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Partridge Way, Mooroolbark

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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 November 11th 2020
No Partridges, but a Magpie and a Wattlebird
Starting at Manchester Road, Partridge Way heads east, turns to the north, then heads west.

grevillea
The flowers started at almost the first garden.

Not far into the walk, you will encounter Castle Hill Reserve on the corner of Savanna Drive. This elevated reserve has a castle-themed playground, lots of grassy play areas and an undercover BBQ facility. Although it is early into your walk, if you have young ones with you, it is definitely worth a small diversion. You could say it is the high point of the walk.

castle playground
The magnificent view from Castle Hill.

The area was developed for housing about 35 years ago and all power and telephones lines are underground.

walker
Walker along the wire free way.

There are very few front fences and most gardens are well established, with many displays of individual flowers and flowering bushes.

ball flower
Great balls of wool.

Many houses feature a garden within a garden, nicely landscaped areas separate from the overall garden.
landscaped garden
Garden bed well back from street.


Low growing, flowering ground covering plants look very attractive, giving a carpet of colour effect.

carpet of daisies.
Carpet of daisies.


carpet of daisies.
Carpet of a different colour.

Although not rare, the only time I had seen a fuchsia growing in a front garden was on this walk. They were just one of the many colourful flowers enjoyed.


Unusual letterboxes always attract my attention, particularly colourful ones.

red letterbox
The red letterbox.

Partridge Way is 1.8 km in length and ends at a roundabout and continues on as Kirkford Drive, which then turns south to join up to Partridge Way. You have then walked all four cardinal points of the compass.

Street sign
Return or continue.


protea
Proteas do look nice.

This makes a nice round walk of 2 km and alleviates the need to retrace your journey, although often the grass is greener and the flowers prettier on the other side of the street.

red azaleas
A blaze of red.


rose
Different.

Partridge Way is not level but the rises are gentle and long and would not tire the wheelchair-bound and their rear drive motive power. There are footpaths on both sides of the street.

yellow daisy
Can't miss this one.


bearded iris.
Bearded iris.

On my walk, I met a local resident washing his car and a friendly chat improved my local knowledge of the area.

pink lavender
Lavender.


pink & white flowers.
Very subtle colours.

The only airborne activity was several magpies, who came to ground nearby and a wattlebird who preferred to stay in their tree.

magpie
Grounded magpie.


wattle bird
Wattlebird in tree.

Garden ornaments are becoming popular, although I have yet to see a garden gnome. A Buddha figure was sitting quietly in one garden holding an array of flowers, giving a peaceful feeling as one passed.

buddha
Peace be with you.

What I find attractive is where two different types of flowers have intermingled or two different colours on the one bush.

purple & white flowers
The purple dominates.


flowering bush
Two nice colours.

Only a few walkers were out and about but I did see five stay-at-homes peering at me through a window.

bears in window
We are watching you.

The few gardeners that opt for trees in their gardens seem to prefer tall slender ones or large bushes. When passing under small trees or large bushes, it pays to look up.

tall thin trees
Standing upright.


looking up
It pays to look up.

Partridge Way is an enjoyable walk providing a floral experience and a playground reserve along the way.
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Where: Partridge Way, Mooroolbark.
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