A colourful start
These little Superb Fairy-wrens are one of my favourite birds that call our farm home.
A new research project about these sweet and intriguing birds is calling for citizen scientists to help. And it is easy to get involved. Visit The Fairywren Project for more information.
Port of Echuca.
Built in 1865 the Echuca Wharf sits on the Victorian side of the Murray River about 1½ hours drive west of our farm. It was once Australia’s largest inland port where wool & other produce was bought in from isolated stations along the Murray Darling river systems to the railhead at Echuca, transported to Melbourne and then shipped overseas.
Echuca was also the main shipbuilding centre for river transport. The wharf is over 10m high with 3 levels to accommodate the changing levels of the river... it is currently very low.
The Port of Echuca now houses the largest collection of paddlesteamers in the world. The PS Adelaide (pictured far right) was built in 1866 and is the oldest wooden hulled paddlesteamer still operating in the world.
Sometimes you need to make the most of situations that are thrown your way, so last week whilst in Melbourne I did a little exploring of the buildings, backstreets and laneways with my camera in hand.
Thanks to Penny Koukoulas Photography for some guidance along the way.
St Patricks Cathedral
This grand cathedral is one of the oldest in Melbourne and commenced construction in 1858. It is built from bluestone and sandstone and is of Gothic-revival architecture.
The Block Arcade
This heritage shopping arcade was built in 1891. The mosaic tiled floors, glass canopy and carved stone make for a grand stroll through the arcade.
The Block Place
The Block Place is a romantic little pedestrian laneway filled with coffee shops and eateries but once housed stamp dealers, shoe stores and dry cleaners.
The glamorous Cathedral Arcade is a short L-shaped art deco style arcade built in 1925 filled with stained glass & leadlight archways.
Degraves Street is quite often described as the quintessential Melbourne laneway… full of year round alfresco dining, coffee houses, quirky little shops & street art.
Depending on how you see this laneway it is either filled street art or graffiti. Melbourne’s street art culture is quite renowned and is displayed in all its glory in many approved laneways & locations.
So make the most of your little adventures... you just never know what is around the corner.