Sunday, June 24, 2018

Sunday Selections

River will have a Sunday Selections up, as will Elephant's Child. I haven't done one for a while but now I have accumulated enough random photos not used elsewhere.

All will become clear in time but we were in a bathroom showroom looking at facilities. Can you imagine sitting on this each morning? No, me either.


Substantial residential accommodation at Malvern Station. Perhaps for the Station Master. I wonder what it is used for now. Later edit: I have just realised that behind what you can see are the walkways from the street to the platform ramps.


Some interesting information at the Beechworth Honey Shop. (hope I haven't used this before)


I expect a truck with a trailer turned too tightly. There is no rush to fix this, so the telecommunication connections within must still be working alright.


A subject of my photography yelled at me. Man, I don't like having my photo takien. I replied, Well, there goes your couple of dollars in your collection hat. He then started ranting at me. Let me tell you, I well and truly took him on as I beat a hasty retreat. I mean really, you dress like that and perform, not terribly well, in public, and you have a problem with public photography? I should have turned on the flash in my camera and gone in close, but he seemed to be a very cross man. The pop up park at the bottom of Elizabeth Street has gone, though the area is still closed to traffic. Did the the pop up park become a hang out for undesirables? Certainly plenty of undesirables hang around there, outside Coles supermarket.



Maybe I have mentioned that we live in a very busy area. Cars, trucks, trams, buses, vans, and even more cars.




Missed when I posted photos of Docklands.  I quite like the photo.


The trouble with keeping photos for too long is that you forget where you took them. A house with a little tower has always appealed to me.


Towards the top right is a darker brown fleck in the benchtop. There are just a few of these in the benchtop. Is it two years or three since we had the kitchen renovated? That is at least two years of me futilely trying to sweep these 'crumbs' into the sink.


Sea fog on Port Phillip.


I haven't seen many balloons of late, but these two sailed past recently, quite close.



Maples was a furniture store with various showrooms spread around the inner suburbs and one in the city. It is just a memory now, but the name lives on in various places. This one is in Clarendon Street, South Melbourne.


Day one, anticipation. Day two, they are opening. Day three, perfection. Day four, sadness. The heating kills off the iris quickly.


As I do on a day off, I wake and prop myself up in bed with my tablet. I was struggling to see the screen. My glasses must be dirty. I got up and cleaned one lens with a tissue and discovered the other lens had fallen out. I put on my slightly stronger 'bathroom' glasses. I subsequently searched high and low for the lens, checking pockets, besides the lounge chair cushions, behind my bed, in my bed, everywhere. I could not find the lens.

It was time to get out the shoe box and find a pair of serviceable glasses at the right strength. Some were missing nose pads, some were too weak, a couple of pair were broken. I narrowed it down to four pair that I could use. From the rest I took off what nose pads remained and used them on the four pair I was keeping and I have some spare nose pads now. I threw the rest away, including my old pair missing the lens.

Lo and behold, even though I checked my shirt pocket, there I did come across my missing lens. Oh well, I have thrown the glasses out now, so not point keeping it, so I will now throw the lens away.

Except I didn't throw away the old glasses. The new glasses I chose were too small and kept falling off. I looked for a better pair, and found the old ones, missing the lens. So I hadn't thrown out the glasses, but I had now certainly thrown out the missing lens. R kindly suggested I should buy a new pair. I nearly smacked him in the gob. I've got nothing on our friend, the late Dame M, who had 57 pair of glasses. Her boarder, the late Jasmine, counted them one day. Mother has rather a lot too. The difference is I have only ever paid about $5 for each pair of mine.


29 comments:

  1. A house with Tower is my favourite

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    1. Gosia, while not large, it is a great little tower.

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  2. Love the house with its tower. And the balloons.
    I am lost without my glasses. Sadly I NEED them to read almost anything. And certainly to read labels. And my phone on the rare occasions it is on.

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    1. EC, it is such a nuisance but wear them to read we must.

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  3. Maples stores..... had one in Coburg and the furniture was nice but .... I was in Paris some time ago and there was a Maples furniture shop there ... OMG beautiful furniture ... I am sure not the same company but sold lovely English style furniture which I love even if its not "trendy" anymore. That toilet looks like a lovely white egg :)

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    1. Lady J, do you know if the Coburg building is still there? I would laugh if I saw Maples in Paris. While we don't have any now, I too like that old furniture, bordering on antique.

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    2. While searching I keep getting steered to Nicholson Street.

