We had another couch surfing stay in Melbourne. Paul and Julia were very interesting people. They were living a self-sufficient life style in the middle of suburban Melbourne. It was only an average size section but every inch was planted with vegies, herbs and fruit trees. He had chooks living around a compost loo.
A new project was growing silver perch in a tank and the water was recycled from the fish tank into a vegie bed planted in clay balls. The water filtered through this bed to remove the nitrates from the fish poo, this purified it and it was then returned to the fish tank. Matilda was parked in the drive and could just fit in. Jack had to hold a very heavily laden branch of an apple tree so we could squeeze in and out. The fish tank was next to us and it was a peaceful burbling sound as the water recycled around.
Paul did not own a car and he was a passionate cyclist, Melbourne is a very bike friendly city with lots of bike ways. We only stayed 4 days but fitted so much in. The art galleries and museums, the secret lane ways, beautiful Brunswick Street, St Kildas Acland Street and the decadent cake shops ( see the photos in flicka), the Casino, and a relaxing cruise along the Yarra. Plus walking for miles just looking….
We loved Melbourne and there is still so much more to see so maybe we will be back…