Saturday, February 27, 2010

The Evil Morning Glory

Filthy mind for you who was attracted by the subject line.

Morning glory vine is to be found along many of our railway lines. It is a pest. If a house abutting a railway line is not maintained, then you can see what happens. In comes the morning glory vine.

This block was interesting. There was some old powered machinery at the back and what appears to be an ex taxi cab. Both are getting smothered by the morning glory vine.


Dear little Milric Cottage has seen better days. It may well disappear under a different kind of vine.


And where was I when I took these photos? Gay men may well recognise this iconic hotel although they may have only seen it in the dark.

37 comments:

  1. Young Gary Anderson and the father-in-law were once in a band called Morning Glory, inspired by smutty innuendo ;)

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  2. I know where you are, I think. Is it Collingwood there or still Abbotsford? No, it must be Collingwood 'cause the town hall is nearby. Fascinating old houses, that yard by the railway has been full of weird junk for years.

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  3. Morning Glory and Agapanthus according to reliable sources are regarded as noxious bastard weeds.

    Guess what plants Moonee Valley council have dotted around the burgh?

    In the patch in front of Casa de Sedgwick both of them have been given pride of place.

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  4. Nothing like a bit of smut Jayne.

    Correct LiD, but it is Abbotsford. I too thought Collingwood. You would think that C'wood Station would be in C'wood.

    LS, I didn't think aggies would be a pest but I can't understand council planting Morning Glory.

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  5. Technically I gather they are a pest.

    (But that's what they said about Justin Madden.)

    Aggies are good. Low maintenance, indestructible and schoolboys like to play sword fights with 'em.

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  6. To be specific - "Agapanthus is not on the noxious weeds lists for any state but is listed as an environmental weed in some council areas."

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  7. Go past there on the train all the time, well I used to. I always found that overgrown backyard interesting.

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  8. Is the pub called "The Carringbush" or something like that?

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  9. it's the same colour as the peel, but it's been a long time since i was round that area.
    I like the colour of the morning glory flowers, shame they're such a weed. I wonder if this common variety has the hallucinogenic seeds!

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  10. Anonymous6:25 pm

    its pretty, that helps. Easy to control if you want to. What machinery was there? - might be interested. Reminds me of places I used to live in, a long time ago. The hotel? - looks vaguely familiar, as does the street-scape.
    Michael.

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  11. Don't talk to me about Madden LS. He needs a good over the knee spanking before he will show any sign of humiliation. I have not seen aggies self seeding or spreading willfully. The council planted the large variety near Barry O. Jones place and then replaced them with miniatures when they blocked motorist vision at a corner.

    Ben, seems to be a block of land many people have observed. More about the area to come. Yes, Carringbush Hotel. Lovely old Vickers Gin sign visible when you are on the 'down'.

    Fen, not sure I have seen the Peel in daylight. The pub is the Laird of course. I set Mutant up to comment and he is MIA. Agree about Morning Glory. It is not hard stemmed like ivy and ficus. Actually, I don't know that, just guessing.

    Michael, the hotel is the Laird o' Cockpen in Gipps Street, a long time gay hotel. Damn, I worked out what the machine was at the time but I forget now.

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  12. Just round the corner from my place - oddly, Collingwood Town Hall is in Abbotsford, Abbotsford Post Office is in Collingwood. But Abbotsford was once part of Collingwood - another fallout from municipal amalgamation. - Frank

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  13. The above wasn't me. Here is what I replied.

    Comment on the wrong post Frank. I have done the same. Are comments at the top or the bottom? I will cut and paste to the right post. I should have thought about why C'wood Town Hall is in Abbotsford. Abbotsford was of course under City of Collingwood. S'pose it is Yarra now.

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  14. Anonymous11:21 pm

    Is that really the Laird? God, I didn't recognise it! And I've seen it in both daylight and at night. Vik.

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  15. Morning Glory Vine might be considered a pest in Oz. Personally I think it looks a damned sight better than the vandalism we get alongside railway tracks in Blighty.

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  16. It is indeed Vik. You been inside? I can't remember. Of course it is men only now.

    Brian, I can guess where we got it from, the same place as many of our plant and pest species.

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  17. Morning bloody glory!!! The glory will be if ever I can get rid of the mongrel stuff...I have tidal creek behind my place and since they ordered that no one was allowed to clear up growth below bank level...lantana and morning glory and every bloody nuisance vine on the planet seems to have taken up residence - in forbidding any of us to touch below the bank line, they forgot to appoint someone to actually do anything at all...

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  18. I don't think the word 'iconic' applies to the Peel, though I think Laird is certainly worthy of that title!

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  19. Anonymous6:12 pm

    Yeah, I've been in the Laird loads of times. When bootscooting first became popular in the gay/leso world, there were regular bootscooting nights on a Sunday, I think. And I occasionally went for a drink there with Mark. I quite liked the Laird. Never felt uncomfortable there, unlike the Peel... Vik.

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  20. MC, what an absurdity. Lantana is grown here, but because it is a colder climate, it does not get get out of control.

    I don't agree Ian. For someone my age, the Laird is iconic and so is the Peel, even though it is now unrecognisable inside to me.

    Vik, who is Mark? I think there was a Thursday night bootscoot event too. Long overdue email coming soon.

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  21. Despite my absence (offline this weekend, sorry) I spotted it as the Laird immediately - the building is a little hard to pick from that angle, but you can't really miss my car parked out the front!

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  22. "I can guess where we got it from, the same place as many of our plant and pest species."

    Woolworths?

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  23. Haha Mutant. When have you ever been at the Laird in the daylight.

    England Brian. There is a long list. Actually I don't think Morning Glory came from England though.

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  24. Andrew, you'd be surpised - don't forget the drinkin' starts particularly early on Sundays, then there's the mornings I have to go back and pick up my car after the previous nights sins, not to mention the times I've parked there and waited for hours for the bloody place to open.

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  25. Mutant, I am a bit thick at times. Of course, it would still be there from the night before.

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  26. Old Charlie Callander was property steward at Richmond footy club. Opposite the ground in Punt Road there was a brothel in one of the terraces. One night during training two of the players pinched Charlie's pushbike and put it on the front veranda, then phoned his wife and told her where it was. "Old bugger," she said, "He must be romancin' himself."

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  27. I remember the brothel, or were there two?

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  28. I don't know either. I just remember there weren't enough to keep a smile on my dial.

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  29. There might have been two, the one I remember had very good signage, you couldn't miss it.
    There's a place in Williamstown advertising in the local rag. It had a special on a while back: "Forty dollars for men in a hurry." It'd be quick alright.

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  30. You animal LS!!!

    RH, that is cheap. Five minutes I'd reckon. Enough for most blokes I suppose.

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  31. "Five minutes I'd reckon. Enough for most blokes I suppose."

    That's rather generous Shirl. I'd go for Chopin's Minute Waltz.

    Mind you. "I've been to Nice and the isle of Greece while I've sipped champagne on a yacht I've been to paradise, but ... " luckily I've never been to Kalgoorlie.

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  32. LS, reminds me of a picture in the book A Day in the Life of Australia. It was of the brothels in Kalgoorlie. Great photo, but they were not at all glamourous.

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  33. I don't last long if they're good looking.

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  34. RH, the question women might like answered is can you last long?

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  35. No dame will ever be asking you that question, poor chap.

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  36. I went there exploring with friends. It's totally abandoned. Except when we left some dogs were barking at us from the windows. But I guess they're just guard dogs that can be taken care of with drugged meat.

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  37. The neglected timber house Reuben? I am sure you would not drug dogs.

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