How nice is Emerald Park Lake, or as I discussed elsewhere with someone, Lake Treganowan. Was it you Cazzie?
It did not take me long to work out why I like it so much. Amid the Australian bush is a park with a lake, lots of birds, a Puffing Billy railway station, green grass, paddle boats on the lake, but best of all, it is very heavily planted with exotic trees. Poplars, elms, oaks, liquid ambers, spruce and many other species with nary a gum tree in sight. While I love our Aussie bush, nothing can beat these large exotic trees to provide shade, cool and a sense of tranquility.
We had a family gathering there yesterday and it was a perfect day. We met Tradie Brother's girlfriend's teen age son for the first time. Not a bad kid but as the Bone Doctor said, he did not come across as a high achiever.
After a barbecue/picnic lunch, we took Little Jo to see her first steam train. We missed its arrival but it sat at the station for a while. She was fascintated by the sound of the steam train. She jumped a bit when the whistle blew. After five minutes or so, it started off to Gembrook. We waved to all the passengers and many waved back. Just a curiousity here. Online Melways is not working so I checked a detail on Google Maps and according to Google, the train terminates at Emeral Lake. It used to but for quite some time it has been extended to Gembrook via Cockatoo. Google Maps still shows a tram track running into the long demolished South Melbourne Tram Depot, so they don't have a good history with shiny steel rails.
Some, not me because I know it is hard work, decided to have a go on the peddle boats. Tradie Brother and his girlfriend took to one boat, and Bone Doctor and Mother took to another. Of course with much hilarity Mother almost fell in the water as she got into the boat. She found somewhere to prop her feet and let the super fit Bone Doctor do all the work. They raced Tradie Brother for the length of the lake and given only one was pedalling in one boat, Bone Doctor kept up well.
The beautiful early Autumn light was starting to dull, so time to leave and take Mother home.
While the Puffing Billy engine looks relaxed, there was a fierce fire in its boiler fire box, getting ready for the steep climb up from the lake.
This is the only real long shot I took of Emerald Lake Park. Tradie Brother and his girlfriend are heading out to the middle of the lake. Our picnic table was under the tree with the autumn colours.Mother and Bone Doctor set off from the wharf. Not sure why Mother is holding her hat as there was little breeze.