Flinders Street Station, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Friday, September 29, 2017

WORKING ON OUR FIRST HOUSE AND GARDEN 1973

Continuing "My Story"

We moved into our first house in Springwood Rd in 1971. There was a deep drain running down the side of the road which we couldn't cross in the car outside our house. There was no culvert or driveway. We had to cross further down the road and drive up the footpath to reach our house. In 1973 the council built a culvert and driveway across the big drain.  
The culvert with a maker post is just in the left hand corner of the photo. Then we had an almost proper access to the house.

This is the same road taken from the same spot in 2015. A four lane road with a nature strip in the middle.

 We had a garage built on the end of the house but Bill used it as his shed. So he decided to add a carport onto the house.

 I tried to establish a garden around the house but we left most of the acre in natural bushland. We had our first baby too. She was just over six months and sat in a little swing while mummy and daddy worked and our dog Ricky just wanted to play.

 The carport and little garden was finished. Bill was making two concrete strips as a driveway.


Carol-Ann 9 months and 10 months
                                  

At 11 months she took her first steps. She was our pride and joy



17 comments:

  1. Great memories and photos. Wow that road that goes through now is so different. I must get back to my life before but I just never have the time!!
    Take care t'other Diane

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  2. Hello, It is fun looking back over your life. Many great happy memories of your home and Carol-Ann. Love the old photos! Happy Thursday, enjoy your day and weekend ahead.

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  3. the street looks a lot better now. I can see fond memories here though and Carol Ann was adorable.. love the pointed foot, like she is posing and those cute little shoes she has on.

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  4. Wonderful to have a photographic record and now place the words with them.

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  5. It is hard to believe it is the same street. It surprises me that a narrow road ended up being so wide with the central nature strip. Somebody cared about the road. The Falcon in the carport brings back memories.......XF?

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  6. Oh my how the street has changed! Great you have the pics to show it. Such a sweet life yall have

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  7. Oh those sweet memories of the past!

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  8. Great older photos, Diane. I can recall growing up that the street we lived on was a dirt road where I learned to ride a bike between the potholes. Now, the street is paved. Your former street looks so very different. Carol Ann was a lovely child and obviously your pride and joy still today!

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  9. A new house, carport, garden, and baby! Thanks for sharing these exciting events with us. The photos are adorable.

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  10. Certainly lots of memories of happy days - I love seeing your photos. The swing outside was a great idea. Hard, but satisfying, work establishing a garden from scratch. Lots of energy back then ;D)

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  11. And, no matter how old they are, they are still our pride and joy, right?!! It's wonderful you have so many photos. I wish we had taken a lot more of building our house but it was expensive back then. Love reading about your memories.

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  12. It's astounding how the infrastructure changes over the years Diane, it has to I guess as the population increases. Looooove the pics of Carol-Ann, she was, and still is I'm sure, adorable! Aimee also took her first steps at 11 months, gosh that was a long time ago 😀

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  13. Lovely seeing the old photos. You both worked hard on your new home, building good memories too :)

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  14. A very interesting glimpse into your life.

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  15. You did the same as we did only 3 years earlier ! Our garden didn't exist we had earth til half of the window doors ! Baby also came during our works ! Memories !! Today I admire myself how did I manage all that ? House, working whole day, and baby ?

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  16. love that you are still working on such wonderful aspects of your personal and family history. such a treasure that will be for your grandchildren and your children.

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  17. Carol Ann was adorable as a baby and a beautiful lady now, too!

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