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Welten 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 September 23rd 2022
See ol' Blue Eyes
Walking past one house, I had the feeling I was being watched. I was. A black and white cat was staring at me intensely through a window.

cat in window.
Being watched.

In another garden, I saw what I thought was a life-like garden ornament in the form of a cat. It was another cat, staring at me through its bright blue eyes.

Blue eyed cat.
Ol' blue eyes.

Welten Drive is a 700 mt. drive, running from the North Gateway to Lauriston Drive, in the Coldstream housing estate.

Welten Drive.
Welten Drive.

Many magnolia trees were in full bloom, an annual floral offering. Not quite a tree, a large broom bush stood out with its brilliant yellow blooms.


broom tree.
Brooms are brilliant.

It's a relatively newly established area with few front fences giving uninterrupted views of nice gardens, many of which had numerous garden ornaments.

garden ornaments.
Just a sample.

Some gardens had many ornaments. I photographed some cute ones. A very cute one and some not so cute. I also saw some shy ones.

Cute garden ornaments.
The cute ones.

cute ornament.
Very cute.

garden ornaments
Not so cute or inviting.

Shy ornaments.
Some are shy.

A few patches of bright daisies were seen while one lawn was full of lawn daisies. Another had a colourful outcrop of capeweed, also known as dandelions.

Daisies are always colourful.

Lawn daisies and cape weed.
Lawn daisies and cape weed.

A blue blossom tree had masses of blue flowers and bluebell flowers had a similar hue.

Blue blossom tree and bluebell flowers.
Blue blossom tree and bluebell flowers.

A metal galah appeared to be feeding in a garden bed while a real one looked down from an overhead wire.

Real and metal galah.
Real and metal galah.

Near the North Gateway end, a narrow strip of grass leads to Glenhurst Park, which is mainly a grassed area with trees planted around the perimeter. A flowering gum tree had just started to flower.

Glenhurst Park.
Glenhurst Park.

Red flowering gum.
flowering gum in park.

Four colourful flowers were some hellebores, cherry blossom, primrose and rosemary. A pink forest lily and a poppy anemone added more colour.

Hellebore, cherry blossom, primrose and rosemary.
Hellebore, cherry blossom, primrose and rosemary.

Forest lily & poppy anemone.
Forest lily & poppy anemone.

Also very colourful was a rainbow-painted mail box and a rainbow tree hanging.

Rainbow motifs.
A splash of colour.

Lots of birds like to just sit and watch from overhead wires. A little wattlebird was one and noisy miners were another.

little wattle bird.
Little wattle bird.

noisy miner
Noisy miner departing its perch.

Many noisy miners were around, on their own or hassling a raven on wires or a magpie at ground level.

Noisy miner hassling raven.
Noisy miner hassling raven.

Magpie & noisy miner.
A stand-off.

Lavender, iris and hyacinth were three other flowers in bloom.



A crested pigeon, spotted dove and an Indian myna preferred high perches.

Crested pigeon, spotted dove & Indian myna.
Crested pigeon, spotted dove & Indian myna.

A cat, a licking dog and a colourful kookaburra on a birdbath made interesting garden ornaments. A lizard, a frog and two elephants were also displayed.

Cat, dog & kookaburra.
Cat, dog & kookaburra.

Lizard, frog & elephants.
Lizard, frog & elephants.

Other flowers seen include a colourful patch of clivias, several daffodils and several nice grevilleas.




Small windmills are reasonably popular and I saw two innovative ones.

When the wind blows ...

A wheelbarrow was living out its days as a pot plant and several fungi were growing around a small bush.

Wheel barrow and fungi.
Wheel barrow and fungi

Welten Drive may not be a long walk but it is long on things to see.

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Where: Welten Drive, Coldstream. Melway map: 281. B.9.
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