Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Updates and bits

Some of you queried what this ship was in my Sunday Selections. I have discovered it is bulk carrier and the parts that stick up from the deck area are I think lifting devices. It may have been carrying grain, which does leave from Port of Melbourne.

The new twin boys are now home and well. Fire Fighting Nephew's wife sent me a message that we are welcome any time to visit. That was nice and we will make the two and a half hour return drive to visit soon.

A funny thing happened yesterday after some chaos on the Ballarat train line with me experiencing two cancelled trains. I went to pay for something in a shop with my card and the screen displayed the message, 'Transaction system under attack. Please wait'. The woman who I know well enough shrieked at her display. Then my display came up, 'Please try again'. I did and all was fine.

For quite some time I have been bemused by men who write laws and judge how they are applied, and plant the seed into women, and then want to tell women what to do with the seed. They call me queer!

A neighbour recently died. I only found out a couple of days ago. She was a very private person and her apartment adjoins ours. Nevertheless, we feel a bit sad. She was pleasant enough and I never finished telling her about the history of her apartment, including when the previous owners had their door painted white, when all doors in this building are a certain colour, but I did get in about the gay barrister who rented there and his bit of paid rough trade he picked up punched in some plaster walls on our landing. Fortunately the two renting policemen on our floor sorted it out and the barrister paid for the wall repairs. 

Debby in the US recently used the blogpost headline The Faecal Matter Hits the Rotary Oscillator.  I've heard it before but I'd forgotten the phrase. I made up my own. Trying to Elevate Faecal Matter up a Steep Incline. 

Household Management is getting on a bit. Do we need a cleaner? Do cleaners snoop? By all means they can enjoy the gay porn on my USB sticks, or play with what is in by beside cupboard. Just wash it afterwards please. Do they clean while you are at home or do you go out? I do know that here cleaners do a good job for their first couple of cleans, but then get slack.

There was another update to mention but I've forgotten what it was.

A new one. I don't really believe in treats for dogs to train them. We've never done that.  Tradie Brother has a young deaf dog. May treats be essential in training a deaf dog? I don't really think so.


Monday, June 27, 2022

Monday Mural

I'm joining with Sami and her links to all over the world for Monday Mural.

Our Friend in Japan came across these murals on garage doors as she is on holidays. Rather impressive methinks. They look rather Russian, don't you think? Don't mention the war.


Sunday, June 26, 2022

Sunday Selections

I haven't made a Sunday Selections post for a while but this Sunday I will join in this week along with Elephant's Child and River.

Coles is now a supermarket but once was also a variety store with fantastic plain food cafes in several locations as I remember. I like this retro display at Coles in Elsternwick. You can see the same at Manly in Sydney, as we noticed a week or so ago.


Be afraid of what the machine will tell you. They are in Priceline chemists chain stores. Do you want to know your blood pressure, weight, body mass index, body composition, heart age and diabetes risk.


No one batted an eyelid at the sight of two table tennis bats on the floor of the tram.


R is an organised cook.


The tightest curve for our suburban train system is just north west of Rushall Station on the Mernda train line. It makes for a good photo.


Just west of Caulfield Station.


Federation Square.


One of our usual cafes in the city uses souvenir teaspoons. This one, if you embiggen it, shows Fairytale Castle in Bri Bri, state of Queensland. Never heard of it.


Green and orange birds in the trees? 


Just before we visited Sydney, it was Ex Sis in Law's husband's 65th birthday, so down the big roads we went to Langy (Langwarrin). There was a pig on a spit which was delicious, and other roast meats along with vegetables and salads. But really, there were showers and it was so cold in spite of heating in the pool room, the spit warming another outdoors room and this fire in an old washing machine tub. We arrived about 4 and left just after 7 to get home to watch The Bill (Yes, it is a long time since we said that for the first time and even longer when I was a child and wanted to get home to watch Zig and Zag). Mother wisely decided she would not attend, but there were many other family and friends of Ex Sis in Law who we knew. I soon became bored and felt exhausted once home by the social interactions. 


