Sunday, January 13, 2019

A Friday Day Orf Pt 2

We were in town by 11, had some nice brunch, mine being poached eggs on lime flavoured smashed avocado on toast, only $8.50, not the politicians' $22 smashed avocado,  and I had my hair cut. We shopped for a birthday card and then R went off to buy a pair of loafers, or boat shoes. He hates me calling them those names. I don't know the right name for them. They are blue runners, or sandshoes. I left him to it to buy his shoes, which he didn't, and I returned home briefly.

It was quite hot today, so I was looking out for air con trams and succeeded pretty well. I caught a 67 tram to St Kilda Junction, took photos. Then a non air con 3 tram to Beacon Lighting in St Kilda Road, St Kilda to return a $12 light bulb that did not fit our lamp.

Then a 16 tram to Malvern Station for a photo stop, and then walk in the heat to the Wattletree Road train bridge, and then a decent walk to a 605 bus stop at Union Street and Kooyong Roads. Everyone knows a diagonal is quicker to walk than a right angle. Why can't you walk behind Malvern Central shopping centre on a path from Glenferrie Road to Wattletree Road? You could, if you were prepared to gamble with traffic and ignore the 'no pedestrians' warning signs. I did not rebel and walked in the hot sun, fortunately shaded by my new and very wide brimmed hat from historic City Hatters.

I took photos at Wattletree Road and then walked on diagonally this time along the railway line, with the street only interrupted by a nice little kiddies park, where I sat on a bench in the shade for a few minutes.

I have reached Kooyong Road now and I am waiting for the bus. I take my photos and have a brief chat to the customer service person at the bus stop. She is there to organise passengers for the bus replacement of the train line while works are done.

The 605 bus arrives to take me to the corner of Orrong and Malvern Roads where I take more photos. I have to wait twelve minutes for the 72 tram to Prahran. Once in Prahran I dash down Chapel Street to get a couple of things and I am back in the time for the next 72 tram home twelve minutes later. I dashed because the next tram had air con. I was getting very hot and bothered.

Does that all sound hard? Maybe. I used three different public transport apps and I knew exactly when, where and which bus/tram would arrive. I also had a bit of time to read a book and gaze around public transport vehicles at attractive young men and stylish older women, as well as just looking out the windows at the streets. While I and matters tech have been long time companions, I really don't understand why young people are so needy about using public transport and don't or won't use phone apps.

Here are some of the photos from today. There are photos I took of some things that seriously concern me, but I can't confirm the concern until after the train works have finished, so I won't show them yet.

Infrastructure, we have new infrastructure. Badly needed and very overdue.

Does this mean the express train can go faster? Especially when the new Metro Tunnel service begins?



As I said, it was a hot day and the workers must have been feeling the heat. I am on the city side of  Malvern Station.


A bit of Art Deco. So far as I can remember, this clock has never worked. A friend used to own the restaurant next door, now Sugo. When my friend had the Thai restaurant, Melbourne foodie identity Matt Preston gave it a lukewarm review and wondered how it made money. I emailed Preston and told him how the quite large restaurant made money, because it could cater for huge groups, the food was of a high standard (a bit expensive) did a roaring trade in take away and both my friend and his wife were hands on people who didn't mind doing the dirty work, as well as front of house. Preston sent me a polite reply, thanking me for the information.


I don't know how well it will show, but the new copper overhead cables were glistening in the sunlight. I too was glistening, with sweat.


Wires, staunchions, supports, signals, all new.


What is this thing glimpsed through the trees called, love? 


I have absolutely no idea. It just before Armadale Station, citybound. Marcus? Is it to knock train surfers off the top of trains?


Looking north west to Armadale Station.


On the city side of Toorak Station.




The much slicker and stylish blogger Daniel Bowen has some photos of the works happening near South Yarra Station.

PS. If you are a reader of Cro's blog, who lives in France, you will know that his much loved dog Bok died suddenly. We will let Cro mourn his loss in peace but hope he will be back in blogland soon. I kinda miss him, quite a bit.

26 comments:

  1. Thank you for taking us along. And commiserations to Cro. They wind their paws deep into our hearts, and take a piece of us with them when they leave.
    Next week our heat ramps up again and I will be outside as little as possible. I admire your fortitude. Our tram has been delayed. Again.

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    1. EC, don't we know it about pets. R once said he would never have another pet because of the heartbreak. We haven't since, but not really for that reason.

      Newcastle is racing ahead of you in the operating tram stakes, but what can we do about Sydney's. Cry or laugh.

