I jumped on my bicycle yesterday afternoon (for the first time in a long time) and rode around the neighbourhood with my camera bag over my shoulder.  I had a few things in mind that I wanted to photograph but also found a few things I didn’t know existed.  Ninety minutes, and a very sore backside later, I had done a circuit of the suburb and was home with my 5 shots done.  So here they are.

BUS STOP – In my suburb of Willagee, the bus stops have been decorated to make them bright and friendly rather than boring and drab.  This one made me stop and take a photo, not for the artwork itself, but for the items left behind – an empty bottle of tawny port with a box of cigarettes over the neck.

WINNING CATS – The local oval is home to the Winnacott Cats football team.  This was their last game of the season and they went out on a high, winning by two goals.  I got to see the last 10 minutes of the game as their opponents came close to stealing the win.  The boys celebrated by gathering in a circle in the middle of the oval to sing the club before heading off for a light jog to cool down.  Well done boys!

HOUSE OF HORRORS – This unassuming house in Willagee has the unenviable reputation of being the location of the murders of four women and the attempted murder of a fifth.  Serial killers David and Catherine Birnie lived in this house in the 1980’s and committed horrendous crimes here.  Today the house is a family home but it’s past will always be remembered.

BLOSSOMS – There are so many trees in blossom at the moment.  This gorgeous pink one is on the front verge of a house around the corner from us.  Most of the other blossoms I found were too high for me to successfully photograph.

CHURCH IN NEED OF REPAIR – My suburb doesn’t have fancy churches, they are just boring buildings that could be local community halls.  I didn’t even know this one existed just around the corner from my house.  It’s in dire need of some repairs – the car park is full of potholes, fences are falling down and you can’t even make out the name of the church as most of the letters have fallen off the wall.  I think it should say OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE but who knows what the bit underneath is meant to say.

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