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.