House and land , waterfront views, less than $100,000?? Too good to be true, you say ? Trust me, it is true.

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Here you are. Million dollar view (when the tide is in) wide sandy beaches, waterfront positions.

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Take off from Adelaide towards the Yorke Peninsula.  Approx 2 hrs driving and you will come to the very pretty small town of Port Broughton.

Don't stop there - take the right hand road and follow it for about 10 kms - Fishermans Bay. This little bay has EVERYTHING. Let me list the many wonderful attractions -

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   Conveniently wide streets. There's even a possibility one day may be bitumen. Almost wide enough to turn your bullock team around, mid street.

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Businesses welcome - no building restrictions on location or materials used. Build your warehouse with a view from local scrap iron. Easy and convenient. 

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Or maybe life has become a tad routine-like. Get out of that rut. Go find a simple house and let loose on it - where else could you do this ??

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                        Magic !! Never hemmed in again.

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              Some houses are close to running water - very close!!

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                  And all have access to a discreet dunny of their own.(I think - let me check that, it may just be shared.....)

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Not a handyman ?? No problems. Who needs a deck anyway? Park your chair on the sand, perfect. Plus, if you prop your house on blocks like this one, levelling will be simple and easy when that sand moves.

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 You could even be lucky, and find a house like this one - simply great for a boiling hot summer. Then again, water is so close, live in it.

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         Like gardening - go for it.

         DON"T like gardening - no probs; no one will notice.

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                 Hiding. Wonder why ?

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And remember, rusty iron paints up quite well. You can unleash your inner yellow and orange, and it won't cost a fortune.

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Convinced you yet ?? Just remember that view !! You could have this at your front door. And think of the seafood - wade out and pick up your very own crayfish for dinner (don't get caught by the quicksand below the high tide level)

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      Lets get to the nitty gritty - and here it is - renovators delight no. 1.

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              And renovators delight no. 2. A lifestyle change you can afford. Think about it.

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If you're not quite convinced yet; if you need more information -

        simply contact this pair of likely real estaties, they will be happy to answer all your questions.

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Why ??  Cause he's finished FIVE - yep, 5 new tiny teeny buildings for the layout. These make up the totallity of the railway station at Belair,S.A., and boy oh boy in "n"scale, they are fiddly..

2. First, the WAITING SHED

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                   Photo taken by Malkie sometime in the 90's. Yes, it's been a very long project. 

                          waiting shed today

Looks a bit battered today - has a right to, has been standing and waiting since 1881. That's a long time to wait. Imagine all those people thru all those years, all waiting here.!!

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And here it is, being built piece by piece in n scale. The wooden slats on the facade are too small to do piece by piece, so Malkie etched them in brass. Almost as fiddly, but achievable.

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                       Ready to be masked for painting.

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                    Finished.   Has station name and teeny tiny carriage lamps to set it off. 

4. Next - SIGNAL BOX

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              In situ in the 90's.                         And from the plans, it emerges.

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                Malkie's fingers underneath show how tiny it is. And very very cute.

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The roof is designed to come off - now you can see the tiny tiny signal levers inside. Maybe that's why it's a signal box? And the levers and bits did come from a British kit, not homemade.

3. ISLAND PLATFORM SHED

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                    Waiting shed between the tracks - piccy from the 90's.

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                   And here it is in N scale. The delicate slats in the gable end were made from a paling fence (N scale, of course!) And the finials? Toothpicks (full size).

4.   STATION

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To make the station, Malkie scribed and cracked the styrene sheet into three strips, then cracked out the window spaces and reassembled the original piece. Gets all the windows in line and straight. Bit rough looking, but no problem, there will be a thin outer sheet to cover the blemishes.

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5. TOILET BLOCK

 aka the brick shithouse. (I shouldn't have asked)

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It sits between the waiting shed and the station building.

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Malkie was concerned about the "Ladies" on the left - as you come around the side, would there have been another door to open to the outside? We decided there would have been, so the door went in place.

