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Lauriston Drive, Coldstream

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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 July 11th 2021
Look For the Donkey & Wishing Well
This 1.4 kms drive runs between Ingram and Killara Roads.

Lauriston Drive.
Lauriston Drive

It has several meanders and some gentle undulations.

motor bike on curve.
Motor cyclist negotiating a curve.

Many gardens featured camellia trees with flowers of different hues, including one with subtle yellow tones.

Many camellias.

Azaleas always look colourful, seen as a multitude of blooms or a close up of just a couple of flowers.

A tree full.

Just two.

Lauriston Drive appears to be the abode of many patriotic citizens and tradies, judging by the number of Australian flags flying and tradie vehicles parked on premises.

A colourful plant seen was a couple of bird of paradise flowers almost hidden in their foliage.

Bird of paradise
Birds of paradise.

Bird of paradise
Paradise lost.

Grevilleas and an erica plant added some warmth on a cold day.


erica flower
Erica plant.

Of more subtle colourings were several protea bushes in full bloom and a lasiandra bush.

These do look nice.

Lasiandra flowers are divine.

Not an exotic animal sighting, but unusual on street walks was seeing four cats. A pure white one sitting on an external window sill and two on an internal window sill. The fourth one was very shy and ran away at my approach.

white cat
On the sill.

Cats in window.
Cats in window.

Despite the length of the drive, only one dog walker was seen. One cyclist was seen peddling along nearing Killara Road.

dog walker
Dog walker.

Heading for Killara Road.

The silence of my walk was broken by the loud barking of a little terrier as I passed their territory. The bark was loud, teeth were seen, but the tail was wagging.

dog behind bars.
The noisy dog.

Shortly after I heard the nearby warbling of two magpies. Searching the overhead tree I did not see them although the warbling continued. They were on the ground just a metre or so from me.

The ground warbler.

High above me, I noticed a red flowering gum tree in flower, where on lower branches were a good display of gum nuts.

flowering gum & gum nuts.
Flowering gum & gum nuts.

Banksias featured in many gardens, including a large mature one with countless cones pointing skywards.

banksia tree
Banksia tree & single cone.

Many gardens featured numerous ornaments, including birdbaths, a donkey and cart, a wagon wheel and a wishing well. Beneath a row of windows, a garden bed was full of ornaments.

garden ornaments.
Garden ornaments.

garden ornaments.
More of them.

The only other birds seen was a wattlebird and a spotted dove.

wattle bird
Wattle bird.

spotted dove
Spotted Dove.

All houses were of brick veneer construction, so it was unusual to find one with a lychgate and picket fence. Combined with a full flowering Cootamundra wattle tree it was a magnificent sight.

Lych gate & picket fence.
How good is this?

Lauriston Drive.
Another section of Lauriston Drive.

The flowers kept coming with a brilliant yellow daisy bush, a more subtle coloured specimen, and a polygala bush.

yellow daisy bush.
Yellow daisies.

More daisies.

Polygala bush.

Jonquils featured in many gardens. A large patch of swamp foxtails look nice wavering in the gentle breeze.

The yellow ones are brilliant.

Swamp fox tail
Swamp fox tails.

This is a great walk if only for the numerous garden ornaments.

Street sign
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Why? It's an unique experience
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Where: Lauriston Drive, Coldstream. Melways map: 281. C.8 - C.11.
Cost: Free
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Another entertaining article Neil. You must be quite fit from all the walking you are doing.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|8364) 21 days ago
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