Patra's Other Place

I started out with Patra's Place, primarily dedicated to my linen collection and stitching projects. But I kept getting side-tracked, so I decided to create Patra's Other Place for anything not related to embroidery topics. So you now have a choice. If you are interested in me, read this. If you only want to see my linen and stitching, visit Patra's (original) Place! (Please note that by clicking on any of the photos, they will be enlarged to fill your computer screen.)

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Location: Melbourne, Vic., Australia

I am married to Ken. We have no children except a cat and a collection of Australian parrots, finches, canaries and a dozen hens.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Meeting Miss Eagle.

I had such a fun day yesterday. Miss Eagle had been posting photos on her blog of some interesting shops and places around Melbourne, and one place was a chemist (pharmacy) in Elsternwick, where I grew up. I suggested to her that we meet up there one day and I could re-live old memories, and check out the opshops as well. So at 9 am on a cold foggy morning, we met outside the above mentioned shop, and went inside to have a look at the old artifacts and signs on display. I didn't remember seeing any of them there when I was a child, but I immediately remember the shop itself; it has a slight ramp half way along the floor, leading up to the dispensary. Funny how something like that stays in your memory!

As we walked along Glenhuntly Road, we passed several places that had hardly changed since my childhood - the Elsternwick post office building, which is apparently no long a post office, but still a beautiful old building. The Renown Theatre, which is now an apartment block, but still looks like an old cinema at ground floor level. The Esquire Theatre which is now called The Classic Cinema, at which Miss Eagle photographed me, lost in memories of Friday and Saturday nights at the movies when I was a child.

There are 11 Opshops in Glenhuntly Road that are listed in my Treasure Hunter's Guide to Melbourne, but we only had time to visit half of them. We both found lots of treasures, and I ran out of cash by the time we stopped for coffee, so I had to find a bank to get some more! I am going to scan some of my finds, and put some on here and some on Patra's Place.
A large tablecloth, Mt.Mellick embroidery with crochet inserts: $5.
Three Mills & Boone books by Betty Neels (MIL's favorite author): $3
A teacosy made of linen and lace : $5
A very unusual Semco traycloth cc 1950's: $7.50
Long stitch Frame (for my Gouldian finches tapestry): $3
A tin with a vintage style picture, but is not really so old: $4
Royal Doulton cup and saucer (perfect for Ms Robyn's teatime swap): $2
Avon Crinoline lady perfume bottle: $2.50

So, as you can see it was a very profitable morning! Around 12 noon we decided that a coffee break was in order, so we drove to Carlisle Street, one of Melbourne's trendy cafe society places (so I was told - I had no idea!). Found ourselves a lovely little cake shop where we indulged ourselves with one cake each and a drink. Miss Eagle took more photos, and she has promised they will appear on one of her blogs in due course.


Blogger ms*robyn said...

wow, you met miss eagle? what fun!!!! I must pop over to her blog and watch for photos.

Wednesday, 14 June, 2006  
Blogger Emma said...

where did u get that book from??

ive been searching for it for ages and havent had any luck...

Tuesday, 05 December, 2006  
Blogger Gina E. said...

Hi Emma,
I tried to reply to you directly but you don't have a blog, or it isn't available, so I am hoping you are reading this! You are referring to the Treasure Hunter's Guide to Melbourne, right? I bought it at our local newsagent about a year ago, and more recently, bought their last copy for a friend. I asked if they were getting any more, and the shop assistant didn't know. If you email me directly I'll send you some details of the publisher.

Saturday, 09 December, 2006  

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