Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Merri Creek stroll part deaux

We broke off our amble, if you'll recall (don't know why I have to keep reminding you what we did) and, having shovelled food down our gullets we waddled off continued on our walk.

*NB Once again, click the piccys to see a larger image. 
Some pics appear sideways but if you click on them they should show up the right way.

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No, I'll readily admit I've developed a fetish for bridges...

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Great written history of the Wurundjeri people's connection to the Merri Merri Creek.

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Isn't it splendid?
Somewhere near Clifton Hill and/or Rushall railway Station.
Couldn't follow the signage, was not very clear.
Sign Fail on this trail.

Read....
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The 2nd plaque was beneath the first one.
Weeds were a bonus extra.

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Oh, look!
A body of water!
I wonder whatever could it be...

I Spy With My Little Borked Eye Something Beginning With Blue....
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Can you see it?

How about I do this...
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Isn't he/she magnificent!


Had to wander away from the Merri Creek for some way and so we passed this twee little wishing well, complete with steps for the fairies
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Tried to put them together - Indigenous mural underneath a railway overpass with the following mural on opposite side of overpass foundation...
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Came across this lovely little Art Deco-style fountain which was dedicated to a former councillor
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Oh, yay, we found the water thingie again!

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Obviously you'll have to click on the pics to read the wording but these were put back in the replacement bridge which was rebuilt by the Country Roads Board (now there's an extinct animal you don't often hear about these days!)

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Ahhh, bliss!

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Pink flower!

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Another fine specimen of a bridge.
Yes, I may have an addiction....

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Know what this is?

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If you can make it out under all the stupid illiterate tagging, it was Wales' bluestone quarry and those stones were the remains of the winch base which hauled up the bluestone.
It was filled in after almost 100 years by Whelan the wrecker...with the remains of wrecked buildings, many of them bluestone mined probably from that very quarry.

A little bit of modern history.
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Goodness, imagine building in a flood zone.... *ahem*

The following is the Victoria Street Litter Trap, with a sign explaining how it works and how it was made from the remains of the quarry winch.
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The following explains how produce has been grown here for over 100 years and which is now watered by roof run-off which then filters down to the Merri Creek.
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This is just a tiny section of the produce area.
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On the other side of the path, right above the creek , were a gazillion fig trees loaded with fruit but there was a chappie in an official-looking vest harvesting the fruit so I wasn't game to A) take his piccy in case he wasn't supposed to be there and B) help myself to a free sample of the delicious looking fruit.

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That flood mark was over my head - most of us would have drowned, not in the filthy water, but under layers of plastic.

*Having walked the Scotchman's Creek Trail today there was a noticable difference in the crap hanging in the trees - less plastic, more natural mulch.

And there we left it, shortly after this last pic was taken we hobbled into Ceres where we guzzled down a delish bottle of NZ organic ginger beer then spied a bus stop for the 903 nearby.

7 comments:

Casdok said...

Drowning under plastic - something out of a horror film...

scottsabode said...

Thanks for the tour!

Beet said...

*gasp* don't tell me you've found a new love!! Whatever will the chimneys think!!

David Thompson said...

Great series of pics and I think it captures the area really well. Some stretches of the creek you could be anywhere in the countryside rather than the inner suburbs of Melbourne. In other places it is all too obvious that you in a built-up urban environment.

Andrew said...

Litter trap is interesting. Best I take a visit myself to investigate. Love the bluey.

Cazzie!!! said...

Here Here, what Andrew said, I am going to go for a stroll there too one day this year.

lavenderbay said...

I want a litter trap too -- will it do the cat box and the newspaper flyers?

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