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.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Vintage postcards, more bush photos.

While I was in Healesville last Wednesday, I couldn't resist the temptation of visiting some of their antiques and collectables shops. I found these very old (mostly hand painted) postcards, for $1 each.

I also bought these old Australian photo postcards. I know some of our overseas bloggers are a bit bemused by the lyrics to our beloved "Waltzing Matilda", so these might help explain:
"Once a jolly swagman"
(Swagman, Walbundry Station, Riverina District NSW, 1901)

"camped by a billabong"
(Billabong, Walla Walla Station, Riverina District NSW, 1901)
"under the shade of a coolabah tree".

Here are two more old Aussie postcards unrelated to Matilda, but nonetheless interesting:
Princes Street, Grafton NSW, 1894.
Miner's Hut, Lithgow Valley NSW, 1899.

Three last photos from Wednesday's trip:
Chum Creek area, showing the Black Boy grass trees being among the first plants to regenerate. These plants actually rely on bushfires to stimulate flowering.

The Toolangi Road. Virtually untouched by the fires, which inexplicably missed the town of Toolangi altogether, whilst burning just about everything around it.

My favourite view of Yarra Glen, looking toward Healesville, which is roughly behind the hills in the distance.


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