Monday, December 30, 2019

Wandering the inner suburb Albert Park

These are a mix of photos I have taken when visiting Albert Park, with one lot taken with the old camera and one with the new.

He was a friend of a friend. I think I was about 21 and he was mid 30s and of Mediterranean heritage. One of these shops was his florist shop. We had a fantastic night together in his abode above. He liked the skinny young me and I liked his hairy masculine nicely built body and his experience. But everything comes at a price. He gave me the second worst 'flu I have ever had. Ah, I've just remembered his name. I guess he would be dead now.


The late Sheila Scotter, a doyen of style and deportment and former editor of Vogue Australia lived at The Biltmore. Her Wikipedia entry is a very brief read and she had an interesting personal life.


The Biltmore entrance, built as a coffee palace. In 1928 it became a boarding house. In 1950 it became a residence for Royal Melbourne Hospital nurses. The again back to being a boarding house in 1966. In the mid 1990s it was converted to private apartments, rather grand ones I think.


Ah, also quarters for American army officers during WWII.


I can never understand how workers cottages were built next door around the same time in the late 1890s to much grander two storey terrace houses in a number of Melbourne suburbs.



My, what a large extension to your two storey Victorian era house you have, and is that a swimming pool reflection?


I walked through St Vincents Place South, St VP North is similar, and it was so pleasant. The parkland was designed in the 1850s but hard to believe, it was also once a horse racing track.






Amazingly beautiful bark.


St Vincents Place is surrounded by grand and very expensive housing.



At the bottom of Victoria Avenue there is a view of Station Pier with a cruise ship in port along with the Spirit of Tasmania, a ferry to our island state Tasmania. If our plans come to fruition, we will be on the ferry in March 2020.


The tram route number 1 terminus, confusingly called South Melbourne Beach by Yarra Trams. The sails shade the Sand Park playground where we took Little Jo a number of times.


Just wandering along.



I think this is a government primary school but Guggle is not being helpful.



Trust Lancashire Insurance? I would hope their policies are more clear than the Lancashire accent.


I think this is a proper 1960s Mustang, not a modern new one. Amazingly powerful beasts but so awful to drive.

26 comments:

  1. I do like wandering with you. Thank you.
    Just the abbreviated version suggests that Ms Scotter led a very, very interesting life and no doubt had a number of stories to tell.

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    1. EC, I wonder if there was a biography written about Scotter, or an autobiography.

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  2. your park looks fantastic.

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    1. Gosia, it is quite good and where very rich people live.

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  3. The dogs on the roof are a hoot

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  4. When Randall and I were engaged (a few years later to be my husband) we watched the first Mustangs...when first introduced into Australia...race at Lakeside Race track, a little north of Brisbane...circa 1965...shortly before he headed off to the US.

    In 1967 a Mustang won the race...driven by Ian Geoghegan. Great to watched...loved them...still do!

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    1. Lee, you have the years correct as I remember. They are so powerful and handle so well, but absolutely horrible to drive in normal traffic.

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  5. You have a photo of St Vincents Place but you cannot see just how gorgeous the terraces and gardens are. If I win the Lotto, I will buy the next one of those terrace homes that comes on the market.

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    1. Hels, I forgot there was a St Vincents Place North. I will return and focus more on the houses.

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  6. The dogs on the roof are cute. Albert Park looks like a fabulous suburb, but I suppose you need to win Lotto to buy a house there!
    Have a wonderful 2020 Andrew!

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    1. Sami, as we have come to realise, not even winning Lotto will buy your perfect house. Thanks.

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  7. All housing is expensive in Melbourne. Loved to wander with you. Lucky your exciting night didn't give you more than the flu.

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    1. Diane, thanks. I think it was 1980 when I met John Kosta, just before. I probably dodged a couple of bullets in the very early 1980s but as soon as I knew, I was careful.

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  8. That does look like it could be an enclosed swimming pool, possibly even heated in winter for year round swimming. Maybe the workers cottages were private residences for the "help" in the large houses? I'm glad the 'flu was all he gave you.

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    1. River, I really don't know about the modest housing next to the expensive housing, but I don't think they were the help. Modest compared to the grander houses, but still quite expensive. Re 'flu, see my comment to Diane above.

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  9. The Biltmore is like a Rajasthan Palace. Beautiful.

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  10. Cro, that did not occur to me but I see what you mean. The difference is that in Rajasthan it would be left in a natural state whereas The Biltmore is really well maintained.

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  11. Interesting neighborhood. Definitely a first generation Mustang, even a proper left hand drive car.

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    1. So it is Travel. I hadn't noticed. There are quite a few cars here set up in the 'wrong' way.

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  12. Getting caught up with all hail the Prolific One. Interesting backgrounds on some of those buildings. Fascinated by that internalized homophobia but it made sense. I am glad he is correcting his behaviour. I had such a conversation with Grandgirl yesterday as I saw clearly my own irascible self in her, and not the nice bits. Change can be hard but a wise old shaman once said to me, when in doubt with what's not working for you, do the opposite. Which I have practised.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, that must have been an interesting conversation. Don't be like me in some ways. Yes, indeed change and you have done so of late

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  13. I like your pictures and notice people there drive on the left side of the street. That would be hard for me to adapt to.

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    1. Gigi, when I was young I could have driven on the other side of the road and my sister has driven in the US, but I couldn't do it now.

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  14. After he fled the Philippines, Douglas MacArthur ended up in Australia, didn't he? Maybe he stayed at those quarters.

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    1. I don't think so Kirk. He operated from Victoria Army Barracks and dined there too and I would guess stayed there. I know this because a former long dead workmate was once a table waiter at the Barracks and she said he was the rudest man she had ever met, and once she deliberately spilled either hot soup or hot tea on him, I can't remember which.

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