Two Towns

Hi-ho friends! I have a super exciting post for you today. I am (finally!) collaborating with the lovely Laura from aptly-named The Lovely Jumble! I cannot for the life of me think why we have not done this before now, other than we are a bit silly. Silly sausages, the pair of us. But fear no more, for we have finally organised a collab.

Laura and I have answered the same six questions to do with the two towns we live in. Since Laura is in Nelson, New Zealand, and I in (eastern suburbs of) Melbourne, Australia, we thought it might be interesting to learn a little bit more about each other’s local areas. I for one am quite keen to read Laura’s post!

What do you like about where you live?

The parks! There are six parks and/or walking trails within walking distance of my house and they are all glorious. This also means we have a lot of native birds, which I often wake up to in the morning. Some of my favourites are the pink galahs. They mate for life and are often seen waddling around in pairs, which is just too adorable. I went for a walk the other morning and saw/heard maybe six or seven different species of lovely Aussie birds. Sure, they’re kinda noisey and can destroy your garden and guttering, but they’re also quite pretty.


What are some things you encounter in transit? (e.g. on your daily route to work)

I have started getting to uni between 7 and 7:30 in the morning so the roads are relatively quiet, which I am all for. I travel on a main highway for pretty much the whole trip as I live quite close to the highway and the uni I study/work at is further up on the highway. I see a lot of traffic lights and people yawning or doing their make up in the car. I see workmen striding around in their shorts and hard hats, starting their day’s work. I see trams go up and down the highway and think that I should really try and catch the tram more often and help save the planet. I see people lining up for the drive-through coffee stand. I see people rush through the lights, trying to get to the CBD just that little bit faster. I can even see the city a little from a few points along the highway. I like seeing how different it can look in different weather – sometimes it’s crystal clear, other times it’s a block of grey shadow, and sometimes it’s hardly visible through fog and mist.

What is your favourite view?

I have many that I am probably not consciously aware of because I’m so used to seeing them every day but one I always, always appreciate is the entrance to my favourite of the many local parks I mentioned before.

BBD1So much green! It makes me want to stop and take a deep breath in. I can be in the foulest of moods or having the worst day and this park will make me relax my shoulders down from being scrunched up around my neck and breathe deeply and empty my mind. It’s like a freakin’ yoga park! I love it.

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Have you always lived there? If no, when/why did you move there?

I have lived here my entire life! As I’m studying my PhD full-time at the moment, I’m still at home with my parents, saving my pennies. I am very grateful my parents decided to build here because it is such a beautiful area to grow up in. Nice big, quiet streets, friendly neighbours, and those beautiful parks I keep banging on about. Seriously, though, I love going for a walk and hearing the joyous shouts of the kids as they bowl someone out in cricket practice or seeing adorable puppies learning to be obedient in puppy training.


In the case of a zombie attack, where would you go in your town/city to survive?

Bunnings. It’s the biggest in the Southern hemisphere man, and it’s got all kinds of cool shit to make weapons with. It’s not very high up though…and there’s no stairs (stairs can stop some zombies, right?) but if the attack is imminent, that’s the best option I’ve got. If I had more time to prepare, I reckon I’d head for the Dandenongs, the local hills. Not sure what I’d do when I got there but it’s far away (let’s be honest, the city centre is going to break down first so the further away from that, the better) and it would kind of feel like a zombie Jurassic Park because of all the ancient trees and forests up there…kinda looking forward to this now. Bring it, imaginary zombies!

Is your town famous for anything?

Apart from having the largest Bunnings in the Southern hemisphere, not so much. I do enjoy the fact that the entire area used to be apple orchards, before it was developed for property in the 70s. That’s why the local shopping centre has an apple for a logo. A quick Wikipedia search also tells me that it was the location of the Australian Gun Club. Well. I had NO idea about that. I’m not sure how I feel about that. Oh, and Neighbours is filmed in one of the streets a little way away from my house. There’s often a Neighbours tour bus to be seen, driving around tourists keen to see Ramsay Street for realsies. I guess that counts?

I hope you enjoyed learning a little more about where I live. You might have already got a sense for the place through A Snapshot of Two Cities but I think this expands on that a touch further! Also, I just realised how much GREEN there is in this post but I guess there is just an awful lot of green in my suburb. And that is definitely a plus for me.

Thanks so much Laura for wanting to collab with me! Make sure you head on over to Laura’s post to check out her answers to these questions.


Jacquie is a 20-something maker and writer from Melbourne. She enjoys eating virtually anything that is labelled salted caramel and, contrary to popular belief, has forgotten how to ride a bike. She feels ambivalent about writing in the third person but thought it might be fun. It was.


  1. Carolyn

    It’s so lovely to live around open spaces, isn’t it? I certainly love the parks and gardens we have around where we live. I love seeing the rainbow lorikeets zooming between the trees in one of our local parks.And fortunately your Bunnings is not too far from us so I shall join you there in the case of zombie attack!


    1. birdandfox

      It really is, Carolyn. It makes me ridiculously happy. The rainbow lorikeets were one of the many birds I saw and heard on my walk! Zooming and squawking about. You are certainly more than welcome to join us in hiding and arming up at Bunnings! I think we might stand a chance ๐Ÿ˜›


  2. Isabel

    Jacquie! What a lovely ode to your neck of the woods. I love your photos, they all look so Australian to me, and I did NOT know that about pink galahs mating for life. How cool! I miss the native birds…another thing to look forward to about home! We mostly get wattle birds and rainbow lorikeets in St Kilda, and they’re pretty awesome too. And of course swans and moor hens on Albert Park Lake, which are beautiful. Hehe, I can just imagine you and Carolyn hiding out in Bunnings, making weapons to defend yourself against those zombies. Hilarious! That’s cool that you’ve lived there all your life. Good foresight by your parents to set up shop in a beautiful green place. xx


    1. birdandfox

      Aw, thanks so much Isabel! ๐Ÿ˜€ I loved strolling around, really focusing on what I loved the most about my little suburb. We get wattle birds and lorikeets, too! Seriously, I’ve really been noticing all the birds around us lately. I blame Healesville ๐Ÿ˜› They’re all so lovely though. I agree, I’m extremely grateful I got to grow up here (though I am looking forward to branching out a bit when I move out!). Haha you are welcome to join us at Bunnings! Though perhaps that might be a tad too far for you when you move back here. Thanks for your comment, Isabel ๐Ÿ™‚ x


  3. Laura

    Love this Jacquie and love that we collaborated at last! Those pink galahs are so cute, tootling around together. We have lots of interesting birds too but not so much where we live, right in town. I have to say I’m a bit jealous of your parks. We do have quite a few nearby but yours look very interesting – maybe it’s just a grass is greener type thing. I think it is HILARIOUS and highly logical that your first stop in case of zombie attack is Bunnings, and also pretty random that you have the biggest one in the hemisphere. Random! Thanks so much for collabing with me! xx


    1. birdandfox

      Yes, they’re pretty darn cute, aren’t they? Like a little old couple, hopping along together ^.^ I’ve noticed recently just how much I love the parks and how much I take them for granted. I find it odd when I travel through a suburb and they don’t have lots of trees and parks etc. Don’t feel too jealous though…you’ve got the beach ๐Ÿ˜› Haha thank you! It was the first place that popped into my head and it’s effectively just down the street from me and full of ammo!

      Thank YOU so much for wanting to collab with me ๐Ÿ˜€ xx


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