Tree removal

We’d been putting off removing a Japanese maple that had grown too large for its position.   However, the work eventually just had to be done, so the guys turned up.  There were four of them, and they came equipped with a big chipping machine which they parked in front of the house.  We asked them to remove a couple of other trees and some creeper as well as the Japanese maple.   They had powerful saws and the like, and breezed through the work.

Everything – including the trunk of the Japanese maple, which was quite substantial – disappeared into the chipper!

I was most impressed when the whole task took just under an hour.





Bunhill Fields

I’ve previously mentioned that I walked through Bunhill Fields, an old nonconformist cemetery opposite the Wesley Chapel in City Road in London.

Although much of the area is in a “natural” state, part of it has been set aside as a “nature reserve”, so that it is even closer to “nature”.    It’s stated that the intention is to provide a habitat for invertebrates and birds, with log piles, nesting boxes etc being available.

It’s overseen by Friends of City Gardens.   Their website provides an insight into what’s going on here.   I see that Bunhill Fields aren’t actually in the City (they’re in the Borough of Islington) but are managed by the City of London.

I was interested and pleasantly surprised that biodiversity is taken so seriously in an area that many think of as perhaps the epitome of urbanisation.

That “pop-up” park

It wasn’t until I went past it that I saw the powers-that-be have blocked off the southern end of Elizabeth Street to traffic that would otherwise turn into Flinders Street.  There’s a “pop-up park” there now.

There’s information about this on the City of Melbourne website.   It seems the council has decided that this part of the street is to be closed permanently, but the work to do this has been postponed while construction activity occurs in the area.    The website states that the park was only to be there until last Sunday, but it was still there the following day when I went past.



The wind (2)

Well, I don’t what it is, but we’ve had another big branch fall from a local tree in our area.  Last time, it was a tree in the railway reserve;   this time, it was a branch from one of the plane trees in the street.

Sure, it was a bit breezy for a while, but there didn’t seem to be any particularly strong gusts.   Perhaps these things “just happen”.    Anyway, it took the Council a while to get around to cleaning up what after all is their problem.  Fortunately, there didn’t seem to be any damage, apart from the inconvenience of the blocked footpath.

A party in the park

A family member was getting engaged, and we were all invited to a party in St Vincent Gardens.   It was a lovely day, and it was a big gathering.

All the food (and there was a lot of it) had been pre-prepared in special boxes.  It was obvious that a lot of thought and effort had been put into the arrangements.


Obviously there were a lot of family members present, so it was a good opportunity to catch up.   But there were friends of the couple as well, and members of W’s family, so we certainly didn’t know everyone present.


I think everyone had an excellent time!

However, there’s a note to self:   when invited to a function in  park, BYO chair!   Fortunately, even though we didn’t bring any, others did and were generous enough to allow us to borrow them!

The Barossa

We spent a busy day in the Barossa.    It started with scones and coffee (yes, scones at 10.15 am!) at Lyndoch Hill followed by a tour of the impressive  collection of porcelain and related objects assembled by Hermann Thumm.   This is still privately owned, and is housed at Barossa Chateau, which is part of the Lyndoch Hill complex.

Lavender farm

We then moved on to the lavender farm, followed by some tastings at Keller Meister.   A light lunch in town at Tanunda (and some supermarket shopping), then more tastings (and purchases) at Chateau Tanunda and Tscharke’s (quite a buy up here).   There are more than 70 cellar doors listed in the tourist directory, so there are plenty more to do next time we’re here!

Back to our accommodation to freshen up then a great dégustation dinner at Lyndoch Hill, accompanied by a bottle of the estate’s Creed shiraz.    Hardly enough time in the day left to do  a  blog post!

Barossa vista
Many of the grapes appear nearly ready to be harvested