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Huntingdon Avenue, Bayswater North

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published May 21st 2022
Go hunting for gnomes in Huntingdon
You will find lots of gnomes and other creatures on Huntingdon Avenue, mostly all in the same garden.

You will see many of these little fellows.

As I did, you may see a small flock of pigeons just loitering on the footpath and roadway. The ones I saw appeared to be an adult crested pigeon and several fluffy juveniles on a family outing.

crested pigeon
You may see some of these.

crested pigeons
Crested Pigeons.

Huntingdon Avenue runs off Dorset Road for about 800 metres and is a well-established area with well-established gardens.

Huntingdon Avenue.
Huntingdon Avenue.

Azaleas added a bright spot in many gardens as did a solitary camellia. A blue ground convolvulus added a more subtle colour.


Camellias and convolvulas.

Always attractive were several Hawaiian hibiscus flowers, their red petals and yellow stamens contrasting nicely against their green leaves.

Hawaiian hibiscus.
Hawaiian hibiscus.

One garden had a multitude of gnomes, many disguised as football players. Other small figures were scattered among them.

Too many to count.

These were everywhere.

Many bottlebrushes and grevilleas were in full flower brightening up many gardens. Also brightening up the scenery were many autumn trees and a bush of yellow daisies.

bottle brush
These were just flowering.


autumn tree
Autumn has come, so have daisies.

A wheelbarrow filled with succulents was almost the only occupant of one garden. Old milk churns are usually seen as mailboxes, but one was spied in an upright position under a tree.

wheel barrow and milk churn.
Wheel barrow and milk churn.

Other garden ornaments seen were several garden lamps with one surrounded by little critters. A garden tap was almost decorated with buckets and little birds.

Garden lamps.

A few magpies appeared as did a single noisy miner. It was a nice day, but few birds were seen.

noisy miner
Noisy miner in tree.

Resting atop two gate pillars were a couple of lions with mouths agape. I'm not sure if they were roaring or yawning.

Resting or roaring?

It must be fungi season as several examples were growing on nature strips.

Look but don't touch.

A couple of walkers were encountered, with one walking her little doggie.


Two nice examples of roses were seen. A lantana bush displayed attractive flowers. Three long-dead agapanthuses looked attractive with backlighting and against a dark background.

Just beautiful.

Lantana and agapanthus.
Lantana and agapanthus.

This is an easy walk with level footpaths on both sides, being easy-going for wheelchairs and the mobility challenged.

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Why? You never know what you will see.
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Where: Huntingdon Avenue, Bayswater North. Melways map: 51. A12.
Cost: Free
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