Monday, February 11, 2019

Monday Selections

You are right. Monday Selections doesn't work nearly as well as Sunday Selections, but there you go. Monday should be Mural Monday. I am a bad blogger. Spank me Master/Mistress.

What shall we do this Sunday sweetie? St Kilda Festival? Chinese New Year in town? 400,000 at the St Kilda Festival? We will give that a miss. The noise of drums and firecrackers for Chinese New Year is horrendous. Been there, done that. Saw a building catch fire from fire crackers and the fire engine push in through the crowds.

We will wash the car at the Altona car wash and then have a nice lunch in Altona Village. The car is now sparkling, inside and out. While it is still a cheap do it yourself car wash, the price of vacuuming the car has doubled. Our lunch was nice, helped by very nice hot male staff. The food was good and you get a bigger bang for your buck food wise in Altona compared to the areas we normally frequent for brunch/lunch. Cheaper shop rents, I guess.

While our sat nav was continually warning us about a level crossing, there is now an amazing double track train line over Kororoit Creek Road.

But something wasn't right as we approached Altona Village along The Esplanade. I saw a sign, Esplanade closed at Pier Street. It was actually closed earlier than Pier Street. It seems there is a trial summer closure of The Esplanade, giving over the area to pedestrians and cyclists.

We detoured and parked the car and sadly just missed the local Chinese New Year celebrations.  We had a lovely lunch in perfect weather outdoors. We strolled down to the beach and perved mostly on hot daddies, people watched.

Dahlias used to be grown in people's gardens, but no longer. You have to stake them. I could not resist these when I saw them at South Melbourne Market on Saturday.


People going to St Kilda Festival were constantly at our tram stop below this afternoon, not being able to fit onto trams showing St Kilda Junction - St Kilda Festival, route 16a. They are probably strangers to our tram system, not knowing that many other trams will get them to St Kilda Junction, and from there they have to walk, just as they will have had to from the St Kilda tram. The best educated about our tram system will catch a route 12 tram from the city that will put them right in the heart of the Festival action.

From our balcony, I have never seen Sunday traffic as bad as what it was today, no doubt increased by people heading to St Kilda Festival. 400,000 people have to get to St Kilda some way. We had a very slow Westgate Bridge/Freeway trip back from Altona, for no other reason than the sheer volume of traffic. Big (population) Australia? I don't want. I don't like. Melbourne is past being full.

This photo has been hanging around since last winter. I love the leafless trees in winter.


At a pinch four cars can fit into this car parking space, but selfish parkers make sure not even the the three comfortable car parkers can fit.


Good work with free water City of Hobson Bay. It was the Hobson Bay gay pride gathering yesterday, along a with tranny/sex change beauty contest at some point.


Riding penny farthings is not easy, but this dude made it look like it was. 


Pretend bathing boxes. See the yellow table in the right hand distance. It was a table tennis board and we watched some lads constantly picking up the ball from the ground, just as I remember table tennis in my youth.


I leave you with some soft sunset photos.




22 comments:

  1. Can't stand crowded events either. We saw the most gorgeous dahlias in Australia.

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    1. Hmm Jackie. They should grow well in Canada as they are a cold weather bulb.

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  2. Add me to the anti-crowd category.
    I still grow dahlias, and loved wandering with you. I can't remember the last time I saw someone on a penny farthing. And don't have the balance/co-ordination to even attempt it.

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    1. EC, I have never tried to ride a penny farthing but I believe they really are quite difficult, never mind just getting on one.

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  3. I don't like crowds and not in favour of a 'big' Australia.The population is too high now for the driest continent on Earth to sustain.Lovely photos of trees, dahlias and the sunset

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    1. Chez, so many of us know our population is too high, affecting our lifestyles but worse, the environment. Something has to break.

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  4. I would have to drive 2 hours in to Spokane (County) Washington to see over 400,000 humans
    Coffee is on

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    1. Dora, I suspect you don't really want to.

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  5. Can only imagine the noise of those drums, too old to listen to them these days..haven't been to a Chinese New Year and not sure how they celebrate here, wasn't watching the news.
    You photos are lovely.

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    1. Thanks Margaret. The drums are terribly loud in confined city streets.

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  6. Interestingly, our Esplanade also has a Pier Street. At Glenelg/Glenelg South. Pier Street is the dividing line between the two. Years ago I looked online at a house for sale in our Pier Street and it was so lovely, then I saw it on google earth and found it was built behind another house on the same block :( not that I could afford it anyway.
    I missed Chinese New Year this time, didn't even watch the news to see any fireworks.

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    1. River, I think we may have parked in Pier Street once during our last Adelaide visit. I feel there may be a visit coming up in the next year or so.

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  7. It's been years since I saw a Penny farthing, so funny :)
    I too hate when people take over so much space when parking!
    Nice sunset photos Andrew.

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    1. Sami, are they stupid or just don't care when parking? Thank you.

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  8. My older son is back in Melbourne, visiting from Israel. Despite normally not missing living in Australia, he said the St Kilda Festival was totally amazing - especially the beach, Acland St, the pubs and the coffee shops.

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    1. Hels, all the places you and I love too, but not on St Kilda Festival day. Yo must be a bit busy at the moment.

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  9. It's so annoying when people park selfishly like that grrrr! Love the view from your balcony Andrew, through your eyes, no way I'd be looking over the edge 😀
    P.s. I think the no photography at La Soiree was likely to do with the total nudity at times, both male and female.. the front row got a right eyeful 😀😀😀😊

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    1. Grace, yes selfish parkers are so annoying. Ah, nudity on stage. Lucky front row people, well perhaps.

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  10. I dislike large crowds. Imagine how dreadful it was for me at Disney. People pushing and shoving, Ugh! Several times I just found a place to sit and did so.

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    1. Maribeth, I think our tolerance of crowds decreases as we get older. Mine certainly has.

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  11. We had a fold up ping pong table when I was growing up. We seldom used it but when we did, it was a lot of ball chasing. How do you get on those bikes anyway?

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    1. Strayer, I think they used to get by using blocks like those where winners of sporting competitions stand to receive their awards.

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