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Anzac Day

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Anzac day dawned cool and wet.  I had been planning to go to the Dawn Service in Altona but on studying the maps and closed roads I would have a longish walk (as well as the March) and my broken toe is limiting my exploits.(not walking, just wearing shoes!)
So I decided to go in to Federation Square to see the carpet of poppies.
And what a sight.
Several carpets of flowers had been moved to the March Route to the shrine and were just about to be collected and moved back.

 There was still a pipe band going by as I arrived and the road still closed with barriers. Managed to cross to the Square after a short wait.
A chance meeting with Chris (a nursing friend from years ago) in Fed square so had a chat in the light drizzle. Then we had a live feed from Gallipoli Dawn Service and lots of people stopping to hear the  messages.

There were poppies everywhere. 50,000 or more??
The Poppies project was started as a plan by Melbourne based fibre artist Lynn Berry and Margaret Knight to put 120 pop…

Altona Beach

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After cursing the gmail service on my iMac (Parenting Matters gmail has disappeared again..works on my phone) I gave up and headed out for a calming walk along Altona Beach.
A beautiful Autumn day of 20 degrees, and a very light breeze the beach beckoned.

Seaweed collection still going on. Seems to be just this west section of beach  Extreme bay and weather conditions and unfavourable high tides have seen Altona foreshore inundated with record amounts of seaweed over the past two to three weeks.Hobsons Bay City Council has committed extra resources to remove the seaweed but it is gathering as quickly as it is removed. The task is complicated by having to work outside of high tides in the early to mid morning. During the limited times that Council Officers have been able to access the beach at low tides, record amounts of seaweed have been removed, with 140 tonnes of seaweed removed in the first week of March,This compares to 115 tonnes collected during the entire month of March last ye…

About Town

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I have been parking the car in a free or 2 hr zone and walking to the events .
lots of interesting things to see!

Tea Cosies

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I had seen an item about Loani Priors exhibition in Brisbane last year, and her workshops, but she was not in Melbourne. But last week saw a notice of an exhibition at Royal Historical Society of Victoria so popped in. Cnr of A'Beckett St opposite Flagstaff Gardens


What a treat!
Loani Priors says.“I knit from home, in my comfortable knitting chair, dreaming up little woolly objets d’art to adorn the humble teapot.  Tea Cosies.  I knit them, pattern them and give them a funny name.  When I am done, they are photographed like haute couture and published in a book.”
Some of the fun of the exhibits was the names.
Decided to try one 
Picture pending!

Planning the Courtyard

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Our outdoor living space is great Just a slide of the door and there is a sheltered sunny chair to eat, rest and read.
Bu I want to add some atmosphere as well as herbs and plants. It was a bit sparse to start
So I want to make the garden strip a flower bed, and utilise small garden beds for veges and herbs as well as a Trixee Fruit tree in a pot.
So I have been rearranging the pots and raised beds to see where I get the most sun.
The yard is facing North  so the sunniest spot is where the table is against the house! And under the clothes line. So I have moved 2 herb pits (a rosemary and a sage) to that bit of decking.
The sunniest spots however are under cover so will not get rain. 

The stones I have raked off, will be the base for a succulent area but may have to rethink where, as that is the sunny spot.
Maybe use the tank when it rains for the other areas. I cut off a small piece of hose to use from the tank tap, as it has no pressure and couldn't get through the 10mts of hose. …

Paisley Challis Wetland

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In my plan to explore our new area  I decided to explore the area off Kororoit Creek Road, fro m where you can see the sea, Found it is the Paisley Challis Wetland.

From the late nineteenth century, the grassed area adjacent to the wetlands was used as rifle range and military encampment, but was long envisioned as a valuable asset for housing development, a vision realised in the late 1980s after the Commonwealth sold the land to the State of Victoria.Because the activities at the rifle range had ‘protected’ the area for over a century, the wetlands were in essentially pre-European settlement condition. Open grasslands where Western Plains indigenous grasses and flora survived, salt marshes and intertidal mudflats that provide an important habitat for migratory birds still existed.
The adjacent Rifle Range Housing looks over the wetlands and the sea.
It was a cooler windy day so I was buffeted by the wind as I head off, Spencer straining at the leash! Dogs on leash are allowed in some a…