Wednesday, January 19, 2011


My apologies for not posting since Friday. I really enjoy blogging, to me it's a form of relaxation, a bit creative, but as well as that, I enjoy the feedback from readers.

Since returning to the workforce after the holiday leave, the workload has been quite heavy with some burning of the midnight oil. I don't want to wish time away and I've probably mentioned that retirement looks good. Especially when I read the blogs of those already enjoying retirement.

What's the point of all of this - Well I hope to get back on schedule with the regular posts soon. But until then here's a few scenes of our local area on postcards.

I ride down this road at least four times a week. It once had some lovely old beach style homes built in the 1890s to the 1940s before the War. It recent times so many of these quaint and sometimes grand homes have been demolished to make way for the Nouveau Rich to build their concrete and glass two and three level homes overlooking the bay.
I guess if we had the finances to do the same we might consider it but I feel that the area is losing some of its charm.
The building in the foreground of this postcard no longer exists.

Next beach down from Hampton is Sandringham which now is home to a grand Marina housing some of the best sailing boats in the state.
Further down from Sandringham is Brighton Beach. This postcard looks like it might be from the late 1800s or early 1900s from the clothing depicted.
Just a little way of the beach area is Dendy Street, Middle Brighton. I'd say the postcard is from the 1920s maybe. I know this street well and the building to the left still exists. The railway gates have been replaced by modern automatically operated boom gates. Previously a man would come out from his signal box and manually open and close the gates.
Hopefully I expect to get back to our usual blog routine by Friday.


  1. I love these historic pictures, they have so much charm. The new buildings just do not generally have it sadly. Diane

  2. Leon, Don't worry about not posting every day! It happens to all of us. Sometimes the real world takes over from the cyberworld ... But we'll always be there, on the lookout for a new post. Martine

    P.S. Hope you are fine as I read on the internet today that the state of Victoria is also in danger of flooding!

  3. Diane - These days its the old homes that look out of place on Beach Rd, not the concrete and glass McMansions.

    Martine - Its the rural district to the west where most of the flooding is in Victoria. Many roads are cut off isolating some of the towns. Its really weird after so many years of drought.

  4. Blogging is a part of my life too but like you there are times when what is happening in the real world has to come first !!

    Don't worry, your readers will still be here when you have time to get back at it - although we'll miss you if you're away too pressure then !!

    I love the postcards and it does seem funny to see places with English names on the other side of the world.

  5. Hi Jean - We have many of our suburbs named from English towns. Just down from us is Cheltenham.
    Mentone comes from the French/Italian border town of Menton.
    I must do a post on the suburbs with English town names.

  6. Ciao all the best for 2011. I have also been missing, I really missed my blogging buddies while I was absent from the blogsphere. So I have enjoyed catching up with your posts this afternoon, you have certainly been busy. My favourite post was these old postcards.

  7. Ta LLM
    Saturday song coming up.
    Inspired by your Sunday Song.


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