What a way to end Australia Day week than with Indigenous Australian Ash Barty winning the Australian Open in Melbourne. Not to detract from those who were given Australia Day Awards including our other tennis great Dylan Alcott who has done so much for people with a disability, it made me very proud to see Ash Barty photographed alongside two other Indigenous sporting champions Cathy Freeman and Evonne Goolagong. I think it’s inspired both young and old to take up the racquet and I’d love to make time for tennis lessons in the future.
It’s been a nice distraction from the scorching heat wave in Melbourne over the past few weeks as I’ve tried not to melt being back at work. While I’ve had time to plan and try to get ahead – I think February will be a busy month. We’ve done our best to avoid catching Omicron as a family, including sadly forgoing seeing Warrandyte locals The Teskey Brothers with Orchestra Victoria at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl last weekend. I’m not sure how long that will last given my children return to school this week and all bets are off despite families being given RATs for twice-weekly testing.
If you are isolating at home, you may be interested in the $59.95 Northside Fruit & Veg boxes with free delivery on Wednesday and Friday. I was also interested to read about the opening of the Grappa Bar at Pietro Gallus Estate in Warrandyte – our very own Montalto of the northeast – as well as new floating bar and eatery Yarra Botanicals with its focus on Victorian-only produce.
I also love that you can hire electric GoBoats for picnics on the Yarra although last weekend I went for a walk and iced coffee outdoors with a friend at Fairfield Boat House & Tea Gardens, which was busy but offers old school row boats for hire. Do watch out for snakes if you visit or walk, run or ride anywhere near the river, especially if you have furry friends.
I’ve recently discovered Australian fashion label Alemais, which has some beautiful summer-inspired dresses and shirts should you have the budget that would look fabulous at a garden party. Speaking of beautiful, Queen Anne house Thenford Hill at 9 Studley Road Ivanhoe has just come onto the market and is a showstopper – I love all the period features.
We’re lucky to have homes like these in our municipality that add to the character, feature and amenity of our neighbourhood. I was quite devastated to be informed that Art Deco house Bukit Raja in St Hubert Road East Ivanhoe has been knocked down as I’d submitted it for heritage consideration to Banyule council. That, along with the demolition of Federation-era homes along Lower Heidelberg Road near Ivanhoe Grammar bought by a developer, has also made me quite sad. While you can’t stop progress and higher density is needed in Melbourne, I think there should be consideration for period buildings like these that can never be replaced.