Sunday, August 09, 2020

Sunday Selections

Unlike my usual Sunday Selections when I join in with Elephant's Child and others, I will keep a tight focus.
These are photos of lamps I have taken during my ISO walks in the streets of neighbouring South Yarra over the last week.....well, one walk really. I was on a roll. I like that we in the cheap seats have such a lovely view of the very expensive South Yarra on the other side of St Kilda Road.
There is a pair of lamps at the Melbourne Synagogue across the road. This is one. I suppose it is lit at times.
An extremely fine pair of hangers.
Back of the class for me. Maybe I didn't notice the nice enough lamps when I took the photo.
It was an interesting remark by one of my American readers that naming a house or apartment building would not sit comfortably with the people of the US. In my vernacular it might be seen as 'bunging on side'. Hmm, not sure. There is  #45 Towers.
A later period and hard to photograph but still, quite nice lamps.
Lastly this one, inappropriately poking above an inappropriate masonry wall. Note the wonderful gender specific (I can't remember which gender) Garrya Elliptica, a native to the west coast of the US.

41 comments:

  1. Love your Sunday Selections - which are so very different from the views near me.
    There are several 'named' houses near us. 'Moore Expense' has been sold (which I assumed belonged to the Moore family) - and I wonder whether they got 'Moore Profit'.

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    1. EC, they may have then put there money into a boat with an interesting Moore name but I can't think of a clever name.

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  2. A lovely stroll taken with the lamp-lighter! :)

    It's not odd around these parts to see homes named.

    Have a good week, Andrew...keep taking care. :)

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    1. Lee, R remembers lamp lighters in England as they walked the streets.

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  3. Love the lamps and a great peak at you and your camera. What on earth is ISO?

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, ISO = Isolation. We are in ISO. We go out for ISO shopping, or ISO walking.

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    2. There's also Rona which is what I use
      Corona shortened (as we do) = Rona.

      I always think of a undercover espionage operation when I see ISO
      International Spy Organisation!!

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    3. So Rona shopping or Rona walking.
      You don't mind a spy novel then?

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  4. Shame about the wall in the last photo *nod*. The Victorian architecture, wrought iron work, trees and lamp deserve to be seen.

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  5. The tree looks like lambs tails.
    Nice collection of lamps, some are really good.
    It's great you can go for a walk.
    Take care.

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    1. Margaret, I've just remembered it is also known as a silk tassel bush. Going for a walk is about all we can do.

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  6. Interesting tour. My experience most building like apartment have name...

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    1. Dora, maybe it is more houses than apartment buildings.

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  7. Yes, the wall in that final photo is totally wrong. It shouts at you.

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  8. I like the lamps in the first and second photos best.

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    1. Strayer, they are very impressive.

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  9. I've heard of mansions or estates having names in the US. Just not ordinary middle- or working-class houses that you'd find in the suburbs.

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    1. Graceland was the first to come to my mind Kirk. Yes, I understand now.

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    2. Yeah, that's true -- or Mar-a-Lago! But in England often even middle class terraced houses have names.

      In the states, apartment and office buildings often DO have names. Just not ordinary single-family homes, as a rule.

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  10. Garrya Elliptica? Would that be that wonderful plant with the hanging 'candles'?
    I like the idea of naming buildings and would name my own house if I owned one.
    I like all of the lamps you've shown.

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    1. We once had one River. We cut a heap of branches off with the catkins hanging, dried them and they sat on the piano for a few years before they became too dusty. My grandmother's '50s house was called Murella, her name being Muriel. When she died my mother put the wrought iron name on her house and it's now been moved to my brother's where she lives.

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  11. Those are seriously nice outside lights. All in keeping with the building ....and costing a fortune as well I bet :)
    I used to photograph benches....you would often see them strategically placed round parks and gardens. They seem to be a thing of the past. Apart from a few rapidly deteriorating ones in our local park I haven't noticed any around for ages....not that you're allowed to sit on them anyway.

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    1. Cathy, the really large ones probably cost as much as a second hand car. Still plenty of benches around here. Perhaps you can squeeze in some time to complain to council. I especially like those memorial bench seats. Brussels relented with sitting on benches for people over a certain age, but maybe you're not old enough :-P

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  12. Lamps are almost the first thing I notice about a building, it makes all the difference if they don't match the architecture well.. but that's just me 😉 You found a gorgeous selection here Andrew, maybe the last one not so much 😁

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    1. Grace, nothing wrong with the last lamp. It is the fence that is the problem.

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    2. Further Grace, I noticed some ultra modern lamps inappropriately placed on older buildings. Wrong!

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  13. How enlightening. Some very impressive fixtures.

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    1. Hehe Travel. Fixtures rather demeans them, but that is ok.

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  14. I enjoy having a look at other people's environments. Good selection of interesting lamps. Like R I remember the man coming round to light the gas lamps in the street where I lived as a young child. It still happens in some historic parts of London where there have original Victorian gas lights.

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    1. Marie, I should know about current day London lamp lighters, but I don't.

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  15. I like the stucco Marine Court and the brick Montalto (I think?). The lamps on Montalto look very deco.

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    1. Steve, the Montalto has very interesting brickwork. I took more photos and will put them up at some point.

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  16. great lamps. Take care.

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  17. What a great idea, Andrew! Most of us use light every day, but I don't always take the time to enjoy the beauty of lamps outside that can make a home or building. I love these! Hugs, RO

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    1. Thanks Ro. I hasten to add that these are very expensive properties in a very expensive area.

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