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 Putting it all together - the waiting shed and the island shed in position. Lots to do still - each piece needs to be planted with shrubbery and made to look as if it's been there since 1888 

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To catch the train at Belair, you would climb up the steps (far left of piccy), you can see the hand rails. The buildings are lined up in a row, with the Island waiting shed between the rails. Will look marvellous after they have snuggled down with all their greenery. 

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 And the temporary cardboard place holders that had stood there for years to show us what it would look like? Gone to heaven via the garbage bin!

 

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BUT, what to do if you only have 1 day in this great city?? Easy, if you have someone special like Margareta to take you on an adventure.

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On the edge of Port Phillip Bay, looking back to the city, and with the mouth of the Yarra on left of the map.

Starting point - Point Gellibrand (now Williamstown ) - and we were standing at the point of the earliest settlement, and home to the timeball tower, pictured.

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Originally a lighthouse, built in 1849, the tower was later converted as a navigational aid to help the ships sailing through the bay. At precisely 1.00pm every day, the large brass ball on the top of the mast, was lowered as a signal to calibrate chronometers. Now a historical tower, it remains as a great legacy to all the sailors and their ships.

  

 

From there, you stroll through the charming, and interesting streets of Williamstown.

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Lovely old houses, many of them being gentrified - some with renovation plans tacked to their front gate (middle piccy) Style, in my mind, tends to be linked with Melbourne - and Williamstown certainly bears this out. Was extra good to stroll through this part of the world and acknowledge its age, and beauty. I suspect the suburb is more pictureque now, rather than when all renovations are finished - but it will certainly be more comfortable.

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And so we emerged from the streets onto the Strand - waterfront row of shops and restaurants, housed in the original buildings - and looking totally totally charming and inviting. We accepted that invitation to linger, as we strolled through and eventually settled on one cafe for lunch. Melbourne - doesn't get much better than this. 

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Malkie was quite taken with fish and chips - served with fries & salad. Overkill. But we settled happily for grilled fish.

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On to the next step in our day - we were going to take a ferry, out through the Bay and into the mouth of the Yarra, which would deliver us right into Southgate. And NO, this was not our ferry. This big boy just happened to be moored on our wharf, so of course he had to have his piccy taken.

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And so we said farewell to wonderul Williamstown - I would love to return some day. Maybe when the clouds don't threaten as much, maybe have a gelato from the yummy array we saw, maybe browse through a book shop - certainly could spend time in wonderful Williamstown. But honestly, how lucky were we to have this special time here.

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                 Swans graciously said farewell.

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                 Past the docks on the right. 

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                 Lovely old buildings on our left.

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                         Under the Westgate bridge. So spectacular!!          

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                      And under the Bolte bridge.

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The triffids of the Melbourne container terminal marched towards us, just as the high rise swung into view on the right.  

SO SO interesting. A view of Melbourne like none other I had ever seen. We sat on our ferry in the sunshine and revelled in the changing scenes as we came up the Yarra.

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Southbank appeared on our right, the Casino, and the Exhibition building, but then the adventure continued as we crept under a series of bridges on the Yarra. I'm sure none of them were built with our ferry in mind - they were so low to the water, we all automatically ducked our heads.

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Kings bridge, Queens bridge, several walking bridges - we ducked under them all. Quite exciting to look up at metal beams from the wrong side !! Not so exciting if you think you might hit your head !! But we didn't - popped out from under each in turn.

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                          They look very different from the topside.

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      Even sailed past a coffee shop that's tucked under one end of one of the bridges - wonderful !!

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All too soon, we arrived at our destination Southgate, where we succumbed to the myriad of coffee shops lining the banks of the Yarra at Southgate, and feasted on cakes and coffee - yumbo. Was a great way to arrive into the city, so interesting and so different, and from here it was a short walk over yet another bridge to Federation Square.

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   Yes, you're right - the Yarra is a paler shade of brown. We can't talk - so is the Brissy river, even if it is bigger.

