Willy morning

It was a tad cool this morning, for Melbourne, close to 0 deg C where I live. Of course this is the morning I had to have my car at the mechanics at opening, before any cafes had set out their welcome signs. I went for a walk.

I’m not sure who tilted the horizon, but I’m sure those ships sailing towards the heads were grateful.

The city and southeast was looking a little reluctant to start the day.

… and there was frost on the seaweed!

It was glorious to be there. The tide was low and hardly even lapping the beach. There were ducks waddling through low-tide ponds. There was a sign that suggested that humans were welcome to walk unattached or on the end of a leash.

By the time I returned to the mechanics to collect my bags and seek out a cafe to work in, I was warm and restored. Love the sea.

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Road Trip

I’ve been on the road this past week, travelling through Victoria, NSW and ACT. This gorgeous roofline shows just how things were done in the 19 C. Very stylish. The Hay station now houses a museum and some council departments and the tracks only hold stationary carriages. But they do it well.

River road, Hay. There are not many trees south of Hay, but the Murrumbidgee keeps a few close to the banks.

This train-loader thing (yes that is the technical term) was operated manually. 
 

Secret treasures to be found in a country pub (Gundagai). How great are these windows? There was also a fabulous story mural about flood and rescue.

Crisp morning in Gundagai
 
What all the best-dressed trees are wearing this winter
The safest way from here to there is NOT via this bridge 
 This was the rail bridge, but now it’s just decoration.

Budding lovely in Canberra by the lake

Don’t forget to look to the sky

A bower for a largish bower bird

 Chiltern Lake in the cool light of morning

 Still life beneath a tree

 In 1968, the final pharmacist was unable to sell her pharmacy, so she gifted it to the National Trust. Apart from the removal of a few perhaps unstable chemicals, it remains as she left it. There was a pharmacy on this site for over 100 years. To step inside was to hear echoes of long ago. 
 

In a time before literacy was the norm, bottles had different colours and textures designed to keep the user from confusing their rat poison with their cough linctus.

 Sitting alongside older medicines were those that are still in use today – although somewhat past their use by dates.

And in a slightly different window to the past, these flat jugs are displayed in a cabinet in an old theatre. Travelling salesmen would use these ‘flats’ to sell jug and bowl sets. A stunning collection of designs.