Monday, January 21, 2008
Sand and surf
I find it a bit odd when I hear of people drowning in Port Phillip Bay. It is usually quite calm, but not always. The other day we took a beach stroll, had coffee and marvelled at the surf beach like conditions.
Kerferd Road Beach is our local, a bit more than a kilometre away and it is a very pleasant family beach. It also has a pier where the odd fisher will try their luck. The pier was damaged a year or so ago in a storm, but it has been repaired. We took a stroll on the pier and the metal grating in the picture is a lower level landing. As a wave came in under it, it worked like a fountain as the grating caught the top of the wave. To see the wave travel the length of the grate was a great effect. At one point the water shot up towards yours truly and I jumped sideways out of the way, only to be hit by water shooting up between planks on the pier. It cooled my ardour and other things, I can tell you.
The (bronze?) sculpture sitting on the wall is pretty cool and very realistic. It looks better in real life than in my picture. The brick to weigh the 'clothing' down is a nice touch.
On the corner of Kerferd Road is what was the Victoria Hotel. Ain't it just grand! A state Premier or federal Prime Minister (Jayne or anyone?) used to live in the house next door in Kerferd Road and the house was recently saved from rapacious developers.
The last picture, left to right, an old convent, private apartments, public housing (government supplied) and the white building is, I think, the Danish Club.