Well, thank you for your patience with all of those incomplete posts. The decks are now clear(ish) for the start of 2017.
This is a proper post office, Melbourne's General Post Office, except it isn't. There is not a post office within and the major tenant is H&M.
The side colonnade, an excellent place for coffee unless a brisk cold southerly wind is blowing.....or a hot northerly for that matter.
This is what is now the Melbourne Post Office. I took this photo on Wednesday the 28th December, the first day it was open after Christmas. There must have been around 100 people queued. I will keep my secret city other post, ten minutes walk away, a secret.
Tradie trunks for the tradie trunk. (I am rather pleased with myself for that one)
If you follow Fen on Twitter, you may have already seen this rainbow.
If you follow Fen on Twitter, you might have also seen flowing water in her nearby lane during a downpour a couple of days ago. These at the top of our building are called spitters and there are four of these balcony drains. By the time the water reaches the ground it has broken into droplets. They are now illegal in new buildings and here are going to be replaced by downpipes. You have no idea of what a drawn out and complex process this has been. When they spurt in heavy rain like this, they are ok, but when then just drip or slowly run and it is windy, water can be blown inwards onto balconies, and more than once I have copped a shower when on the balcony.
A time ago Elephant's Child (EC will probably have a Sunday Selections for the first day of 2017) showed a crested pigeon. I have researched for a minute and it is the same pigeon all over Australia and a native. It is found all over the country except the far north tropics and desert areas. It makes a whirring sound when flying, but I have not heard the sound.
Inside the oddly named St Collins Lane, formerly the Australia Arcade/Australia on Collins/Australia Hotel and there was once a gay bar downstairs called the Woolshed Bar. I don't think I went there. I've also heard there was a more upmarket bar, maybe on the first floor, for more gentlemanly faggots.
Thursday saw us in Prahran for a reason I forget. Why is this truck stopped halfway around the corner? We went to check. Ah, it has hit the verandah.
Trams and buses could not proceed.
Someone was jacking up the back of the van. I suppose it was to free the van, but I couldn't see how.
Our salad leaves at their peak. They are looking a bit shabby now.
But even at their peak, this appeared in the kitchen. It seems I was not producing enough leaves.
Remember how we horizontally pierced Mother's tulips when she was in hospital and they did not sag. It works for gerberas too. These lasted about 11 days. Reminder: a sewing needle through the stem horizontally about 25mm, 1 inch, below the flower head.
I am only an occasional reader of Nancy Chan's blog. She has left New Zealand and is now in Malaysia. When she visited Melbourne, she mentioned this musician on my blog. He plays a traditional Asian instrument and is well appreciated. He has played in Arts Centre area for decades, well a very long time.
I wish all of you a very happy and trouble free 2017.