Sunday, July 27, 2014

A Sunday Outing

(This was a couple of weeks ago)

I am sorry to hear my European readers have been experiencing bad summer weather. We in Melbourne are mid winter and this winter is very cold for us, with the temperature at times during the day not rising above 10 degrees. We don't have the heating capacity, well economical heating, or the clothes to deal with temperatures like this for very long.

Two Sundays ago we visited Tradie Brother and Oldest Niece brought four month old Great Niece to see us at Tradie Brother's abode. Oldest Niece feels guilty among others with young babies, as she puts her baby to sleep at 8.30pm and she does not wake until 9.30am. Great Niece was looking around and absorbing things, but became a little grizzly after a bit. It is not normal for her, it was said. I've noticed four month old Great Niece already has a Face Book page, with lots of photos of herself, sometimes with her Mummy and sometimes with her Daddy.

Oldest Niece did not hang around for long as she to return home as her husband's grandmother was coming for lunch. Her husband called her, why aren't you here? They are already. I love Oldest Niece's attitude. Doesn't matter. Although when she was younger, she had no interest in her gay uncles, now, as I forecast to R, she has come into her own as she has become older. She makes an effort to see us and for us to see her daughter.

Tradie Brother is the nicest looking among we three brothers. I have written about this in the past and why he looks different, and Mother has confirmed it. However, his teeth were absolutely shocking, with no dental care ever. He spent a few thousand dollars on his teeth and they look really good and have much improved his appearance. He has a girlfriend who stays with him at times but they sleep separately. She is very nice.

Tradie Brother has an elderly female neighbour, whose husband died a while ago. TB and his neighbour used to have bells to ring to contact each other, but TB built a new and high fence and his old neighbour fell off the fence when she was chatting to him. He has cut a 2' (less than one metre square) hole in the fence and Joyce can call out to him anytime.

TB still has his tenant who lives in the attached granny flat at the back of his house, where Ex Sis in Law's parent's used to live before they died. He also has his daily companion, Cobber, his eighteen month old dog, who he loves dearly. TB, myself and R took Cobber out for a walk. We were throwing a ball for him at a nearby park, and then the rain started. We went back home and TB doesn't believe much in internal heating, and as he always sits outside. He does have a gas patio heater, and he turned it on without me asking. Bit different to Sister, who would have us freeze when we visit them on the Bellarine.

We chatted for a while with TB. To my amazement, and later I learnt to R's, TB mentioned the 'g' word. "What's this about a football commentator making a slur against gays?" It is the first time I have heard him use the word gay. From him being a homophobic teenager with an older gay brother to him saying that word some thirty years later is quite a milestone.

The overnight temperature within the Highrise never really drops below 16 degrees, but when I rose this morning, it was 15.7. Whether it is 16 or 15.7, the heating goes on regardless. It had been a clear and cold night, with an absolutely brilliant full moon. But as I said, at TB's place, the rain came. Nevertheless we journeyed on from TB's place to our ultimate destination.

I thought it would be quite curative for my slightly down state, but it wasn't. We stopped off at Red Rooster and ordered an Hawaiian meal each. What? No grilled chicken, chips, and deep fried battered banana and pineapple? The pineapple could be ordered as a side dish. The rain kept falling and the car kept fogging up, requiring bursts of the air conditioning to clear the glass.

We arrived at the Mornington terminus of the Mornington historical railway service. If you pick the right timing, a round trip is under an hour and it was our intention to take a trip. But the weather was just so awful, we did not do so. We will return on a nice day and take the trip. We waited for the arrival of the train and its departure.

What is wrong with the camera? Every photo was so dark. I had to trick the camera into taking brighter photos. Why is this tree in Australia and what purpose does its flat top serve?


There were quite a few people ready to board the train when it arrived.


K163 was built at Melbourne's Newport Railway Workshop in 1941 for light country railway lines. In 1968 it was declared unserviceable at the town of Ararat. In 1973 Frankston's Apex Club bought it. Mornington Railway bought it in 1984.


It is a terrific little engine.


In spite of the weather, the service was quite busy, with many children clutching their teddy bears. It must have been a special occasion. Weather doesn't bother children too much. The  train carriages are as I remember being used on country railway lines when I was a kid.


Doing the run around to get the engine back to the front, and now facing the right direction.


Clunk, it is hitched.




We'll be back to take a paid ride.


17 comments:

  1. Steam trains are soooo special aren't they?
    Nice that TB is finally coming round on the homophobic front.
    Loved your outing - and thank you for taking us along.

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    1. EC, everyone seems to like steam trains. I find they are best viewed from the outside, rather than being in a carriage being towed by one. Depends on the scenery, really.

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  2. Andrew, I love your photos of trains. They look so nice and trains are very clean.It is my favourite means of transport

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    1. Gosia, they are really well maintained. Trains are the best way to travel.

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  3. You can't beat a steam train ride the perfect way to get around not so hurried.
    Merle.....

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    1. Merle, yes you know you are not going anywhere in a hurry in a steam train. Mind, from Melbourne to Geelong, steam trains were faster than our present diesel electric trains.

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  4. The thing with your brother totally reminds me of the British show In The Flesh. It's about zombies. And no I'm not saying being gay is like being a zombie. But the show was very allegorical about all that.

    In case you haven't seen it, there's a zombie who returns to his family. The sister has been very militant anti-zombie. It takes time for them to even partially reconcile. The parents welcome their son home and are very loving, but very uncomfortable with him being a zombie. They even serve him food, though he doesn't eat. And it's all very strained and fake.

    Sorry for rambling.

    I'm glad your brother is becoming more accepting and open-minded. I think it's happening more and more, fortunately.

    It's wonderful when anyone in general makes the change, but probably especially poignant when it's a family member.

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    1. Dina, the show sounds awful, but I like the allegory. My brother was very socially conservative but he takes a much wider and more thoughtful view now than when he was younger and saw black as black and white as white.

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  5. I have not heard of a historical railway station in Mornington but would love to take the children. Even though I don't believe in gender based activities, I know the grandsons will love the trains and the granddaughters less so.

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    1. Hels, I wonder about the whole thing. There does seem to be natural inclinations, no matter how they are brought up.

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  6. It is a lovely little engine and the carriages look very nice too. I wouldn't mind a ride on it.

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    1. River, maybe you have travelled on a similar train many years ago, with a corridor along the side and compartments.

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  7. I have heard of the Mornington Railway but never actually seen it yet. Last Christmas when we were in Rye, we didn't have a chance to go there. But if we're going down there again this Christmas, which is likely if our offspring come over from L.A. again, I will make sure we'll go and have a look and hopefully go for a ride.

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    1. Bill, I think when we visited, you were in Adelaide or just after that. The weather was appalling, as you well know. 15 years ago we visited Mornington and the original station was still there in the heart of town. Now a supermarket is there. The tourist railway Mornington is on the outskirts of the town, with the land in between the original station sold. It is a short trip to Moorooduc. It was originally connected to a mainline and to note, Peninusula Link Freeway was made to build a high bridge over the original no longer used reservation.

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  8. Tradie Brother sounds very nice Andrew, I'm glad he spent some money and had his teeth fixed, it makes such a difference don't you think! Sorry to hear you were feeling a bit down but I'm guessing messing around with trains would have cheered you up no end, right!

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    1. Grace, I want to say he is a good kid, but he is fifty years old. He is going to get a general health check, which is really good. I expect blood pressure issues. I'm afraid the train did not cheer me up but I pretended to myself. It was all work related and sorted out now, but I still feel bitter about the stress I was put through. More than you wanted to know, I expect.

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    2. Not at all Andrew, I'm a very good listener :)

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