Sunday, November 15, 2015

Sunday Selections

Almost at the bottom of the random photo barrel now. See what River and others have for their Sunday Selections.

A cruise ship arriving, heading to berth at Station Pier. Photographing ships in the bay as they arrive with the morning sun on them works much better than when they depart and they are immersed in a sea of grey.


How many Railway Hotels and Station Hotels must there have been in Australia? Hundreds, I should think.


Rather sweet building in Swanston Street.


Sweet indeed. Looking a little closer on the lower verandah facing, you can just make our Darrell Lea, a former well known confectionery company . The company is now owned by a family who own a pet food company. I am sure there is no cross over of products. All retail outlets were closed by 2012, with some other stores licensed to sell the products.


From Facebook, I think. The driver was prosecuted.


This clock was a wedding present to my maternal grandparents c1920. I have shown it before but a long time ago. After my grandmother died I asked Mother if I could have it and she said yes. It didn't work and its brand is Dunklings, so I took it to a Dunklings the Jewellers shop at Southland shopping centre. They were quite snooty and uninterested in repairing an old clock, until I pointed out their own brand on the face. For a reasonable price, they repaired the clock. That was in about 1975, and it has ticked away ever since. Good heavens, Dunklings are still at Southland. I wind it each Sunday, or often any other day if I forget on Sunday, but only the clock, not the chimes as they are too loud. It lasts about 11 days when fully wound and its time keeping is appalling. When fully wound, it gains a minute or more each day, and then as the spring unwinds, it starts to fall back and at some point will become late. It is a rough guide to the time but strangely it is the clock we glance at most. Nothing better than a nice big dial.


Like a cat stimulates its appetite by playing with a mouse before killing it, so I teased myself with this cheesecake by leaving it sitting around for a couple of hours. I can't believe what it cost, but it was delicious.


The dying light was particularly nice this evening. Rage!


Yeah, a motherhood statement and preaching to the mostly converted at Melbourne's busiest intersection. Maureen from Mantangatang has made the journey by train to the Big Smoke with her friend Iris from Irymple. They are loaded with shopping parcels as they head for their train home and will have tales to tell their local friends about the really black people they saw in Melbourne. Iris asks, "Maureen, have you ever thought about, you know, black men, and you know....what people say? Ian isn't up to much now. I just wonder......."


From a Tumblr, the now disused and derelict Chicken Church in Indonesia. The jungle will consume it soon enough, if it doesn't burn by fires for illegal land clearing for the rich to become richer by planting even more palm oil trees, with the burning smoking out Singapore and Malaysia and causing a terrible loss of wildlife habitat. You can't tell me that the police and army can't stop this illegal burning. Singapore and Malaysia should fire rockets at the Indonesian Parliament. 

23 comments:

  1. Wow Andrew the last photo is really amazing

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    1. Gosia, some people spend money in very strange ways.

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  2. I always love your eclectic Sunday Selections.
    We have a mantle clock which the skinny one inherited from his father. It also gains and loses depending on the stage of the cycle - and is the clock we most look at. It marks the hours with a bell too. I have spent many and hour coaxing it to work at intervals. So far I have succeeded.
    Sigh (big sigh) on the palm oil front.

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    1. EC, aren't the clocks a testament to workmanship of the days. They are so mechanical yet nearly 100 years on, they still tick away.

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  3. Creek names are the other thing you notice are repeated as you drive around the country ~ I wonder how many Sandy Creeks there are, or Chinaman Creeks or Five Mile Creeks?

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    1. Carol, it may be for geological reasons, but we have a lot of Stony Creeks.

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  4. Indonesia has a church for chickens? i imagine all the cluckings after a service would sound pretty much the same as that made by the gossiping gatherings of women outside regular churches after the service.
    We get our Darrell Lea from post offices and Woolworths supermarkets now. I used to buy a bag of 'seconds' every week or so to share with the kids when we first came to Adelaide. Now I prefer Haighs and Swiss Glory. SG also make cakes, yummy, yummy cakes.
    You could probably get the timing fixed on that clock, speak to the snooty Dunklings people.

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    1. River, I had forgotten that I have seen Darrell Lea in the post office. I was surprised. I don't know that they could fix the clock River. The speed is regulated by screwing the weight on the pendulum up or down. I can adjust that myself. Maybe there are some worn parts, I don't know. But while it works, I am happy with it.

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  5. I worship at the church of the chicken in my backyard daily.. :) I love that last pic!

    Here is my link for this week - Sunday Selections Week 46

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    1. Snoskred, you really have to wonder why a church was built to look like a chicken.

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    2. I would build a church to look like my Red Comb.. so I totally get why someone would build it! :)

      Chickens are such amazing creatures but they are here for a good time, not a long time.. :)

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    3. They do strike me as being quite hedonistic, Snoskred.

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  6. I like your clock, none of mine work very well but I think a clock with attitude is great.
    Merle.............

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    1. Merle, choose a special clock with some sentimental value and get it repaired.

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  7. All my clocks are on the wrong time now. Clock radio - off. Clock on bed head - battery dying, no idea what time it says. Clock in kitchen - ten minutes fast. Ha ha. Ridiculous really.

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    1. Fen, so you rely on your phone, dead accurate.

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  8. I'm like EC - I look forward to your Sunday Selections. I often wonder how big your photo files are :)

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    1. You mean the number of photos Cathy? Let me guess. I tend to ditch a camera at about 10,000 photos. That might be every three or four years. Deduct from that 20% that are deleted when first viewed, 8,000, divided by say four years. 2000 a year, backed up and stored. If it has been a big holiday year, such as 2015 and 2014, 1000 will be from the holidays. So generally, 1000 photos a year of family and when I am out and about.

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  9. Ah! Interesting last photo...the one with all that stuff on the back, can't make out what's on the ute...:)

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    1. Margaret, it looks to me as River suggests.

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  10. @Margaret-whiteangel; it's furniture. He's moving house.

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  11. 12.52 in Perth and I'm laughing :) You didn't, couldn't have taken the cruise ship arriving from your balcony.. could you? I've been trying to find time to get down to Fremantle to take a cruise ship arriving for AGES! Love the old clock, whether it works or not. We had an old wall barometer than belonged to P's grandfather that never worked but when we painted the house and went all minimalist it was heartlessly discarded. Someone will see it in the Good Sammies and love it more than moi :)

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    1. Grace, yes, I took the ship photo from the balcony, with rather a lot of zoom. I like minimalist. We are quite like that.

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