This amazing old building, dating back to 1891 (which is pretty old for this town! I know, I know) is one of those places that make me like Melbourne that little bit more. We lose so many of the few historic places we have and so it is wonderful to see efforts made to keep our heritage around us. It is a really interesting old building with a cage lift, a tiled hallway and a basement that stays cold. I took some pictures and hope to return to take more when I eventually get my camera back.
The talks were interesting, and the facts were often shocking. I particularly enjoyed listening to Alex Trimmer of Sosume, who spoke honestly and passionately about the details, and difficulties, of running a sustainable fashion business. I’ve spared you the crappy images my iPhone would have produced! Same with the familiar friendly faces I saw that night; no grainy photos wanted (my iPhone seemed to be upset with the heat, too) and pictures will be taken when I get my camera back, I promise!
I thought the fruit filled cocktails served in jars, with stripy paper straws, looked so pretty, and they tasted as good as they looked. The straws maintained such a firmness I managed to spear a few of the raspberries at the bottom of my jar and eat them!
Unfortunately the heat really had got to me and I had to leave a little before the end of the evening. We headed back into the oven-hot air to a lonely Spencer Street train station and strolled along the wide, raised walkway into the blazing sunset, before sinking down into the grimy cold concrete of the platforms below. It was actually rather beautiful, and I’ve always loved that part of the city. It was good to see so many people interested, and involved, in a sustainable future, and I am glad to have been there. Here’s to more!