Thursday, February 5, 2015

Walk from Bridge Road to Abbotsford Convent today.

I walked to and from Bridge Road, Richmond to Abbotsford Convent today. I headed off at around 8.40am down Church Street into Victoria Street, then walked all the way down Nicholson Street into Yarra Boulevard and entered the convent via Clarke Street and St Heliers Street, Abbotsford. I think that's about 5km all up. On my way I stopped for coffee at a lovely place called Three Bags Full cafe housed in the historic building that was Denton Hat Mills, a three storeyed late Victorian factory, built in 1888 and now comprises the coffee shop, various businesses and residents.

The manager kindly showed me this display on the wall of three of the hats that used to be made and some gorgeous photographs of factory workers available in the State Library collection.

After having my coffee I took a photo of the Park Hotel, itself 150 years old and the mural in Browns Reserve. Designed by Carol Ruff, it was painted in 1988 and still looks fresh.
I finally arrived at Abbotsford convent at around 10.15am and then walked around, saw the exhibitions in C3 Contemporary Art Space and then headed off home. Here's some photographs I took whilst at the convent.



I can tell you that I am thoroughly exhausted after returning home around 1.15pm. But I plan to do another long walk in the near future. Will keep you posted. (As usual all photographs are Copyright to Julie Clarke!).

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