What shall we do this Sunday sweetie? St Kilda Festival? Chinese New Year in town? 400,000 at the St Kilda Festival? We will give that a miss. The noise of drums and firecrackers for Chinese New Year is horrendous. Been there, done that. Saw a building catch fire from fire crackers and the fire engine push in through the crowds.
We will wash the car at the Altona car wash and then have a nice lunch in Altona Village. The car is now sparkling, inside and out. While it is still a cheap do it yourself car wash, the price of vacuuming the car has doubled. Our lunch was nice, helped by very nice
While our sat nav was continually warning us about a level crossing, there is now an amazing double track train line over Kororoit Creek Road.
But something wasn't right as we approached Altona Village along The Esplanade. I saw a sign, Esplanade closed at Pier Street. It was actually closed earlier than Pier Street. It seems there is a trial summer closure of The Esplanade, giving over the area to pedestrians and cyclists.
We detoured and parked the car and sadly just missed the local Chinese New Year celebrations. We had a lovely lunch in perfect weather outdoors. We strolled down to the beach and
Dahlias used to be grown in people's gardens, but no longer. You have to stake them. I could not resist these when I saw them at South Melbourne Market on Saturday.
People going to St Kilda Festival were constantly at our tram stop below this afternoon, not being able to fit onto trams showing St Kilda Junction - St Kilda Festival, route 16a. They are probably strangers to our tram system, not knowing that many other trams will get them to St Kilda Junction, and from there they have to walk, just as they will have had to from the St Kilda tram. The best educated about our tram system will catch a route 12 tram from the city that will put them right in the heart of the Festival action.
From our balcony, I have never seen Sunday traffic as bad as what it was today, no doubt increased by people heading to St Kilda Festival. 400,000 people have to get to St Kilda some way. We had a very slow Westgate Bridge/Freeway trip back from Altona, for no other reason than the sheer volume of traffic. Big (population) Australia? I don't want. I don't like. Melbourne is past being full.
This photo has been hanging around since last winter. I love the leafless trees in winter.
At a pinch four cars can fit into this car parking space, but selfish parkers make sure not even the the three comfortable car parkers can fit.
Good work with free water City of Hobson Bay. It was the Hobson Bay gay pride gathering yesterday, along a with tranny/sex change beauty contest at some point.
Riding penny farthings is not easy, but this dude made it look like it was.
Pretend bathing boxes. See the yellow table in the right hand distance. It was a table tennis board and we watched some lads constantly picking up the ball from the ground, just as I remember table tennis in my youth.
I leave you with some soft sunset photos.