Sunday, May 10, 2020

Walks

While I am not walking fast, over the last three weeks I have been walking nearly daily as I found my step count dropped so much by us not getting out and about as we normally do. The more I walk, the more stamina I have the longer the walks are becoming. Herr Doctor will be pleased.

South Yarra is a nice and peaceful place to walk.

A Paddington Bear stares out at the street to amuse and entertain passersby.


Unloved and lonely tennis balls at Melbourne Grammar School courtesy you know what.


A very friendly pussycat. It is years since I have stroked a cat. He, and I am sure it was a he, purred as I rubbed his chin and as I ran my hand down his back, he appreciatively arched his back.


"Fido, come here now boy", the cry went out too late.


As pleasant as South Yarra is to walk, I also walked down the awful traffic sewer known as Queens Road. I haven't walked along there for years because it is just so horrible with five lanes of traffic constantly flowing past. I would have guessed this flatblock was built in the 1950s.


Not so, according to the blue plaque.


I expect these are seriously nice apartments inside. Nice enough on the outside.


There are many modern highrise apartment buildings in Queens Road. This one is incomplete.


Staggered to take advantage of the views over Albert Park but the balconies would not be pleasant places to sit with the noise of the traffic.


A great effort with geraniums, although flag flying always makes we wary.


A couple of times I have bought coffee near the corner of Domain Road and Park Street. The coffee is the standard good coffee from a nice place in a good area of $4. But when I paid with my card, the machine said $4.07. The next time $4.06. I queried it the second time and the accented European staff told me they asked their boss and he told them it was just the machine that did it. While the amount is nothing, it is odd. Is it a card use surcharge? We don't normally pay that when using a debit card, only at times when using a credit card.

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  1. Nice looking apartments, though I agree that the noise would bother me, too.

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    1. Gigi, some would be very nice inside.

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  2. Love the cascading geraniums. And I agree about the flag. Sadly many of those who fly it all year round I would categorise as racist.
    The nice looking apartments are more to my taste than the highrise blocks.

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    1. PS: I really love the Paddington Bear - and that moggie is a charmer too.

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    2. EC, moggie, a word I have forgotten.

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    1. No wonder that beautiful cat left when you called him/her "Fido", which is usually a dog's name, not a cats! Fido is the dog who lives down the road! :)

      I don't understand why the flying of the Aussie flag disturbs, or makes one wary. What is wrong with the Australian flag...and the flying of it? Perhaps, I'm missing something here and am out of the loop! (Nothing new there, I guess!)

      I hope the coming week treats you kindly, Andrew. Take care. :)

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    2. And further to the flying of the Australian flag...perhaps the flag was flown in honour of the Anzacs...on Anzac Day...and not yet brought back inside....just a thought.

      I'm baffled...again, nothing new! :)

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    3. Because flag flying isn't a common Australian thing, people put them out for Australia Day or Anzac day, but that's about it. We don't have the patriotic flag flying gene here apparently. Although I also don't know why seeing a flag would make someone wary.

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    4. Oh, well...when I see the Australian flag flying in someone's yard etc., as I do periodically hereabouts, I don't feel wary...I feel proud.

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    5. Lee, my fault for not making it clear. The paw prints were by a dog, not the cat I came across. Flying the Aussie flag speaks to me that the thought is we are are best country in the world and we should be proud of that. There is a lot that has happened and happens now that we should not be proud of. When we get it right, then perhaps we should fly the flag with gusto. Pride before fall is a phrase I am sure you know.

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    6. River, special occasions aren't so bad but permanent flag flying disturbs me.

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  4. Enjoyed the walk. Especially seeing the kitty cat:) Quite the handsome fellow.

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    1. Sandra, I could have picked him up and taken him home, if I wanted a cat.

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  5. The geraniums in the small verandas look attractive and hopefully dull the street noise.

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  6. What a beautiful kitty! I like the look of the brownish apartments.

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    1. Strayer, they are quite nice. Yes, kitty was great. So glad I met him.

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  7. I am with you on the flag issue. Maybe the resident/s erected it for VE day?

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    1. Rozzie, we don't really mark VE day or VJ day, but you may be correct.

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  8. Take cash and pay that way for the coffee, the machines are ripping you off.
    I take it Monetery wasn't housing trust flats? Maybe it is now? It does have that look. the last two blocks of flats/units/apartments look nice, but like you said, with so much traffic going past I wouldn't want to sit out on the balcony.

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    1. River, no way am I touching filthy germ ridden money again. Monetery is private dwellings. I don't know if they flats with tenants or owned. I should check.

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  9. When I buy petrol I usually stop at €30, and then when I replace the nozzle it jumps to €30.05, Bloody annoying.

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    1. Cro, sounds like exactly the same thing.

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  10. Oh, how cute and handsome your Fido, Andrew ..., i'am very happy to see his face.

    About the location of residence, I also do not like staying in a very crowded location.
    In my opinion it reduces the quality of sleep.

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    1. Himawan, I did not make it clear. The paw prints were from a dog, not the cat I met.

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  11. Nice walk along Queens Road you did, sweet cat looks like my sister in laws.
    Used to stay at a Hotel in Queens Road some years back, large place on a corner with several restaurants with a magic staircase.
    Flowers do look nice but can't totally understand the flag flying as it's not done very much here. Years ago the 'New Australians' would fly flags from the country they were from along with the Australian flag.

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    1. Margaret, I am curious about where you stayed. My sister has stayed at a couple of hotels along Queens Road. I will ask her.

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    2. I thought the hotel I stayed in had a gold staircase way back. Years ago it was called the Radisson then the Radisson President, have no idea what it was called after that and was definitely on Queens Road, Albert Park. Positive about that :)

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    3. This could be it as the staircase looks familiar.
      https://www.hotel.com.au/melbourne/mercure-melbourne-albert-park.htm

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  12. I am seeing things on my walks, that I had never seen in the decade I have lived here. Enjoy the walk.

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  13. Good to hear you are walking more Andrew as you say your doctor will be tres happy with you. Some good looking and not so good looking apartments there. I must have a look at my next coffee slip and see if it's the same here.

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    1. Grace, R carried on because somewhere we paid $4.50 for coffee, but I think for you that is standard.

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    2. Will definitely check!

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  14. The cat is a real beauty I don't remember the name of the breed. Such high buildings we only have in Brussels city center in Waterloo they have only 5 floors ! Our move is approaching and then I will be on the 'rd floor !





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    1. Gattina, I think it is bad that we have allowed the spread of these towers out of the city centre and Docklands. You don't see it everyone's favourite European cities.

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