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  And so here we are - right in the heart of Melbourne town, with the amazing buildings of Federation Square laid out for us to explore.

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Wonderful old cathedral in front of us, and Flinders st. station behind. Plus lots and lots and lots of people. We explored the very modern architecture of Federation Square, marvelled at the old church, then caught the train home from Flinders St.

WHAT A DAY !!

Totally captivated by the beauty that Melbourne exposed to us, we were tired, but so satisfied by the sights and sounds which this magic city had laid out. Spending a day here - let me recommend the ferry through the Yarra - gives you a day very different to the usual touristy one. Thank you, Margareta, we will not forget this experience.

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Our piece of hill, only 7 kms from the centre of Brisbane, backs onto bushland reserve - 58 hectares of it. When Malkie first came to live here, wasn't even reserve. Agitation by him and others in the bushland group managed to change that, so our bushland is here to stay. 

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                             Is absolute bushland, with walking trails right through it. 

All pretty wonderful, from our balcony we only see trees, ours on our hill, and those where we back onto the reserve. For us, however, 2 yrs of exceptionally good rain had meant the rubbishy plants had taken over - and our hill was suffering. 

Something drastic was needed to fix it. 

They arrived with their Tonka Toys one bright morning, and proceeded to dismantle the nasty parts of our hill - hopefully not wrecking our magnificent trees.

                            set to work

Was all a bit vicious and very noisy. One up the tree with rigging, the other pulling out the overgrown bits with block and tackle and Tonka toy.

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Particularly nasty euphorbia had gone thoroughly feral. You can just see bits of it, light coloured leaves, base of picture, and repeated at the top. They had already removed it from the middle. Had really rampaged through the area, becoming massive. Gets a small, almost hibiscus-like flower, and that had become a nightmare. Wherever we looked we could see the nasty red flowers popping up on ugly tree-like stems. The steepness of the area made it almost impossible for us to exterminate it.

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Gradually our trees emerged again from the mess - our magnificent tallowwood(Eucalyptus microcorys) is just starting to relax again in this shot. Our bush is naturally a grey green. On the left of the piccy you can still see bits of the euphorbia - it's a bright bright unhealthy (for our bush) colour.

OK rubbish gone. 

Next step - back came the Tonka toys.

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 This time, the workers used a very strong metal mesh, laid it over the bank to stop slippage. Hard to see, but there are 5 levels down to the base of the tallowwood.The white trunk of Eucalyptus grandis shows up in the middle of one terrace.(left of piccy)

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Time for the tiny plants. Holes were cut in the mesh, and 240 tube stock plants were popped in and patted down, all ready for the bush turkeys to come in that night (they sleep in our trees - honestly seem to think the trees belong to them !!) and dig a lot of them out. So, Malkie laboriously made chicken wire cages for the tiny trees, and that way we saved lots. And of course, having some spaces has allowed me to go find some special trees that I want.

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                      Final step, the workers brought in new lawn, so Malkie still gets to mow!!

                       left side view

Incidentally, we didn't touch the bush from the left side of the balcony - only the right side has a new face, So the work extends over approx. half of our land.

No more Tonka toys. Instead, lots of climbing up and down the bank, lots of planting, lots of watering, and lots and lots of growing.

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Top of the bank, many different grasses, combined with star lilies. These grow in big clumps with gorgeous star shape flowers, all helpimng with stabilisation. 

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On the levels below, many many little trees. And they are growing quite sturdily. As you can see, the leaf litter is coming back, and gradually the mesh will disappear. From the left, clock wise - leucospremum lineare hybrid, westringia fruiticosa, dianella, alloxylon, eucalyptus torrelliana, unknown, grevillea bright orange, elaeocarpus reticularis, back to leucospermum.  The centre bit is a random mixture of heroes.  We have many many little trees to talk to and watch over, and grow - how lucky are we ??

I did marry Malkie 3 years ago cause I loved him - but I could have married him for his bushland !!!!!

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