Archive | October 2013

Beauty in dereliction

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This old, derelict building sits opposite the Vue Apartments in Geelong. I can visualise the building as it would have been in its prime. It must have been very striking in those days. It was built in the late 1880’s as a hotel but was converted to the Ritz Flats at some point. Apparently it has been empty and decaying for about 30 years. It’s such a shame it has been let go to the point that it should be bulldozed.

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Point Lonsdale Lighthouse

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My friends and family know how much I love lighthouses. I don’t know what I like about them but whenever we are near one I always want to go and visit it.

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Looking from the lighthouse across the pier to Queenscliff.

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Looking across the heads at Port Phillip Bay to Portsea.

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From here the next piece of land is Antarctica. It’s a beautiful beach to sit and watch the world go by and the waves crashing. That’s one of my favourite sounds.

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Interesting cloud formation.

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Oakdene Vineyards Restaurant & Cellar Door

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This vineyard is on the Bellarine Peninsula, just outside Geelong. Their cellar door is in a new, upside-down house at the end of the driveway. That is just one indication of the eclectic mix of buildings and sculptures on the property.

It’s really interesting to walk around and look at everything. They have a sign near the gate that says ‘browsers welcome’ which is nice and made us comfortable wandering around.

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to try any of the wines. They sell a good variety of cool-climate wines. Our visit coincided with a bus load of wine-tasters and although I went in to try some wine the staff were concentrating on serving the others. We were a little early for lunch so didn’t get to see the restaurant or try the food but they have received a good rating in the current Good Food Guide.

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I wondered how long they took to collect all these bikes and how long they had them. I was joking about people leaving their bikes after trying the wines at the cellar door.

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Barwon Heads…home of tv show ‘Seachange’

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One of my favourite tv shows of the past was Seachange. It was filmed in Barwon Heads and St Leonards on the Bellarine Peninsula near Geelong in the late 1990s. Part of the plot was about demolishing/saving the bridge in the picture below. Many famous Aussie actors featured in the show which also launched the career of David Wenham who has gone on to appear in international movies.

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This building is now a restaurant named ‘At the Heads’. We didn’t go inside but it looks like a nice place to eat. The view over the river mouth is very pretty, especially on one of the few nice days we’ve had lately.

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The town of Barwon Heads is very pretty. I’ve heard it’s a great place for a relaxing holiday. There are craft shops, cafes and restaurants.
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