Archive | January 2013

Word of the week photo challenge: Weather

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In March 2010, Victoria went through one of the worst storms we’d ever experienced. Some of the hail stones were the size of golf balls while others were as large as tennis balls. My suburb was one of the worst affected. My car had to be written off by the insurance company due to hundreds of dents caused by the hailstones. It was a mess. It was also a blessing in disguise because I’d been planning to get a new car soon anyway. My suburb almost became the new car capital of Melbourne, there were so many of them around. The photo was taken in the middle of the storm.

My house also suffered damage. The front window got smashed and the hail broke through the skylight in the family room. There was minor flooding in that room. The pergola roof got smashed over my entertaining area. Even now, three years later, I’m still finding little bits of the plastic from that roof. Around thirty roof tiles had to be replaced. It took around six months for everything to be as it was before the storm. A lot of plants in the garden were badly damaged as well.

If you want to read morea about the storm you can find it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_Melbourne_storm.

If you would like to know more about these challenges, the original post is here http://suellewellyn2011.wordpress.com/2013/01/19/a-word-a-week-photo-challenge-weather/

More street art: The many faces of Fitzroy

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These photos are from the one piece of street art in a side street off Brunswick St. It is such an intricate design. It must have taken a long time to design it let alone paint it. It was so good I wanted to put them in a post of their own.

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Even a tv dumped by the side of the road isn’t safe from being painted.

Street art in Melbourne: Fitzroy (part 1)

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Last weekend I was itching to go somewhere and take some photos. I put out a call on Facebook for suggestions and one of my friends suggested I go to Johnston St, Fiztroy to look at the street art. That area is well known for it’s art. There are lots of small streets and laneways with plain brick walls that provide the perfect canvas for street artists. I love this kind of art. A lot of people hate it, calling it grafitti but it’s much more than that. These artists are so talented and are encouraged to paint in this area. There’s a lot of similar artwork in the famous laneways of the CBD.

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Eating House, Rowville (Melbourne)

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This local restaurant is a favourite amongst locals. It’s a good family restaurant with a touch of gourmet on the menu.

Above is a Moroccan Chicken Salad with mixed leaves, apple, caramelised walnuts, feta and mango aioli. It looked delicious but it was my friend’s meal.

My main meal was a Seafood Paella which wasn’t quite what I expected and a little heavy. I wished I’d ordered a salad instead.

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Before that though we ordered entrees of Bruschetta and Tempura Battered Zucchini flowers stuffed with goats cheese and chives.

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I’d had a fairly frustrating day at work so decided to shout myself a cocktail. There were a lot to choose from but I settled on a Mudslide. It was delicious. So icy cold and thick.

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Word of the Week Photo Challenge: Illumination (2)

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Earlier today I came across this photo while looking for something for another project I’m working on. I love this sculpture which sits on the Melbourne Riverwalk, just beside Federation Square in Melbourne. It fits this challenge perfectly so I decided to post it today. I love the way it is illuminated at night.

Details of the challenge can be found here: http://suellewellyn2011.wordpress.com/2013/01/15/weekly-photo-challenge-illumination-or-waiting-for-the-train/#like-9309

Word of the Week Photo Challenge: Illumination

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This is Flinders St station, one of Melbourne’s famous landmarks. It glows bright gold at night and is such a beautiful sight when greeted by it.

Details of this weeks challenge can be found here http://suellewellyn2011.wordpress.com/2013/01/15/weekly-photo-challenge-illumination-or-waiting-for-the-train/#like-9309