value: Ants, beetles, spiders, wild bees, flies... Until one stops and looks carefully and sees beauty hiding right up close.

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

Sunday, 8 January 2017


A rather mysterious blue door in an old brick outbuilding in Caulfield, a Melbourne suburb.

This post is part of the My Sunday Photo meme,
and also part of the Photo Sunday meme,
and also part of the Blue Monday meme.