Wanna know a little secret? I've found another place where I could happily live in harmony. It's a beautiful historical suburb by the water, Williamstown, Melbourne's first Port. And just 15 minutes over the West Gate Bridge from town. Woo Hoo!!! I found myself standing a many a real estate office pretending to live the dream. Maybe one day, but it seems I have missed the boat a little on price. Mum told me when she lived in Melbourne, until her flight attendant duties dropped her in Sydney, Williamstown was a no go area, but not anymore baby!!!!
It's now a hip and happening area that was so me!!! Funnily enough I found out that when my relatives left the Old Country in the mid 19th century, this is the first place they stepped ashore in Australia. Maybe I was meant to be here after all as it really felt like home! It was early in Melbourne's history and it looked nothing like this, but lets just say it made me very happy to be walking in their footsteps last week.
This suburb is loaded with beautiful Edwardian cottages. It has its own Botanic Gardens, which are just superb and a favourite wedding destination.
The gardens provide cameos to Port Phillip Bay
Lawns for Lovers to sit at sunset
And a place for a weary mother to lay down under an oak tree during a heat wave and take in the beautiful blue of the sky, while her baby slept soundly in the pram beside her.
Williamstown has lovely cafes that do very entertaining stuff with kiddo coffee. A pirate I think!!!
Stunning streetscapes that haven't changes in 150 years.
Lots of this. Yippee
And beautiful nautical touches in house design, owing to it being an historical port
I loves this screen door with the boat wheel motif
And the beautiful etched glass in the front door of the cottage where we stayed.
But most of all it was the fabulous cottage gardens that got me in. The standard iceberg rose seemed to be the thing for these parts. It was popular and seemed to do very well.
The picket fences were great and there were so many to inspire me.
These cast iron post tops were a popular choice
It was also a great spot to watch the fire works on New Years Eve. Williamstown provides the best view of the city in Melbourne.
This artist must have thought so
And it's only 30 minutes to Werribee Park, a beautiful mansion built on profits made off the sheep's back. My father was in the wool industry, but we never lived this well.
And the best bit was The Beach House Boys managed to win 2nd place in the International Mirror Class National Championships. Thanks Williamstown, we loved every bit of you!!!!
There's only one more day to enter my Seaside Style Interiors Book giveaway, here
Next up is my Coastal White Christmas Tablescape. It's not at all Christmasy, just very coastal and white so don't forget to pop back for that.
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Have a great week lovely people.
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