Thursday, October 10, 2019

Newcastle Day 5

R's middle sister lives in a rented highrise apartment. I think again it was taxi to get there when there was quite viable public transport, but we were not in control. Her daughter and grandson were there too. This sister of R's has been to Australia three times, her daughter once whereby she celebrated her 21st birthday about fifteen years ago at our late friend Dame M's grand house on St Kilda Hill. (I've given my Cast List top right of my blog a well needed update. They are the people in my life, or as time goes on, were). Her three year old son is just so gorgeous. R's middle sister cooked us some lunch and then another niece turned up and then R's nephew who kindly drove us home after we had been to the shops down below.

No idea what we had for dinner. Here a couple of photos from the day and a video from R's sister's apartment, looking over the Tyne Valley.


There is a photo of our Hippie Niece sitting under the coconut owl when she stayed with R's sister for a few days about three years ago.


Now a bird drinking container but formerly a party ashtray. Do you remember them, full to overflowing with cigarette butts? 


A pan at R's middle sister window. English towns, well certainly Newcastle, are interesting in that there are vast amounts of green space with housing quite tightly packed together in a very orderly manner. The River Tyne can be seen. It used to freeze over as did The Thames, but no longer does. Nothing to do with global warming. Move along.


31 comments:

  1. Oops. This was meant for tomorrow morning.

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  2. I wondered about that - but was glad to see it this evening.
    I like the green space, and it would make a huge difference in a crowded city.

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    1. EC, while it is a big city, it never feels crowded, except inside houses. There is so much open space, green and otherwise.

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  3. I been a bit out of it lately I thought it was Newcastle in NSW for a minute but much to green.
    Merle..............

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    1. Merle, yes a city dating back to Roman times, Newcastle upon Tyne, is not as crowded as Newcastle upon Hunter.

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  4. Does high rise living run in the family?

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    1. Travel, not at all. R's sister and us are the only ones.

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  5. Quite lovely views. I did High Rise living in Berlin, Germany, but I much prefer being on the ground now.

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    1. Maribeth, I am a bit the opposite. I enjoyed ground living when I was younger, but I would not now.

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  6. Love your cast AND your bird drinking container:)

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    1. Sandra, old ashtrays repurposed. Thanks.

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  7. I like the bird's eye view of all the greenery.

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    1. Thanks Marie. I would have liked longer to study the view.........actually, I did have time and I was bored and wanted to leave.

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  8. Long time since I have seen an ashtray (overflowing)

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    1. Haddock, something I doubt you would see in Western countries now. Seeing your own doctor's ashtray in his surgery overflowing is very weird from today's perspective.

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  9. Is that your voice I hear on that video?

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    1. I don't know Kirk. It could be me or R. It doesn't sound like me, but then I don't hear me as others do. I don't think I would be talking while panning a camera.

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  10. I still have a couple of ashtrays from days of old. They've not been used in a long while...perhaps I should throw them away...one day...

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    1. Lee, you never know what visitors you may have and they may save you from picking up butts outside.

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  11. I like the picture of your Hippy Niece (under the Owl). She's slimmed a lot.

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    1. Cro, bit of a sore spot as after the birth of her twins and the side effects of psycho and her gene makeup, she is much bigger than when she was under the owl.

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  12. The English seem not to mind living so close to each other, great photos of the rows of houses and green spaces.

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    1. Cheryl, certainly in Newcastle and perhaps in other British cities, people are much friendlier with neighbours than we are here. Geordies just talk to each other regardless.

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  13. 3 year olds are almost always gorgeous, in my experience. They don't cry and poo like littlies, and they aren't cunning like children starting primary school.

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    1. Hels, I agree. 3 to 4 are the best ages. You can also communicate with them.

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  14. Yes I prefer ashtrays filled with water to ciggy butts too Andrew ☺ I personally think the escalation in climate change is #45's fault, have you noticed how many disasters have occurred since he was elected, the weather gods are not happy 😁

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    1. Grace, one thing for sure, nothing will get better under his leadership.

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  15. R seems to have whole England as family ! Each time there is another niece or uncle or whatsoever appearing. I am an only child and my family is very much reduced. I would like to have such a big family !

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    1. Gattina, his family is large but mine is even bigger.

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  16. Nice views from R sister's apartment.

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