Can spring be far behind?

A few weeks ago, on Wardell Road in Marrickville/Dulwich Hill.

This Sunday afternoon D and I went for a walk on the Burwood Heights side of Croydon.  I had seen this tree a few weeks ago in its prime; by today it was past its best.

The picture itself isn’t flattering.  Unfortunately, this angle is if anything less prepossessing.

It looks to me as though a bunch of speculative builders must have made a fortune building Croydon shopping centre presumably at around the time that the PO was built (1913), though the buildings’ appearance suggests a little later than that.  The garage (out of view to the left in the picture below) is probably newer.

Other visions of Croydon vernacular:

The box on the ground in the front rather spoils something that is really quite immaculate.  The variegated coloured tiles are repeated on the roof.

It is hard to overlook the statement in pink in this feature balcony above a feature window:

As you head south-west towards “Burwood Heights,” things get decidedly posh.  The Appian Way has possibly Sydney’s only London-style private park:

We walked as far as Burwood Road, and then looped back towards Croydon.  

This place oddly made me think of  Rockwell’s “American Gothic”:

This hitherto unknown to me vehicle caught my eye:

and again:


Apparently this is a Vanden Plas Princess, based on the Austin Princess, from circa 1963-1965.

And finally, from closer to our starting point in Croydon:

4 Responses to “Can spring be far behind?”

  1. Ken Says:

    Nice work again, M. I enjoy seeing blogs being used for different insights.
    I suspect you might be wrong, though, about a developer having made a fortune in Croydon. I don’t know any of the history but many of the “grand vision” developers went broke – Burley Griffin in Castlecrag is one.
    A bit like the joke about the third owner of a Surfer’s Paradise hotel finally making money.
    You often need a fair bit of wealth destruction before a big project makes economic sense. That’s what we are seeing with Cross-City and Lane Cove tunnels and will see, I think, with quite a few investor financed infrastructure projects.
    Apologies for the diversion….

  2. marcellous Says:

    Ken, you are right: the builders might almost as well have lost a fortune as made one. What’s notable is that the facades suggest a very large and simultaneous development.

  3. John Says:

    how about this afternoon’s ice storms???

  4. marcellous Says:

    Ice storms (or half-melted hailstones) didn’t touch us in Croydon, and I didn’t notice them once home inside in the hills of Dulwich. But anyway, John, the context is (Shelley here addressing the west wind):

    “Drive my dead thoughts over the universe
    Like wither’d leaves to quicken a new birth!
    And, by the incantation of this verse,

    Scatter, as from an unextinguish’d hearth
    Ashes and sparks, my words among mankind!
    Be through my lips to unawaken’d earth

    The trumpet of a prophecy! O Wind,
    If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?”

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