Monday, March 7, 2011

Merri Creek walking trail tour Part 1, pack a cut lunch!

Right, we hopped on the train to Richmond where we leapt off and caught the 246 bus to Johnson Street, then hoofed it to Trenerry Crescent where we began following the Yarra River....

*NB -click on the images for a larger version to SEE things better.

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Love the fact the origin/history of the street name is included.
Other councils - take note!

Wandered down a side street that led to the river, passed what was once a mill of some sort...
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See! We found it!

I must point out at this stage that gazillions of blackberries have taken over suburbia; once it was just the curse in the country now the damn things (albeit yummy damn things) are running rampant through deserted developments, run-down houses, etc.
And the ones that haven't been sprayed?
Taste mighty damn fine....

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Water.
No, really, it IS water.
Not fast moving dirt...

A sign...
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Read.

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Big crane thingie screwing with nature rearranging the fishies playthings....otherwise known as Dights Falls.

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Explanation of fishies playthings...

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Just beyond what was Dights Falls, corralled via security fencing hither and yon this was looking at the Yarra Bend.
I think.

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This is the Yarra passing under the Eastern Freeway (or whatever the damn thing is called).
And around about here we somehow took to following the Merri Creek instead of the Yarra.

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Read.

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The Aboriginal School on the banks of Merri Creek, I've read about it for years now we clapped eyes on the place where it stood.

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Wider angle of former Aboriginal school site.

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Would you believe we're right in the heart of a busy city...?!

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Proof of the city.

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This scene is all bucolic when in reality it's....

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Same shot taken with wider lens showing proximity of urban development.

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Another sign.
Or two.
Not from God.
From Me.
Read anyway.

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Pretty lamps on a bridge we crossed.
Cos we couldn't follow the blue tongue lizard we spied disappearing under the concrete footpath.

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View from said bridge.
I know, I know.
So haaaaaard.
Although we looked we didn't find the former Mrs Sheen under the bridge.

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See?
No ex Charlie or trolls or Billy Goats Gruff trip-trapping their merry way across the bridge...

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Proof that once upon a time when The Powers That Be realised infrastructure wasn't keeping up they freaking well extended it, Teddy boy!
Yes, you've been in govt long enough to do something constructive with our rail network...the clock's ticking sunny Jim, get with the programme already.

On with the tour.

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Maybe the foundations of this bridge were strong enough to weather whatever crap succeeding Govts threw at it.
Unlike our rail network/health system/under-paid over-worked police force, I say, Teddy, that list is getting ra-ther long there, old boy.

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A little further along (within spitting distance of aforementioned well-founded bridge sans trolls) we found this foundation stone discarded in a dry part of the river bed, alongside a few other pieces of dressed stone, concrete and bricks with mortar.
Can't make out anything apart from "This Stone was..."
188-something
And the Commissioner in the lower right hand corner.
Yep, it's as legible as doctor's handwriting and graffiti taggers.

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Around here we broke for lunch....yes, we broke off from the path and wandered up to the main road where civilisation was found.
Actually there was a pub, a flower shop and a cafe doing a MASSIVE roaring trade called Mixed Business.
I swear those waiters and waitresses did.not.stop and there was a bajillion of them to cope with eleventy squillion tonne of customers getting the yummy goodness at this fabulous joint.
If you're over that way, go get food there, super nom nom nom!

And here we will have a minor break while I prepare to take my darling child off to another walk tomorrow arvo, yes with camera.

3 comments:

Beet said...

looks like a great track to go for a wee stroll down... looking forward to the next installment

Andrew said...

Grand photos. Hope you made it as far as Rushall. I found the creek very pretty there.

Janine said...

what a great adventure you had. Brillant idea with the sign posts...as for wild berries they do taste better when they haven't been sprayed. The trick is to find them....I now have a place where I can go for a supply....

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