Tuesday, November 03, 2020

A Sunday Outing

 We had to bite the bullet at some point and we are back using trams to get around. We caught a tram to the city and then a tram to Ikea in Richmond. People were pouring into Victoria Gardens, the shopping centre location of Ikea. As I always remark to R, Victoria Gardens, although well served by public transport, it set up for cars and not pedestrian arrivals and departures. This is understandable in one way in that people buy large things at Ikea and need their cars to transport what they buy.

We just went to buy a lamp, we cut short the compulsory walk as R remembered where the lighting department was. We went down some stairs and cut through to lighting. 

We found what we wanted, a quality Swedish back light for the tv, made in China costing $18. Then I saw a desk lamp for only $10. Again a high quality Swedish product, made in China.

We had Subway to eat, washed down with very ordinary and expensive coffee from some chain place. Public seating in the food court was still not open, so we found some shade sitting on a bench under a tree outside to eat and drink. We didn't pay $1 for a bag and carried our lamps home in their boxes. Probably no bragging rights to be seen on a tram carrying Ikea lamps. Lucci, maybe. R was exhausted by the time we arrived home, but still insisted on getting the tv lamp set up.

We are happy with both lamps.


Horrible old fashioned bulbous lamp now replaced with a much more modern lamp.


On the surface our place is spotlessly neat. Never look behind our things, or under our appliances, or under our beds.... or my bedside cupboard. 

32 comments:

  1. I am glad that you are feeling brave enough to tackle public transport again. Your new lamp looks good too. And oh, that tangle of cords. I suspect it is familiar to many of us...

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    1. EC, one of many tangles of cords.

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  2. We have a pile of cords like that behind our computer. We thought they were well hidden. Not so much. A grandson came to visit, and played quietly with the trucks in the playroom/office. We didn't realize until after he left that he had unplugged everything on the desk. Not just from the wall, but he had disconnected the printer, modem, speakers. We was very thorough. We had a handful of cords and had to figure out where they all went. It took a while to figure what went where. He is no longer allowed in the playroom unless there is an adult sitting there.

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    1. Better all cords should be labelled to prevent such mix ups. I write tabs on small pieces of paper and use sticky tape to secure it around each cord.

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    2. Oh dear Debby. In spite of the suggestion that young people are so good with tech that they can sort your computer out, not in my experience.

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  3. Oh the lamp works quite well. Very nice. Right now, with our numbers climbing, I only shop through Amazon.
    Stitches come out tomorrow!

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    1. Maribeth, you will remember the day your stiches came out forever I think.

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  4. Backlighting is very Art Deco ..

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    1. Is it John? I don't know. Old tale I suppose, but there should always be a light near the tv to protect your eyes from the tv screen.

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  5. The back light behind the tv is a great idea, highlights the framed artwork beautifully too.

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    1. Cheryl, we've had it backlit for years but the lamp with a non replaceable bulb faded away to almost nothing.

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  6. As long as it looks neat and tidy who cares what goes on behind the appliances. I like the back lighting.

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    1. Thanks Marie. Does that apply to governments too?

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  7. You have good sense to use back lighting to enhance and decorate your place. Well done!

    There's one IKEA just 2 minutes drive from my home. I should visit and check what's new.

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    1. Thanks TM. I checked out your blog today and you are in KL.

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  8. It’s a fair drive from our place to Victoria Gardens IKEA- we’ve driven past lots of times (years ago) but only ventured in twice. You were brave souls, I couldn’t imagine bringing things home on the tram.
    I wonder how well they’d do if there was one on our side of town. We have Costco and an Apple store...why not IKEA?
    Oh and like your ‘little’ lamp....also like the shape of your ‘big’ one as well.

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    1. Cathy, they were only small boxes. There used to be an Ikea closer to you. Was it somewhere on Burwood Highway?

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  9. Is that mess of cords behind your TV? There must be some way to tidy that up. I suppose out of sight is good enough. Which is the new desk lamp? The slim one at the back? Very nice. Although I really like the fatter shade one.
    I used to love Ikea, but I'm disappointed now their stuff is made in China. I suppose they "need" to make billion$ in profits just like all big box stores.

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    1. River, there is no way to tidy up the cords and yes out of sight. Yes, the slim one. Although the old one still worked, I was astonished how filthy it was. The lamp is more for decoration and only used if I have to do things at the back of the computer tower.

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  10. I love the backlighting on the TV. And your new lamp. I was in a thrift store with Daughter on Saturday and went over the moon for a red pottery butter dish with a lid and a knob on the lid. $5.

    I was like a child coming home and washing it.

    It's great to get out for a while.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, sometimes it can be something really cheap and simple that can please us so much. Butter and not cholesterol reducing margarine?

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  11. The new lamp does look nice and a light behind the TV - not for me.
    Cords always are a mess, don't like them tied together.

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    1. Margaret, we tried putting the cords at the computer desk in a flexible tube, but really it didn't look any better and we gave up. It is fact of life until we go wireless.

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  12. I remember when those "horrible" bulbous lamps were considered somewhat modern-looking. Old-fashionedness just sort of sneaks up on things, I guess.

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    1. Indeed Kirk. Some things here get updated but not everything.

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  13. I hate wires. I will be glad when the world is entirely wireless!

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    1. Steve, as a nurse told be about heart monitoring machines in Japan.

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  14. I like those lamps. I need to get a new one for my computer desk. The other one quit working recently. Changing the bulb didn't help.

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    1. Strayer, I'd be worried about a lamp that didn't work if it is not the bulb.

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  15. I love strolling through Ikea, there's always something interesting to buy :)
    Never thought of a lamp for behind the tv.

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    1. Sami, I really have to be in the mood to do the full Ikea circuit.

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  16. Oh my gosh if I ever get P to IKEA, he gets that wild, haunted look in his eyes.. like he'll never get out and might die with a Swedish meatball stuck in his throat 😉

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