Marysville - beautiful Marysville. It was Victoria's "Camelot" A very pretty
little town with English Oaks
lining the streets, with quaint, old-fashioned shops and homes, and an aura of yesteryear,
a truly beautiful
and serene hamlet set in magnificent forest.

This is dedicated to all those who were touched by the Black Saturday bushfires and to the
brave fire
fighters who battled with the forces of nature.

Marysville Time

Marysville Before And After by BlossomFlowerGirl

Flowers of Marysville


Steavenson Falls ~ after Black Saturday

Although I have been back to Marysville several times since that fateful day in February 2009, this was the first time I have been back to the Falls. I felt saddened and a sense of something lost. I filmed this on Sunday 7th November (2010) and as the area re-generates, will film that too.

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Return to Steavenson Falls

Above: Now ~ 7 November 2010

Above: Before ~ December 2008

Friday, November 05, 2010

Marysville Marathon 2010

On the radio yesterday, I heard the Marysville Marathon is on this Sunday, 7th November and I'll be coming up for the day. I have been meaning to go to Marysville for some time now but either the weather wasn't good or I was baby-sitting. This Sunday however, it's all systems go. I'd really like to stay overnight for the weekend but finances being what they are, this isn't possible - I had thought I'd love to stay at the Tower Motel, and after checking the cost of accommodation I hummed and haahed before reality set in and common sense took over. So - it will be a day trip.

It will be good to see Marysville again, and I plan on seeing Steavenson Falls and visiting one of my favourite shops - Uncle Fred and Aunty Val's Lolly Shop. Perhaps some afternoon tea at the Bakery (on the corner of Murchison Street) and lunch at Fraga's, I hear their pot pies are delicious.

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Village Walk

Remember the Village Walk?
Walking up these steps to the Terracotta Room, sampling the delicious wine on offer. Remember the big silver bowl in the middle and the wines in rows on the wall? Finding myself not quite steady on my feet and deciding better not to drive for a while. And sipping on a steaming hot cup of coffee waiting. Ah..memories - it is good to remember the happy times.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Black Saturday - One Year Later

Today, it is one year since the horrific bushfires known as Black Saturday swept across Victoria in which 173 people died and devastated the country side, National Parks and many towns - Marysville, Kinglake, Flowerdale. So many who were with us that day are no longer here and those who survived have faced a long battle. The temperature on that day reached 46.4º, today a year later the expected temperature is 29º - that's 17º cooler.

Coming into Marysville
I have been back several times in those areas and on my first trip back to Marysville, I almost got lost - I didn't recognise anything - all the "landmarks" were gone.

Along the main street

Photo taken 2nd May 2009

Just before New Year's Day
On my last trip it was just before New Year and there was a feeling of festivity in the air - trees were decorated with Christmas decorations, and the supermarket had re-opened at its new home on Saturday 5th December - five months after the bushfires.

Christmas Gate

Christmas Tree
This once glorious tree stands at the corner of Pack Road and Murchison Street

Decorated handrail
The steps and handrail leading to the footpath is between Fraga's and the Bakery Cafe in Murchison Street.

Ye Olde Style Lolly Shoppe
Uncle Fred and Aunty Val's Olde Style Lolly Shop was a wonderful world of goody-num-nums at 8 Murchison Street. Julia Harris re-opened on the 10 July 2009 in a tin shed on the same site. My favourite fudge was sold out as had bread, so I contented myself with Orange fudge, aniseed bulls eyes and inch liquorice.

The Bakery Cafe
We sat outside under the shade and had afternoon tea. A pot of tea for me (made 4 cups), coffees for the others and an assortment of delicious cakes.

Festive Lightpole

Garlands and Gold Baubles
Outside Hooker's Real Estate to the right of the Village Walk.

Festive Fraga's
Fraga's Cafe at Shop 1, 17 Murchison Street decorated with flags, tinsel and baubles.

Christmas Teapot
Even this old teapot has a "Christmassy" feel to it!

Bruno's Sculpture Garden
Bruno's Sculpture Garden at 51 Falls Road Marysville which brought joy to many was damaged in the bushfires, but around 60% of the sculptures survived and the garden re-opened on 29th November 2009. Although Bruno's home and art gallery were destroyed in the fires, he has decided to stay in Marysville and rebuild his home and restore the gardens.

Some sculptures.

Foodworks Supermarket
The new Foodworks supermarket re-opened on Saturday 5th December on the site of the former car museum at 49 Darwin Street.
The Marysville Motor Museum Shopping Centre include FoodWorks Supermarket, Bendigo Bank and other specialty stores.

Visit Marysville Tourism for information about things to do and how to get there and accommodation.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Today is Christmas Day, and we celebrate the birthday of Jesus. Wishing you all a happy Christmas and for those who are unhappy or troubled, may the Spirit of Christmas fill your hearts with peace and joy and may the coming year bring better times.

"Mary's Boy Child" was written by a 1956 Jester Hairston and first recorded by Harry Belafonte in 1956. I have heard many versions and still think Belafonte's is the best.

God bless.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Marysville Christmas Shop Window

Here is another photo of the Marysville Christmas shop. I had forgotten to add it and it's easier to do another post rather than edit.

I stood in front of the bus stop for this photo - that's my backpack on the seat.

The Christmas Shop of Marysville

It seems appropriate somehow, to write about the Marysville Christmas shop at this time.

I remember seeing this beautiful shop filled with the most beautiful Christmas things - it was like an Aladdin's cave. Angels, baubles, stockings, decorations, and all so beautifully made and arranged.

The centrepiece was a round table covered with a green cloth and on it stood a tree with decorations - hand-crafted bells, and baubles studded with diamentes and glittery beads.

There was a young lass working behind the counter and I asked her about the shop - Christmas isn't all year long you see. She explained to me that at other times of year, it was a Ski and Ski hire shop.

I saw a lovely Christmas stocking ornament which I dearly wanted to buy - she said it was $9.95. I was going to buy it, but then she said that couldn't be right, so did some checking and found it was much more. From memory I think it may have been around thirty or forty dollars. Being on a limited income, it was really out of my price range, and I hummed and haaed as I debated on whether to get it or not. I made the decision to (regretfully) not get it - I reasoned that next year, finances may have improved and I would get one then.

It was a decision I deeply regret. For this wonderful shop is no more. Yet I have these photos to remind me of this special place.

The front window