Sunday, September 21, 2008

The street less travelled


I'm generally a creature of routine, but every now and then I like to shake things up, even if it's only in a small way.

I walk to most places I go in my day-to-day life, but I tend to follow the same routes each time. Occasionally though, I like to take a different path to explore laneways and streets I've never been down before. Just for something different, and I'm often rewarded.

Yesterday, on my way to do my grocery shopping, I took a different street and found the Cottage that Time Forgot (above and below). I was captivated. It's in one of Melbourne's oldest suburbs, which still retains many of its old buildings, tiny terrace houses and grand houses, but most have been renovated and modernised. This one is a little time capsule, a relic in a bustling, inner-city suburb of a modern and rapidly growing city of nearly 4 million people.

It's also unusual because it's a detached timber dwelling - not a common sight in the area. I love the lichen-covered tiles on the roof and the way it's partially hidden by shrubbery, which adds an air of mystery.

I half-expected a grey-haired, wizened woman to come out and screech at me as I was taking photos!

Are you a creature of routine? Do you like to shake things up sometimes? Have you discovered anything captivating on a path less travelled?



4 comments:

Earl Riser said...

Nice looking house there Jayne, I like it.
Cheers booldy/wayne.

Jim Gaudet said...

I try to not do the same thing. I try to take many different roads.

~jim

Meri said...

This is what I also do when I walk the cities: "uncover" interesting houses in suburbs... There are so many stories behind those remarkable walls...
I fell in love with one particular house while I was living in the capital city. Id admire it from afar everytime I passed by. Perfect square... I even met the lady owner...
That house and that lady appear before my eyes everytime I think of those good old times.

Glee Girl said...

@Wayne. Yeah, but I wouldn't want to live in it! (and sssshhhh with the real names!)

@ Jim. You never know what you might find. I think going places on foot a lot is great for really exploring new places too.

@ Meri. It's great that you met the owner. I'm really curious to know who lives in this house and to find out about the history of it, but I wouldn't dare knock on the door. Maybe I should wander past there more often to see if I can chance upon the owner in the yard...