Thursday, January 07, 2016

A neighbour's party

The may be very very rich but I felt sorry for the neighbours. I did not know when the event was going to happen but the deck was being set up for a party in 41 degree heat. The catering crew turned up to assess the site. Surely they can't dine outside in this heat, even if it might be a little cooler in the evening.


It was the evening of the following day and instead of tremendous heat, there was a tremendous downpour, so my sympathy was not wasted.  I could hear plenty of music though, from a DJ, and there was dancing and many caterers running about, pausing at times to dry themselves or something.


Strangely the next day the tables and other catering stuffs disappeared, but not the umbrellas. They were used for shelter from the sun for Christmas Day dinner. The spa was uncovered for only about the fourth time since the building was erected, and this delightful gold inflatable swan appeared. It amused me no end for a couple of days as it swam around, propelled by the wind.
 

What better to do after Christmas dinner than relax in a spa, although the dog was anything but relaxed and wanted to join in the spa fun.


I would not like to live there, with the Gladys Kravitz of St Kilda Road peering down on me from across the road.

32 comments:

  1. We are a strange mob aren't we. I would be forever fascinated by the happenings in that lower neighbouring apartment too. But if I lived there, I would be getting huge shade sails erected for some privacy!

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    1. Carol, that is a good idea. I believe they are tenants and I seem to recall the asking price to rent the place was around $2000 a week. I am sure an owner/occupier would have some sort of screening.

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    2. HOW MUCH PER WEEK????
      That's more than my entire monthly income.

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    3. River, I seem to recall more precisely, $2,200. There are some seriously rich people in Australia, mind, we could not afford to rent where we live.

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  2. Perfectly respectable business, looking out for a neighbour's welfare... what if someone was drowning, after all?

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    1. Indeed Jac. I shows what a caring person I actually am.

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    2. Damn right, a public service really, Andrew. Keep it up!

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  3. Ha Ha, Gladys Kravitz. Do you see them easily or do you need binoculars? I would have let the dog in the spa, but only after I got out and then only if there was someone else available to do the cleaning of the dog hair filled spa. oh, who am I kidding? I would buy one of those kiddie wading pools for the dog.

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    1. River, they are across the road, four lanes plus median strip and nature strip, so it is not far. I would never be caught with binoculars. Anway, the camera zoom does a better job than binoculars or the naked eye. Dogs want to be with people, so you would have to get into the wading pool too.

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  4. I WANT that swan. Rather a lot.

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    1. EC, I thought the swan was just brill. I'd love to see it in a larger body of water.

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  5. Are all three floors the same unit? Jeeze.

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    1. I feel better now. Some people have way too much money. -James (otherwise known as Walt.)

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    2. No Walt. People can only use so much space. The apartments are huge. The one above the decked one has a gay man about your/my age and he has two West Highland Terrier dogs. Above him is a single man who seem to hold the occasional musical soiree around a grand piano, at times seen out watering his pots with a glass of wine in his hand.

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    3. 'Expletive deleted'. I realised just after I replied and corrected it. The guy is not like you at all.

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  6. I too would be looking out to see what is going on if I loved in such an urban environment. In fact, I'm bad enough here in rural Scotland! More money than sense renting such a property when overlooked like that. To coin a British phrase, a bit "fur coat and no knickers".
    I do like the swan though.

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    1. Craig, I really like that saying. As for renting, the sums have been done and as long as you are disciplined investor, you are better to rent and invest your money. But most people don't have the discipline, certainly not me.

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  7. You and TOH would make a good pair. He is an avid curtain twitcher.

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    1. Diane, as Jac said earlier, we only have the welfare of our neighbours in our minds.

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  8. ooh I would so love your view, I'm such a sticky nose *ahem* people watcher

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    1. Fen, you have made me wonder. Are people watchers generally sticky noses too. Quite possibly.

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  9. Let's face it it would be impossible NOT to peek now and then, especially at party time :) I probably wouldn't be able to because of the height phobia thing but it could be a case of periscope DOWN :) I need that swan for the pool!

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    1. Grace, it just there in our faces when we are on the balcony. What can we do but cast an eye. I've never seen anything like the swan. It was wonderful to see it sailing around, facing this way and that.

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  10. Well you can't help but look, can you! It's in your face.
    Why on earth would they want a duck, is beyond me...never grew up, perhaps!

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    1. S'pose it might be a duck Margaret, but it is lovely and what fun!

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  11. There's a three story apartment overlooks from on high this street. At night through the window I see the TV and what's on it, with my crappy binocs, in the top floor. But they have a much better view of me. More so the houses at the end of the cul de sac, right under it. Now one of those places, long empty, is up for sale. On some real estate sites, the apartment complex is photo shopped out.

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    1. That is funny Strayer. The photo shopping may well happen here, but I haven't noticed it.

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  12. Love the umbrellas, patio, trees and spa!! Summer parties at night are always great outside, IF the weather is perfect and if the neighbours are not inconvenienced.

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    1. As you would guess Hels, they are not young people and from personal knowledge, once you reach a certain age, you no longer party late and cause bother for others.

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  13. Yes, I can see the Gladys association but I wouldn't see R as being Mr Kravitz.

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    1. On reflection, maybe I do!

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    2. I can't remember Mr Kravitz, Victor, but my imagination tells me he was balding, so certainly not R.

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