Saturday, 23 July 2016

CLEAR NIGHT

Looking out of my window on a clear Winter's night when the full moon illuminated the gardens and the neighbours' roofs. The cold air made the indigo sky look like velvet and the stars appear like little diamonds.

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

Friday, 22 July 2016

BOURKE ST TRAMS

The Melbourne tramway network is a major form of public transport in Melbourne. As of June 2011, the network consisted of 250 km of track, 487 trams, 30 routes, and 1,763 tram stops. It is the largest urban tramway network in the world, ahead of the networks in St. Petersburg (240 km), Berlin (190 km), Moscow (181 km) and Vienna (172 km). Trams are the second most used form of public transport in overall boardings in Melbourne after the commuter railway network, with a total of 182.7 million passenger trips—a 4.2% year-on-year patronage decline—in the 2012–2013 year.

Trams have operated continuously in Melbourne since 1884, with the opening of a horse tram line in Fairfield. Since then they have become a distinctive part of Melbourne's character and feature in tourism and travel advertising. Melbourne's cable tram system opened in 1885, and expanded to one of the largest in the world. The first electric tram line opened in 1889, but closed only a few years later in 1894. In 1906 electric tram systems were opened in St Kilda and Essendon, marking the start of continuous operation of Melbourne's electric trams. Here are a couple of trams on Bourke St, mid-city.

This post is part of the Friday Greens meme.


Thursday, 21 July 2016

FIRST SIGNS OF SPRING

We are seeing the first signs of Spring in Melbourne gardens with some flowers and trees beginning to bloom. Our weather is becoming quite variable and unstable. Sunny and fair one day, windy, gray and rainy the next. Dry and wet, sunny and overcast - often all four in one day.

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme,
and also part of the Friday Greens meme.
Dandelions
Daphne 
Hairpin Banksia
Snowbell
Lantana 
Wattle 
Hyacinth
African Bush Daisy
Cyclamen

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

YARRA RIVER AT HEIDE

The Yarra River flows through the grounds of the Heide Art Gallery. Whether its Summer or Winter, Autumn or Spring, we love going there and wandering through the gardens and parkland, ending up by the banks of the river. As Winter progresses, the first signs of our Southern Spring come with the blooming of the wattles.

This post is part of the Wednesday Waters meme,
and also part of the Waterworld Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Outdoor Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme.




Tuesday, 19 July 2016

FLINDERS ST STATION, WINTER

Flinders Street railway station is a railway station on the corner of Flinders and Swanston Streets in Melbourne, Australia. It serves the entire metropolitan rail network. Backing onto the city reach of the Yarra River in the heart of the city, the complex covers two whole city blocks and extends from Swanston Street to Queen Street. Flinders Street is served by Metro's suburban services, and V/Line regional services to Gippsland. It is the busiest station on Melbourne's metropolitan network, with some 92.6 million passenger movements recorded in 2011/12.

It was the first railway station in an Australian city and the world's busiest passenger station in the late 1920s. The main station building, completed in 1909, is a cultural icon of Melbourne, with its prominent dome, arched entrance, tower and clocks one of the city's most recognisable landmarks. It is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register. The Melburnian idiom "I'll meet you under the clocks" refers to the row of clocks above the main entrance, which indicate the time-tabled time of departure for trains on each line; another idiom, "I'll meet you on the steps", refers to the wide staircase underneath these clocks. Flinders Street Station is responsible for two of Melbourne's busiest pedestrian crossings, both across Flinders Street, including one of Melbourne's few pedestrian scrambles.

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

Monday, 18 July 2016

AKOONAH PARK MARKET

Akoonah Park is Crown Land reserved as a Show Ground and Recreation Reserve. It is situated in the City of Casey on the eastern edge of Berwick adjoining the Cardinia Creek. The area of 11 hectares has been developed by the volunteer committee of management to provide facilities for the Berwick Agricultural Society and recreational facilities for the community.

The Akoonah Park Committee of Management conduct a very popular weekly Sunday market from their main buildings and surrounds at the highway end of the Reserve. Undercover or outside stalls are available providing a wide range of diverse products for sale. The market operates rain, hail or shine, although it is not open on Berwick Show weekend (last weekend in February). The profits from the running of this market is the major source of funding for maintenance and capital improvements for this park.

We sometimes visit this market and although we invariably buy something or other, we mainly go for the "window shopping" and the "people watching", both of which provide quite a bit of amusement.

This post is part of the Monday Mellow Yellows meme,
and also part of the Blue Monday meme,
and also part of the Through my Lens meme,
and also part of the Seasons meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme.












Sunday, 17 July 2016

EMERALD VIEW

The view towards Cardinia Reservoir from Emerald, in Melbourne's Southeast. It was a brilliant Winter's Day today with sunny, fine weather and the first taste of Spring in the air!

This post is part of the Scenic Weekends meme.
and also part of the Friday Greens meme.

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Friday, 15 July 2016

WINTER SUN AT THE PARKLANDS

The odd sunny day amongst the cold, rainy, gray ones we have been having, takes the edge off Winter and one can detect a hint of Spring as the sun warms one' back...

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