In Melbourne around this time we begin to enjoy some mellow Autumn weather with warm temperatures and sunshine during the day, occasional rain and cool nights comfortable for sleeping. The gardens are beginning to show autumn hues in the deciduous shrubs and trees while a large variety of flowers are blooming. Below you can see in descending order: Plumbago ('blue jasmine'); Aster; Correa; Eremophila ('native fuchsia'); Amaryllis ('naked ladies'); and the ever-lovely 'Just Joey' rose. This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme.
I am away from Melbourne for a few days this week, travelling for work. It's been a while since I travelled and on the one hand it is good as I am remembering past trips and amusing stories, and it is bad as the tiring and hectic part of business travel hits home. For the next few days you'll be getting archival photos, so not exactly farm-fresh, but freshly frozen photos... This post is part of the Mosaic Monday meme,
The Australian pied cormorant, Phalacrocorax varius, also known as the pied cormorant or pied shag, is a medium-sized member of the cormorant family. It is found around the coasts of Australasia. In New Zealand it is usually known either as the pied shag or by its Māori name of Karuhiruhi. Older sources may refer to it as the "yellow-faced cormorant". Although typically found in marine habitat (sometimes solitary, sometimes in pairs, sometimes in vast flocks of hundreds or thousands) it is also attracted to inland waters, including lakes, deep and open swamps, and rivers. The pied cormorant appears to feed largely on benthic fish. It will dive both in shallow, still water and in rapidly moving currents. Typical dive times are around 40 seconds, with a recovery period of 10–15 seconds between dives. Here it is seen in the Yarra Bend Park in Metropolitan Melbourne, living quite happily on the waters of the Yarra River. This post is part of the Saturday Critters meme, and also part of the part of the My Sunday Best meme, and also part of the part of the Camera Critters meme.
Phaseolus vulgaris 'Purple King' beans produce bumper crops of straight, flat beans that are bright purple in colour, contrasting with the green leaves, making them easy to pick. They also have lovely pink flowers, This bean variety crops over an extended period and is a prolific producer of the best tasting beans. Cook lightly, otherwise the pods will turn the normal green in colour, hence its other name, "Magic Bean". Direct sow the seeds 15cm apart in rows that are 45cm apart. Gently push the seed into the soil, cover lightly and water. Poor germination generally reflects over watering and rotting of seed. Beans are a nitrogen fixing crop. Sow in Spring to Summer in a well drained, full sun position. Make sure the soil is not too acidic by the addition of woodash, lime or dolomite. The beans are vigorous climbers so ensure that you give them adequate support. You will be rewarded accordingly! This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme.
Arthurs Seat is a hill and locality on the Mornington Peninsula, within the Shire of Mornington Peninsula, about 75 km south east of Melbourne, Australia. Arthurs Seat is a major tourist attraction, owing to its natural bushland, sweeping views and man-made attractions. The hill rises to 314 meters above sea level. The underlying rocks are Devonian granite, bounded to the west by the Selwyn Fault. The vegetation consists of dry open forest of mixed eucalypt species, which was extensively burnt during a bushfire in 1973 and again in 1997. The indigenous vegetation on the north-west face has been heavily infested with noxious weed and much of the natural vegetation has been cleared away, although several large stands still remain. The summit is connected to nearby seaside suburb of Dromana by a winding tourist road which opened in 1929. The views from the top of the hill are spectacular and the Melbourne city skyline many kilometres away can be seen on a clear day. This post is part of the Wednesday Waters meme, and also part of the Outdoor Wednesday meme, and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme.
St Paul's Cathedral in Melbourne is the metropolitical and cathedral church of the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne, Victoria in Australia. It is the seat of the Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne and Metropolitan of the Province of Victoria. The cathedral, which was built in stages, is a major Melbourne landmark. A distinguished English architect, William Butterfield, designed the cathedral, in the architectural style of Gothic transitional. The foundation stone was laid in 1880 and, on 22 January 1891, the cathedral was consecrated. St Paul's replaced St James Old Cathedral which then stood on the corner of William Street and Collins Street - later moved to a site near the Flagstaff Gardens. To fit the block, the cathedral building is orientated NNW. The erection of the spires began in 1926, to the design of John Barr of Sydney instead of Butterfield's original design. The 1960s saw extensive work completed to the exterior of the cathedral and the T.C. Lewis organ was restored in 1989 by a major National Trust appeal. Major restoration works were completed in 2009 with significant repairs to the spires, the building of the Moorhouse Tower Lantern and the new processional doors. 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.