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  2. Our train tracks are currently under a foot of snow and ice. The high temperature here was a balmy -11 Celsius! Florida is looking better and better!

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    1. Maribeth, I did see that the US has a new monster snow clearing of train tracks machine. Perhaps your train lines are not important enough. I just can't imagine -11.

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  3. You are to be commended for your roamin' in the gloamin'! When I go out I make my trips as brief and as quick as possible! Out...do what I need to do and back home again! lol

    The high humidity has been draining and I hate it, so I'm being very lazy watching the tennis working up a sweat watching others work up a sweat...and I give no apologies for being a sloth.

    My landlady is presently tripping around somewhere down in Antarctica...I should've hidden in her luggage and stowed away!

    Have a good week, Andrew. :)

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    1. Lee, as I often say verbally now when I have to do what I may not really choose to do, I won't die, and I won't. But then I am not facing humidity, which I too hate. Lol at you stowing away to go to Antarctica.

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  4. Melbourne public transport seems to be easy to navigate, though your fortitude is impressive in the summer heat. We were there last year and loved St Kilda and the bay area.

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    1. Cheryl, even we locals like St Kilda and the bay area, but try to avoid them at their busiest times. Where did you stay?

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    2. We stayed at Beaumaris thinking it would be close to where we had to board the spirit of Tasmania.

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    3. Oh dear. As lovely as Beaumaris is, is there even a bus that runs there? If you were going on the Spirit, you probably had your car.

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  5. Good on you for shopping at City Hatters which was just near my pre-retirement building. Australian men could look fantastic in proper summer hats, yet so many seem wedded to cheap floppies.

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    1. Hels, as I well know where you used to work. I do need to buy a cheap one to keep in the car and for o/s travel. I never realised how important hat boxes were when travelling. Perhaps you could write about hat boxes? The English touring The Continent in the early 20th or late 19th century.

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  6. I rely on public transport but don't bother with an app, I have the old fashioned paper timetable permanently in my backpack and just make sure I'm at any bus stop a couple of minutes early. Since I'm not on any schedule, I don't mind waiting if the bus is running a bit late. A lot late is annoying, but things seem to be improving in that area.
    I never take much notice of foodie reviews, it's the opinion of only one person after all and I don't know what his/her standards might be.
    @Hels, cheap floppies can be tossed into the washing machine when they begin to get sweaty.

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    1. River, I am sure there is an app you could use, but why? You get to the stop early, knowing what time the bus will arrive. An app would only be of benefit if there was a lot of late running.

      I wondered what Hels meant about cheap floppies. Perhaps fishermens hats, without a wide brim. Yes, into the washing machine, frequently and often.

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  7. It would be interested seeing what people call around the world you called...boat shoes...I think here there tenny runners.
    avocado are amazing.
    Coffee is on

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    1. Like tennis runners Dora? Avocados are not a childhood food for people of my age, but we now love them and they grow easily here.

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  8. Line works meant 'buses from Burnley' so we chose to tram it from Box Hill to Southbank yesterday. The train is certainly faster and more comfortable - the seats on 109 are hard hard hard on your bum. Took it back to Box Hill and couldn't get on the train fast enough!
    I always think of 'boat shoes' as being like an upmarket moccasin - Vans have lots of bright colours, only thing with them is the deep rubber sole which always reminds me of school plimsolls 1950's style in England

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    1. Cathy, yeah, such trams as run on the 109 are really not suitable for long travel. You would have better off on a bus and changing. Noted Vans, thanks.

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  9. Gosh I'm worn out reading where you went - but now recovered.
    Nice collection of photos.

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    1. Margaret, not so hard for me. A bit of walking and a bit of waiting and a bit hot. Won't kill me.

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  10. Good on you for putting Matt Preston straight Andrew, was nice that he replied though. You certainly know your public transport system better than anyone!

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    1. Grace, no, I am second league about public transport in Melbourne. There are some really passionate people who know everything.

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  11. Ouch, that would hurt, to be sailing atop a train, maybe a mate with his phone taking video, and bam! Well, the video would probably go viral.

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    1. Strayer, at 80 km/h, it might be more than just a hurt.

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  12. The odd looking steel thing is a cantilever stanchion to support the new overhead wires:

    https://www.reddit.com/r/melbourne/comments/aderhs/the_rather_insane_looking_cable_tower_at_armadale/

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    1. Thanks Marcus. Interesting reading at Reddit.

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