The Block Arcade, Melbourne CBD

The main entrance to the Block Arcade is in Collins St in the city. Collins Street itself is rich in impressive architecture and frames the Block Arcade perfectly. The Block Arcade is like stepping back in time. The elegance and attention to detail is spell bounding and I’m not just talking about the chocolates. From the floor to the ceiling, it could only be described as a work of art. It is a credit that it has been maintained in such pristine condition.

You cannot walk through the Block Arcade without expecting to see people in period dress walking towards you.  The arcade could only be described as immaculate. This is the perfect place to have a cup of coffee or more appropriately tea and scones.  The first section was built in 1891 and the final construction completed in 1893. It was designed by the architect David C Askew for a financier at the time by the name of Benjamin Fink.  The name Block Arcade is reputed to come from “doing the block”or in other words showing yourself off around Melbourne’s best shopping streets.

The arcade was completely revamped giving it modern amenities without spoiling the original look.  A tour is a must.

 

 

Open on Everyday

 


Why I hate the Warrnambool CBD parking meters.

Often people state that hate is a bit strong a word to use but my dislike of these new meters is definitely well beyond just a disliking. I find them so bad that I visit the CBD far less and prefer to shop at the centres. I have asked around and no-one I have spoken to has heard of needing to put your car registration into a parking meter before.
I am quite literate with electronics but this meter through me so much the first time I actually got back in my car and drove off. The second time I was attempting it two elderly ladies stopped to ask if I had figured it out. I stated “not yet” to which they replied “we parked several blocks away because we couldn’t use it” and that “they would look at shopping somewhere else”.
I don’t know what the idea was behind these meters but sitting out the front of a business where I was waiting for someone I witnessed a parade of frustrated people attempting to use the meters. Most had to walk back to their car to get the rego. How does this benefit the Council? Do they save a few free minutes of parking because now when you pull up you can’t use any left over minutes?
With the millions of dollars spent rejuvenating the CBD I would have thought the Council would be doing everything to get people back. This is not the way. If you are visiting – write your rego number down and allow enough time to fathom the parking meters. Best of luck.

 


Wombat Gully Plant Farm, Geelong

Despite the name I never found one wombat on my rounds of this very impressive nursery.  Although two and a half acres of thick plants offered plenty of cover for it to hide so you never know.  I consider this Geelong’s best nursery and certainly the best for the Great Ocean Road.

It is located out of Geelong in the direction of the Bellarine Peninsula and is well worth a few extra kilometres drive.  There is a large carpark out the front but it can get quite full but I have always managed to get a park.  From the moment you walk through the entrance you view a large and abundant nursery with plants lined on both sides as you walk to the main sales area,

On your left you can enter the salesroom to find goods for gardening and weeding where there is usually someone on hand to help.  If you veer around to the right it leads to a large shed with a very good array of terracotta and glazed pots.  The rest of the farm is plants and lots of them.  Be careful not to separate from your partner as it can take ages to find them again.  My wife can spend hours here just wandering around but the joy of visiting Wombat Gully Plant Farm for me is not in the plants.

For me it is the Fig & Hoe Cafe.  Only open during the warmer seasons it is the perfect place for a coffee and cake or a light lunch.  You can dine inside but I prefer the outside where potted plants have been arranged to provide secluded areas around each table.  Sitting under the large umbrellas it is hard to picture a more scenic location.  My personal favorite is the scones with jam and cream.

The Wombat Gully Plant Farm is open 7 days.


 

Phone: (03) 5248 6911

Address: 201 Townsend Rd., Moolap, Victoria 3221

Monday:  8:30 am to 5 pm
Tuesday:  8:30 am to 5 pm
Wednesday:  8:30 am to 5 pm
Thursday:  8:30 am to 5 pm
Friday:  8:30 am to 5 pm
Saturday:  8:30 am to 5 pm
Sunday: 8:30 am to 5 pm

 

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