Wednesday, August 31, 2016

across the tiny bridge...

view of the little (single-lane) bridge linking Phillip Island on the right
and Churchill Island where I am standing...
Both islands are across Westernport Bay from the Mornington Peninsula...

small island
hub of magical

Linking to:
Wednesday Waters

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

children and a horse...

children enjoying some time on a little horse statue at Churchill Island yesterday...
Churchill Island is just offshore from the Mornngton Peninsula
and features a delightful Heritage Farm...
Sadly the sun disappeared, while they were on it, hence the misty tone...

let the children play
enjoy the spark of

Linking to:
Ruby Tuesday Too

Monday, August 29, 2016

melt room...

Mt Eliza Melt Room is an unusual name for a coffee shop/cafe at Mount Eliza...
But the taste sensations are delightfully decadent...

melting moments
delightful escape from
diet regimes

Linking to:
Monday Mellow Yellows

Sunday, August 28, 2016

vines in the valley...

view of vineyards at Five Sons Estate, Dromana in 2008...
(Arthurs Seat rises in the background.)
Five Sons Estate is now closed and has become Trofeo Estate.

vines in the valley
romance of soft
winter colours

Linking to:
Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Saturday, August 27, 2016

winter surf...

winter view of London Bridge Ocean Beach at Portsea...

cold, blustery winds
waves surf to shore

Linking to:
Scenic Weekends

Wishing you a wonderful weekend

Friday, August 26, 2016

a glow of colour...

recent winter morning skies over the Dromana Hills...

a glow of colour
hope of some time
without grey rain

Linking to:
SkyWatch Friday

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Ranelagh House...

memorial plaque in a small reserve at Mount Eliza...
It reads:
This memorial was erected in 1973
to honour
John Thomas Smith 1816 - 1879
the first settler on this land which he purchased in 1854.
He built a cottage and later a homestead.
The bricks in the panel beside this plaque are from the original cottage.
He was seven times mayor of Melbourne between 1851 and 1864.
in 1845, Smith built the Queen's Theatre Royal, Melbourne's first theatre.

Today, Ranelagh House (once called Nyora) stands as his homestead.
It was used as Smith's summer house
on a large parcel of land which cultivated wheat and grape vines.
More details HERE.
Ranelagh House was sold in December 2015.
Views of the house are HERE.
Interesting that Smith's main biography HERE
makes no mention of his connection with Mount Eliza.

stories in stories
fame embedded with

Linking to:
Signs, Signs

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

make over...

a section of the refurbished Mornington pier...

faithful old pier
tired beauty needed
a make over

 Linking to:
Wednesday Waters

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Wingback Books...

sign on a little shop that used to sell pre-loved books in Dromana in 2008...
The area is now part of a resort project called Pearl Beach Resort
that has been in the pipeline since 2010... and still nothing...

a small space
once loved but now

Linking to:
Ruby Tuesday Too

Monday, August 22, 2016

raw honey...

sign outside a property at Red Hill...

raw honey
a taste of the country
fresh from the hive

Linking to:
Monday Mellow Yellows

Sunday, August 21, 2016

a fishy seat...

one of many stylish seats in the main street of Mount Eliza...
Mount Eliza is on Port Phillip Bay,
so it is no real surprise to find the outline of a fish or reclining mermaid in the backs of these seats...

a dreaming space
the busy street fades into
seascape fantasies

Linking to:
Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Saturday, August 20, 2016

art of memories...

mural on a community hall wall at Mount Eliza...

images locked
colours of yesterdays
art of memories

Linking to:
Scenic Weekends

Wishing you a wonderful weekend

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