Thursday, April 23, 2009

Playing hookey on a fine Autumn morning

It was a beautiful Autumn morning here in Melbourne today so I decided to play hookey from work and go have a coffee with my husband. He's a builder and he's working at a house about 10 minutes away from where we live. After coffee we decided to take a quick walk in the sunshine, taking in the sights of the neighbourhood. These are some of the lovely houses that I spied out on my walk this morning.

Wouldn't it be nice to have a swing like this on your front porch...
I liked the overgrown climbing rose and bouganvillea on this cute place, and the old church window and quaint wooden door at the side...
Here's a closer look at the lovely weatherbeaten door. I love the fact that even though this door obviously doesn't lead anywhere they'd decided to retain it in the brick wall.
The Boston Ivy that covers much of the front of this house is only just beginning to take on the lovely autumnal red and yellow tones (I must remember to go back and see it in its full glory soon)...
And how about this quite modern piece of garden sculpture in the front garden of this period house. 'X' marks the spot...


A sweet little water feature and a glossy black door - a lovely combination...
The water feature looks lovely with the stones and native plants surrounding it...

I loved the sweet bird decorative detail on this balustrade of an old Victorian home (I wish I could have got a closer shot of it)...

A sweet little white picket fence and a rambling garden...

Another black glossy door, this time the entrance is quietly tucked away at the side of the house...

Obviously I have a thing for glossy black doors! Here's another one. Don't the glossy grey pots at the entrance make a nice statement. And I quite like the idea of sitting in the sunshine on that white garden bench with a cup of tea and a good book or magazine...

And finally, one more black glossy door before the end of my neighbourhood walk...
Hope you enjoyed playing hookey with me!

12 comments:

C.T. said...

You live in a nice neighbourhood. Thank you very much, I enjoyed playing hookey with you. Btw, I like photo #5 a lot, but I don't want to know how many spiders are living in there....only 1 would already be too much for me.

lily-g said...

wow, what great houses and I just adore the swing seat.

Julie EJ said...

Hello Lee

Can I join you when you are playing hookey next time? (smile)
The X sculpture and the swing are my inspiration today. Thanks.

Julie

ness lockyer said...

LOVE THEM! I just realised that we need some shutters either side of our front windows. Our house is the same as the last one....maybe a swing too!
Ness xx

red.door.read said...

great shots!!

Catherine@Simply Natural said...

Thanks for reminding me that Melbourne has great architecture. A friend of mine lived in Melbourne for ten years, and she moved on average about once a year, so each time I visited, I had a new neighbourhood to check out. I really liked all the houses in Richmond when she lived there.

Amy said...

I am playing hooky today too!!! Your neighborhood is beautiful!

vicki archer said...

What a lovely thing to do - we should all play hookey sometimes. I love the porch seat - so romantic. xv

Erica Lee said...

This post and these photos are really great!
I love buildings with red bricks...

Erica Lee from Italy

Nadia said...

Those houses are so very charming and welcoming. Beautiful, beautiful shots. (Just found you and love your little spot ever so much!)

Nadia from Ontario Canada

Melanie said...

What a nice surprise to see my "swing seat" on your autumn morning walk.
The porch swing was made for me by my father as a wedding present, it has been wonderful how much conversation it creates.
Thank you for enjoying it as much as we do.

Lee said...

Melanie - what a lovely surprise to receive a comment from the very lucky woman that owns the gorgeous swing seat! It makes the blogging world seem so very small (and wonderful).

I am so envious of your father's wedding gift - what a talented person he must be to make such a gorgeous piece. Thank you so much for visiting my blog & leaving such a lovely comment. Lee :)

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