Friday, September 24, 2021

COLLINS STREET, MELBOURNE


 The old and the new. 

Thursday, September 23, 2021

NOTES FROM A PANDEMIC


NOTES FROM A PANDEMIC 

I live in Melbourne.  It’s a beautiful city.  I was born here.  I have lived here my whole life. I am proud to call it my home.  Something else lives here.  A virus. Insidious, unwanted, and deadly.  Covid! 

 

I’m not a scientist, doctor, or epidemiologist. I’m not a politician.  I’m a resident.  I know Melbourne’s streets, buildings, parks, and gardens.  I know its sandy beaches, the bay and the four seasons it can throw at me in one day.  I know it’s museums, its art, and its libraries. I know the taste of food from around the world brought by many settlers who also made Melbourne their home. 

 

I am fortunate to be Melburnian. 

 

In early October 2021, Melbourne is expected to break a record.  The longest locked-down city in the world! I am saddened by this record.  I miss the dinners with friends, I miss the hugs from loved ones, I miss the drives into the country.  I am dismayed by the deserted streets, closed businesses, and abandoned face masks strewn on the ground. Yet here I am. Locked in.

 

Perhaps vaccines could have been ordered earlier, quarantine hotels been more secure, borders better controlled. None of this interests me.  Being free of lockdowns is what I need.

 

The virus is a killer. The data speaks for itself. I believe the health officials. If ignored this sinister, highly contagious virus will infect so many our hospitals will rapidly be swamped, and many Melbournians will succumb to this devious disease.  I believe the health experts when they tell me the best way to suppress the virus is vaccination. History cries the loudest.  Smallpox, cholera, rubella. Without vaccinations, some of us would not be here today.

 

I respect freedom of speech, the opinion of others but not when it denies the right to life.  I respect the right to protest but not when the message is hijacked by anarchists out for a fight.

 

I am immensely grateful to the doctors and the nurses, the scientists and the researchers, the police, and their families.  I am thankful to all those who have faced Covid head-on for my future; a future that may be different but one that is mine.

 

It is my responsibility to wear a mask, check in, get tested if needed, quarantine if necessary and it is my responsibility to get vaccinated. I need to do this to protect those that I love.

 

I am a resident of Melbourne.  I want my beautiful home back.


Signed - Joe

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

TODAY WE HAD AN EARTHQUAKE


Today we had a magnitude 5.9 earthquake! News reports suggest it was the largest earthquake in Australia since European settlement. We felt the ground move, the car rock and saw the power lines sway.  Thankfully reports indicate damage was minimal.  Time for a walk on the beach. 

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

CALM


 Hoping for calm.

Monday, September 20, 2021

ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS


 Find a view that feels good and return often.

Sunday, September 19, 2021

TULIPS


 Some colour for your Sunday evening.

Saturday, September 18, 2021

SHIELDED


 On the corner of Queen & Collins Streets stands a Griffin protected by a shield.

Friday, September 17, 2021

ATLAS


 Atlas with the weight of the world on his shoulders,
Seen in Collins Street, Melbourne.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

SPRING HAS SPRUNG


 I think this is a Buddlea but I stand to be corrected by all those green thumbs out there. 

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

SEEN IN ST KILDA


 Architecture from a bygone era.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

WISTERIA


 Wisteria Season has begin in Kings Domain.  

Monday, September 13, 2021

THE GROTTO WATERFALL


Today, next to the Botanic Gardens in Kings Domain we stumbled upon a stone pathway partially obscured by ferns. To our surprise, it led us to pools filled by a waterfall cascading over moss-covered rocks.  A tranquil oasis wonderfully deserted.

Sunday, September 12, 2021

BATHING DOGS IN THE SEA -1892


Back in the day, 24 September 1892 to be precise, the Kerferd Road Pier was the subject of a hearing in the South Melbourne Court! Poor old Mr. Thomas Urquhart was fined for, wait for it ...., bathing his dog in the sea from Kerferd Road Pier. The prosecutor stated he had received numerous complaints from people who had good clothes spoiled by wet dogs. The prosecutor reported he had seen as many as 50 wet dogs running along the pier at one time. Urquhart pleaded guilty. 

Sourced from The Argus via Trove

Saturday, September 11, 2021

CYGNET SATURDAY


 Cuteness overload.
(Photographed at Albert Park Lake)