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I'm a Melbourne boy, hailing from St Kilda with one ex, one current wife and four kids. Love the outdoors and making new discoveries. I cook a lot at home (cheers from wife) and do some preserving, mostly jams, pickles and fruit liqueurs. This is the diary of a cooking journey.

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Saturday, March 25, 2006
My Town
So this is not a food post, it's a link to a photo of near where I live. It shows Albert Park Lake, where every year the Grand Prix car race is held. Every year protesters protest against it. Melbourne people are fond of the protesters and the car race, we're ambivelent like that, we'll support anyone so long as they are having a crack.

My apartment is not far from here, Michael if only you had of turned around. In my youth I spent a lot of time here, running around the lake, a group of us used to run two laps nearly every day. A lap is 300 m short of 5 kilometres (3 miles). Why did I ever stop? The line of buildings marching their way to the foreground are along St Kilda Road, one of Melbourne's most well known streets. At the other end is the city of Melbourne.

Just right of the city, you can see some parkland, this is the Royal Botanic Gardens, notice the Royal in the name? That's how come we are hosting the Commonwealth Games right now. I can't quite make out the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) which is on the right edge of the Gardens, and I also can't make out the Yarra River which flows right through there, to in front of the city and onto Port Phillip Bay which is just left of picture.

At the top of the photo, you can see Mt Macedon, a favourite retreat for the wealthy folk of Melbourne. It's full of mansions surrounded by fabulous gardens. Someone that lived there told me that in autumn there are plenty of mushrooms and in the spring, morels can be found here.

To the left of the lake are sporting grounds which include rugby, golf, soccer, Australian rules football (yes, we have our own rules) and cricket; at the bottom of the lake are rowing sheds, at the top of the lake is The Melbourne Aquatic Centre, where all the swimming events for the Commonwealth games were held. We like our sport!

Albert Park Lake was developed from a series of swamps and lagoons, and the park itself was named after Queen Victoria's devoted consort, Prince Albert in 1864. It is one of Melbourne's best loved parks with 3,500,000 visitors annually.

Hope you enjoyed my potted tour.
  posted at 9:11 am

At 7:49 am, Blogger Gigi said...

I did, and thanks! Your home park looks lovely. Running the lake, collecting mushrooms in the mountains, protesting the Grand Prix ~ sounds like my kind of place!


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