Next in my mini-series of the Melbourne suburbs where family and friends now live.
By contrast to yesterday’s post on the country suburb of Yarrambat this time we go back to the waterside and the boating heaven of Patterson Lakes.
Since the 1970s an area of swamps have been dug out and turned into a series of canals and marinas which make for a stunning housing location about 30km south of the centre of Melbourne down the Eastern side of Port Phillip Bay.
Our hosts have the inevitable boat moored out front and I was treated to an afternoon cruise around the area which is a thoroughly enjoyable way to pass the time. The late afternoon winter sunshine was low in the sky and picked out the water and buildings in a strong light. Each arm of the canals seemed to offer a different type of building and it is possible to cruise round to the shops, restaurants and pub.
There were of course some multi-million dollar designer homes but also a mix of apartments and some waterside houses that could almost have been Dutch canalside homes.
For today’s wildlife update I can report that the water is apparently healthy because there are lots of fish and the community of fish eating birds were everywhere, although fishy smelling poo is less than welcome on the jetty.
But I like the idea of waking up to them as neighbours.