A week after Bone Doctor's party we celebrated Sister's birthday. BD and Little Jo made a cake from scratch and R and Little Jo decorated the cake. While strawberries can be bought for $2.50 a punnet, these strawberries and blueberries came from Berries on the Rocks in Black Rock for double that price. They were just beautiful and I haven't eaten such nice berries since we were in Europe in the summer of 2014. So often it's true that you get what you pay for.
Did Tic Tocs disappear from the shelves for a few years? If they did, they are now back, with a difference. I remember as a child noticing that the clock hands never aligned correctly, say the hour hand being half way between two numbers and the minute hand on the 12. This seems to have been corrected. I was looking forward to trying them after so long, but oh, they were so so sweet. Too sweet for me.
The homeless set up camp around this tree in the City Square, the same place where the Occupy Wall Street protesters set up camp a few years ago. Neither group were allowed to stay and now flower pots have appeared around the tree, perhaps as a method to deter such camps.
What have we here? Not bad from this angle.
One of Melbourne's better floral displays, outside the Town Hall.
I don't know what his grass is called, but it looks nice with its soft flowers? Seed heads?
Fake grass has come a long way since that awful plastic stuff. This is almost believable and I have seen people bending down to touch it to check. Its height is not quite even and nor is its colouring, giving even more of an impression of being the real thing.
The latest blooming magnolia in Melbourne is true to form and not even close to blooming when others are in full bloom or finishing. For the first year I have noticed the owner of the property has planted a white magnolia.
Sometimes we do ok with gerberas, clearly not this time, the day after they were bought. I will ask Google. Ms Google told us to drive a needle horizontally through the stem about 2.5 centimetres below the flower head and remove the needle, ok an inch for you old folk and Brits and Americans.
How it works, I do not know, but it did work on some of the flowers. Am I the last to know of this trick or am I educating you?
The benefits of trees being leafless is greater visibility for yours truly to study the appalling traffic snarls, especially in the evening peak. PM Mal, too many people in Australia without the appropriate infrastructure in place.
The far trees are elms and the near ones London plane trees. I just love the way the sun works on the bare elm branches. There is something about their colouring and reflective properties.