Sunday, October 18, 2020

An Albert Park Lake Amble

It was a a very nice afternoon so I took a stroll to Albert Park Lake. I have cheated a bit. I took the first two photos on another day. A very nice walkway under perhaps Ficus trees to Hallmark Apartments.

Another Victorian house saved, but look how! It is part of the next door cafe where I have been known to buy coffee. While we are used to paying $3.50 to $4 for a decent cup of coffee, it is $4.20 here. However it is very good and a well made coffee and the staff are very nice. I will give The Kettle Black a plug. I may buy coffee there twice a week and one young staff man has tried to remember my name twice (they write you name on the coffee cup) and failed. I think this day he went for Jeff. As an apology for his mistake, he offered me a large free biscuit, but as I was out for a walk and didn't want to eat a biscuit or carry it with me, I declined his kind offer. Later the cynical me thought, well it was half an hour before closing and perhaps the biscuits were to reach their use by date.

I remember when these trees were quite young and I thought they were rubber trees, but it is obvious now that they are Moreton Bay Figs. It is lovely to walk under them. They are going to grow a whole lot larger yet.



While our black swans partner for life, to the surprise of those who know about such things, DNA testing of cygnets has proved that partnered swans behave no better than humans and stray for some fun with another bird. The weed in the water is good and filters stormwater drain runoff as it enters the lake, making for much better water quality. This is a messy arrangement of swans and cygnets.


This appeal to me as a better sense of order. The water craft is for some kind of lake maintenance.  Behind the boat is Gunn island which I thought was a natural mound in what was a swamp, but the internet tells me it was built. I've seen photos of it without vegetation, I assume soon after it was constructed.


This crab apple was past its flowering prime and it is not a great photo as I didn't hang around to check. While school had ended at MacRob Girls School, a male my age taking a photo with a camera lens pointed into a school ground is not a good look.

34 comments:

  1. Love your tree lined walk.
    And yes, you are right, a man pointing a camera into school grounds is immediately suspect (whatever their age). A good thing? Perhaps, but it does tar rather a lot of people with the wrong brush.

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    1. EC, I remember not helping a lost child in Botanic Gardens. I was on my own. I did find a woman to find whoever he was supposed to be with.

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  2. I keep forgetting---summer is on its way for you.

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  3. I like the nod to preserving the building even if it is surrounded by a monster of a building by comparison. I always avoid taking photos of schools or children. Just seems the most sensible thing to do.

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    1. Marie, yes it is better that it was saved. I wouldn't take school building photos during school hours, but otherwise, why not.

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  4. Ever since I asked a dad if I could take a picture of his two daughters frolicking with birds and dogs on a strand on PEI and he recoiled as if I'd bitten him and shouted "No!" at me (a granny with her young granddaughter in tow)I never presumed to take pics of kids again. Odd that the memory you stirred up.

    Lovely pics, the trees remind me of boreens in Ireland. I loved the feeling of canopy.

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    1. Oh WWW. Rather rude of him to be so abrupt. Some people are very sensitive about photos of their children. I take photos of young relatives but I stop posting them on FB once the reach school age, say five.

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  5. We have white swans here and usual there around in January. Depends on size of coffee one gets it any place from $2.00 to $5.00. Although I recall fifty cents a cup for coffee.

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    1. Dora, our 711s sell coffee for $1. It is not terribly good though. Our coffee is almost a completely different drink to yours, although our instant coffee would be the same.

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  6. You have some lovely bushes
    Oh err

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    1. Thanks for the reminder John. I must shave under my arms.

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  7. That lovely white terrace house looks like a doll house in between those giant buildings. Lovely to see the swans and cygnets.

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    1. River, it does look like a dolls house but when built, it would have dominated the street. I missed the cygnets when they were younger this year.

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  8. We have a pair of white swans here in an inlet along the river. They migrate but return every year to raise a nest. As lovely as they are to look at, I've been told that they are quite territorial and attack other native species of water foal, so I guess that we are lucky that it is just the two of them, year after year.

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    1. Debby, they might be territorial against other swans too, hence just one pair.

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  9. Doesn’t seem to be much social distancing between the trees in your first photo but I bet it’s lovely and cool under there on a hot summer’s day.
    And once we’re allowed to go further than 25km :) I might take a trip into town to have coffee at that dinky looking house cum cafe.

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    1. Cathy, nature is laughing at us socially distanced humans. If you are happy to have coffee inside, then it would be fine. Outside, the street is a bit of a wind tunnel. Call me and we will meet up and disappoint each other.

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  10. Albert Park is a pleasure, what with the lake, swans, Victorian homes, trees, parks and boats. Is it more expensive that neighbouring suburbs?

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    1. Hels, prices would be much the same as Middle Park, St Kilda West and parts of South Melbourne.

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  11. That house is stunning, and what an interesting way to preserve it... well done, whoever was responsible. I love those Black Swans too.

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    1. Cro, it beats the alternative...demolition.

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  12. Hi

    I live near a black swan colony and a few years ago looked for information about them. Lots of them have affairs, about 6% divorce rate, 25% are gay. I told my Mum about the way gay swan couples arrange to have temporary lady partners whom they discard once she has laid an egg or three and then the gentlemen swans raise the cygnets. She was part horrified and part envious. Cheers Marie in Perth

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    1. Wow Marie. I remember something about gay swans now you mention it. Not sure I care for such practices, haha. Your Mum's reaction was priceless.

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  13. That house that is now almost buried under the building must be of an age where it would have numerous open fireplaces in it..... How cool would it look if a person were to light a smokey fire in all of them! LOL

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    1. Nice idea Pippa, but I think the fireplaces may have been stripped out. Love the thought of it though.

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  14. That house is just beautiful..shame he didn't remember your name but he tried.
    The swans are always lovely to see, I'm rather partial to such creatures.

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    1. Margaret, while we are used to our black swans, I think in London we saw white swans. Beautiful.

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  15. The underlying message of this blogpost seems to be either "Things are not always what they seem" or "Black swans are no good cheats!"

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    1. YP, talk posh to me and write something that I don't grasp will have me loving you a long time.

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  16. Yeah, I never take pictures near a schoolyard! (Except at the school where I work!) It's incredible how they built that monstrous building over the Victorian house -- at least they saved it, and it's a perfect spot for a cafe.

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    1. Steve, quite a nice outlook too.

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  17. Lovely walk Andrew, what a gorgeous spot to buy your coffee. $4.20 gosh that's good! It's never less than $4.50 here, sometimes more! Beautiful walk under the shade of the trees 💚

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    1. Grace, it remains a mystery to me as to why coffee costs more there than here.

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