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Kidgell Street, Lilydale

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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 31st 2021
Spot the spotted tea set
This 800 metre street runs from Cave Hill Road to Beresford Road. It is mostly flat with only one slight curve.

Kidgell Street.
Kidgell Street.

Roses were the predominant species of flora seen. Single blooms of white, pink and red caught my eye and camera.

red rose
Roses are red...

pink rose
..and pink..

white rose
... and white.

Building wise it is a road of contrasts. The west side is mainly weatherboard houses, while the east side is mainly more modern brick structures. Two of the west side houses sported a picket fence and a lychgate.

picket fence & lychgate.
From another era.

picket fence & lychgate.
Another one.

A lemon grevillea bush was starting to blossom and a real lemon tree had produced many lemons.

Lemon grevillea.
Lemon grevillea.

Real lemons at street level.

On the corner of Rouke Street a small park, just the size of a building block, was all grass and one large gum tree.

small park
The one tree park.

Many magpies were actively fossicking for food on the ground, with one getting lucky, while others preferred to watch from above.

magpie eating worm.
Lucky magpie - unlucky worm.

A bird of another description was seen, a bird of paradise. Backlit against a background in shadow made it stand out and very noticeable, even from a distance.

Bird of paradise
Aptly named.

Many people were out and about getting their daily exercise, strangely, none with dogs.

many walkers.
Almost a crowd.

A lady on her mobility scooter was the only other human traffic seen.

mobility scooter
The race is on.

Cotoneaster bushes were full of their bright red berries, contrasting nicely on the dark green leaves of the bushes.

Cotoneaster tree
The red berries do stand out.

Daisies were plentiful with many different varieties which brightens up any walk.

The white one is outnumbered.

daisy bush
A bush full of daisies.

Many crows were about with three landing on the top of an electricity pole. After they vacated, their perch it was soon occupied by a magpie.

three crows on pole.
It's getting crowded.

crow flying.
Time to leave.

magpie on pole
Magpie on power pole.

Another aerial observation was a pair of shoes hanging from overhead wires.

shoes on power cable.
The high jumper lost his shoes.

Other flowers seen were a large lasiandra bush and a large batch of lavender.


You can almost smell these by just looking at them.

A most unusual garden ornament was a wooden windmill. Behind it was a red and white spotted teapot and large cup and saucer, living out their days as plant holders.

Windmill and spotted tea set.

A dog quietly sitting in a front yard was noticed by me and it just watched me. I guess it was a watch dog. I wonder if its name was Rolex or Longines?

sitting dog.
The watching dog.

Kidgell Street was named after Ebenezer Kidgell who settled in Lilydale in 1882, working as an auctioneer and estate agent.

Street sign
We are here.

This is an easy walk with a lot to see for the observant.
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Where: Kidgell Steet, Lilydale. Melways map: 38. C.4..
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"Rolex or Longines" LOL.
by 23and (score: 1|15) 20 days ago
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