Tuesday 27 February 2024


Flinders Street 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 Travel Tuesday meme

Monday 26 February 2024


Enjoying the last few days of Summer, as we progress towards March and Autumn! Forecast says 31˚C tomorrow and 35˚C on Wednesday. Make hay while the sun shines!

This post is part of the Mosaic Monday meme,
and also part of the Seasons meme.

Saturday 24 February 2024


A beautiful dog with a lovely temperament waiting for his master outside a shop. He said "hello" to us!

This post is part of the Saturday Critters meme

Friday 23 February 2024


It is bushfire season in Southeastern Australia and yesterday, Thursday 22nd of February, the temperature maximum in Melbourne approached 40˚C. In the Northwest of the state, the temperatures were higher. In Beaufort, a small town near Ballarat, a bushfire started and in a day had burnt 5000 hectares (50 km2) of bushland, with homes and farms destroyed. Today, 10,000 hectares had been burnt and the fire is still burning.

The sky in Melbourne yesterday afternoon was brownish red with a red sun on account of the smoke high in the atmosphere. Fortunately a cool change came through with some rain and things went back to normal in the City. However, while it lasted, the unearthly, apocalyptic light and the red sun was quite frightening. Our climate is changing, our deforestation progresses at an alarming rate and such horrific and catastrophic events are now becoming more and more common and severe.

About 1000 firefighters and dozens of aircraft are still battling (Friday night) an uncontrolled bushfire burning around the Pyrenees Ranges in regional Victoria to Ballarat’s west. The towns of Elmhurst and Amphitheatre on the Pyrenees Highway remain under threat as winds continue to push the fire north-east. It is heart-breaking that farming communities have to evacuate farms and properties, leaving their livestock behind, with no guarantee they will have a home and property to come back to. Even sadder that some of these small farmers have no insurance...

This post is part of the Skywatch Friday meme

Thursday 22 February 2024


The common sunflower (Helianthus annuus) is a species of large annual forb of the genus Helianthus. It is commonly grown as a crop for its edible oily seeds. Apart from cooking oil production, it is also used as livestock forage (as a meal or a silage plant), as bird food, in some industrial applications, and as an ornamental in domestic gardens.

Wild H. annuus is a widely branched annual plant with many flower heads. The domestic sunflower, however, often possesses only a single large inflorescence (flower head) atop an unbranched stem. The plant was first domesticated in the Americas.

Sunflower seeds were brought to Europe from the Americas in the 16th century, where, along with sunflower oil, they became a widespread cooking ingredient. With time, the bulk of industrial-scale production has shifted to Eastern Europe, and (as of 2020) Russia and Ukraine together produce over half of worldwide seed production.

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme

Wednesday 21 February 2024


An expanse of lush lawn in the Darebin Parklands. It should be noted that the majority of the Parklands is planted with native Australian bushland plants. The presence of expanses of lawn in the Parklands, however, raises the question 'have we adopted this English tradition to our detriment in this country?' 

Researchers have warned lawn lovers that their green grass obsession could have a significant impact on the environment. The study conducted by the University of Western Australia and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences looked at research from across the world at the impact of maintaining lawns.

The study found that the upkeep of lawn with its high water consumption, the use of pesticides, and the gas emitted from mowing, were all factors that had a significant impact on the environment.

Conventional grassy lawns as a universal urban ground feature can be replaced with a variety of drought-resistant native plants, new generation of ground-covers or other materials such as mulch and stones. Native plants are designed to cope with Australia’s hot, dry conditions, and while being environmentally friendly they also require far less time and expense to maintain. It’s still really important that we retain areas of lawn for leisure, but there are question marks about how much...

This post is part of the Wordless Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Nature Notes meme.

Monday 19 February 2024


A digital collage/mosaic of three different photos in the same location at different times stitched together  in Photoshop.

This post is part of the Mosaic Monday meme,
and also part of the Seasons meme.

Sunday 18 February 2024