Kew darling, our wealthy neighbour on the other side of the river


(Thanks to David Quigley of Newport, who only bought a camera last year, for the beautiful photo of Willsmere.)

Across the river is Kew, though for the purposes of this blog I have appropriated its parklands into greater Abbotsford. The Age has a suburb profile in it today with some interesting bits. The Age’s Domain’s suburb snapshots are slightly interesting: Kew is a suburb of 21,500 folks, while Abbotsford‘s population is only 4,025. Kew’s average house price is over $800,000, while Abbotsford’s average is about $440,000. But back to the profile in The Age today. Continue reading “Kew darling, our wealthy neighbour on the other side of the river”

Yarra boulevard closed to cars on Sunday 12 March

Car-free Bogota freeway

The first Sunday Circuit was on 12 February 2006. There were over 4,000 riders who came out in the sun to do a few laps. The road was closed to motor vehicles at 6am and opened again at midday. The closure allowed drivers to get to the Studley Park Boathouse, and there were arrangements for residents who live on the river side of the road. It’s the same deal on 12 March 2006. This is part of a growing worldwide phenomenon of car free days initiated by the Mayor of Bogota and enthusiastically taken up by Parisians. Continue reading “Yarra boulevard closed to cars on Sunday 12 March”

In the realm of the senses: a short film festival in Yarra Bend Park

Here’s a good film festival and a beautiful website. This is The Age’s take on it, and here is Carnival Askew’s:

For the fifth consecutive year, In the Realm of the Senses returns as an expanded 3 night short film and music festival across the 10th, 11th and 12th March, Labour Day Long Weekend. Screening award winning short films and cutting edge music videos from Australia, New Zealand and India, In The Realm of the Senses provides emerging filmmakers with the opportunity to screen their cinematic gems in a beautiful outdoor setting. Continue reading “In the realm of the senses: a short film festival in Yarra Bend Park”

A King Walk from The Carringbush to Dights Falls

After some beers, you proceed from the Carringbush Hotel up Raphael St and right along Gipps St, down to the pedestrian bridge across the Yarra.

You are in a beautiful part of Studley Park called F.A. Andrews Reserve, where there is a public toilet according to the National Public Toilet Map. Once there, you may see something like the first photo, particularly if you wear glasses and smear them with Vaseline around the edges, or are misty eyed by melancholy. It is the chimney of the Carlton & United Breweries.

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