Sunday, May 24, 2020

Sunday Selections

Joining with Elephant's Child and others for Sunday Selections.

Why aren't all power plugs like this? So easy to pull out from the socket. I think this is on our electric knife. It is put away and I can't be bothered checking.


Lorikeets busy feeding on a seed ring in a South Yarra Street. They are fast, noisy and very colourful.



The window cleaning vehicle that moves around the building next door on a track. Window cleaners are suspended below. I wonder if Grace has ever thought of that as a job?


Its centrally mounted power supply. Note that even after well above average rain in the past couple of months, the roof is still muddy after the January muddy rain event.


Generally masks aren't worn in Australia. We have bought some in preparation to visit the city in the future and using public transport. I've sat on the bench seats around this electricity substation while having my take away coffee at the corner of Domain Road and Park Street and observed the melee of the rich and famous buying their ISO coffee. I walked there yesterday once I decided showers had stopped and the rain radar was clear but alas I was rained upon. I was cold and wet by the time I was home. The idiot did not even take an umbrella, just in case.


Creatures have come out to dine and have taken prime cafe window seats normally coveted by now disease ridden humans.


We've had two visits by cockatoos that I know of. I think the red cyclamen and the other red flowering plant attract their attention. The yellow tailed black cockatoos have been flying past in the last few weeks. The currawongs are busy calling to each other.


A week or so ago people here became sick after picking and eating poison mushrooms. Signs have gone up in Fawkner Park, warning people to not take the risk. Regardless, I would never pick and eat the mushrooms as I don't like them and there is a good chance that one of the hundreds of dogs walked in Fawkner Park every day have urinated on them. I did pick them in paddocks when I was young and there is only one type I know, which is quite safe. My brother and I once picked a bumper lot and Mother especially bought brown paper bags for us to sell them at the roadside. I can't remember the price we were selling them for but it must have been too cheap as the first person who stopped bought all of them, like a washing basket full of mushrooms. What we thought would be an afternoon of customer interaction did not happen. Back to making dirt roads for Matchbox cars I expect.

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  1. A lovely (and very varied) selection today. People have died most years consuming deathcap mushrooms. In one case a chef went foraging and served up a deadly dish to other restaurant workers.
    Yellow tailed cockatoos are a rarity here and generally mean that conditions in their home territory are vile.
    Rain? Send it this way. We have had intermittent dribbles only.

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    1. EC, I have a vague memory of that chef matter. I thought you may have had good rain. We had four nights of around 15mm. The yellow tails visit here for a certain food source but only in recent years.

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  2. How nice to live in a place where cockatoos just happen by. About mushrooms, I read that Russians go crazy for mushrooms in the spring and everyone considers him or herself an expert on what's edible and what's not. Not everyone is right, it seems, even after years of experience.

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    1. Cynthia, I too have heard about all the 'mushroom experts', that aren't so expert.

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  3. I love mushrooms, and they are so full of goodness. Mushrooms are very good for us.

    When my late brother and I were kids, armed with buckets, we used to go with our Nana to gather the field mushrooms growing in multitudes on the grassy banks of the Mary River.

    Some mushrooms are poisonous and hallucinogenic, so one has to be very.very careful. After having come across a few of those when I was living in Glenden in the early 90s, I can assure you it is not a fun trip. Nowadays, I just stick to purchasing them from the store.

    Have yourself an enjoyable week ahead, Andrew. :)

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    1. Lee, Mary River = Maryborough? There was a well known place here where hallucinogenic mushrooms grew and people flocked to the area when they grew to consume them. They must be fun for some.

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    2. Mary River, Gympie, Andrew.

      The Mary River runs through Gympie and on up to Maryborough. Gympie is the town of my childhood and teenage years.

      I also lived and worked back in Gympie from 1998 until 2002. I moved to here where I now live in 2002. I've written quite often about Gympie.

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  4. I'm visiting from Elephant's Child. I especially like the pictures of the birds. On gathering mushrooms, we don't in the Southeastern United States. So many are poisonous. But I do buy them at the grocers.

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    1. Hi Ann. Buying them commercially is probably the best and safest way. I wonder if they taste as good?

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  5. I see tree is safe from COVID 19

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    1. Dora, yes no danger from someone coughing on the tree.

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  6. Lorikeets brightening up our Melbourne trees? I would love that.

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    1. Hels, a few feed them and they flock to feeders. There is one place off The Esplanade in St Kilda where they are fed.

