Monday, May 04, 2015

Geelong to Colac road

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We drove from Geelong to Colac and further recently and what a mess it is in Winchelsea - even before the bridges all the way to the outskirts of the town - dug up. And also there are still areas before Winchelsea that are in the process of widening. It will take years.  Even two years ago they were widening the road. Is it really so necessary!
Today's Addie:

Work begins on Princes Highway duplication between Colac and Winchelsea

Highway duplication delays
The duplication of the Princess Highway at Winchelsea. PIC: Kris Reichl
CONSTRUCTION has started on the next stage of the Princes Highway duplication between Winchelsea and Colac.
The project will see the highway upgraded to a four-lane divided road to improve safety and travel times.
Corangamite MP Sarah Henderson was in Colac to mark the start of construction on Monday.
“This route serves many important industries in southwest Victoria, including agriculture, logging, grain growing, dairy and tourism,” Ms Henderson said.
“The Princes Highway West is a major link to tourist attractions, such as the Great Ocean Road, and is a vital link for regional Victorians to commercial centres such as the port of Melbourne, Geelong and Portland.”
Ms Henderson said the upgrade would increase efficiency and improve safety for motorists and heavy vehicles.
Labor’s candidate for Corangamite Libby Coker welcomed the start of construction.
“It is going to help Colac to grow and prosper,” Ms Coker said.
“From Waurn Ponds to Winchelsea there was over a year delay and I know for many local businesses it has been a real struggle. I hope the next stage is well managed and I look forward to the benefits that come from it.”
Construction is expected to be completed in mid-2019.
The Australian and Victorian governments have each committed $185.5 million to complete the duplication between Winchelsea and Colac.

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Tower Hill

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I only did two drawings at the volcanic crater they name as Tower Hill as we didn't do the walking tracks. It is a very beautiful place - like a big bowl with a lake at the bottom, with numerous species of trees and plants, koalas and kangaroos (who hid from us) emus - four of them posed for us. There's a shop there with Aboriginal arts and crafts very similar to Narana and tours by the busloads visit this site and many go into groups with Aboriginal leaders showing them the value of plants and trees. Tower Hill is absolutely huge as it goes all the way to Koroit town.









Port Fairy

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Boats are moored along the river at Port Fairy, a quiet safe haven without the wild wind and storms that might occur on the edge of the ocean. Another image is of the barbecue shed at the Gum Tree Caravan Park. Then I added Peceli's drawing of the barbecue shed at Tower Hill which is fifteen minutes drive from Port Fairy towards Warrnambool. More later.








The Crags near Port Fairy

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From our holiday at Port Fairy.
It was a damp morning Wednesday but we started by visiting the Information Centre, then decided, rain or shine we would drive to the Crags, and then the rain stopped.The Crags is a wild section of coastline 12 kilometres west of Port Fairy accessed from the road to Portland. Turn left at the sign and drive over rolling hills of grassland with occasional squat pine trees, not the triangular healthy looking trees of Port Fairy town to reach the coastline.I imagined Heathcliffe riding over the hill! 

The rock formations jutting from the seabed are spectacular. The area is an important archaeological site, part of the traditional homelands of the indigenous Peek Wurrung speakers and has spiritual connections with Deen Maar. Over many thousands of years the coastal reserve was used as a place of gathering, ceremony and feasting for indigenous people. We saw the rocky cliffs from a viewing platform, certainly not from the small beaches below. Divers found the remains of a missing plane nearby so there is a memorial at the site.




Sunday, April 26, 2015

Lazarus at the Geelong Gaol

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Though I can't download this story it's a great idea unfolding - to use part of the old Geelong Gaol for homeless men and women. Three churches in the city - Yarra Street Uniting (formerly known as Wesley), St Mary's Basilica, and Christ Church Anglican and Uniting Care have worked together with this great idea. Go to http://www.pressreader.com/australia/geelong-advertiser/20150427/281582354176915/TextView  for the story.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Renovated church in Curlewis

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They have been recycling churches in our region for years and St Francis in the Curlewis area was sold ten years ago and renovated to become a beautiful home with landscaped garden. It's up for sale once again. We called in to have a look - but we are not investors. According to the Age Real Estate advertisement, the going price is about $2.5 million dollars. The elderly gentleman there told us the story. It wasn't that the congregation had dwindled, but that it had doubled and they all go now to a church in Drysdale. I'd love to live in a renovated church - it should have good vibes - or perhaps not! Then amidst the grass in the front I spied about fifty toadstools. I wonder about the symbolism of that!
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Friday, April 10, 2015

Avalon near Geelong

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Opposite Geelong city around the other side of Corio Bay there's salt pans and also a small row of cheap houses maybe for fishermen. Twenty-seven of them and the place was used in the Mad Max movies. It's not a pretty beach at all, mainly seaweed patches and a few pelicans.  But the environmentalists declare that it's an important habitat for the orange-bellied parrot and other birds.  However not far along the beach is a fine historical house called Avalon which once was owned by the Anglicans   - Brotherhood of St Lawrence - and used for retreats and hosting 'time away' people who needed peace and quiet. We've been there a few times - years ago - for Uniting Church retreats. I don't know who owns it nowadays but we daren't go through the gate.




When I looked Avalon on the net I discovered it is now used as a College for international students!  The website says: The Avalon Homestead, which we now use as Avalon College, was built in 1880 by James Austin, as a house for his family. The Austin family owned many large farms around Geelong and Western Victoria, and bred sheep, cattle and horses. They called this homestead "Avalon" in memory of their family home in England, Glastonbury Abbey. They placed a stone rosette from Glastonbury Abbey in the wall at the front of the homestead with a plaque above which reads:
Into the walls of Avalon is wrought
This stone from Glastonbury brought
Stay for a while Traveller and view
This link between the old world and the new
Avalon College was established here in the homestead by Jeffrey and Robyn Brook in 1998. Jeffrey and Robyn began Avalon College because they felt that young international students preparing to study in Australian schools needed a special and caring environment to develop their English skills and learn about Australia. Avalon College has always been a boarding school as Jeffrey and Robyn believe that boarding provides students and their parents with the guarantee of a safe and caring environment. Since 1998 many hundreds of International students have learned English here, and gone on to successful futures in many of the top schools in Australia and throughout the world.
Gazing out across the calm waters of Corio bay on misty mornings, one is reminded of the legend of King Arthur. His strength, resilience and courage inspire us to work hard to achieve our dreams in life, and a glimmer of his magic lives on in all of us here at Avalon College.

And below is a photo from the early days - perhaps when the Austin family lived there.

And later on:

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Ti-trees variations - from Point Roadkngiht

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Here are more variations using the drawings I made of ti-tree at Point Roadknight. Click on a picture to enlarge.








Monday, April 06, 2015

At Point Roadknight

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Today we drove past Anglesea to  a rather hidden beach - at Point Roadknight. Signed but not very obvious. It's a lovely beach without steep steps up and down to access the sand. I made a couple of drawings - one here - which was A3 so is cut in half here.  Lots of twisted trees in this spot.






I used my camera to capture the whole drawing so here it is with variations.