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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...


Friday, January 25, 2019

it's the season for jet skis...


With each passing summer, it seems that jet skis are becoming bigger and more flashy...
Some seem to be a cross between the original, nifty jet ski
and a mini, jet-propelled boat...
This one was recently parked by Dromana beach...
temporarily of course...




Thursday, January 24, 2019

Australia Day is coming...


Advertisement for Australia Day activities this Saturday 26th January on the Dromana foreshore...


One of many signs along the foreshore trail
advertising the early morning annual Australia Day Fun Run from Safety Beach to Rosebud...


Wednesday, January 23, 2019

supermarket history...


An old long wall at the side of Ritchies Super IGA, Dromana - a supermarket-
has long looked drab and plain 'wallish'...
Now it has a black and white image + a framed bit of history of the supermarket...
(Sadly, I had to stand on this angle to get the full effect of the wall...
To stand in front meant to stand in front of cars entering the car park
- bit dangerous -
or
to stand on the other side of the incoming car park road
and cars - parked - blocked the lower elements of the wall...)


Frankston is a little north of Dromana on my Mornington Peninsula...
My Dromana Super IGA is quite an attractive supermarket - floral displays + cane baskets and wine barrels of goods...
It is the only supermarket I would call appealing...
Tourists love it...


Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Prime Mover...


impressive little boat leaving the Martha Cove boating channel
and heading out to Port Phillip Bay...


Monday, January 21, 2019

last summer...


At this time last year, early summer morning...
the sea was a rich blue at Dromana beach and the day began sunny...


Sunday, January 20, 2019

moody summer morning...


View of Safety Beach and pier looking toward Dromana beach
and Arthurs Seat rising in the background...


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