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Sunday, March 10, 2019

a short, refreshing walk...


Yesterday morning was sunny...perhaps a little brisk...
but glowing with the spirit of a Summer-going-in-to-Autumn morning...
Before the day unfolded with my other life, I took a walk along my beloved Dromana foreshore...


I hadn't checked out the mural of old Dromana in a while,
so decided to see if it was still faring well...
Clearly, plants had grown, obscuring one large section of the mural on the right...


But my favourite section of the mural was still clearly visible...
The rails that used to run along the pier - to load goods on steamers bound for Port Melbourne - were there in the foreground...
and quaint little shops gathered opposite the pier...
It was built to facilitate the regular landing of Port Phillip Bay’s Steamers – firstly to transport the produce of Arthurs Seat’s logging trade to Melbourne, as well as transporting passengers around the bay. In the latter half of the 19th century, as the tourist industry grew, steamers such as the: PS ‘Ozone’, PS ‘Hygeia’, PS ‘Edina’, PS ‘Weeroona‘ carried passengers to the Mornington Peninsula, whose beaches became a very popular seaside holiday destination. Source: Dromana Pier c. 1860's


As usual, casual runners, cyclists and walkers were active...


and those running to a fitness routine...


and dogs of course...


But I was really there for the quiet walk with trees and the sea views...


Sunday, March 3, 2019

stolen time...


Great to steal a little time before the demands of the day took control again...
This is atmospheric Cafe Jett, in Dromana, about 7am yesterday...
Cafe Jett is right opposite Dromana beach...
I decided to have a Saturday morning breakfast out for the first time in a very long time...
While my appetite was low, nevertheless, the experience was refreshing...


Not long after these photos were taken, quite a number of early risers drifted in...
Meanwhile, I was enjoying some poached eggs on sour dough + cappuccino...


Saturday, March 2, 2019

face lift...


This power box in the main street of Dromana opposite the foreshore
has recently been given a makeover...symbols of sea worlds?


Saturday, February 23, 2019

50th Westernport Festival parade...


 Town crier rings in 50th anniversary of the Westernport Festival
in the main street parade at Hastings today...
The parade element of the festival celebrates the Westernport Bay community
around the Hastings region...
Groups, schools and services take part...
Each year has a theme...
This year, the theme was celebrating diversity, inclusiveness and friendship....


The town crier looked resplendent in his red and black finery
in contrast with the white of the naval band...


The street parade was alive with colour...
Rainbow Connections Youth and Family Group supports
transgender and gender creative children 12 years of age and under,
plus their parents and siblings.
It is the first time that an LGBTQI+ group has ever marched in the Westernport Festival...


I am not sure what this group represents, but it was certainly colourful...


Many primary aged children, representing their school, enjoyed being part of the parade...


Sunday, February 17, 2019

imagination at work...


At last, early this morning, I found some rare, limited time to take photos
while I waited for the chemist to open...
This little guy seemed to be busy at Safety Beach putting his imagination to work...


I'm not quite sure what he was attempting to do...


But he seemed to be enjoying his summer morning on the sands anyway...


busy digging...


and thinking about his next move?...


Saturday, February 2, 2019

Amess House...


Churchill Island is a tiny, scenic island offshore from Phillip Island...
(See HERE,  HERE and HERE for views in previous posts...)
While the sea views are spectacular, the island also features a heritage farm,
with Amess House as a focus.
Lieutenant James Grant landed his ship the Lady Nelson on the island in 1801.
He cleared some land and he planted seeds of wheat and corn.
These were the first agricultural crops planted in Victoria by Europeans.
James named the island after his friend that had given him the seeds
- John Churchill of Dawlish, in Devon, England.
The island was continually farmed from the 1850’s
and was purchased by the Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Samuel Amess in 1872.
(Samuel was also a successful stonemason and builder. He was Mayor in 1869-70,
and became an Alderman in 1879, guaranteeing him a seat on the Melbourne City Council for life.)
He purchased the island for farming and holiday use
and also built a substantial house and outbuildings on the property.
The island remained as a private retreat until the 1970’s,
and in 1972, it was acquired by the Victorian Conservation Trust
who opened the farm to the public.


Many areas inside the house were very difficult to photograph because of the filtered lighting...
But still, they were interesting...


This one was a challenge with venetian filtered light...


Several mannequins in pioneer dress were on display...


Many tables were used as display areas...
Love the sculpted hands holding the book pages...


Special elegance???


Tuesday, January 29, 2019

extra feature...


This woman at the Australia Day celebrations on the Dromana foreshore last Saturday, amused me...
She has her mobile poised...
She is carrying a little dog on a lead under arm...
And there is an odd extra feature on her back...


a donkey bag? a child's bag?


Monday, January 28, 2019

watching...


A member of the Dromana Bay Surf Lifesaving Club
watches the setting up of competition buoys at the Australia Day celebrations in Dromana...


Close up of the surf rescue boards...


And more boards wait on the foreshore to be unloaded...


On the beach, a seagull keeps a watchful eye on the competition markers...


Sunday, January 27, 2019

each to their own...


The great thing about Dromana's Australia Day celebrations
is the foreshore and beach setting allow everyone to find their own entertainment
beyond the crowds...
Yesterday's photos were 8:00am 'pre-crowd'...
This photo was taken when the crowd set in...
The foreshore trail was packed...as can be seen by all the legs at the top of the photo...
(The sea wall becomes a popular sitting area...)
But these 2 children found their own entertainment on the beach...


Some chose to seek greater heights...


And one woman chose a quiet place further away from the main entertainment area
to read a book by the sea...


Saturday, January 26, 2019

Australia Day 2019 today...


It was a beautiful summer morning for Australia Day celebrations on the Dromana foreshore today...
Already, at 8am when the above photo was taken, people were milling around...


People were queuing for the egg and bacon breakfast - gold coin donation
- or the free sausage sandwich...


And the runners were pounding the foreshore trail from Safety Beach
through Dromana to Rosebud...


Some loved to climb...


Some checked out the animals in the animal enclosure...
(Mr Rabbit didn't seem too keen on meeting Mr Dog...)


There were cars to see...


And music to hear...


A great Australia Day morning by a beautiful blue sea under a radiant blue sky...


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