Puffing Billy Race 2015

It’s becoming an annual thing for me now, to photograph the Puffing Billy Race in May, here in Selby close to home. Last year I went to the Menzies Creek crossing and had to handle an umbrella while taking shots too, but this time round the weather was just perfect with a slight breeze and blue skies and fluffy clouds. So my husband, a colleague and I set up near the Trestle Bridge to watch the runners and the trains (two of them) pass by at the start of the race. Over 3,000 runners in this year’s event and the winner, Steve Kelly, beat the train, coming in at 42:47 mins. I believe the train was around 52 mins.  Always great to watch those who get involved.  Here are just a few shots from the race.

The first pack to come through.
Puffing Billy Race 2015

The first train comes through.
Puffing Billy Race 2015

Great to see the runners enjoying themselves.
Puffing Billy Race 2015

The second train after all the runners had passed through.
Puffing Billy Race 2015

More images can be seen here.

Visiting Mawarra: An Edna Walling Garden

As you may have gathered in past posts, I am a keen gardener and for me, the mix of nature and gardens is just perfect. Last year I learnt about Edna Walling, who was a well known garden designer here in Australia during the 1920s-1940s but she was also a photographer and an author, writing for magazines and also writing books. I felt I’d found I kindred spirit and now have 3 books by or about Edna and have been happily finding out all I can. So, to have been invited to visit one of her most well-known gardens was an absolute joy and privilege and I wandered around the garden with my camera, in absolute heaven. Hope you enjoy these images and you can find more here.  Mawarra is in Sherbrooke, Victoria and you can choose to stay at the guest house and enjoy this beautiful garden.

Visiting Mawarra: An Edna Walling Garden

Visiting Mawarra: An Edna Walling Garden

Visiting Mawarra: An Edna Walling Garden

Visiting Mawarra: An Edna Walling Garden

While at this garden walk I met with Chris who provides wonderful art deco style outdoor furniture. If you’re wanting to decorate your garden you might also like to visit his site to explore.

Beautiful sunrise

I attend a weekly business networking event at a local golf course in Rowville. The windows of the building look over the course and to the Dandenong Ranges and Mt Dandenong beyond. As it’s an early morning meeting we sometimes get to see a great sunrise. This morning was one of those.

Sunrise in Rowville

Sunrise in Rowville

Photography in Olinda

Recently I had the privilege of photographing a garden in Olinda, Victoria, Australia. As the property is surrounded by tall mountain ash trees sunlight tends to arrive quite late in the morning, even in the warmer months.

Beautiful Hydrangea

Purple splash

Morning sun peeking through

Garden art

For more garden images visit my Gardens album at Flickr.

Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show

For probably the 3rd (or maybe 4th) year in a row, I attended MIFGS and never tire of visiting this event. Such beautiful garden arrangements, flowers, bulbs, seeds and garden accessories galore, lots of dreaming and oohs and ahhhs. So beautiful. Sunday was the pick of the 5 days it was open in March 2015 and large crowds attended.

I went by train which is probably as well otherwise I most likely would have brought home a lot more than I did. I’m going to be busy gardening for the next few weekends!  Good thing Easter is coming up and I’ll have extra days.

Here’s a view of some of the things I saw and you can see more by clicking here to go to my Flickr album for this event.

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