Summer Outings – Grants Picnic Ground

Another Summer tradition, I seem to have so many, but when you live so close to so many gorgeous spots to visit, why not? Grants Picnic Ground, is a lovely spot in the Dandenong Ranges (Near Olinda) for a picnic, they have lovely bush walks, a small cafe and gift shop, but the big draw…

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Summer Outings – Warratina Lavender Farm

Just 1 hour from Melbourne (40 minutes from us), nestled on the gentle slopes of Yarra Valley is Warratina Lavender Farm. Another wonderful piece of the Yarra Valley I have been meaning to visit, but perhaps earlier in the flowering season would have been better, but there were still plenty of blooms. According to their…

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Regular Random – 5 minutes at Silvan Dam

I know I usually do an object, but this week, I thought I would share something from my virtual backyard (I live at the foot of the Dandenongs Ranges). This is Silvan Reservoir, or Silvan Dam, as I always knew it. I have not been up here for a very long time, I have dim…

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Summer Outings – Jack’s Magazine

Moth and I are members of a few different photographic groups, and on a recent field trip, we were allowed two-hour access to the historic Jacks Magazine site, which is only opened to the public for arranged guided tours. This was arranged by one of our members, as a pre-Christmas Lunch outing, something just a…

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Summer Outings – Webb Bridge

Weather in Melbourne is a little funny at the best of times before we hit December 1st (Summer), we had something like 10 days over 30 in a row, it hit the first day of Summer and it was cold wet and miserable, we had a 100 year storm that battered every corner of the…

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Monday Musings…

I am exhausted, a huge week at work, last week, followed by a huge weekend. After spending Friday evening booking flights and hire cars etc, for our trip to Brisbane to see our youngest daughter and her Husband, and then vegetating on the couch in sheer exhaustion. We were up early and running around on…

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Spring Outings – Australian Gardens

I know I have been here with you before, almost as many times as Alowyn Gardens, becoming quite a Spring tradition. This year I took Moth, as he has not been in perhaps 10 years and never with a camera. Australian Gardens is part of the Melbourne Botanic Gardens, but not the lush, green tropical…

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Windows

I decided to go quite literal with this week’s challenge, although I was debating going another direction, hasn’t it been said that Eyes are the Window to the Soul? Well I have plenty of images of eyes but decided that for once I would show windows, all but they last are on wonderful buildings in…

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Bridges

My Marvelous Melbourne is full of wonderful old bridges, as are some of the surrounding areas. From on top, under and from afar, metal, concrete and wonderful old timber trestle bridges, can bring a sense of nostalgia. Sure we have some big modern constructions too, but I like the older ones. The last one is…

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Things with Motors

For this week’s Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge is things wear motors and gear, so I thought I might future these guys; Gog and Magog. They can be found in Melbourne’s oldest iconic arcade; Royal Arcade – which is Australia’s oldest arcade. They strike the bells when the clock chimes on the hour. How is that…

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