Monday, September 20, 2021

Monday Mural

I am joining in with Sami and others for Monday Mural. 

We lived in our small and modest house in Balaclava for eight or so years. We have wonderful memories of life there when we had lots of friends, family visits, hosting Christmases, our gorgeous back courtyard with one wall covered in creeping ficus, another with potato creeper, one with wisteria, yet another with ivy, overhung by a large silver birch tree and invaded at times by a neighbours bougainvillea.  

Hydrangeas bloomed in the summer on the well shaded western wall. We had a barbeque and an eight seat outdoor table covered by a huge umbrella. All history and memories now, especially in our locked down lives. Life moves on, things change. No going back. Just great memories. 

The supermarkets and other shops were a couple of minutes walk away, so we never shopped weekly. Almost daily one of us would walk along Woodstock Street from Rosamond Street to the shops.

Woodstock Street is quite different now to what it was. There certainly wasn't a mural on this wall, but there now is. I can't see any meaning in this work, but nevertheless, I like it. 


26 comments:

  1. I really like the mural too.
    Your home sounds beautiful - and I am sure the memories are too.

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    1. EC, we made the best of an 1890s house. The rear courtyard was a very pleasant space.

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  2. Nature's music? I don't know, but it is beautifully detailed in an Alice in Wonderland sort of way, isn't it?

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    1. Nicely phrased and put Debby. Thanks.

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  3. I really love the mural, swan lakish in a beautiful way.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, I really didn't think much about the mural when I saw it. I now have. Thanks.

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  4. What a fun and colorful mural.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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  5. It looks as if it refers to song titles, or lyrics. I thought the same as Debby, it looks very much like Alice in Musicland.

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    1. Cro, not Swan Lake and not Swanee River.

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  6. I have lived in East St Kilda, Balaclava or North Caulfield since returning to Melbourne in Jan 1976. I would love a local beach, but other than that, this is the perfect part of what is now a very large city (5.06 million).

    Daily shopping on foot for fresh food is great, yes!

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    1. Hels, and don't the housing prices now reflect what a good area it is.

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  7. I like the mural, I see a piano and a couple of keyboards, perhaps it was done by the village people to remind others "you can't stop the music".

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    1. I like that River. Thank you.

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  8. Certainly different- lots to look at and try to decipher. Painted 2019 - lookup Mike Makatron

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    1. Cathy, so it Makatron. I have posted his murals in the past. A very talented artist. Thanks for the info.

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  9. Interesting place for a swan,

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    1. Plucking out Swanee River surely TP.

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  10. You must have had a beautiful garden, nice memories of the good old days.
    I found the mural entertains mind you, something different to look at and try and figure out placing of things…the mind boggles.

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    1. Thanks Margaret. Yep, the mind sure boggles.

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  11. Filling the piano with water to provide a place for the swan to swim will almost certainly cause costly damage.

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    1. YP, the water in the short term would just dull down key strike, giving a certain mellowness to the music.

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  12. I like the mural too. I had noticed when we were in St. Thomas (near Woodstock) that there was a Balaclava St. and I wondered where the name came from.

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    1. Jackie, isn't it one of the names associated with the Crimean War?

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  13. Wonderful memories Andrew. I like the mural also, there's a touch of Alice in Wonderland to it ✨

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    1. Again your comment ended up the bin Grace. Sorry. Yes, it is a bit as you say.

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