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    3. Maples is long gone but it was a lovely shop on the corner of Bell Street and Sydney Road. I think they had a shop in Brunswick too ?? Not sure.

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  4. Like you, they are the glass I buy, too. But unlike you, I have about a million pair spread about the place...within easy reach if and when needed.

    Two pairs are permanently in my wallet-purse for when I go to the supermarket. One for reading the small (very small) print on items, and the other pair for just normal item spotting. I don't wear glasses all the time...just for reading, but the only glasses I have the cheap ones similar to those you've shown here.

    Have yourself a great week, Andrew. :)

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    1. Lee, I have two levels. One for normal reading and computer (that used to be two. I am not sure what happened to my eyes) and a stronger pair in the bathroom and one near the desk for label fine print. I may have to change to the magnifying glass soon. Thanks.

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  5. I too love your photo of Docklands. I was in nearby Southbank over the weekend and disliked the high, squishy buildings and traffic intensely.

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    1. Hels, while not as bad as Docklands in my opinion, I am not at all keen on the Central Equity forest of Southbank towers.

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  6. The knocked over telecommunications box reminds me of a picture I saw a long time ago of a smashed Coke can on pavement. Don't know why one reminds me of the other...
    I always feel like my glasses are irty too, I think something's wrong with them.
    And that toilet looks like a hard boiled egg.

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    1. Mark, I suppose it is a bit Coke can shaped. Nothing wrong with your glasses. It is your eyes that are the problem.

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  7. I noticed that busker was giving you the evil eye. What are all those white capped bollards in photo 8? mooring for zillions of boats? I like the house in photo 9, I like the way the shape of the rose bush almost completes the circle of the window frame too.
    Why so many glasses? Just keep the ones that fit and work. I have my old bi-focals which are still good for watching TV, my newest reading/computer pair and my bi-focal sunglasses which are the best thing I ever bought. All others get tossed as soon as a new pair comes into the house.

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    1. River, he was facing away when I was lining up the shot. Did he have a minder who indicated someone was taking a photo? He spun around very quickly as if alerted. They are all cheap glasses. Some were too tight on my head. Some were had become too weak. Some had metal that touched skin, a no no for me. Anyway, sorted out and tidied up now.

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  8. I was recently clearing out the glove box in my car when I came across one of those tubes containing a very slim pair of spex. I had completely forgotten they were there (as well as much of the other stuff I found).

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    1. Cro, they are from before you had to wear prescription glasses?

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  9. That toilet looks like an egg, lol.
    I always thought that if you busk you must be ok with having your photo taken even though you might want a few coins for that. Weird man!!
    That'a a lot of glasses Andrew, I only have 1 pair of my previous glasses just in case I lose the current ones and I have two pairs of sunglasses which are also prescription. You can always donate your unused glasses to the Lions Club.
    Enjoy your Sunday.

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    1. Sami, that is three votes for an egg without me mentioning it. I normally do donate if I take reasonably close photo. I meant to mention that to River, and I should have done it myself. A Fijian eye doctor we knew used to buy up large quantities of glasses from $2 shops to give to poor people back in Fiji.

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  10. We once had a balloon land in our pasture. They brought champagne and cake, which was nice since they scared our cows! LOL
    Time for some new glasses, mate! I sort of need mine to see, so I wear them all the time. I can see at a distance which is nice when I am at the cinema or watching TV in bed.
    Looks like you live in the city to me. But what can I say, I am just a country girl!

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    1. Maribeth, that would have be great fun to the balloon land. When we had our balloon flight, we upset a lot of dogs, with them barking furiously at we sky intruders. We are about three kilometres, a couple of miles from the city centre. I will buy some new specs soon.

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  11. Here it is after midnight again and I am laughing at your glasses/lens dilemma.. I bet you felt really relaxed after all that 😀 Weird about the busker, I haven't come across that here, but if I take their photo I do put something in their collection whatever, it only seems fair 😉

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    1. Grace, I agree with you about donating. I wonder what his problem was.

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  12. I should get decent reading glasses. They're always breaking, or lenses falling out, the ones from the Dollar Store.

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    1. Strayer, yes, my world really.

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  13. Oh, I couldn’t bear to go through all that. Every few years or so I have my eyes re-tested and if appropriate I open my fat wallet and pay through the nose for a new pair. For years I have risked living with only one pair of glasses and occasionally wondered how I would cope with blurred vision should I lose that pair whilst travelling overseas.

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    1. Victor, I always travel with a spare pair and I needed them once.

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