Do tell me what this ship is supposed to carry.


It is always good when a cockatoo visits our balcony.


In the photos below, they are en masse in the trees. They might actually be corellas rather than cockatoos.


Saturday, June 25, 2022

Roe v Wade

I quote Canadian Jenny on this. If she is correct, fine. It could be 25%, 30% or one third of US citizens who believe Trump was cheated out of winning the election. One despairs about what is happening in the most powerful and richest country in the world

Cat Woman in Oregon posted this rant from a very sensible person. I hope it goes viral and I want as many people to watch it as possible. I don't know who Ana is nor if she is a person of influence, but I hope she is. 


Sydney 2, messing about in boats

Monday we were up early to fly to Sydney and Tuesday we are again up early to meet our friend Victor and his friend C at Central Station at... I can't remember. We caught the train from Museum to Central and found Victor and C on the famous Sydney Central Concourse. 

I am a jaded older gay man and not much excites me, but this trip did. Sydney trains are so smooth, quiet and comfortable, which is just as well as we spent an hour on one to reach Hawkesbury River Station. At some point it did reach 115 km/h but not for long. Most of the track was so curvy and so the train was heavily speed restricted.

Victor had booked for us a trip on the Hawkesbury River https://riverboatpostman.com.au/ 

The boat travels around the huge tidal Hawkesbury River to various locations to deliver mail. Some of the locations do not even had a road to use, totally reliant on boats. The boat also offers lunch, which we had,  and a running commentary. I can't recall what I ate....yes I can, some kind of Ploughman's Lunch. The trip was for three hours and just wonderful. Mail was delivered, as were parcels and items picked up. There was so much to see. Here is a little of what we saw.

From the train, views of the Hawkesbury. Looking lovely.



At the boat walkway, a pelican.


Lots of river craft moored.




Our table was the first on the left. Apparently there were people below in steerage lunching as well. The poor will always be among us.


A typical river settlement.


Oh, this is quite some bridge in the distance.


More settlements to deliver mail.




Post Mistress and boat boy exchanging mail.


This is the rail bridge over the Hawkesbury. 


There are pylons of the former rail bridge, that were constructed very badly, hence the newer rail bridge. 


Train!!!



The boat pulled in to near the shore line to view these 'beautiful' rocks.
 

They are nice enough rocks but I felt a sense of underwhelment. The boat's passengers were all on one side to admire the rocks as urged by the boat's captain. I recall writing in blog about something similar many years ago when we urged by a guide to look at something rather basic and everyone did. I called my own behaviour and questioned why I was doing this.  A woman standing next to me made a sarcastic comment about the rock viewing to me, and I totally agreed with her.


You don't agree they are stunning rocks? Everyone else seemed very excited about the rocks. The 'beautiful rocks' became a bit of a joke between the four of us later.


Rail bridge and road bridge above our boat.


Post Mistress (yeah, I know what I said about sexist language but hey I am old) coming along the pier.




A blurry photo of fast travel, the river taxi.


The electric must cross the river at various points, protected by visible...thingies. 



The train times and the boat departure and return match really well and we didn't have to wait too long for the train back to Sydney. The trip back seemed faster and I mentioned to our friend Victor that it was because we are going downhill, which is nonsense as the river is tidal here, so we are not really elevated from the Sydney Harbour shoreline. 


There were mangroves along the boat trip and here are some exposed mudflats. 


Nearly back to Central we passed by the preserved Mortuary Station, where funeral trains would once depart for Rookwood Cemetery, where my paternal grandmother was buried. 

At ground level of our hotel is a Thai restaurant. We have dined there a couple of times before and it was good, so why not again. This time we realised it is also a cooking school. It is not expensive, the food is so well presented and the super polite staff, if a little formal but can also be quite friendly. I highly recommend Marko's Restaurant