Sunday, January 24, 2010

Roses and wire fences

I saw this garden in Daylesford. The bright colour of the roses stood out against the dry brown grass and the plain wire fence. There was something very suburban summer about it all. I often find roses an odd choice for front and centre in a garden as they spend so much of the year looking like spiky sticks. They are beautiful when they come out though, so maybe it's all worth it.

Also if you have a love for ogling other people's gardens you must visit Faux Fuchsia's blog and see the FF garden.

Daylesford Snapshot

Summer in Daylesford. Flowers everywhere. This weatherboard house caught my eye, the blue almost matched the sky, the rust red roof, even the old grey wooden fence somehow balances the view.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Demolition has begun on Lonsdale House and Caldeonian Lane

I was deeply saddened yesterday to walk past Caledonian Lane and find it blocked off. Pieces were being hacked off the buildings in Caledonian Lane. For now the fa├žade of Lonsdale House is intact but for how long I don't know. Sources suggest that scaffolding will soon be erected.

A protest is planned for tonight at 6pm.

The demolition of Lonsdale House and Caledonian Lane has begun.

Protest this evening (Friday 15th January) at 6pm.

Come to Lonsdale House this evening and show your anger at Myer, the State Government and the City of Melbourne for allowing the destruction of our architectural heritage.

Please bring friends and pass this message along, we need as many people as possible.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Snapshot, Fitzroy

Fitzroy Town Hall by night. It didn't actually have such an eerie, green, 'underwater' appearance, but I like the effect. This is one of my favourite buildings at the moment. I often walk down Napier St to a friend's place and pretty much always stop to look at it, even at about 1:15 in the morning when I took this photo. I love the elegance of the slender clock tower. And the sculptural quality and 'plasticity' that comes from all the layered columns and pilasters.

Snapshot, Melbourne

Interior of the lift at the Athenaeum Library in Collins St.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Sunday, January 3, 2010

St Kilda snapshot

Monument to Councillor Edward O'Donnell, St Kilda.

Here is a notice from The Argus, 15 February 1934, p.8 (from the NLA via the new search engine Trove), which calls for public subscriptions to help erect the monument.

Click to enlarge.

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