petunias

Annual Rescue!

04/05/2018 Suzsi Mandeville

Last November, I planted massed purple petunias for my mum. She loves them and keeps trying to decide which shade she likes best. But after months of hot summer sun, they have become straggly. The leaves have a dull white mould and although the flowers do their best to appear perky – it’s not a pretty sight.

Ardrie Park

Burwood Walks #20: The Trail to Ardrie Park

04/05/2018 Mark Learmonth

Our twentieth walk starts in Burwood and heads south to East Malvern station. This walk is gently undulating, and approximately 9km. We walk through many parks, both large and small. Longer than usual, this walk passes three railway stations (Alamein, Darling and East Malvern) so can be undertaken in sections if you prefer.

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A preventable plague

16/03/2018 Guest Author

Family is something we should all be able to depend as we grow older – for safety, care and good company. But for many Australians who experience elder abuse, this is not always the case.

Thuy and Long in their Surrey Hills milkshop

No milk today…

01/03/2018 Margaret Rockow

From 1987 Thuy and Long had milk bar businesses in South Melbourne, Blackburn North, Richmond and finally the Milk Bar/General Store in Surrey Hills in December 1995. In October 2017 they farewelled the neighbourhood they’d loved and felt a part of for 22 years: the school children who dropped by on their way home from school for a bag of lollies or an ice-cream; nearby residents who’d regularly buy milk, the newspaper, a greeting card, or a forgotten grocery item for that night’s dinner.

The Golden Era of Vintage radios

01/03/2018 Guest Author

The Historical Radio Society of Australia (HRSA) has 1200 members around Australia, with an estimated 30 000 radios in their collections. Members enjoy collecting and restoring radios from the 1920s through to the ’80s. Meetings are held monthly around Australia, including in Ashburton, where radios are discussed and sold and friendships made.

The Laramie Project 2017

80 Years of Hartwell Players

01/03/2018 Guest Author

“MELBOURNE’S Oldest Theatre Company” is a title not easily earned, but in 2018 Hartwell Players Theatre Company of Ashwood turns 80! And to celebrate their milestone, the Players are hosting a “Spectacularly Trivial Trivia Night” event at the Notting Hill Community Hall on 21 April. Starting in 1938 under the quaint moniker of “Presbyterian Merry Makers” the fledgling group had no idea they would evolve to be the most inclusive and enduring theatre company in town.