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  7. I shall be going out mushrooming in a short while. I think it's been too dry, but I may find a few (Girolles).

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    1. Cro, you should teach Billy to sniff them out.

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  8. We had the same mushroom warning here, with photos of different kinds in the newspaper too. I wonder if the problem is with immigrants who don't know they are poisonous? I get my mushrooms from the supermarket, I like to play safe.
    LOVE the mask wearing tree and the teddies having a café breakfast.

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    1. River, yes, I really liked the teddies in the cafe. I would have thought recent immigrants would have a better knowledge of mushrooms, but maybe not.

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  9. We had the mushroom warning here too as some people had eaten them - they have no idea. Love mushrooms and cook them in many dishes of food, the family don't know :) because I don't tell them, they don't like mushrooms.
    Talk about cockatoos, saw two yesterday black ones in the tree next door, it's a sign of bad weather if you believe it.
    Nice selection of photos.

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    1. Thanks Margaret. Yes, I just read the same about black cockatoos a day or so ago.

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  10. All of them are interesting to see and reply. But what interests me the most is the model of the socket outlet which is added to a ring for a safety grip. In my country there is no such form of socket.

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    1. Himawan, those plugs are rare here. I am not sure if I have seen one before.

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  11. Amazing birds, too cold here in the winter's for them. There are a few colonies of parrots in Florida. We have a fledge of cardinals starting to get their color in the tree outside our terrace.

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    1. Travel, from blogs of learnt a little about red cardinals. They are attractive birds.

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  12. I'm not a big mushroom eater either, and even if I were, I wouldn't hunt them for fear of picking the poison ones. Never thought about dogs peeing on them. I'm adding that to my list of reasons not to hunt mushrooms:)
    Have a great one. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

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    1. Sandra, goodness knows what we ingest at times. No mushroom hunting for you then.

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  13. Love those birds. And I would never eat anything from the ground either, unless they are mangoes which you can peel.

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    1. Gigi, I think mushrooms might be hard to wash. I don't really know.

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  14. That cord pull is an excellent advance - all cords should have such a thing. Good for anyone but especially good for those with arthritis or for some other reason have a weak grip.

    We have very few mushroom fatalities in our province but once a decade or so there will be a story in the newspaper about someone new to the region thinking they would make a meal of them, with very bad results. I'm too phobic about food poisoning to ever consider foraging, although my father knew what mushrooms to pick and used to do so every year. The main problem he encountered was that the fields where he foraged were used to pasture cows and he had to avoid the cow patties :)

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    1. Jenny, at times here plugs can be very tight in sockets, so yes, the cord pull should be widely used, especially good as you say for anyone with hand strength problems.

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  15. Anonymous9:47 am

    Mushroom hunting is a very popular autumn activity where I live, as is picking fresh mountain vegetables in spring. Many people go into the forest and bring back baskets full of goodies. My favourite is bamboo shoots; they're delicious grilled or bbq-ed in their skin. Bunyip

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    1. Bunyip, I guess they are not national parks where the food is picked. Do we have bamboo shoots here?

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    2. Anonymous8:53 am

      I believe it's okay to forage in most forests. I know of only one local area where visitors are curtailed and that's deep inside a large World Heritage listed forest. The forests don't seem to suffer being harvested from each year. I suppose people are careful to leave some veggies behind.
      I've never seen fresh bamboo shoots in supermarkets in Aus. Of course, you can buy canned ones but they're not the same. There's nothing like a freshly bbq-ed bamboo shoot. I hope you can try it one day - may be time for another visit!

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  16. I agree those plugs are ideal, with a little handle to pull them out, they make life so much easier.
    I like mushrooms, but I would certainly not pick them in the wild, as I have no idea if they are good or poisonous.
    I saw on tv some restaurants were filling up non-available tables with people cutouts. I like the teddy bears fill-ins, very cute.

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    1. Sami, I haven't seen that about restaurants. It is a good idea to create a bit more atmosphere.

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  17. Lots of folks pick mushrooms in the woods around Oregon, but there are a lot of poisonous varieties and if you're not good, then you can't pick them because you might mix in a poisonous lookalike and what a good point about dog poop and urine contamination. At the park, dog poop is everywhere. People don't pick it up after their dogs. Only a few do. At least the fake animals can enjoy an indoor dine out.

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    1. Strayer, things have changed here and people would be frowned upon for not picking up after their dogs. It wasn't always the case.

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