Burnham Beeches

Still at Alfred Nicholas Gardens we read about the magnificent old disused home on the property.  It is called Burnham Beeches and was originally built to resemble an ocean liner. It is three stories high and each of the second and third stories have balconies almost all the way around the building.  It was built in the late 1920s and early 1930s.  You can read the story here of how and why the house was built.  It has been occupied on and off after the Nicholas family had moved out of it but it is currently empty and looking in a state of disrepair. It is closed with a sign saying it is being rebuilt and renovated. I hope so, it’s a grand looking building.

Below is the stairway that leads from the house to the gardens below.

Visit to Alfred Nicholas Gardens

Visit to Alfred Nicholas Gardens

Alfred Nicholas Gardens

We didn’t see anyone else at the gardens at all this time round. Last time we came on Anzac Day, two years ago, there were photographers at the lake, catching the images and reflections. So we enjoyed the place on our own. Here are some images I caught at the lake at the bottom of the hill.

Visit to Alfred Nicholas Gardens

Visit to Alfred Nicholas Gardens

Visit to Alfred Nicholas Gardens

Anzac Day

I was hoping to have photos of the Dawn Service but when my husband and I arrived, there was no way we could get anywhere near the front and we had to content ourselves with hearing what was being said and seeing the backs of heads, many rows ahead of us. So different to two years ago when we attended our first Dawn Service in Emerald, the day before my husband had his serious accident.

However, we did retrace our steps from two years previous, and visited the Alfred Nicholas Gardens and also Bourke’s Lookout. This time round the day wasn’t as crisp and clear as it was two years ago. We had a cloud cover, the sun only peeping through now and then.  And due to a late Summer and what seems like an early onset of Winter we’ve not had much of an Autumn yet.

Remember this image from two years ago?

Autumn at Alfred Nicholas Gardens

Well, this is the same bench seat and tree but it looked very different on Thursday of this week.  Less leaves and different colours.

Visit to Alfred Nicholas Gardens

Definitely not as golden but I guess the lack of sun makes the colour a bit different.

Oxfam was here

I’ve recently begun walking through Birdsland Reserve on a regular basis. I still love going to Lysterfield Park, but Birdsland is closer, flatter, and I’m able to walk a longer distance in a shorter time as a result.

When I was there last Friday I noticed signs hanging in some of the trees, and while on my way back from a 5.2km walk, I had groups of runners passing me.  I later found out that Oxfam was holding a 48 hour 100km walk/run through the area and Friday was day 1. So the first few of the teams of 4 had passed me. Below is an image of the trail marker, one of the teams of 4 (their singlet tops got my attention) and an image of one of the pathways they would have ran along.

Oxfam marker

The line finishes here!

Birdsland Reserve

Oxfam is about raising funds to overcome poverty and injustice around the world. If you’d like to know more, you can visit their Trailwalker site here.

Just Ducky

Some interesting duck images I got recently at Birdsland Reserve.

Pacific Black Duck

I could hear these long before I could see them. Wood ducks all lined up on a dead tree. By the time I got to be closer, only a couple of minutes later, they’d all dropped to the ground.

Australian Wood Duck

On Golden Pond

On Golden Lake