Without a proper map as my phone maps had let me down, I had to rely on memory of where the wetlands were in Royal Park, and I failed. Walk with me.
It was pretty warm in the sun, and for once I remembered to bring a cap, which I put on. I stopped in the shade of a tree to look at my phone map, and noticed some paper dangling from overhead. It was an active nest, as a bird flew out, maybe a wattle bird.
A pretty patch of oxalis?
I looked one way and I could have been miles from the city.
I looked the other way and it was clear that I was close to the heavy Elliot Avenue and Flemington Road traffic.
I thought I should walk up Manningham Street but I was waylaid by this slightly faded but nice looking house, a gatekeepers house I think. The porthole window is wonderful.
Then I saw the sign 700 metres to Royal Park Station. Ok, the track seems to go the wrong way, but I will follow it. Grumble. Seem to be going uphill a lot. I am getting hot.
Sentry boxes for very short sentries?
Anzac Hall. There were more modern associated buildings. I wonder if this was where the army camp was that Cazzie has written about?
The stupid City Link toll road yellow sticks make their presence felt, even in the park.
The city is not far away.
I seem to be at the high point now. What are these large buildings poking up between the trees out west? One had a curved metal roof.
I would have taken closer photos of this fungus, but I am afraid of joe blakes. It seemed a bit odd to me that the fungus was growing in bright full sunlight. I was walking along the side of the railway line now.
This is a real leg. I saw it moving. I snapped the photo so quickly and moved on, I did not give the camera time to focus. While I might be described as 'adventurous', my imagination could not come up with an explanation as to what was happening.
The State Netball and Hockey Centre, constructed for 2006 Commonwealth Games.
I did not dare take a photo, so sorry gentlemen and ladies, but two lasses were sunbathing in quiet area surrounded by trees. One had her top off. Although I am no expert, they appeared to be a full and upright set.
With relief I spot the back of the zoo and tram wires. That was a very long 700 metre walk.
I intended catching the train and I thought one must be due as I hadn't heard one go past. Then in the distance I heard an approaching tram. It will take me almost to my front door. I hopped on and immediately regretted my snap decision. Had I have caught the train to Flinders Street and the tram home from there, it would have taken half the time. Traffic light after traffic light, people on, people off. I did get to see the new traffic light treatment at the Haymarket roundabout. Seemed ok. The tram crawled through the city and then I was home. Also noted was the new Children's Hospital, about to be reRoyaled when our HM Liz officially opens it next week. The hospital looked quite good. Far be it for me to deny poor little sick kiddies, but it seems odd that our permanently stretched health budget can afford a million dollar aquarium and a live meerkat enclosure for their pleasure. Still, a pittance compared to waste of dollars on the annual Grand Pricks car race.