Thursday, September 22, 2016

Altona Village

I don't know if it is called Altona Village or not. Perhaps it is called Altona Beach. The train station is called Altona. It is a lovely spot and far less busy than its historic neighbour, Williamstown.

At times we travel across the big West Gate Bridge to go to a DIY car wash. It is spacious and cheap, unlike the car washes on this side of town which are neither. It is only about 15 minutes to get there, but there is usually an agenda, lunch, and of late in Altona.

I am not so fond of Norfolk Island Pines, but they tolerate the salty air and look ok at the beach. They were brought to Australia, presumably from Norfolk Island, to use as ship masts, but they very easily broke.


We walked out to the end of the pier after lunch. A couple of people had caught fish.


Another strange plant, to me at least.



It is too difficult to explain the ANA but if you are curious, check here.


I've seen better murals, especially at the other end of Pier Street. I took these in 2011 of brilliant murals. I insist you look at them, and what lovely comments I received for the post.


After lunch, we walked out onto the pier and I was getting a little cross. Why are all these young people taking a stroll on the pier but instead of gazing at the views or water, they are staring at their phone screens.


We sat on a bench for a while to watch the views and talent walking past. Almost every young person was staring at the phone, which set me off on a rant about what the future brings for those obsessed with their phones. Anyone who stares at their phone screens longer than I do is obsessed, like anyone who drinks more than me is a lush or alcoholic. One lad even had a phone in each hand, his eyes darting from one to the other. Then we twigged, or rather R did. Pokemon Go! I have seen it mentioned on Twitter that Altona Beach is a hotspot for Pokemon Go players.

Yes, I have shown you these sculptures before, but aren't they quite good.

18 comments:

  1. I do love wandering with you.
    Love the sculptures.
    Being an obedient soul, I obeyed the command and visited your earlier post. And thoroughly enjoyed it. And the comments.
    Windsmoke has been gone a while now...

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    1. EC, I joked to Windsmoke that he or she, I think I eventually concluded it was him, would be back. He never did come back.

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  2. When my beloved first moved to Melbourne in the 1970s and looked to open medical practices here, he didn't know where the Western Suburbs were. Specialists were desperately needed there, so he spent the next 40 years in Sunshine, Altona etc. Altona and Williamstown were his favourites.

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    1. Hels, I can well imagine that Sunshine might not have been his favourite place. I find the mix of races, younger and older and all in between rather nice in Altona. People there seem very genuine.

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  3. Glad that R is eating again and domestic affairs have been resolved enough for a trip to the sea. Works wonders getting out of the house when there is tension in the air.

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    1. Alas Carol, the outing was a couple of weeks ago. We did take Mother out today, and the ice was a little broken.

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  4. I love the bronze crab and leafy sea dragon sculptures.
    The strange plant is Statice also called Limonium, we have lots of them in the garden fronting the main road here.
    Lovely to have a day at the beach and lunch, does this mean you two are talking again? :)

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    1. River, as I said to Carol, this was a couple of weeks ago. I have just remembered that while I a know plants much better than R, he said at the time it was statice.

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    2. It must be a dwarf variety of statice looking at its size. I used to use statice in floral arrangements and the blooms were typically long stemmed with a flat green foliage running the length of the stem.

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    3. We used to have quite a bit of dried statice in vases.

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  5. The trip does sound promising as to the state of the weather in the High-rise 😊 As you insisted I did look back, I prefer the past mural, this is a little too much like fancy tagging. Love the sculptures, especially the seahorse/dragon, my favourite sea creature!

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    1. Well Grace, all is not hunky dory yet. I like seahorses too. I remember seeing a translucent one in a Singapore aquarium, and also a pink one.

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  6. seahorse looks great .wishing to best of luck for future beach visits

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    1. Thanks, always good to visit the beach, any time of the year.

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  7. You should trip young people walking while staring at phone. It's kind of a fun game for us oldsters to engage.

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    1. Strayer, I always knew there was an evil streak in you so far as humans are concerned, and I love it.

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  8. A young woman fell off St Kilda pier a couple of years ago while looking at her phone and had to be rescued. I'm surprised it doesn't happen more often (or we don't hear about it more often).

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    1. I remember that and I was amused. I expect there are many minor accidents when people are staring at the screens when on foot.

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