Sunday, May 15, 2016

Sunday Selections

Joining with River and others in Sunday Selections.

Jack is visiting us for two weeks while his mummy travels. She and her ex dropped him off eight days ago before they flew off to Queensland together. Funny how stereotypes hold, in this case lesbians remain friends with their exes.


Is there ever a right time for the liquid soap dispenser to run out? It never seems to happen to me when I have plenty of time.


The sign says Degraves Street, so that must be where this 'work' is. I have no recollection of taking the photo.


The old oven is now in the building's basement, awaiting collection on hard rubbish day.


We are very pleased with the new oven. For some reason it just cooks better than the old one. Perhaps it is to do with the fact that it doesn't leak out heat, or the fine Italian workmanship.


 Yep, the fine Italian workmanship. We removed the badge altogether after it sagged a second time.


R likes the new cooktop. I have only used it once, the wok burner. While the flame seemed lower, it seemed to be hotter with the wok heated more evenly.


The sink has a draining board that can be rested at the side, but I doubt we will ever use it as long as the dishwasher works. The bowl is very large and I like not having to worry about getting the plug out from under the sink as you just press down on the thing that sits in the drain. The tap is beautifully light and smooth to operate.


The view from The Highrise has changed a lot since we moved here some thirteen years ago, with many more highrise building constructed over that period. Unfortunately we have lost some views from the bedrooms towards St Kilda.


The vase is not new, but what is in it is new, bought at the Fremantle Market. You buy the grains in a sachet, in this case we chose a clear and two different greens, put them in a bowl and fill it with water and they expand and stay wet. Kinda weird. In addition, there is a light unit that sits in the bottom of the vase, controlled by the remote. You can choose all sorts of colours, brightness and the awful automatic colour change. Sadly, it is very heavy on batteries, three AAAs lasting about 15 hours, so it will probably only get used when we have visitors, which is rather rare of late. You might suggest rechargeables but they don't last very long before needing charging and it is a bother to extract the unit from the base of the vase; well the hard part is putting it back.




We have a copper line, coaxial line, fibre optic line, gas, water, sewerage and electric, so what are the footpath  hieroglyphics about, stretching along St Kilda Road and beginning to extend up Toorak Road?


I can only conclude it is to do with the Metro rail tunnel that will follow the path of St Kilda Road and Toorak Road.



None of us is perfect, no matter how close I come, and even nature is not perfect. The new balcony plant threw out a weirdly shaped and coloured flower. Do cyclamen grow on root stock and this is growth from the root, rather than the main plant? Something like that perhaps.


27 comments:

  1. Andrew I love your new oven and cocktopd. The vase looks nice and this type is very popular in my place as well

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    1. Thanks Gosia. You are most kind.

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  2. Love that vase insert. And the cyclamem with its slightly deformed bulb. You have reminded me that I have some to plant.
    Sigh on the fine Italian workmanship, but yay for it doing its primary job well.
    I wish we had a hard rubbish collection still...

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    1. Thanks EC. Your city is quite large and I don't understand how there can not be a hard rubbish collection. What do people do?

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    2. It is up to us to get it to the tip - or pay someone else to do so.

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    3. Maybe your rates are cheaper than what we pay. Council rates here are generally well over $1000 pa.

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    4. As they are here. Well over.

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  3. An interesting selection of photos this week Andrew. Don't you hate trying to get the dregs out of a refill bottle? Me too.

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    1. Carol, yes, it is a pain but I will continue to penny wise and pound foolish.

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  4. Anonymous9:00 am

    A new stove calls for new recipes. Experiment. Cook something you've never cooked before. - Ian

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    1. Ian, I don't cook. Well rarely.

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  5. I do quite like your vase with lights. Very nice.
    Enjoy your new oven and cooktop. You won't know yourself with that oven that doesn't leak!

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    1. CM, it has made us, well the cook, rethink cooking with an oven. It is quite a different beast to the old.

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  6. It's always nice to see Jack in your posts.

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    1. Ad Rad, I had to read your comment a second time. Ah, yes, he is a cool dog.

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  7. I like you not new vase it sounds interesting.
    A new stove that's what I need.
    Have fun with Jack.
    Merle..................

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    1. Merle, if you cook a good bit, which you probably do, you should have a good oven. Stovetop maybe not so important.

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  8. I've given up on cyclamens, won't grow well for me.
    Progress with views. Excellent view we used to have, houses got built but we still have a small view of Ben Lomond.
    The sink does look good, I note not two sinks.

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    1. Margaret, of course we buy them already grown. I've never grown them from scratch. No, one really big sink is quite adequate.

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  9. Cyclamens are seasonal and a well cared for plant will flower each year. I remember being given one in a pot many years ago,"here this is finished flowering, I think it's dying you may as well have it" (bit cheeky of her), I took it and planted it in the dappled shade under a tree where it survived and flowered again and again.
    Funny about the label melting off the stove, I've never known that to happen.
    I don't like that vase light thingy.

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    1. River, exceedingly cheeky or just plain rude. We don't have the luxury of being able to store plants until next year. When we did, they were never as good the following year. Your honesty about our vase light is appreciated.

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  10. Loved seeing little glimpses of votre cuisine, you both are going to enjoy it so much. I just wished I'd had mine done years ago! Was fun to see your Freo find, rather unusual, shame about the battery situation. Definitely a cyclamen!

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    1. Grace, we were all set to renovate the kitchen three years and then we had to buy a new air conditioner. In a way it was good that it was delayed as we made better choices and maybe you did too. The lass who sold it to us at the market was really nice and quite honest about the batteries.

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  11. I realise that buildings in the inner suburbs are becoming taller and taller, so everyone's views are going to change over the years. But if you bought that flat _specifically_ because you love sitting your chairs next to the glass to watch the beaches or city or shrine, then it would be very disappointing to lose those views.

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    1. Hels, fortunately our view from the lounge room can't be built because of Shrine vistas, but we have lost a bit to the side and the back since we have been here. Most of the highrise buildings are in the distance.

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    1. Disco, Fen. What a quaint word that is now. Sing with me, From Paris to Berlin and every disco I've been in my heart was pumping for love, just pumping for love.

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