Sunday, November 01, 2020

Sunday Selections

 Joining with Elephant's Child and others for Sunday Selections, this week a mix of randomness.

What are these things, we asked the florist. Canterbury bells, was the reply. The South Melbourne Market florist has been closed during lockdown and the normally very dour man actually cracked a smile when he saw us approaching.


My quilt cover is never nice and smooth even if ironed. I dried the cover too long in the new washing machine and I quite like this crinkly result.


These murals in Prahran Square brighten things up a little. I think I've shown some before but not these. I like the owl.




Twice we have tried to get our free Domino's Pizza by ordering online, the only way to do it, and failed. We've given up and have returned to our usual supplier. Buying takeaway pizza gives R a night off from cooking but at times he makes them at home and they are delicious. This one is ready to go in the oven. 


I am amazed at how many young people know how to play chess. This photo was taken in happier times outside the State Library. 


What? It was on the corner of Toorak Road and Clara Street and no, I don't remember it and I think I would if I ever saw it. Ghastly.



"I was here first"!
"No, I was here first"!
"Liar! I was!"


I was too late to get a good photo of this callistemon in bloom but it is in front of an interesting flatblock.


Sipping my ISO walk coffee at the very pleasant MacRob Fountain. 


A war commemoration statue of a soldier carrying his wounded mate. Oops, I chopped his foot off.


Ah, here is his foot. I wondered if there was any significance to the rough plinths, but not so far as I can find out.


Corellas feeding on the median strip of our home street.


One, two....


flatblocks plus a house will be demolished that may have housed fifty plus people to be turned into seven luxury apartments housing perhaps a dozen people. So much for increasing the population density in the public transport rich inner suburbs. 

28 comments:

  1. I think the "Canterbury bells" are what we know as campanula. (There are several different types.)

    I kind of like "Neptune's Fishbowl," whatever it is! Looks like a laundromat or something.

    It's terrible that affordable middle-class housing is being demolished for more luxury flats. It's a problem all over the world. And a lot of those flats aren't even lived in -- they're just investment apartments for the mega-rich.

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    1. Steve, indeed they are campanula. I believe Neptune's was a fish and chip place. It is very hard to find out what is occupied and what is not but people are finding out by water meter readings.

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  2. Love your selections today. I am a complete sucker for owls.
    Sigh on the public density front. It happens here too, and lots of the very expensive apartments build remain empty for long periods which further diminishes the density.

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    1. EC, owls are just wonderful. Because of no immigration or overseas students here, there must be massive numbers of empty flats, and of course the previously occupied office blocks are empty and the same amount of office space won't be needed for a very long time.

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  3. The SEC was still around when we arrived in 1972. Was it the State Electricity Company or something else. Haven’t heard it mentioned for years.
    Those buildings have nice rounded edges (corners)

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    1. Cathy, indeed that was the SEC and maybe rose coloured glasses sees back to it as being very efficient with it supply and there were never extended outages like today.

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  4. The war commemoration statue of a soldier carrying his wounded mate to safety still brings me to tears a century later. Shrines and plaques are fine, but mateship in appalling war conditions is what makes us human.

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    1. Hels, I sat there looking at the statue for a while and it was a moving experience.

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  5. Very pretty Canterbury Bells, I've never seen any except in books. I think something the size of your quilt cover needs to be ironed on one of those large roller irons used in dry cleaning stores.

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    1. River, I never thought of that but no one sees except me and R when he cleans.

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  6. Man, Fantastic Photos - Well Done Drew - Stay Strong

    Cheers

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  7. What are the things that the murals are painted on?

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    1. I don't actually know Debby. They were put there when the square was being built.

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  8. I once more or less ruined a quilt cover in a washing machine. I'm not sure what I did wrong, but the insides--the stuffing I guess--seemed to flatten out.

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    1. Kirk, mine is just the fabric cover without material inside. Otherwise I would take it to the drycleaner.

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  9. I used to run a Chess Club in a UK Primary School (6-10). Get 'em young!

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    1. As I was got at young with chess, Cro. It never made me a good player though.

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  10. I like the murals, the owl is quite nice.
    We usually do our own pizzas at home with shop bought bases.
    Hope you're feeling in top condition Andrew.

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    1. Sami, we buy just the flat bread. The pizza bases are so expensive.
      All is good with me now, thanks.

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  11. Murals are looking good especially the owl one.
    Nice looking pizza, which we had tonight x 3 delivered, saves me cooking :)

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    1. Margaret, I am sure you were due a night off from the kitchen.

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  12. That pizza looks seriously wonderful! I have not had pizza in a year.

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    1. Maribeth, I think sensible eating should always come with an occasional treat.

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  13. I only played chess a couple of times in my life, after someone briefly explained the concepts. You can't learn chess like that. I too am amazed how many young folk enjoy the game and learn it in school, where they do competitions.

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    1. Strayer, if you learn in properly you never really forget it. I haven't played for decades but I haven't forgotten the moves.

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  14. Oh my gosh Neptune's Fishbowl was an eyesore Andrew 😱 The tree and cable sign is a mystery, I'm guessing there prob is much different in the time the tree was planted and the sign put in, they have become close friends over the years 😉 love the owl also and R's home made pizza, much better than Domino's 💜

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    1. Grace, and it was designed by a very respected architect. Yes, very nice pizza.

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